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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 2
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 2

  A Ghost Story As much part of Christmas as the roast turkey, or a long walk in the late afternoon dusk, ghost stories are just the thing to add a delicious and chilly edge to the festive season.  Dickens may have provided us with the most famous seasonal ghost […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 3
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 3

  The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, by Richard M. Isackes & Karen L. Maness Actors and actresses transport cinema goers to another world with their performances on screen.  No matter how good the stars are in front of the camera though, it all amounts to nothing without an authentic […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 4
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 4

    Country House Mysteries – with a touch of Christie …. Classic country house mysteries – with a large helping of murder on the side – have become almost as much a part of the traditional Christmas as ghost stories and Dickens.  And there was no one who did […]

Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.    (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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‘Sound bite’ of the week …….

“I don’t remember anyone’s name. How do you think the ‘dahling’ thing got started?” Zsa Zsa Gabor, the actress and socialite most famous for being famous. Died 18th December, 2016 (age 99) in Bel Air, Los Angeles.     If you found an error, highlight it and press Shift + Enter […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 5
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 5

  Movie Novelisations Which comes first, the film or the novel?  Well, whichever way round it is, the novelisation of films has been a lucrative sideline for filmmakers for years, and is now as important to its ongoing commercial success as the inevitable posters, cuddly toys and host of other […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 6
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 6

  Film Criticism Books With the proliferation of websites today dedicated to telling people which films they should and shouldn’t see, it seems that just about everyone is – or at least thinks they are – a film critic.  With this in mind – if you want to read something […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 7
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 7

  A Boris Karloff Beanie Monster   Boris Karloff – Hollywood’s undisputed King of Terror – who became known simply as ‘Karloff, The Uncanny’, is no longer with us.  That doesn’t mean though that his spirit, or that of the monsters he gave life to in a string of classic chillers, […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 8
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 8

  Hollywood Costume Design Books It’s Christmas and with all those parties to go to what better time to embrace your glamorous side, and really go to town on dressing up.  And if you need inspiration, look no further than Hollywood and the women who really knew how to dress […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 9
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 9

    Vintage Film Magazines With everything going on-line, physical magazines – including those related to film – are becoming increasingly rare.  Which is a shame.  Information at the touch of a button is fine, but there’s still nothing quite like the feel of a magazine in your hands, particularly one […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 10
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 10

  An Oscar Statuette   Ok let’s be honest, it’s highly unlikely that many, if any, of us are ever going to win an Academy Award for our contribution to the world of the movies.  That, however, doesn’t stop us dreaming.  And what better way to lend your fantasies an […]