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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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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