Down and out (with HBO) in Detroit

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The HBO series “Hung” starts a second season later this month. Earlier this week, I watched the season one DVD — which HBO Home Entertainment will release on Tuesday — and couldn’t figure out what made the cable network decide to renew the series for a second season. Why cancel “Deadwood” and “Rome” and “Tell […] [Read More]
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‘Toy Story 3′: the geniuses at Pixar deliver a terrific sequel

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I’m not really crazy about animated movies — it’s hard for me not to think of them as kids’ stuff — but Pixar has never failed to make me overcome my prejudice. The company’s movies are obviously aimed at the family market, but the way that the writers and directors and animators manage to delight […] [Read More]
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‘World Cup Soccer’: sports spending vs. morale boosting

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The muckraking DVD distributor The Disinformation Company released a troubling but perfectly timed documentary Tuesday — “World Cup Soccer in Africa: Who Really Wins?” The 75-minute film looks at the billions of dollars that have been spent in South Africa over the past few years to prepare for the 2010 World Cup Championship running through […] [Read More]
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When Steve & Eydie Ruled the Earth

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Over the weekend, I caught the last performance of “Pete ‘n’ Keely” at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Westport and felt nostalgia I didn’t even know I had in me. The 2000 off-Broadway show is a gently satirical send-up of a form of show business that came crashing to the ground in the late […] [Read More]
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‘Thrillers’: from Theseus to ‘The Da Vinci Code’

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Next month, the International Thriller Writers will hold their annual four-day gathering at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, where fans of the genre will be able to attend panels with everyone from Lee Child to Lisa Scottoline and Ken Follett to Sandra Brown. The event which runs July 7 to 10 is designed both for […] [Read More]
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The trouble with Tony, or: grading on the curve

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Tonight’s telecast of the Tony Awards on CBS at 8 should be fun. Sean Hayes of “Promises, Promises” is doing the hosting chores and the producers have rounded up a starry bunch of presenters that is supposed to include Cate Blanchett, Angela Lansbury, and Daniel Radcliffe. The show is almost always a good infomercial for […] [Read More]
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‘Insatiable’: fed up with vampires

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Meg Cabot stakes out fresh territory in the overcrowded vampire field with her delightful — and scary — new novel, “Insatiable,” which was published by William Morrow on Tuesday. Cabot is best known for her hugely popular young adult books — including the “Princess Diaries” series — but she has made regular forays into adult […] [Read More]
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‘Word is Out’: the return of a classic documentary

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On Tuesday, Milliarium ZERO released the classic 1977 documentary, “Word is Out,” on DVD. The film was an art house hit and was shown on PBS outlets a few years later, but the documentary went out of circulation for many years and the existing prints and source materials deteriorated to the point that screenings became […] [Read More]
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