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Why I used to love rainy Memorial Day weekends

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Almost every year, when summer starts, my thoughts go back several decades to one of the craziest ventures I’ve ever been involved with, a business in which rainy holiday weekends were much desired. Against my better judgement, I was lured into a plan to convert a just-closed porn theater on the Delaware Coast into the state’s […] [Read More]
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‘Hello Ladies’: abrasive but very funny

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A 2013 HBO season series that never clicked, “Hello Ladies” has just been released on DVD by HBO Video. The big comedy hits on HBO tend to feature characters you might want to spend time with in real life (“Sex and the City”) or whose lifestyle many viewers aspire to (“Entourage”). As unpleasant as some […] [Read More]
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‘Mrs. Wilson’: when a woman ran the country (briefly)

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Long Wharf Theatre is ending its season with an intriguing, extraordinarily well-acted history play, “The Second Mrs. Wilson,” by Joe DiPietro. The drama takes us back to the early years of the last century when Woodrow Wilson lost his first wife, Ellen, and started going out with the Virginia widow Edith Bolling. Wilson became the […] [Read More]
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The man who sold ‘The Conversation’ & other classics

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Dick Guttman has been at the center of the Hollywood public relations scene for more than a half-century, so his huge and fascinating memoir, “Starflacker,” is packed with goodies. Starting out with the legendary firm of Rogers & Cowan, Guttman worked side by side with some of the greatest Hollywood figures of our time, from […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: the pure sci-fi horror of ‘Fire in the Sky’

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Robert Lieberman’s “Fire in the Sky” was released theatrically in 1993 by Paramount Pictures with little fanfare, and then picked up a small cult following from cable and video in the mid-1990s, but it remains an undiscovered gem. Based on a real incident in Arizona in the mid-1970s — a UFO sighting and reported abduction […] [Read More]
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‘The Body in the Birches’: sophisticated comfort food

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Book by book for more than 20 years, Katherine Hall Page has earned a place among the best American mystery writers. The fact that Page has done this within the confines of a single series about an amateur sleuth is quite remarkable. Series burn-out is quite obvious in the work of some of the more […] [Read More]
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Women win the U.S. multiplex battle — again

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Women filmmakers and audiences received a big boost over the weekend when the relatively low-budgeted “Pitch Perfect 2” killed the very expensive “Mad Max Fury Road” in the box office sweepstakes — $70.3 million to $44.4 million. Putting all questions of relative quality aside, the huge success of the musical sequel proved that there is […] [Read More]
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‘Black Power Mixtape’ — U.S. through ‘foreign’ eyes

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Who knew that some of the best coverage of the U.S. racial conflicts of the 1960s and 1970s was done by Swedish television journalists? That’s the astonishing surprise of the documentary “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” which debuted at Sundance in 2010, had a brief theatrical run six months later, and is now on home video via […] [Read More]
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