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Voice of Fred Flintstone Henry Corden dies

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- A veteran Hollywood character actor and voice-over artist, Henry Corden, who during the late 1970s became the voice of Fred Flintstone, died at age 85.

Analysis: End of an 'R' era?

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- A recent item in The Hollywood Reporter stated flatly that the adage "sex sells" no longer applies to the movies, but that analysis is probably too simplistic a
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Goldwyns to remake 'Walter Mitty'

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- A remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will link three generations of the famed Goldwyn filmmaking family.

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Cathy's World: Toby Young

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- Writing about the differences between the British and American press a couple of weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal's Tunku Varadarajan observed that American j
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Alan King brings Sam Goldwyn to the stage

NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- Alan King is back on the New York stage in a role that fits him like a glove -- that of Hollywood movie mogul Sam Goldwyn, who began his career as a glove sales
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Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber's short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World— and Welcome to It in 1942. It was made into a film in 1947.

Mitty is a meek, mild man with a vivid fantasy life: in a few dozen paragraphs he imagines himself a wartime pilot, an emergency-room surgeon, and a devil-may-care killer. The character's name has come into more general use to refer to an ineffectual dreamer, appearing in several dictionaries. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Walter Mitty as "an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs". The most famous of Thurber's inept male protagonists, the character is considered "the archetype for dreamy, hapless, Thurber Man".

Although the story has humorous elements, some critics see a darker and more significant message underlying the text, leading to a more tragic interpretation of the Mitty character. Even in his heroic daydreams, Mitty does not triumph, several fantasies being interrupted before the final one sees Mitty dying bravely in front of a firing squad. In the brief snatches of reality that punctuate Mitty's fantasies we meet well-meaning but insensitive strangers who inadvertently rob Mitty of some of his remaining dignity.

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