‘The Ride’: mixing things up on the streets of New York

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Many people who visit New York City for the first time say that it’s like being in a movie because they grew up watching films set there. The other night, I went on a new city tour called “The Ride” that takes this notion of real New York life and fantasy New York life and […] [Read More]
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A week with Nathalie Baye at Lincoln Center

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It kills me that I have other plans for tomorrow night and won’t be able to see the great French actress Nathalie Baye in person at a special public event in her honor sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Baye will be interviewed on stage and lots of clips will be shown as […] [Read More]
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When will we (finally) let Marilyn Monroe die?

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Just when you think you’ve read and seen everything that there was to be read and seen about Marilyn Monroe, along comes a new book claiming to “redefine” the star who died 48 years ago. “Fragments” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) appeared in bookstores Tuesday with some of the most hysterical jacket copy ever written: “An […] [Read More]
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Does ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ belong on Broadway?

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After a few weeks of previews at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre, the off-Broadway hit from last season, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” officially opens on Broadway Wednesday night. The rock-fueled show is much more sophisticated than “American Idiot,” the Green Day musical that has been struggling to find an audience on Broadway. And the mix of […] [Read More]
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Selling ‘Catfish’: fake innocence fuels Facebook ‘documentary’

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The pseudo-documentary “Catfish” has been getting a lot of attention since it debuted at Sundance last winter and went on to be picked up for national distribution. The movie opened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles a few weeks ago — to mixed notices — and opened nationally on Friday. Co-directors Ariel Schulman and Henry […] [Read More]
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Whatever happened to Radley Metzger?

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I know what you’re probably saying to yourself about the headline above — Who the hell is Radley Metzger? Ever since I received an advance DVD of the long-forgotten 1972 soft core porn flick “Score” a few weeks ago, I’ve been asking my film buff friends if they remember the man who created that film […] [Read More]
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‘The Social Network’: the genius of David Fincher

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I’ve seen more than one review of “The Social Network” that compares this amazing film with “Network” because of the way it satirizes technology and the people who serve it. When I caught up with the movie a few nights ago, I thought the blend of a riveting topical story with superb casting and state-of-the-art […] [Read More]
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‘Saxophone Colossus’: Sonny Rollins in images and words

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One of the best marriages in pop culture has been between jazz and photography. The pictures of ace cameramen like William Claxton have helped to preserve the performance style of musicians who are gone; they also helped to fuel the legend around great camera subjects (like Chet Baker) while they were still with us. Bruce Weber […] [Read More]
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