Down and out on the Lower East Side

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Inspired by a whole host of counterculture gods — ranging from Alejandro Jodorowsky to Terry Southern — the New York theater troupe, The Amoralists, puts on shows it describes as “an honest expression of the American condition…Rollicking, rebellious, and raw, our work will go home with you…Boom!” The company’s latest offering, “The Pied Pipers of […] [Read More]
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Coming of age in the Village

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Paul Mazursky is almost always given short shrift when critics and historians write about the movies of the 1970s. The actor-turned-writer-turned-director never made a landmark film on the order of “The Godfather” (1972) or “Taxi Driver” (1976) — and he didn’t get embroiled in the juicy sex/drug chaos that added to the legends of Martin […] [Read More]
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Bradley Cooper trumps Will Ferrell

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Lots of women I know — and more than a few men, too — get all dreamy-eyed when you mention the actor Bradley Cooper. He’s been what you might call a stealth star for the past couple of years — his short-lived Fox TV series “Kitchen Confidential” and supporting appearances on ABC’s “Alias” and the […] [Read More]
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Un-Kindle-able

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When I spent a day at Book Expo America in New York two weeks ago, it seemed that every other booth in the vast Jacob Javits Center — and every other conversation — was devoted to new technological replacements for the book as a physical object. People were talking about Amazon’s Kindle reading machine of […] [Read More]
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Nathan Lee at the Avon

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Film critics have been dropping like flies lately — yesterday it was announced that the legendary Andrew Sarris was let go from his post at the New York Observer. Fifty years ago, the 80-year-old Sarris advanced the French “auteur theory” — of the director as the primary creator of a movie — on this side […] [Read More]
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Alec Baldwin’s Proust Questionaire

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I’ve always liked Alec Baldwin, but boy does he come off badly in the June Vanity Fair where he brings up the rear with the monthly “Proust Questionaire” in the back of the book. Years ago, I interviewed the actor in Stamford when he appeared in a Hartman Theatre production of David Mamet’s “A Life […] [Read More]
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Coming: ‘How to Be a Movie Star’

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Remember the line in “The Last Tycoon” about a Hollywood mogul’s acute understanding of movies? — “Not half a dozen men have been able to keep the whole equation of pictures in their heads.” Whatever that “equation” might be, I think biographer William J. Mann is one of the few chroniclers of Hollywood who sees […] [Read More]
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Tradition battles ‘security’ in Israeli film

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The stunning Israeli actress Hiam Abbass won her second Israeli Academy Award last year for “Lemon Tree,” a moving drama (just now going into U.S. release) that personalizes the terrible ongoing conflict between Palestinians and Jews in Israel. Abbass won her first award from the Israeli Academy for “The Syrian Bride” five years ago. The […] [Read More]
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