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TOP GUN Turns 30: Revisiting the Iconic Action Blockbuster

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan, enthusiastic patriotism and the popular blockbusters of the day — the RAMBO and ROCKY franchises among them — were part of the defining Americana at the nation’s core, which is why Tony Scott’s TOP GUN became a hit, and the highest-grossing film of 1986. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the…

From the Archives: George Lucas Tells the STAR WARS Origin Story

With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hitting theaters this week, we dug up a vintage American Film™ magazine interview with George Lucas published just before the release of the first STAR WARS film in 1977. Long before the space opera franchise would land in the hands of director J.J. Abrams, Lucas started developing STAR WARS in the early 1970s, even…

From the Archives: The Original Black List?

Since December 2004, the Black List has tallied “the most liked” unproduced Hollywood screenplays of the year as voted for by producers, financiers and other Hollywood insiders. An entertainment industry staple, the List has gone on to boost careers, help get films made and even become a predictor for the Oscars©. Back in 1979, a pre-Black List American…

The New American Film™ Is Here

You might have noticed that things look a little different around here. Because, well, they are. Welcome to the new and improved American Film™. This new format isn’t a remake, spin-off or even a sequel. Think of it as a reboot. First, the things that won’t change: We’ll continue to post quality content about movies…
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