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It is fitting that Cinecon’s annual salute to TV’s “lost” past should be projected on the big screen in Hollywood’s fabled Egyptian Theatre. These kinescopes — generally the only record of a live, early TV broadcast — are about as rare as treasures found in pyramids past. A favourite gathering for classic film buffs, Cinecon

Happy to be back in The Toronto Star today, this time for a feature on two of my most treasured comedy film idols, Laurel & Hardy. The occasion is the release of the new feature “Stan & Ollie,” premiering Friday in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The movie spreads to cinemas in other Canadian cities a

Those of you who read this site regularly (you both know who you are) are undoubtedly aware that my favourite TV channel is TCM — Turner Classic Movies. No other channel caters to its fan base with such style and provides such well archived content. Ben Mankiewicz has proved that classic film, as his intro proclaims,

Did you know Sammy Davis Jr. could not land a special on a U.S. network TV schedule in the late ’50s — so he made one in Canada instead? That’s just one of the things I learned Monday from my pal Stan Taffel, 16mm film collector extraordinaire. Taffel is the president of Cinecon, an annual Los

One of the things that surprised Sean Patrick Shaul while making “Silent Legend: The Mack Sennett Story” was how few people, even in the film and TV business, had even heard of the man dubbed the original “King of Comedy.” The Vancouver-based filmmaker’s Sennett doc premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC’s Documentary Channel. Having

After a week or so watching a ton of brand new TCA offerings, I had to cleanse the palate by screening content from the silent era. Thanks to my LA archivist pal Stan Taffel, I had an opportunity to do just that at the premiere of “Silent Legend: The Mack Sennett Story.” The Canadian-made documentary was screened

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–The TV on Film Project comes to California. TV reporters attending the summer Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton will have an opportunity on Sunday, July 28 at 12:45 p.m. to step back nearly 40 years.  “See The Best…CBS” was shown at the 1974 upfront in New York and made

Was up north painting the unplugged cottage and a bit behind on posting, so missed this milestone from Sunday: the 50th anniversary of the first Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Carson’s official debut on Oct. 1, 1962 only survives on a short audio clip. As has been noted here before, the first 10 years of