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‘MI 5’ reasserts Tom Cruise’s star power

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Sustaining his movie stardom for more than three decades, Tom Cruise has survived the rise and fall of various Hollywood fads and trends, and some of the worst personal publicity any star has ever faced. Over the weekend, the sleek entertainment, “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation,” reasserted Cruise’s global popularity – taking in $56 million […] [Read More]
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‘Living Dangerously': Mel Gibson before the fall

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Remember those long ago days before Mel Gibson turned into a ranting, drunken, anti-Semitic mess and his career imploded? Today’s kids probably find it hard to believe there was a time when the raspy, bug-eyed Mel was not only “the sexiest man alive” but the star of one good movie after another. Not to mention […] [Read More]
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Wendy Wasserstein’s forgotten romantic comedy

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“The Object of My Affection” broke new romantic comedy ground in 1998 with its story of a New York City woman who befriends and then falls in love with a gay man. While this plot might have seemed radical to moviegoers in Peoria or Duluth, screenwriter Wendy Wasserstein knew that this sort of unrequited passion […] [Read More]
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Vanessa Redgrave’s smashing breakthrough year

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Vanessa Redgrave was already a star of the London stage in 1966, but she became an international movie star that year as a result of her breakthrough performances in “Morgan!” and “Blow-Up.” It was a double-barreled triumph similar to the one-two punch Julie Christie scored a year earlier in “Darling” and “Doctor Zhivago.” England was […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘The Hirschfeld Century’ – art as history

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A historian as well as an artist, the late great Al Hirschfeld gave us a vivid record of more than 80 years of stage productions in New York. Hirschfeld’s caricatures – which ran regularly in The New York Times – were the result of his visits to new shows during their out of town try-out […] [Read More]
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‘That Sugar Film’: much more than a spoonful

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Taking a page from Morgan Spurlock’s book, the Australian actor-director Damon Gameau used himself as a guinea pig to create the alarming new documentary “That Sugar Film.” Spurlock warned us of the health dangers of a fast food diet in his 2004 hit, “Supersize Me,” but Gameau’s film is even more unsettling because it shows […] [Read More]
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‘Deadly Assets’: W.E.B. Griffin’s Philly cop series

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The maintenance of a long-running crime novel series can be tricky. Should the writer age his or her character another year with each new book or keep mining one small slice of time as Sue Grafton has done in her 1970s era Kinsey Milhone novels? W.E.B. Griffin did something very radical in the eighth book […] [Read More]
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New York City from 250 points of view

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Rizzoli published a gorgeous book — “New York: A Photographer’s City” — that demonstrates how you can never get to the bottom of the allure of New York City. Edited by gallery operator Marla Hamburg Kennedy, the collection of pictures will reinforce the belief of many who live in the city that there isn’t much […] [Read More]
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