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Posts Tagged ‘Albert Finney’

Variety Film Exclusives Muffled by Paywall

From what we can tell, Showblitz.com, the much ballyhooed window into what’s being published daily behind the Variety.com paywall, is not yet indexed on Google News. Which is a shame, because the trade publication has been doing a great job recently of landing film news exclusives.

Unlike Deadline.com, the Hollywood Reporter and TheWrap, where Variety film editor Josh Dickey used to work, the 106-year-old outlet (!) receives far fewer Internet “hat tips” and URL-linked rewrites, because most third-party sites are unwilling to point to a URL that requires membership. And until the entertainment journalism community at large starts getting blasted with Google News alerts, not too many seem willing to pay attention to Showblitz.

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Critic Collects Movie Stars on Bikes

This past Thanksgiving, Philadelphia Inquirer movie critic Steven Rea launched a whimsical blog at Tumblr. Titled “Rides a Bike,” it honors those halcyon days when movie stars rode around Hollywood backlots on bicycles.

Many of the photos depict timeless pairings, such as Audrey Hepburn with her dog Mr. Famous or Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth riding tandem. There’s also the somewhat incongruous two-wheeled taming of men of action like Sean Connery and Steve McQueen.

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