#fridayreads ‘Slugfest’ by Rosemary Harris

A wonderful blogger in Arlington, Virginia — Bethanne Patrick — publishes a Twitter feed under the moniker @thebookmaven and every Friday she asks her followers to share what they are reading under
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Elizabeth Taylor R.I.P.: pop culture revolutionary

The first phrase that popped into my head when I heard about the death of Elizabeth Taylor this morning was “erotic vagrancy.” That’s what the Vatican charged the actress with while she was conducting
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Gearing up for Broadway’s sexiest night of the year

There was good news from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS last week — director-choreographer Josh Rhodes is returning to stage this year’s “Broadway Bares” benefit which is being called
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‘Limitless’: Bradley Cooper proves he can ‘open’ a movie

An irresistible premise and the official launching of a new star were enough to make “Limitless” the top movie at the box office over the weekend. For once, the most popular film in the land also
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Beach book season begins with ‘When Beauty Tamed the Beast’

With temps in the 70s on Friday, I think we should kick off beach book season early this year — haven’t we earned it after the winter we’ve been through? — and I have a good one for you: “When Beauty
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Rent it now: Ed McBain classic via Japan, ‘High and Low’

American crime fiction heavily influenced French filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard who turned to lesser-known U.S. novelists David Goodis and Lionel White for the great films “Shoot the
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‘Of Gods and Men’: austere terror in a monastery

Xavier Beauvois’ film “Of Gods and Men” was the official French submission in last year’s foreign language film Oscar race, but the panel that picks the five nominations left this one off the list.
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Fabled flops that gave ‘Spider-Man’ a run for its money

After I caught the matinee of “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” that I wrote about in this space last week, I picked up Steven Suskin’s 2006 book “Second Act Trouble” (Applause Books) and had a great
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