A quintessential NYC movie (& screening)

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Monday night, the Bryant Park outdoor summer film series sponsored by HBO is featuring one of the quintessential New York City crime dramas — the 1971 best picture Oscar winner “The French Connection,” starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. Can’t think of a better movie to see outside on a summer night with a bunch […] [Read More]
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‘A non-violent Buddhist brandocracy with nuclear capability’

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Few writers have a better handle on the craziness of modern capitalism than James P. Othmer, whose 2006 debut novel “The Futurist” followed a marketing specialist who didn’t care whether he was helping to sell sneakers or porn. Othmer is back with a second novel — “Holy Water” (Doubleday) — that takes off from the global […] [Read More]
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Why is ‘Knight and Day’ bombing at the box office?

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The notion of what constitutes a movie star keeps evolving in this transitional period in which the adult audience is more or less focusing on home entertainment and the multiplexes are dominated by action pictures and animated fare aimed squarely at the 25 and under demographic. The big hits of the last six months or […] [Read More]
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Another great ‘Broadway Bares’ raises more than $1 million

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If every fundraiser was as much fun as “Broadway Bares” no charity would have to worry where its next dollar was going to come from. Make that $1,015,985 — the staggering, record-breaking amount raised for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by a bunch of hard-working (and uninhibited) Broadway dancers and actors on their night off last […] [Read More]
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‘Promises’: new recording of underrated 1960s musical

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The Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical “Promises, Promises” was a financial success in 1968 — running for more than two years and earning a Tony for its star Jerry Orbach — but the show fell off the Broadway radar in a way that very few hits do. The score was widely dissed by Broadway buffs […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: ‘A Star is Born’

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Warner Home Video released an extras-packed two-disc DVD of the 1954 classic “A Star is Born” on Tuesday. For once, DVD ”extras” are something special, an incredible four-hour array of deleted scenes, audio of recording sessions and a radio version of “A Star is Born” that Garland did many years before the film was released. The […] [Read More]
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See you next week!

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Your loyal blogger is taking a week off to recharge and to take in as many cultural events as I can. When I return on Sunday, I’ll have reports on the new extras-packed DVD of “A Star is Born,” a couple of shows in New York City, novels by James P. Othmer and Michael Cunningham, […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’

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David Fincher’s serial killer drama, “Zodiac,” was a financial wipe-out in 2007. Shockingly, when it debuted, the film did about a third of the business of that weekend’s other major Hollywood release, “Wild Hogs,” which grossed a huge $38 million in its first three days in theaters. (Ugh!) That’s about what I expected from the […] [Read More]
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