WILLIAM BUCKLEY;GORE VIDAL

‘Best of Enemies’ launches Hearst movie meet-up

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It will be my pleasure tonight to host the first movie meet-up – “Movie and a Martini” — that is part of the new S magazine that will be launched in the four Hearst Connecticut newspapers on Sept. 27. Everyone involved with S is excited about this venture that will be covering food, arts, fashion […] [Read More]
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‘Bum Rap’: make time for another perfect beach book

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not letting go of summer without a fight. With at least one extended beach jaunt ahead, I plan to polish off a few more escapist reads before fall rolls in. If you’re looking for another perfect beach book, you should pick up Paul Levine’s “Bum Rap” (Thomas & […] [Read More]
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‘Love & Money’: the corruption of wealth

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The new A.R. Gurney play, “Love & Money,” is polished and engaging but slight – the theatrical equivalent of a nicely put together short story. After last month’s world premiere at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos, the 70-minute, one-act play has just reopened at the Signature Theatre in New York City where […] [Read More]
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‘Devil’s Bridge’: taking chances with success

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Although it might seem foolhardy to mess with a winning formula, Linda Fairstein has taken a big chance with her latest New York City crime novel, “Devil’s Bridge” (Dutton). Fans such as myself have come to rely on the author for some of the smartest and most suspenseful books in the mystery genre, and she […] [Read More]
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Capturing Hemingway’s work on film

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It’s an understatement to say that Ernest Hemingway was not well served by Hollywood. “The Sun Also Rises,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and the other adaptations can be pretty neatly divided into two categories — faithful but overblown bores or travesties that gut the […] [Read More]
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Jane Fonda at the dawn of the 1960s

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Warner Archive offers a DVD-on-demand version of the 1960 comedy that gave Jane Fonda her first screen role — “Tall Story” — and while it by no means qualifies as a good movie, as a Hollywood and pop culture time capsule it’s fascinating. Fonda plays June Ryder, a freshman who has enrolled at Custer College […] [Read More]
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‘Mrs. Palfrey’: a forgotten gem from 2005

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In light of last weekend’s New York Times expose of working conditions at Amazon, this might not be the best time to praise the corporation’s wonderful Prime video service. But, the other night, thanks to Amazon, I caught a wonderful 2005 movie that has been all but forgotten, “Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.” Like so […] [Read More]
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’U.N.C.L.E.’: another 1960s pastiche flop

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While it is not nearly as bad as the 1998 bomb, “The Avengers,” the latest attempt to resurrect a popular 1960s TV series, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” has not been doing well at the box office since it debuted last Friday. Like that failed “Avengers” film, “U.N.C.L.E” has been in development for many years (a […] [Read More]
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