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How ‘summer movies’ took over U.S. multiplexes year-round

Mark Harris has a great piece in the new GQ — “The Day the Movies Died” — about the way that Hollywood studio films for adults have become an endangered species in recent years. Harris is the author

‘Gideon’s Sword’: terrific new series from Preston & Child

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have to be among the most creative — and most prolific — writers working in the thriller genre. As a team, they’ve written 14 best-selling novels in a strong series

‘Pioneers of TV’: Barbara Bain and other nostalgic delights

Nostalgia for old TV shows has never been my thing — relentless syndication of shows we loved as kids tends to kill that impulse — so I skipped the first season of “Pioneers of Television” when it

Going beyond James Bond with the late, great John Barry

The obituaries for composer John Barry — who died in New York City last night at the age of 77 from a sudden heart attack — have emphasized the 11 scores he wrote for the James Bond series. Barry did

Waiting for ‘Midnight in Paris’ or, Woody Allen at low ebb

Nicole Kidman was supposed to star in last year’s Woody Allen movie, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” but Kidman had to back out at the last minute due to schedule changes on “Rabbit Hole.”

‘The King’s Speech’ vs. ‘The Social Network’ for Oscar glory

Although the mighty producer and film executive Harvey Weinstein has had his financial problems in recent years, today’s Oscar nominations demonstrate once again his peerless ability to get

When good intentions aren’t enough — ‘Inhale’

“Inhale” is a well-made drama — produced with good intentions by everyone involved — that didn’t have a prayer of finding a theatrical audience last year and isn’t likely to do much better in the home

Does the MTV series ‘Skins’ qualify as ‘child porn’?

Advertisers have been pulling out of the MTV series “Skins” (above) since it debuted last Monday night and came under attack from the Parents Television Council. The PTC has been calling this American

‘MM — Personal’: examining Marilyn Monroe in new ways

Just when you think a pop culture subject has been completely exhausted, a smart writer, photographer and design team can come along and change your mind. “MM — Personal” looks like yet another coffee

‘Kabuki Democracy’: why any president is doomed to disappoint

The Nation columnist Eric Alterman lays out the special challenges faced by President Barack Obama during his first two years in office in “Kabuki Democracy,” a new paperback original from Nation