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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A terrific thriller for the new year

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It never ceases to amaze me how many good writers are working in the thriller genre these days. Since so many of the best authors work on a book-a-year pace, it can be hard to squeeze in a new writer when you want to read the latest novel by Lee Child, Daniel Silva, Sandra Brown, Christopher […] [Read More]
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‘Rome’: perfect for a snowy winter weekend

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HBO pulled the plug on its “Rome” series in 2007 after only two seasons, but I didn’t catch up with the addictive show until HBO Video sent me the recently released “complete series” package. Now that winter is upon us, it’s nice to have some good DVD sets to curl up with over the long and […] [Read More]
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