Emma Stone in VF: the return of the bathing suit competition

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The surface style of the movie star profiles in the glossy magazines has changed fairly radically in the last few years. In an apparent attempt to keep up with reality television and the new fake intimacy of social networks, reporters are giving the illusion of being closer than ever to their interview subjects. I wrote […] [Read More]

At ‘summer camp’ with Jeffrey Deaver, Ken Follett and company

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It was so much fun — and so informative — to hang out at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan over the weekend during the annual ThrillerFest gathering. Sponsored by the International Thriller Writers organization, the event drew more than 800 writers, agents, publishing industry people, aspiring novelists and fans. Novelist Jon Land — who is […] [Read More]

Dead designer draws King Tut-sized crowds in New York

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The Alexander McQueen show at the Metropolitan Musuem — “Savage Beauty” — is a scene as well as an art exhibit. Set up in one of the mammoth museum’s smaller, non-blockbuster exhibit galleries, the show has turned into one of the runaway hits of the New York summer. The crowds are so huge at this […] [Read More]

‘Unnatural Acts’: secret witchhunt at Harvard 90 years ago

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The new collectively developed play “Unnatural Acts” is set to close at the Classic Stage Company on July 24, but I have a hunch this powerful drama about sex, friendship and betrayal will have a long afterlife. The show might not get the commercial transfer in New York City that it deserves, but it will […] [Read More]

‘Buried Secrets’: corruption and kidnapping in Boston thriller

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Joseph Finder has just delivered his second book on private intelligence operative Nick Heller — “Buried Secrets” (St. Martin’s Press) — and it’s a powerhouse thriller that puts its hooks into you in chapter one and never lets go. Heller is a marvelous creation, a former government agent who has set up his own business in Boston with […] [Read More]

‘The Illusion’: a Tony Kushner ‘Twilight Zone’ episode

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The Signature Theatre picked the perfect play to end its life in the snug little Peter Norton Space on far West 42nd St. “The Illusion” by Tony Kushner is about the magic of theater — how it can almost replace “reality” for some of us — and director Michael Mayer and his top notch ensemble pull […] [Read More]

‘Buck’: the movie that is making grown men cry

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There is probably nothing tougher in this ultra-cynical age than selling a competely straightforward PG-rated movie about a middle-age white man who exudes old-fashioned niceness. Like everyone else, I had read great things about “Buck” going all the way back to its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, but was I eager to see a […] [Read More]

An all-time low in the annals of celebrity journalism?

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GQ is one of my favorite magazines. Tucked in and around the glossy fashion and food spreads are some of the best columnists and journalism to be found in the monthlies (GQ had one of the first reports on the links between cell phones and cancer). The high quality of much of the magazine makes some of the […] [Read More]