Happy birthday, Mr. McQueen, wherever you are

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The one-of-a-kind movie star and icon of cool Steve McQueen would have been celebrating his 80th birthday today if cancer had not claimed him 30 years ago. McQueen’s reign at the top of the box-office charts was relatively brief — his first big hit was “The Great Escape” in 1963 and his last major film […] [Read More]
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‘Celtic Thunder’: a good argument against public television

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Our state public television group — CPTV — seemed to be dealing in a subtle form of torture last weekend with non-stop airings of “Celtic Thunder: It’s Entertainment!” as part of its pledge drive. Whether it was early in the morning or later at night, whenever I turned to CPTV they would invariably be in […] [Read More]
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The other movie Clooney and Bridges were in last year

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How did a movie starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey and Ewan McGregor disappear from theaters within days of its opening last November? “The Men Who Stare at Goats” had the disadvantage of being released right after Clooney’s “Up in The Air” debuted to ecstatic reviews — and Oscar buzz — and just before the […] [Read More]
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‘Caught’ in a web of Internet lies

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The new Harlan Coben novel, “Caught” (Dutton), will be in bookstores tomorrow and I am happy to report that it is perhaps his best book yet — a beautifully constructed thriller that most readers will polish off in a few sittings. Coben is one of the most popular writers in the world and he has […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: ‘Broken Embraces’

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There’s no contest in the competition for the best new DVD release of the week. Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” arrived on Tuesday with terrific extras. The DVD includes deleted scenes; a mini-documentary on the relationship between Almodovar and his current muse Penelope Cruz; footage from the film’s U.S. premiere at last fall’s New York Film […] [Read More]
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April to September ‘Wall Street’ switch leaves glossies dangling

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Movie release dates for big movies are usually locked in place a year or more before a picture opens. One of the reasons director Sam Raimi reportedly bowed out of the forthcoming “Spider-Man 4” movie was that he felt he could not make the summer 2012 opening demanded by Sony. Long lead times allow theaters […] [Read More]
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New DVD takes the bleeps out of ‘Jersey Shore’

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There are so many reality shows on TV now that few of them break out and become a pop cultural phenomenon the way that “Survivor” and “Big Brother” and “The Real World” did in their early seasons. We’ve all become hip to the not-so-hidden manipulations used to jack up the drama on the popular Bravo […] [Read More]
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From MTV to ‘Across the Universe’ to the Joyce

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You might call Larry Keigwin’s choreographic style modern dance with an extra jolt. Just as Michael Bennett got his start as a back-up dancer on the 1960s show, “Hullaballoo,” Keigwin’s first professional gig was on “Downtown” Julie Brown’s “Club MTV.” Since then, he has pursued high art jobs with The Martha Graham Dance Company and […] [Read More]
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