Film critic to host free discussion series

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A prominent film critic will be hosting a free film and TV discussion series at Semiahmoo Resort starting on Wednesday, September 18.

Hosted by Blaine author and former syndicated entertainment columnist Ron Miller, the series will take place in the resort’s Discovery Theatre on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. The programs will feature scenes from famous films and TV programs on a large screen, followed by discussion and audience participation. The programs are open to the public at no charge, and refreshments will be served.

The opening program on September 18 will include tributes to film and TV stars who died during the past year, including Doris Day, Burt Reynolds and Peter Fonda. Miller will show scenes from their best work and discuss his personal meetings with many of them.

The next program, on September 25, will include a parade of scenes featuring the villains and vixens of the James Bond series. On October 2, Miller will discuss his private interviews with stars including Lucille Ball, and on October 9, Miller will discuss the special bond created between some film directors and their favorite stars.

Subsequent programs will feature actors who never won Academy Awards for their acting but won them for directing; scenes from the audience’s favorite guilty pleasures; and comedians who have wandered into the world of horror movies.

Miller was the TV editor of the San Jose Mercury News from 1977 to 1999, and his columns were syndicated to more than 125 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. He is the former national president of the Television Critics Association and has authored or co-authored six books. He has been a resident of Blaine since 2001.

Seating in the hotel’s theater is limited, so attendees are urged to arrive early for each program. No tickets are required.

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