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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Orson Welles. The pride of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Welles dropped into life as the son of inventor-wagon factory owner Richard Welles and musician-suffragette Beatrice Welles (nee Ives). A pampered childhood evolved … Continue reading

A large part of the twentieth century was born in 1915. That storied year, an all-star lineup of cultural giants found their way to our reality, and in short order proceeded to make it better while turning it every which … Continue reading

In observance of The Great One’s birthday, an excerpt from Francis Ford Coppola, by Jeff Menne, a recent book in UIP’s Contemporary Film Director’s Series. Here Menne describes how Coppola’s early film The Rain People affected his working method and the structure of his … Continue reading

A few months ago, a friend and I discussed one of those pop culture questions that go just right with a pint of beer. Which living celebrity has been famous for the longest period of time? We quickly altered the rules … Continue reading

In a century-plus of popular culture, journalists have appeared as cynical scandalmongers, noble crusaders, nicotine-soaked cynics, and the mild-mannered alter egos of super-powered Kryptonians. The latest UIP debut Heroes and Scoundrels covers the whole waterfront of newspersons depicted in our pop … Continue reading

Like a lot of Hollywood stars on awards night, we’re a little late to the Golden Globes party. But the subjects of titles in UIP’s Contemporary Film Directors series filled in admirably for us by picking up awards at the annual … Continue reading

In 1986, Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape helped launch the surge in indie cinema that entertained so many of us in the 1990s. He’s since brought his distinctive but definitely indie vibe to the mainstream with Ocean’s Eleven and Erin Brockovich while … Continue reading

“Do you make your own breakfast, Mr Neff?” “Well, I squeeze a grapefruit now and again.” Has it really been seventy years since Double Indemnity? The noir touchstone hit theaters in September of 1944, about the same time the Allies … Continue reading