The boy who loved ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’

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Mark Griffin has written a smart new biography of the film director Vincente Minnelli, “A Hundred or More Hidden Things,” that Da Capo Press is publishing March 1. The Oscar-winning director of “Gigi” and “An American in Paris” has already been the subject of a few not-so-great biographies and monographs — and the director wrote […] [Read More]
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Warren & Tiger: How much is too much?

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In one of my favorite political satires — William Richert’s vicious 1979 send-up of the Kennedy family, “Winter Kills” — the patriarch of the clan isn’t surprised by his president son’s sexual promiscuity. Indeed, Tom Kegan — played with scary comic brio by John Huston — is proud of his “boy.” “You know how many times […] [Read More]
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Behind the scenes at ‘Next to Normal’

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Rising star Aaron Tveit checked out of the Broadway musical “Next to Normal” on Sunday. The “Gossip Girl” regular – who is featured in the big “Youthquake” spread in the January issue of Vogue – is expected to star in the new Broadway musical version of the Steven Spielberg-Leonardo DiCaprio film,  ”Catch Me If You […] [Read More]
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When a great actress (finally) becomes a movie star

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Meryl Streep has been riding a huge wave of mainstream popularity over the past few years, with an unbroken line of crowd-pleasing, box-office hits that has included “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Julie & Julia” and now the Nancy Meyers romantic comedy “It’s Complicated.” The totally justified pleasure Streep has been taking in this […] [Read More]
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Late to the ‘Dr. Horrible’ party

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Friends have been telling me I had to watch Joss Whedon’s Internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” starring Neil Patrick Harris (above) and Nathan Fillion (below), since it debuted online 18 months ago. I’ve never been in the Whedon loop because I don’t get to watch much television (until it turns up on DVD) — […] [Read More]
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The return of Stone Barrington

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Stuart Woods has been averaging more than a book a year lately, but his new one, “Kisser” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) — which will be officially published in two weeks — is a hard-to-beat mystery, heavily spiced with humor and sophistication. The novel features my favorite Woods character, the New York cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington, who lives […] [Read More]
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A possible ‘Avatar’ downside

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Like almost every other person in the country who has seen “Avatar” over the past two weeks, I was blown away by the beauty and the awesome technology of the James Cameron science-fiction movie. 3D has been making huge strides in recent years — even in horror pictures such as last winter’s “My Bloody Valentine” […] [Read More]
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Happy New Year!

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