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Joe Meyers

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‘Starstruck’: the fame game from Paris Hilton to David Beckham

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It’s harder than ever these days to figure out which celebrities are famous for actually doing something and which are famous for being famous. The Internet has made the fame equation even more complicated with gossip sites such as that of Perez Hilton keeping the fame of someone like Lindsay Lohan going long after her movie career […] [Read More]
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‘Lady in a Cage’: de Havilland vehicle still lurid after 50 years

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You wouldn’t think that a major studio release from 1964 would retain the power to shock, but the nasty little Olivia de Havilland vehicle “Lady in a Cage” still carries a tawdry charge 51 years after it opened in theaters. In 2013, Warner Archive released a DVD version of the Luther Davis-scripted and Walter Grauman-directed […] [Read More]
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‘Still Alice’: devastating Julianne Moore performance

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Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s new film about the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease — “Still Alice” — might be hard to get through without Julianne Moore in the title role. The film is almost as unsparing, when it comes to degenerative illness, as Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” but it also demonstrates the way a great actress […] [Read More]
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‘Full Service’: the secret history of Hollywood?

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Although it was the subject of feature stories in The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, the Scotty Bowers memoir “Full Service” (Grove Press) received some very negative reviews. We live in a let-it-all-hang-out age, but many people — book reviewers included — want to hold on to their cherished fantasies regarding Old Hollywood. They would […] [Read More]
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‘Collapse’: the ‘fiscal cliff’ was just the beginning

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If you enjoyed the Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job” you might want to check out Chris Smith’s riveting 2009 documentary, “Collapse” (MPI Home Video), even though it’s the sort of unalloyed feel-bad movie that leaves a viewer wondering what to do with the information it contains. For 80 minutes, Smith gives the floor to former LAPD cop […] [Read More]
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‘Everything or Nothing’: 50 years of James Bond

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Imagine if in 1962 movie audiences were still seeing variations on the silent hits of 1912. That’s the position we are now in with the James Bond franchise, which started more than 50 years ago, long before today’s most lucrative moviegoing demographic was born. 007 arrived on screen two years before The Beatles appeared on […] [Read More]
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The best pre-’La Dolce Vita’ Anita Ekberg film

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In the years before she became an iconic figure in Federico Fellini’s 1960 blockbuster “La Dolce Vita,” Anita Ekberg had a brief flirtation with Hollywood stardom. The stunning blonde, who died Jan. 11, was named Miss Sweden in 1950. She didn’t win the Miss Universe pageant that year, but Ekberg did land a modeling contract […] [Read More]
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‘The Rest of the Story’: Arthur Laurents on his own

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The Arthur Laurents memoir “The Rest of the Story” (Applause Books) fills us in on the decade after the 2000 publication of the playwright and director’s excellent — an unusually juicy — autobiography “Original Story By.” Laurents — who died in 2011 at the age of 93 — was always controversial within the theater community […] [Read More]
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The 1967 film that rivals ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ & ‘The Graduate’

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While on vacation a few years ago, I was browsing in one of those DVD discount bins and there was a movie I loved but hadn’t seen in ages — “Two for the Road,” the 1967 Audrey Hepburn-Albert Finney comedy-drama about the challenges of marriage. 48 years ago, the summer release was overshadowed by the […] [Read More]
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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]