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The facts were these: in 1974, the best actor in a leading role category had the following nominees: Jack Lemmon, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Redford and Jack Nicholson. Lemmon won, but look at that groupJust a bit of trivia I came across while researching actor Jack Lemmon, who would be 89 years old today. Coincidently, James Dean would be 83, can you imagine? I can’t. 
Last time I did a birthday post on Dean I didn’t know Lemmon. That must’ve been just last year. Sometimes it seems like it was long ago, but I’ve only started watching classics in 2011. Granted, it became its own kind of obsession quickly, but still, it’s a pretty recent affair. Even younger is my admiration for Lemmon’s work – but despite that, it’s unquestionably true that he deserves this brief mention. If you wish to get to know him, see The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, The Odd Couple, or Days of Wine and Roses; and if classic movies aren’t your thing, you can always catch him in movies like JFK or Glengarry Glen Ross. As for Dean, you know where to find him: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, and some TV appearances.

This week’s discovery however, was actor Lee Pace. Until a couple of days ago, I would see those tumblr fangirl picture edits and think sure, he’s cute, or hear people talk about him with a mix of adoration and admiration and vaguely remember his work in Lincoln (the period clothes mostly). Then I read Katy’s post on Amy Adams, how the actress reminded her of Marilyn Monroe in Miss Pettigrew Lives for Day. Those words were like mermaid chants for my heart, so I watched the movie that same night. And then bang, Lee Pace. Or rather, Michael: a bit quirky, with a unique voice, and the must hug inducing sad face I have ever sighed for. And if you didn’t catch the reference, I’m watching Pushing Daisies already. 
As Valentine’s day approaches, my brain works incessantly to find post ideas. For inspiration I’ve been listening to a playlist of love songs, non-stop. That’s when I stumbled upon Paul Anka, the real Paul Anka. And you know what? I like him. Maybe it’s the season’s spirit, but these days even Barry Manilow has my heart.

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On a more serious note, it’s been a rather sad week for the film world. The news of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s passing ignited a streak of beautiful words typed by inspired people from all over the world – all of which ring very true. In times like these, I believe in the old tradition of sharing fond memories of those who passed, and Man Repeller’s was the one that brought me greater joy.

Man Repeller also redirects us to a great article on Esquire, on the same topic.
– Ever wanted to visit L.A.? Then take a look at Yara’s Daily LA Diary, now.
– Here’s a great The New Yorker article about film education initiatives in schools, and why it is not the right approach.
– Taschen is publishing a new Annie Leibovitz book, and it’s gigantic, literally. The legendary photographer shares her thoughts on it.
– Random, but if you love beauty, check out the new Marc Jacobs palette The Lolita and try not to buy it this instant.
Sati reviews Dallas Buyers Club, and uses some insanely cool graphics.
– Aurora pays a fine tribute to Jack Lemmon.
– Lê gives you 10 reasons to love classic movies.
– Clara seems to be back to blogging (which makes me really happy), sharing some classic actor’s last lines on film.
– Mettel covers the intro of the new HBO series, True Detective – it’s a visual buffet.
Bonjour Tristesse is back for its annual coverage of the Berlinale – everything you need to know about the first day is right there.
– Victoria muses on what art to buy for Holly Golightly.
– Mr. Jeffery shares his notes on the movie Adore, and even though it’s not entirely a positive remark, I still want to see it!

final notes
I’ve changed my blog reading entirely to bloglovin, so that’s where I’m following all of you now
Posting has been irregular due to exams. It will go back to normal next week!

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