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New And Notable Film Books

15 September 2014 11:28 PM, PDT

It’s been a while since I surveyed new film books, and while (as usual) I haven’t had time to read these cover-to-cover I’ve gleaned just enough from skimming to feel confident in recommending them to you.  Warner Bros. Hollywood’S Ultimate Backlot by Steven Bingen with Marc Wanamaker, Bison Archives; foreword by Doris Day (Taylor Trade Publishing) In the wake of his eye-opening book about MGM (MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot), Steven Bingen has produced another wondrous look behind the scenes of a great movie studio. Whether you browse through the hundreds of unfamiliar photos detailing the famous Burbank facility or read the complete text, this book will take you...

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The Skeleton Twins

15 September 2014 11:55 AM, PDT

It’s challenging to make a film about suicide, and even trickier to cast two comedic performers in the leading roles, but Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader do excellent work in The Skeleton Twins, and director/co-writer Craig Johnson steers the story with a sure hand. Wiig and Hader play a brother and sister whose childhood bond has eroded in recent years. But when he is rescued after a suicide attempt she immediately flies across the country to be with him and convinces him to move in with her and her husband (Luke Wilson) in upstate New York while he heals. They try to reconnect and patch up their broken relationship, but they both have considerable demons to deal with…and he has...

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