How the Documentary I Worked on Spent Its Summer Vacation

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Miracle on 42nd Street was completed. The official Website was relaunched. The teaser poster was rolled out.

Miracle, which I co-wrote, is about Manhattan Plaza, the affordable-housing community for artists in New York City. The complex was born of the Big Apple’s mid-1970s financial crisis, and opened during the Bronx Is Burning summer of 1977. So, yes, there’s a lot of cool footage in Miracle — and a lot of cool stories from the likes of Larry David (an early Manhattan Plaza resident) and Samuel L. Jackson (a Manhattan Plaza security guard during the ’77 blackout).

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When James Bond Went to Outer Space

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It was the 1970s, specifically, the post-Star Wars 1970s, an era when everyone and everything, including the opening-credit sequence from Superman: The Movie, was blast into the great beyond. The movie (which was better as a poster) was Moonraker, and Roger Moore was 007. Moore’s era overlapped with Sean Connery’s, and extended into the 1980s, but he was surely the Bond of the 1970s, the Bond of my childhood.

Moore died today at age 89. Here’s the the obituary I wrote for Yahoo!