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Amanda Knox: cold-blooded killer or victim?

Controversy has been swirling around the made-for-Lifetime movie, “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” set to debut Monday night at 9 p.m. Knox’s parents have made legal threats to stop the airing

The ‘late, late’ Craig Ferguson scores in stand-up special

If like me you wish you were able to stay up late more often to catch “The Late, Late Show” with Scottish comedian/host Craig Ferguson — he is one of the best of the heirs to Johnny Carson — you will

‘Sunday in New York’: when Jane Fonda was a (movie) virgin

Jane Fonda became such a powerhouse dramatic actress in the 1970s, with movies like “Klute” (1971) and “Julia” (1977), that it is now easy to forget the run of frothy comedies she did when she was

‘Eyes of the Innocent’: down those mean Newark streets

Following the oldest maxim of them all — write what you know — former journalist Brad Parks has launched an engaging and exciting crime novel series about Newark, N.J. newspaperman Carter Ross. I

Restoring the thrills and laughs to an ‘elitist’ art form

After attending two performances at the Metropolitan Opera last week, I was struck once again by the genius of the Met Titles contraption directly in front of every seat in the auditorium. 20 years

The movies (and decade) that made Al Pacino a star

You could argue that Al Pacino isn’t the movie star he once was — like so many of his peers, the 70-year-old actor has found his best recent work on pay cable and on stage — but few film actors have

Jumping the gun on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’?

The antiquated Broadway preview system took a huge hit earlier this week when the ultimate New York City theater arbiter — The New York Times — made the decision to send its top critic Ben Brantley to

‘American Sexy’: Children of the Porn

If you’re going to be in New York between now and Feb. 22 and you’re in the mood for some really adventurous theater, you should plan a stop at The Flea Theater for its current New Play Series

‘Reagan’: HBO delivers Ronnie without tears

An excellent new documentary “Reagan” debuts tonight on HBO at 9 p.m. timed to coincide with the 100th birthday yesterday of the late actor, governor and president Ronald Reagan. The cable network

‘Barney’s Version’: trying to get a good novel right

Mordecai Richler was considered a national treasure in Canada for much of his life — he died in 2001 at the age of 70 — but moviemakers haven’t done very well by his novels. Although Richler himself