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Film, <i>Crazy Heart</i>'s Jeff Bridges shines as a country music has-been

Crazy Heart's Jeff Bridges shines as a country music has-been

Enticing Jeff Bridges to voice a washed-up surfer dude in the 2007 children's movie Surf's Up, the filmmakers sent the actor a video of an animated penguin declaiming a few of his lines from The Big Lebowski. They probably didn't…
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Films by Nicholas Ray Nicholas Ray was the tormented genius of excessive 1950s cinema. His finest work might have come not in his celebrated color melodramas -- Johnny Guitar, Bigger Than Life, above all Rebel Without a Cause -- but…
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Wise Blood Oscar-oriented fans of Robert Wise might think that he's led a secret life. Best-known for producing and co-directing West Side Story and producing and directing The Sound of Music, he's also made a half-dozen or so enduring cult…
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"Robert Ryan: King of Noir" The first Hollywood release about anti-Semitism -- Crossfire -- was based on Richard Brooks' novel The Brick Foxhole, which involves the murder of a homosexual. The producer, Adrian Scott, and the screenwriter, John Paxton, changed…
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