Why the 3D boom isn’t about to bust anytime soon

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Paramount Pictures startled Hollywood recently when it decided to pull “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” from its June 29 release slot. Release dates tend to be engraved in stone in Tinsel Town, with studios staking out a claim for a Memorial Day weekend or July 4 release date several years in advance. Pulling the plug so close […] [Read More]

The sophisticated sex appeal of Romy Schneider

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If I could hop into a pop culture time machine, I think I would want to make a 1961 stop in Paris to check out the stage production of John Ford’s “Tis Pity She’s a Whore” that co-starred Romy Schneider and Alain Delon. Perhaps the sexiest acting couple of the 1960s, Schneider and Delon were […] [Read More]

Happy Memorial Day 2012!

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What a ‘Shame’ we are still so juvenile about movie sex

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Michael Fassbender gave one of the strongest movie performances of the past few years in the late 2011 release “Shame,” but it is easy to imagine that the 35-year-old British actor might now have some regrets about appearing in the Steve McQueen-directed drama. Because he agreed to go full frontal in this searing story of […] [Read More]

Will Ridley Scott’s R-rated ‘Prometheus’ gamble pay off?

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Going against the Hollywood summer movie grain, director Ridley Scott and Twentieth Century Fox decided to bite the bullet and release June 8′s ultra-expensive science-fiction film “Prometheus” with an R rating. Raunchy lowish-budgeted comedies like “Bridesmaids” and “The Hangover” have gone out with R-ratings in recent summers, but the $200-$300 million tentpole movies have all […] [Read More]

‘Deliverance’ turns 40, but remains as unsettling as ever

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How could it be 40 years since the John Boorman film “Deliverance” was released? That was my first reaction when I received a Warner Home Video press release announcing that the milestone is being marked next month by a new Blu-Ray edition of the 1972 hit about four Atlanta businessmen who run into terrible trouble […] [Read More]

‘Lonely, I’m Not’: Topher terrific, play not so hot

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The TV and film actor Topher Grace is making a very auspicious off-Broadway debut in the new comedy by Paul Weitz — “Lonely, I’m Not” — that is running at the Second Stage Theatre through June 3. Grace proves himself to be as comfortable on stage as he has been on screen; the young actor […] [Read More]

Ben Bradlee bio: the perils of writing a ‘personal portrait’

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A person’s views on friendship tend to evolve over the years, but it would seem to be a hard and fast rule that a “friend” does not publish a book that exposes the object of their affection to widespread public ridicule. Jeff Himmelman’s new “personal portrait” of the legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee — […] [Read More]

‘The Shoemaker’s Wife’: a novel that takes over your life

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We are all in such a hurry now — and have so much “entertainment” vying for our time — that the notion of sinking into an epic novel for a few days can seem archaic to many people. Too many books serve up bite-sized little chapters — and simplistic characters — meant to be absorbed […] [Read More]

Raunchy fun in a basement on White Street

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The Flea Theater in lower Manhattan is in the middle of a new play festival that gives audiences a chance to hear fresh voices in the theatre as interpreted by the fantastic resident acting company, The Bats. One of artistic director Jim Simpson’s greatest gifts is assembling young actors for the company that spends a […] [Read More]