‘No Mercy’: A thriller with a (sexy) difference

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I love crime novels, so the current wave of terrific writers and wonderful books in that genre suits me fine — you have to believe we’re in a golden age when such folks as S.J. Rozan, Andrew Gross, Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, Sandra Brown (and lots of others) are delivering first-class books on a regular […] [Read More]
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‘The Bridge’ to trans-Atlantic Shakespeare

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Last week, Sam Mendes (of “Revolutionary Road” and “American Beauty”) was reported to be in final negotiations to direct the next James Bond film with Daniel Craig. In the meantime, however, the Oscar and Tony-winning stage and film director (below) is leading one of the most exciting theater events of the current New York season, The Bridge […] [Read More]
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The boy who loved ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’

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Mark Griffin has written a smart new biography of the film director Vincente Minnelli, “A Hundred or More Hidden Things,” that Da Capo Press is publishing March 1. The Oscar-winning director of “Gigi” and “An American in Paris” has already been the subject of a few not-so-great biographies and monographs — and the director wrote […] [Read More]
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Warren & Tiger: How much is too much?

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In one of my favorite political satires — William Richert’s vicious 1979 send-up of the Kennedy family, “Winter Kills” — the patriarch of the clan isn’t surprised by his president son’s sexual promiscuity. Indeed, Tom Kegan — played with scary comic brio by John Huston — is proud of his “boy.” “You know how many times […] [Read More]
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Behind the scenes at ‘Next to Normal’

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Rising star Aaron Tveit checked out of the Broadway musical “Next to Normal” on Sunday. The “Gossip Girl” regular – who is featured in the big “Youthquake” spread in the January issue of Vogue – is expected to star in the new Broadway musical version of the Steven Spielberg-Leonardo DiCaprio film,  ”Catch Me If You […] [Read More]
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When a great actress (finally) becomes a movie star

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Meryl Streep has been riding a huge wave of mainstream popularity over the past few years, with an unbroken line of crowd-pleasing, box-office hits that has included “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Julie & Julia” and now the Nancy Meyers romantic comedy “It’s Complicated.” The totally justified pleasure Streep has been taking in this […] [Read More]
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Late to the ‘Dr. Horrible’ party

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Friends have been telling me I had to watch Joss Whedon’s Internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” starring Neil Patrick Harris (above) and Nathan Fillion (below), since it debuted online 18 months ago. I’ve never been in the Whedon loop because I don’t get to watch much television (until it turns up on DVD) — […] [Read More]
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The return of Stone Barrington

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Stuart Woods has been averaging more than a book a year lately, but his new one, “Kisser” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) — which will be officially published in two weeks — is a hard-to-beat mystery, heavily spiced with humor and sophistication. The novel features my favorite Woods character, the New York cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington, who lives […] [Read More]
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