Rent it now: ‘Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume Five”

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On Tuesday, Warner Home Video released an excellent eight movie DVD set, “Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume Five,” made up of some lesser known titles in the crime genre that flourished in the 1940s and 1950s. French critics coined the term “film noir” for those tough-minded, post-World War II mysteries and gangster pictures that were […] [Read More]
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Will sex still sell for Abercrombie + Fitch?

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It was seven years ago that retailer Abercrombie + Fitch stopped publishing its popular (and slightly notorious) “magalogue” — The A + F Quarterly — under pressure from the religious right and other censorship forces who found Bruce Weber’s photographs of naked and semi-naked college kids to be pornographic. The Quarterly had started five years […] [Read More]
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Under the pop culture influence of ‘Mad Men’

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The fourth season of the AMC series “Mad Men” begins July 25, but we are already awash in spin-offs from the show, with more to come. On Tuesday, the paperback division of Simon & Schuster is reissuing Jerry Della Femina’s hilarious 1970 book about his life in the advertising world of the “Mad Men” era […] [Read More]
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‘Mummies’: welcome variation on the reality TV formula

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The new History Channel series debuting tonight at 10 p.m. — “Chasing Mummies” — falls into many of the same traps as the other reality TV shows. A lot of the drama on view in the first two episodes feels cooked up — especially the big crisis on tonight’s show which involves an annoyingly naive […] [Read More]
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Notes on ThrillerFest: Follett, Scottoline and company

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I had a blast Saturday at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan covering the last day of ThrillerFest, the annual four-day gathering of the International Thriller Writers organization. The ITW has only been in existence since 2004 but it is already giving such pillars of the crime writing community as the Mystery Writers of America and […] [Read More]
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‘Rizzoli & Isles’: more forensics porn & serial killers

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Over the weekend, I attended the terrific ThrillerFest gathering of crime writers in Manhattan — more about that in this space tomorrow — where I was handed a screener DVD of the new TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles” debuting tonight at 10. There was a lot of buzz at the Grand Hyatt among the writers […] [Read More]
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Broadway from ‘My Fair Lady’ to ‘Spring Awakening’

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“Broadway: The American Musical” won the Emmy for best non-fiction series five years ago and like many PBS presentations was the subject of a beautiful, oversized companion book. Perhaps the best one-volume overview of the subject, “Broadway” traced the creation of a quintessential American art form from the song-and-dance revues of the early years of the […] [Read More]
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‘A Thriller’: Brooklyn journalist searches for a ‘snuff’ movie

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David Kittredge’s debut feature is a gripping, elliptical drama that deserves a better title than “Pornography: A Thriller.” Although the movie deals with the lives of people who create and write about pornography, Kittredge steers away from the prurient potential in the material in favor of a dreamy, reality vs. illusion puzzle movie that is […] [Read More]
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