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Wendy Wasserstein’s forgotten romantic comedy

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“The Object of My Affection” broke new romantic comedy ground in 1998 with its story of a New York City woman who befriends and then falls in love with a gay man. While this plot might have seemed radical to moviegoers in Peoria or Duluth, screenwriter Wendy Wasserstein knew that this sort of unrequited passion […] [Read More]
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Vanessa Redgrave’s smashing breakthrough year

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Vanessa Redgrave was already a star of the London stage in 1966, but she became an international movie star that year as a result of her breakthrough performances in “Morgan!” and “Blow-Up.” It was a double-barreled triumph similar to the one-two punch Julie Christie scored a year earlier in “Darling” and “Doctor Zhivago.” England was […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘The Hirschfeld Century’ – art as history

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A historian as well as an artist, the late great Al Hirschfeld gave us a vivid record of more than 80 years of stage productions in New York. Hirschfeld’s caricatures – which ran regularly in The New York Times – were the result of his visits to new shows during their out of town try-out […] [Read More]
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‘That Sugar Film’: much more than a spoonful

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Taking a page from Morgan Spurlock’s book, the Australian actor-director Damon Gameau used himself as a guinea pig to create the alarming new documentary “That Sugar Film.” Spurlock warned us of the health dangers of a fast food diet in his 2004 hit, “Supersize Me,” but Gameau’s film is even more unsettling because it shows […] [Read More]
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‘Deadly Assets’: W.E.B. Griffin’s Philly cop series

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The maintenance of a long-running crime novel series can be tricky. Should the writer age his or her character another year with each new book or keep mining one small slice of time as Sue Grafton has done in her 1970s era Kinsey Milhone novels? W.E.B. Griffin did something very radical in the eighth book […] [Read More]
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New York City from 250 points of view

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Rizzoli published a gorgeous book — “New York: A Photographer’s City” — that demonstrates how you can never get to the bottom of the allure of New York City. Edited by gallery operator Marla Hamburg Kennedy, the collection of pictures will reinforce the belief of many who live in the city that there isn’t much […] [Read More]
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The hard-to-find film obsessions of Bruce Weber

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Most media savvy people have seen many of Bruce Weber’s photos over the past 40 years — in editorial layouts for Vogue and Vanity Fair, and in ad campaigns for Abercrombie + Fitch and Ralph Lauren — but his long career as a filmmaker is not nearly as well known. The ultimate independent director, Weber […] [Read More]
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‘Sellebrity’: the privacy issues of famous people

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You should take a look at celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur’s very entertaining and very provocative 2012 documentary “Sellebrity” which shows what it would be like to have bands of paparazzi — professional and otherwise — tailing you 24/7. Although some of the promotional material made the film appear to be a bunch of show biz folk […] [Read More]
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