‘Murder 203’: a perfect crime (conference) in Connecticut

It really pains me to be missing the annual Murder 203 crime writers conference in Easton this weekend. Family business will be taking me to Philadelphia, but if you’re in the neighborhood and love to
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‘Judith of Bethulia’: somewhere Cecil B. DeMille is laughing

Charles Busch’s latest love/hate letter to Old Hollywood — “Judith of Bethulia” — is getting a test run through the end of the month at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan’s East Village, and
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‘The Double Hour’: a thriller that actually thrills

“The Double Hour” is the sort of devilishly clever mystery that is best seen cold. Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi triggers so many twists and surprises — large and small — that the less you know
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Now in paperback: ‘Concierge’ spills the beans on clients

Michael Fazio is one of Manhattan’s ultimate go-to guys and he has written a juicy, compulsively readable memoir, tell-all book, “Concierge Confidential,” which St. Martin’s Press has just reissued in
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The most underrated of all Hollywood actresses?

It was fun to hear the rather tough “Fresh Air” interviewer Terry Gross go all weak in the knees on NPR on Tuesday when she got a rare interview with Doris Day on the occasion of the
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‘Bully’: Harvey Weinstein pulls another fast one

You really had to hand it to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein this week. After generating tons of press coverage for his anger over the Motion Picture Association of America’s R rating for the documentary
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‘Come Home’ — after ‘blended’ families fall apart

The relatively recent freedom of men and women to end bad marriages and move on in search of a better life partner is a good thing, I think, but today’s more fluid relationships bring with them
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‘Margin Call’ — why the Oscars should add ensemble category

If ever there was a movie that demonstrates the need for a best ensemble category at the Academy Awards it’s “Margin Call,” the fantastic 2011 Wall Street drama that failed to nab a single acting
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