Ingrid & Gary & Bette & Humphrey

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The prolific and brilliant film critic David Thomson has a new book-length study of “Psycho” in stores, but he also found the time to produce four wonderful small critical studies of Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and Gary Cooper that have just been published by Faber and Faber. The books launch a new series […] [Read More]
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The scariest magazine piece of the month

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Buried away in the new issue of GQ — the one with Johnny Depp on the cover — is the most frightening magazine article I’ve read in a long time, “Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to your Health.” Christopher Ketcham’s piece on the mounting evidence that cell phones (and cell phone towers and […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: ‘The Life of Emile Zola’

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Last week, I was pleased to be asked to speak at a screening of the 1937 Paul Muni film, “The Life of Emile Zola,” at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport. The movie was part of an ongoing Jewish film series at the synagogue. Muni was one of the greatest stars of the 1930s — and he was […] [Read More]
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Coming: ‘Think Twice’

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On a recent Amtrak trip to Philadelphia, when I wasn’t concerned about the terrible security on our national railroad (see item below), I was very happily engrossed in an Advance Readers’ Edition of “Think Twice” by Lisa Scottoline. The St. Martin’s Press novel won’t be in stores until March 16, but I don’t believe in […] [Read More]
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The most stylish man in the world?

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Ben Whishaw: the 21st century Tom Courtenay?

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You might want to get your tickets now for the MCC Theater production of “The Pride” that starts performances off-Broadway next Wednesday. The show will mark the U.S. stage debut of 29-year-old English actor Ben Whishaw whose career heat has steadily risen over the past few years. Like so many Brits, Whishaw has been juggling stage, TV […] [Read More]
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Kurosawa packing them in at Film Forum

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There was a long line of people waiting to see Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 classic “The Hidden Fortress” at the Film Forum in Manhattan Saturday night. I was there to see Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” — which was also playing to sold-out houses — but it was wonderful to see such intense interest in a […] [Read More]
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Broadway dancers bare (almost) all for charity

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What do you do when a one-night-only annual fundraiser reaches its maximum earning potential? Add more nights! That’s what Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDs has decided to do with its amazingly successful strip-tease fundraiser, “Broadway Bares,” held on a Sunday night every June at Roseland in Manhattan. The two shows are presented on the only weekend […] [Read More]
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