Internet stalking, prostitution collide in thrilling ‘212’

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The new Alafair Burke novel, “212” (Harper), is a humdinger, set in Manhattan, that takes us on a wild ride through the dark new 21st century worlds opened up by the Internet. The book is the third in a series Burke has been writing about New York Police Department detective Ellie Hatcher, but you don’t […] [Read More]
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A $2.5 million secret — what happens in the next ‘SATC’

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People in the world of movie publicity are debating the top-secret status Warner Bros. is trying to maintain over its forthcoming “Sex and the City 2” — the sequel to the 2008 spin-off of the HBO series. The studio made everybody who worked on the film sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) that could levy $2.5 million […] [Read More]
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‘Repeat Until Rich’: down the casino rabbit hole

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As a major non-fan of Las Vegas (and gambling) I wasn’t sure that Josh Axelrad’s “Repeat Until Rich” (The Penguin Press) was a book for me. On the surface, the true-life adventures of a professional card counter seemed like another trip to the “21” well. Boy, was I wrong. With wit and more than a […] [Read More]
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Another Connecticut stage hit rolling into New York

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Yesterday, The Public Theater in downtown Manhattan announced that the line-up for its 50th anniversary season — beginning in September — will include director Oskar Eustis’ terrific production of “Compulsion” which played New Haven’s Yale Rep earlier this year. The play by Rinne Groff (below), about the wrangling over the stage rights to Anne Frank’s […] [Read More]
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Long Wharf’s definitive ‘Glass Menagerie’ re-opens in New York

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For many years, “The Glass Menagerie” was one of my least favorite Tennessee Williams plays simply because I saw so many bad or mediocre productions of the writer’s most autobiographical work. Moviemakers haven’t done any better with the piece — none of the three film versions are satisfactory. The 1974 TV movie contains one of the […] [Read More]
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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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