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David Margulies, R.I.P.

The website TheaterMania reported this morning that the veteran New York actor David Margulies has died at the age of 78. His face became familiar to moviegoers from a series of roles in popular

David Bowie R.I.P.

Such sad news this morning about David Bowie, one of the most adventurous performers in the history of pop music. I’ve been flashing back to the summer of 1974 when one of my hippest friends convinced

‘Full Service’: Hollywood’s secret history?

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

Whatever happened to Radley Metzger?

I know what you’re probably saying to yourself about the headline above — Who the hell is Radley Metzger? When I received a press DVD of the long-forgotten 1972 soft core porn flick “Score” I asked

‘Marlene’: when a star says ‘No’

Faced with the seemingly insurmountable challenge of a documentary subject who refused to appear on camera, Maximilian Schell managed to turn that crisis situation around in his 1984 film “Marlene.”

The return of master satirist Richard Condon

Good news from the eBook division of Mysterious Press this week. On Tuesday, the electronic imprint issued six Richard Condon novels that have long been out of print, including two of his darkly

‘The Hateful Eight’ nostalgia trip

The glorious experiment by Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company that resulted in bringing back the roadshow and Ultra Panavision 70 wide-screen format will end tomorrow night at 100 theaters

Vilmos & Haskell – movie revolutionaries

The 1960s and 1970s are celebrated as the time when filmmakers in Hollywood finally gained the same degree of control over their work as the great European directors of the post-World War II era. For

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’: the one that got away

Movie history is littered with tantalizing unrealized projects by visionary directors. Stanley Kubrick never got around to making the Napoleon epic he worked on for years. Fred Zinnemann had the plug

Romantic comedy is alive & well (in France)

Romantic comedy seems to be dead in this country — leaving a whole slew of young actresses exiled from the multiplexes — but judging by “2 Autumns, 3 Winters” the genre is alive and well in France.