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The devolution of Mel Gibson

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The big male movie stars of the 1980s rarely teamed up together in the same pictures. Whether due to ego or budget issues, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger were solo acts in their signature roles, so it was a terrible sign of the times for these men last week when their […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘Heroes Are My Weakness’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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I’ve said it before, but I am so lucky to write about books for the Hearst papers in Connecticut. Doing feature stories on authors who come to  Connecticut on tour has pushed me out of my comfort zone again and again, forcing me to read books I would probably not have picked up for my […] [Read More]
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‘Leo’s Room’: a coming of age story with a difference

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Hollywood so often takes a one-crisis-per-customer approach to personal dramas that it is refreshing to see the ambitious little movie “Leo’s Room” give its protagonist a more lifelike series of challenges. On the surface, this 2009 film from Uruguay is yet another coming of age story about a young man struggling to figure out if […] [Read More]
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‘Breathless’: The ‘Mad Men’ era in England

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A new and very addictive British TV series, “Breathless,” is debuting on PBS “Masterpiece” Sunday night. The six-episode first season will be shown two-episodes a week between August 24 and September 7. If you’re like me and prefer binge-watching rather than following a series from week to week, you can enjoy all six hours of […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: Julia Ormond as a no-nonsense Connecticut lawyer

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Few actresses could live up to the tremendous public relations campaign that was launched on behalf of the young British actress Julia Ormond when she was chosen to star in Sydney Pollack’s 1995 remake of “Sabrina.” Not only was the unknown actress (in this country) appearing opposite Harrison Ford in a big-budget romantic comedy, she was […] [Read More]
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‘The Maids’: mixing stage and screen at City Center

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The decision to present the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids” at City Center as part of the Lincoln Center Festival this month seemed like a major miscalculation. A three character, one-set drama of the sort that would be ideally suited for a venue like the Booth Theatre on Broadway — seating […] [Read More]
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50 years of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

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Almost a half century has passed since “Fiddler on the Roof” debuted on Broadway Sept. 22, 1964. Although the show was the creation of proven theater talent, from director-choreographer Jerome Robbins to book writer Joseph Stein to songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, some Broadway folks feared the musical would prove to be too “ethnic” […] [Read More]
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‘Eyes on You’: deadly office politics

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Do you have time for one more summer beach book? I’ve got a good one for you. The latest novel by Kate White, “Eyes on You” (Harper), is a first-rate thriller set in the world of New York television that I polished off in a couple of sittings. The brutal office politics in the higher […] [Read More]
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