PRODUCER FRED WEINTRAUP Fred Weintraup was promoting a documentary that VARIETY labeled the THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT of the animal world. In one clip it actually had a group of dogs singing, singing in the rain. Definitely an off-beat project but, if you know Weintraup it didn’t seem all that unusual considering the man who had…

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1970s P2   This is the second interview from the 1970s.   At his peak, Richard Donner, director of Superman The Movie and the Lethal Weapon series, was one of Hollywood’s most commercially successful directors.   His breakthrough film was The Omen and it was at the time of that film’s release that I interviewed him.  I had seen The…

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INTRODUCTION For the next few weeks I’m going to post some interviews I did in the 1970s. Today, the 70s are considered a revolutionary time for American Cinema during which time Hollywood films began to incorporate the style and substance of European films made the previous decade.  It was also the time of the auteur—directors who placed…

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  ANTHONY HOPKINS: AN INTERVIEW     ANTHONY HOPKINS IN 1975   At the time of this interview Anthony Hopkins was on tour promoting a TV movie about the Lindberg kidnapping. He portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, the convicted kidnapper; a performance that would earn the actor an Emmy.  This  interview–one of my first–was conducted 15 years before Hannibal Lector…

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  THIRTYSOMETHING ANGST: A FORCE OF NATURE What is thirtysomething angst? I didn’t know it at the time but a number of years ago I found myself in the midst of it.   Recently, I was going through some trunked writing and I came across this piece. It’s from an auto biographical book dealing with my high school years in which I…

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THE MUSE   THE MUSE IN THE MOVIES: RITA HAYWORTH AND SHARON STONE   What is a Muse?  Someone asked me recently to explain what a muse was. As I was babbling on  it occurred to me that several years ago I had written about me and my muse in an introduction to a book.  So, I searched through my trunk of…

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  PORTRAIT OF EDWARD SOREL AT WORK BY STEPHAN ALCOVE Edward Sorel, the award winning caricaturist has also written a book about the 1936 Mary Astor Custody Battle—Mary Astor’s Purple Diary.  I am fortunate in having just read an advance review copy and can tell you that Mr. Sorel has illustrated and written  a hilarious…

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