Ernest Borgnine, R.I.P.

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Like everyone else, I was saddened to learn of the death of Ernest Borgnine at the age of 95 yesterday. An amazingly versatile actor, Borgnine worked right up to the end. In the fall of 2010, he returned to his native Connecticut for a tribute at Sacred Heart University, and I had the pleasure of […] [Read More]

Smash’: watching whole TV seasons in one fell swoop

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The availability of complete seasons of TV series for DVD and download marathon viewings has made it almost impossible for me to watch a show on a week-by-week basis. I can’t stand the suspense of waiting for months to get to the end of a season when I know that if I hold off a bit […] [Read More]

Summer blockbusters heat up the ‘fake IMAX’ complaints

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A few weeks ago, I returned to the IMAX theater at the top of the AMC Lincoln Square complex in Manhattan for the first time in several years. I had mixed feelings about the movie I saw there — “Prometheus” — but was blown away by the presentation in 3D IMAX on the theater’s giant […] [Read More]

‘Queen & Country’: PBS feeds insatiable Anglophilia habit

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If you didn’t overdose on Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration a few weeks ago, you will enjoy the new PBS series “Queen & Country” which was launched last Sunday night and will continue for the next three weekends. Hosted by veteran newsman Trevor McDonald — who was knighted by the subject of his documentary […] [Read More]

Andy Griffith R.I.P. — time to revive ‘A Face in the Crowd’

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The news of Andy Griffith’s death at the 86 on Tuesday produced an outpouring of affectionate tributes for his role as one of the most beloved television stars of all time. “The Andy Griffith Show” had an easy-going charm that made it popular with viewers of all ages, during the original run in the 1960s, […] [Read More]

Happy Independence Day!

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‘Rainbow’: Judy Garland at the edge of the abyss

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Tawdry but mesmerizing, the Peter Quilter play “End of the Rainbow” has been dividing audiences over its portrait of Judy Garland ever since it opened on Broadway in April. The die-hard Garland fans are disgusted by the picture of their idol six months before she died of an overdose in 1969 — strung-out, trying to […] [Read More]

‘Magic Mike’: female moviegoers ‘overperform’ once again

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Despite summer after summer of evidence that women can be one of the most potent demographic slices at multiplexes, Hollywood keeps being surprised when pictures like “Sex & the City” and “Bridesmaids” and, now, “Magic Mike” do much better business than their pre-opening polling indicates. Although the buzz among my women friends for the latest […] [Read More]