‘How to Make It in America’ — another HBO zeitgeist winner

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HBO scored long-running hits with a girls vs. boys series (“Sex and the City”) and then a boys against the girls sitcom (“Entourage’), so it would be nice if the cable network found another cash cow in a more sexually balanced comedy series, “How to Make It in America.” The series written by Ian Edelman […] [Read More]

New York City + movies + booze = fun in Fairfield

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I thought my days of hosting the “Martini & a Movie” series at the Fairfield Theatre Company were behind me. The screenings that ended more than a year ago were lots of fun, but the idea seemed played out after a few years and the projection system left something to be desired — even with […] [Read More]

Snooping in other people’s homes with ‘The Selby’

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Photographer, painter and writer Todd Selby (below) produced one of 2010′s most entertaining books, “The Selby Is in Your Place” (Abrams), a compilation of the “home environment” lay-outs Todd does on his popular blog, The Selby. The book allows us the voyeuristic fun of exploring the homes and lives of some very creative people who […] [Read More]

‘Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.’ — when Audrey played a hooker

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If you look at the 1961 Audrey Hepburn romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” now, it hardly appears to be a cutting-edge movie. Hepburn is terrific and the Henry Mancini score delicious, but the film only hints at Holly Golightly’s occupation — she’s a prostitute. If you know the original Truman Capote novella, it’s disconcerting to […] [Read More]

The street fashion photography of Tommy Ton

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If the venerable Bill Cunningham of The New York Times took his wonderful man on the street fashion lay-outs global, the result might look something like the work of the fantastic Tommy Ton. Ton (below) runs the Jak and Jil blog which gives an insider’s view of the international fashion business — both on the runways and […] [Read More]

In Like (Errol) Flynn — the Mel Gibson of the 1940s?

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Last year, Warner Home Video put out a wonderful five disc DVD set, “Errol Flynn Adventures,” that focuses on the war movies the star made during the 1940s. It’s not that “Desperate Journey” (1942, above), “Edge of Darkness” (1943), “Northern Pursuit” (1943), “Uncertain Glory” (1944) and “Objective Burma!” (1945) are such great movies, but they are […] [Read More]

Catch up with the amazing Charlotte Gainsbourg

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Charlotte Gainsbourg won the best actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, but she wasn’t among the actresses nominated for an Academy Award that year. Gainsbourg won her Cannes prize for “Anti-Christ,” a very difficult film that was something of a scandal in this country in limited art house release in the fall of […] [Read More]

‘Light Gradient’: a drama with more questions than answers

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It’s easy to see why the German film, “Light Gradient,” was unable to stir up much interest in this country during a very limited theatrical release in 2010. Writer-director Jan Kruger deals in the sort of narrative ambiguity and open-ended finale that doesn’t play well here — even in the arthouses. Back in the 1960s […] [Read More]

‘Zenith’: a dystopian DVD worth checking out

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You don’t need much money to serve up a chillingly realistic vision of the future — a fact Jean-Luc Godard demonstrated with “Alphaville” in 1965 and restated by writer-director Vladan Nikolic in his 2010 festival favorite “Zenith” which is now available on home video. “Alphaville” was filmed on carefully selected Paris locations — mostly gleaming new office […] [Read More]

Sutton Foster dazzles on ‘Anything Goes’ cast album

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The delightful original cast album of the current hit Broadway revival of “Anything Goes” became available on iTunes last month, but what is now known as “the physical release” (i.e. a CD with liner notes) will take place Sept. 20 via Ghostlight Records. The show won Sutton Foster her second Tony in the role of […] [Read More]