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To round out our Elvis Week, I thought we'd celebrate the biggest hit song supposedly written by Elvis: These days more or less every pop star is expected to come up with his own songs. It wasn't always that way: Once upon a time, songwriters wrote songs, and singers sang them. Very occasionally, a singer ventured onto the writer's turf: Frank Sinatra genuinely wrote a handful of songs, including the much covered...
Today, August 19th, is National Aviation Day in the United States, so I thought for our movie date we'd have an airy confection, about flight in both the aviation and criminal sense: Catch Catch Me If You Can if you can. It's a lovely movie and all the more surprising considering the Hollywood muscle powering it: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio. These people have all made such terrible choices in recent years that you forget what it's like to see them in anything other than earnest pompous plonkers. Even John Williams dispenses with the big orchestral bombast and turns in his breeziest score in decades. It's almost groovy. Plus Christopher Walken gets to dance - not for long, alas - to "Embraceable You", with Nathalie Baye. ...
Mark remembers actor and playwright Sam Shepard
Forty years ago Elvis Presley passed ...into a stunningly successful new phase of his career. All this week at SteynOnline, we've been marking the anniversary, starting starting with the man who invented Elvis, and moving on to the guy who wrote more Elvis songs than anybody else. This essay on death as a career move is from my book Mark Steyn From Head to Toe: August 16th marks exactly four decades since a 911 call from 3765 Elvis Presley Boulevard sent the paramedics scrambling for the ambulance. And we're still no nearer knowing the truth...
Mark talks to Jack Lemmon about doughnuts and drama
Our second Tale for Our Time is a sci-fi classic from 1895 by H G Wells: Mark introduces and reads the first part of The Time Machine set in the year 802,701, but feeling much closer to home...
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