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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What a difference a decade makes

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Shoe leather and stardust

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BEA notes: an aviation hero, a scary clown, and an uncertain future

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New York in the bad old/good old days

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The mother of us all

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‘Lowboy’: notes from underground

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