Author: <span>Penny Flores</span>

They weren’t around long, but their lights keep shining brightly. The planet has been graced by magnificent talents who left us so early, whether they be rock gods or screen goddesses. The most famous musicians and actors who have died tragically young are here.

Many prominent actors stay forever young despite their premature deaths, including Heath Ledger, whose shocking death shook the world in 2008, to Kurt Cobain, who joined the tragic fraternity of stars who died at the age of 27 (including Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Brian Jones).

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Even though celebrities may be richer and more attractive, that doesn’t make them better than us. Check out these celebrity mugshots!

Note: They aren’t necessarily guilty, even if they look guilty.

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Silent Films about the Civil War

Sometimes you just have to go back, and I mean *way* back for some interesting war movie action.

Well, maybe not action so much, but the 2000 issue of Civil War Films of the Silent Era takes us back to the time before World War I, before the notion of a “war movie” had even become ingrained in our culture. These three films provide an interesting perspective, but still seem to carry similar themes you’d see today. I’ll cover each of these separately, and then end with my complaints about this nearly-excellent collection….

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Five Other U.S. Cities That Have Embraced Film and Television

Filmmaking in the U.S. is no longer relegated to Hollywood and New York. Explore a little about five other cities that can make their claim to film and television fame.

While most people think of Hollywood and New York City as the centers for movie making in the U.S., there are plenty of other cities throughout the States that can boast with pride the number of films that have used their skylines as backdrops. In fact, MovieMaker.com recently ranked the top ten cities to live, work in, and the film is based on a number of criteria including available local support for talent and financial incentives.

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Silent Movie Star and Writer

A short biography of the 1920s actress known for her captivating beauty, style, and intelligence.

With her sleek, bobbed hair and gloriously heedless allure, actress Louise Brooks remains one of the most distinctive stars of the 1920s. Mary Louise Brooks, also known as Brooksie, was born in November 1906 in Cherryvale, Kansas. Louise’s father Leonard was a lawyer who would later become Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, while Louise’s mother Myra was a cultured and accomplished woman, not interested in traditional wifely duties.

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Silent Film Star and Hollywood Pioneer

A short biography of the actress once known as America’s Sweetheart. Along with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, Pickford was a co-founder of United Artists Studio.

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Directed by John Hughes, the movie featured Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, and Molly Ringwald – five of the then soon-to-be Brat Pack members who later became well known for flicks such as St. Elmo’s Fire and About Last Night. Yet, though I remember those equally impressive credits, it’s The Breakfast Club that I’ll most remember them for, if only because the characters all hit so close to home.

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Though still quite young, Ryan Gosling has managed to resist the temptation of Hollywood. He has remained true to himself and has continued to deliver great performances.

Ryan Gosling is deeply committed to his craft. His focus appears not to rely on success in terms of finances but rather, in regards to artistic merit. This is clearly indicated by his choice of film roles. He rarely selects films that are typical of Hollywood and instead focus on smaller, deeply intimate films which help to reveal his many talents according to Imdb.com.

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From Gehrig to The Natural

Baseball’s proud claim to be the National Pastime has taken jarring hits from pro football and basketball in recent years. But neither of those sports can compete when it comes to providing the subject matter for some of America’s finest and most memorable movies.

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Graphic Novel Gets Excellent Big-Screen Adaptation

People called it the first adult comic book movie – but sidestepping that and all the other chit-chat, Watchmen is a sprawling, sophisticated and gripping film.

The mysterious murder of the Comedian (Morgan), a masked vigilante and member of the Watchmen (a group of superheroes) leads the aggressive and paranoid Rorschach (Haley) to begin investigating whether his murder was random or an attack on “masks”.His actions and investigation bring in the other Watchmen, among them Nite Owl (Wilson), Silk Spectre II (Akerman) Ozymandias (Goode) and the god-like Dr. Manhattan (Crudup), and their lives intertwine following the murder of one of their own to devastating and revelatory effect, foregrounded against the specter of nuclear annihilation between the U.S. and the Soviets.

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Academy Award-Winning Actress of the Golden Age Died at 90

Jennifer Jones was a romantic leading lady of the Golden Era of Hollywood who won one Oscar and was nominated for four more. The actress has died at the age of 90.

Jennifer Jones, an Academy Award-winning actress of the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood passed away on December 17, 2009, at the age of 90. According to an obituary in the New York Times, Jones died of natural causes at her home in Malibu, California.

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Enduring Icon of Hollywood’s Golden Era

Although Clark Gable has been a larger-than-life symbol of Hollywood for decades, his iconic status rests largely on three perfectly fitting roles from the 1930s.

Born in 1901, Gable began acting in the silent movies of the 1920s. Making the adjustment to talkies later in that decade, he was ready for the leap to stardom as the Depression unfolded.

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Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert Star in Frank Capra’s Screwball Comedy Classic

Regarded as the first screwball comedy, It Happened One Night almost didn’t happen. Once it did, the magic was apparent.

The format of It Happened One Night, the first screwball and romantic comedy, is still seen in romantic comedies today: boy and girl meet, fall in love, fight, break up, yet find true happiness in the end.

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In an uncharacteristic comedic turn, the Master of Suspense brings us romantic fluff for our cinematic sweet tooth with Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) became synonymous with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their highly-publicized affair that steamed up the pages of tabloids. The film itself sounded like it was plucked from Hitchcock’s filmography, following a pair of married assassins who were unwittingly hired to kill each other, but the director’s own Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) couldn’t be farther from this unrelated tale. Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard are simply a bickering young couple who discover they are not really married, hardly a logical choice for a Hitchcock vehicle. Unfortunately, Hitchcock was forbidden to exercise as much freedom in this early collaboration with RKO studios. Despite these limitations, the sparkling chemistry of the stars and the shining bits of dialogue throughout the film help Mr. and Mrs. Smith transcend the predictability of the plot.

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