Staying in the here and now at ‘Now. Here. This.’

The charming and super-talented quartet of actors and writers who were responsible for the cult musical “(Title of Show)” — Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff — are in the
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How Agatha Christie and Philip Roth can save your sanity

Just published today, Nina Sankovitch’s “Tolstoy and the Purple Chair” (Harper) is a gripping and inspiring book about the year the author spent reading a book-a-day while trying to recover from the
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Must see TV: HBO’s ‘Bobby Fischer Against the World’

Tonight at 9 p.m., HBO is unveiling Liz Garbus’s terrific documentary, “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” which is as good as any theatrical movie I’ve seen so far this year. I had a chance to talk to
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Brigitte Bardot, Strauss-Kahn and other French ‘seducers’

Elaine Sciolino proves to be a perfect guide through French culture — with an emphasis on the role of seduction in nearly every aspect of life — in the wonderful new book, “La Seduction” (Times
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‘True Blood’: vampires as American as apple pie (& Internet porn)

Aimed at a pop culture sweet spot somewhere between soap opera and porn, the HBO series “True Blood” is too trashy to be taken seriously but so well-executed that it’s hard to turn off. Season four
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Memorial Day 2011

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‘Hello, Lonesome’: a juicy movie role for Lynn Cohen

Although she is probably best known as Cynthia Nixon’s housekeeper, Magda, on the “Sex & the City” series (and in the two movies that followed) Lynn Cohen has racked up an amazing list of stage
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The sexiest couple of 1969 and other French treats

Drive-ins might be dead, but the idea of watching movies outside on a warm, summer evening is not only alive and well, it’s growing. Inspired by the great success HBO has had for more than a decade
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