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Week of February 16th to February 22nd 2014 - Volume Two, Issue Seven.
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Dear Movie Lover,

Happy Birthday George Washington
Statesman    President   Super Hero
Looking at the Gilbert Stuart painting of President Washington completed in 1796 when he was sixty three, it may be hard to believe this dignified statesman was the same large and powerful man who led the Continental Army to victory during the American War of Independence from 1775 to 1783.
George Washington's commanding appearance always inspired trust and admiration. Washington stood 6 feet 3 inches tall. Erect in bearing, muscular and broad shouldered, he was a man of great yet quiet strength.
He first saw military service when commissioned a lieutenant colonial in 1754 and fought in the French and Indian War. Onlookers recall seeing Washington in a skirmish when four bullets ripped his coat and two horses were shot from under him.
Neither deterred him.

Washington lived sixty seven years. During the last 24---more than a third of his life---he was the foremost man in America. The man on whom the fate of our newly-emerging country depended more than on any other. From 1789 to 1796 he held the highest office in the land as the first President of the newborn United States of America.
Time has bestowed upon George Washington this much deserved epithet: First in war. First in peace. First in the hearts of our country.
So forget the cherry tree myth. Suspend the shopping for awhile. Lift a toast to the significance of
George Washington---True American Hero!

Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-headed child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers has died at the age of 85.
Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, succumbed at her home near San Francisco surrounded by
family and care givers.
A talented and ultra-adorable entertainer, Temple was America's top box office draw from 1935 to 1938---a record no other child star has come near.
Shirley Temple was credited with helping save 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy with films such as Curly Top and The Littlest Rebel. She even had a non-alcoholic cocktail named after her;
ginger ale and grenadine topped with a maraschino cherry.

Temple had often said that more than movie success or service in the US diplomatic corps, her greatest role was as wife, mother and grandmother. Charles Black, her husband of fifty-five years,
died in 2001.
Her immense popularity during the height of the Depression prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to say that "as long as we have Shirley Temple we will be alright."
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Coming Attractions This Week:  
February 16th to February 22nd 2014  


Four fabulous and completely different genres are on tap on's Coming Attractions this week.


For romantic Francophiles (is there any other kind?), there's Brigette Bardot's film debut, And God Created Woman. Need we say more?


From the writer of the screenplay Apocalypse Now comes Dillinger, an electrifying crime saga of one of America's most notorious gangsters of the 1930's.
In the musical comedy Pajama Game , songs by Doris Day and dance routines by Bob Fosse generate lots of steam heat---as implied by the song of the same name---in this funny, fast-paced take on labor negotiations under way at the Sleeptite Pajama Factory.
A Western, anyone? China 9 Liberty 37 definitely will not disappoint with  tale of a condemned gunfighter reprieved by an unscrupulous railroad company. The trade-off? The assassination of an unsuspecting rancher.

Check Today's Attractions for dates and times (ET) for these features as well as for all the great free movies on

And God Created Woman

This is the film that introduced American audiences to the landscape of St. Tropez and the image of Brigitte Bardot. And what an introduction it was!

Running Time: 91 Minutes   Romantic Comedy   English Version
Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christian Marquand, Curt Jurgens  
Directed By: Roger Vadim

China 9  Liberty 37

When an unscrupulous head of a railroad wants the right of way through the land of an uncooperative rancher, he arranges for a condemned killer to do the job in return for his freedom. Then things get complicated.

Running Time: 98 Minutes   Drama Western
Starring: Jennie Agutter, Warren Oates, Sam Peckinpah
Directed By: Monte Hellman


Bank robber John Dillinger has become a folk hero to Depression -era Americans. But time may be running out for Dillinger and his band of fugitives as the FBI is on the case and the pursuit won't end until every member of the gang is captured...or dead.

Running Time: 1 hour 40 Minutes
Starring: Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Warren Oates, Michelle Phillips
Directed By: John Milius

Pajama Game

Labor and management at the Sleeptite Pajama Company aren't sleeping much lately. A strike may result. But negotiations here involve Doris Day, Bob Fosse and John Raitt  brilliantly playing the Pajama Game.

Running Time: 101 Minutes   Musical Comedy
Starring: Doris Day, Bob Fosse, John Raitt
Directed By: George Abbott, Stanley Donen
Star Turn:
The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Renamed After Vogue's Anna Wintour

Who else---if not the most influential person in fashion---to have the Metropolitan Museum of Art rename its Costume Institute in her honor?
The Vogue Editor-in Chief who was recently named magazine publisher Conde Nast's Artistic Director will now share her name with one the most celebrated spaces in fashion.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose stately edifice dominates Upper Fifth Avenue, has renamed its Costume Institute The Anna Wintour Costume Center. Ms. Wintour---a Met trustee for fifteen years---has helped raise about $125 million for the Costume Institute. Each year, she also takes part in hosting fashion's version of the Oscars known as the Met Gala.
After the Met's two year, nearly $40 million renovation, for which Ms. Wintour helped raise funds. The Anna Wintour Costume Institute will open on May 8 with the inaugural exhibition, Charles James, Beyond.
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Film Maker Tidbits 

Karl Lagerfeld was back behind the camera last year for his latest film, The Return---about Coco Chanel, the famed designer/founder and how she resurrected the House of Chanel.

The 30 minute short recounts the tale of how the designer, played by Charlie Chaplin's daughter Geraldine Chaplin, struggled to impress critics with the unveiling of her 1954 comeback collection until she found success with the Dallas-based Neiman Marcus which supported her designs.
"It's America who rediscovered her, so this is a thank you, commented Lagerfeld, Without America she would have closed the operation."
In true Lagerfeld style, the film---shot over three days in a Paris studio---was approached without a script. According to Lagerfeld, "this allowed improvisations for a more natural effect."

Relativity Media is putting together a biopic of John D. Rockefeller and the studio will adapt the
author Ron Chernow's book; Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller.
As the world's first billionaire and patriarch of America's most famous dynasty, Rockefeller is one of the most fascinating giants of the 19th and 20th centuries. He founded Standard Oil (first Esso; now Exxon International)  in 1870 and, as oil became an increasingly important resource, saw his fortune raise substantially until Standard Oil gained nearly complete control of the market.

The film adaptation will also  point to Rockefeller's major philanthropic efforts since he gave away much of his wealth throughout his lifetime. Since it's early days, casting is not yet under way.
It will be interesting to see who Hollywood casts as the world's first billionaire.

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