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By Film Threat Staff | October 3, 2002

Starring Joseph Bologna (Big Daddy) and Tom Bosley (“Happy Days”), “Returning Mickey Stern” will screen twice for Richard Brown’s MOVIES 101 class at the Virgin Megastore Loews in Times Square, October 8th and 9th at 6:45pm.
MOVIES 101, created by Prof. Richard Brown, started at New York University. It meets three nights a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at the Loews State Theatre, in the Virgin Megastore on 45th and Broadway. The format: A major new motion picture is screened for the class prior to its public release. Before the film, Prof. Brown provides background on the movie, including how it came to be produced, as well as the filmography of the director and the producer, the writer and the stars. After the movie, Prof. Brown interviews the star or the director – and sometimes both. If no guest is available, Prof. Brown leads the discussion on his own, and may invite a distinguished figure from the motion picture industry to talk about their own work. (Recent guests in this category have included Alan Alda, Jason Alexander, Richard Dreyfuss, Edie Falco, Ed Harris, and Julia Roberts.)
After booking Mel Brooks, his first guest, Richard discovered that his love for interviewing was matched with a proclivity for booking some of motion pictures’ greatest talents. Virtually every major film artist – from behind the camera as well as in front – has joined MOVIES 101 at one time or another. As the actor Ed Harris said, “When I got my first invitation to visit Richard’s class, it was then that I knew – for sure – that I had made it in this business.” And it is well known that, once an actor or director visits, they will return. In some cases, many times. The class quickly established the reputation for being the “forum of choice” for important film artists to exchange ideas, to talk to their audiences and to recharge their creative batteries. Such extraordinary film artists include John Ford, Ingmar Bergman, François Truffaut and Orson Welles (who visited several times.) In the last two years, Alan Alda, Mel Brooks, Ed Burns, Nicolas Cage, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Andy Garcia, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Gary Sinise, Kevin Spacey, Jerry Stiller, John Travolta, Robin Williams, Bruce Willis and Renee Zellweger have all visited MOVIES 101.
For more information, visit the MOVIES 101 website.

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