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A year in the life of pop culture addict Andy Cohen

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The pleasure that Bravo producer and talk show host Andy Cohen takes in the pop culture scene and his hectic New York City lifestyle is contagious. Whether or not you’re a fan of of his various reality TV shows, Cohen’s own nightly program “Watch What Happens Live” transcends the guilty pleasure label — it’s a […] [Read More]
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‘The Vandal’: great showcase for Deirdre O’Connell

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Two strangers meet at a bus stop on a very cold winter’s night in Kingston, New York, and slowly start to open up to each other, in the funny and creepy play “The Vandal,” a 2013 Flea Theater production set for airing on Channel 13 tonight at 10 p.m. The actor Hamish Linklater made his playwriting debut […] [Read More]
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More murder & mayhem at the New England Crime Bake

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Cozy and very well run, the New England Crime Bake is one of the best annual conferences devoted to the art of the mystery. The organizers cap the total number of guests in the mid 200s which means everyone has a chance to interact with the guests of honor. And those who want to write […] [Read More]
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‘The Manchurian Candidate’ from page to screen (twice)

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Film books published by universities are often unreadably academic, but I had the best time with “What Have They Built You to Do?” (University of Minnesota Press), by Matthew Frye Jacobson and Gaspar Gonzalez, which covers the various versions of “The Manchurian Candidate” in a highly entertaining and illuminating manner. Jacobson and Gonzalez taught in the […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘The Swarm’

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I was happy when the hilarious Manhattan gender illusionist Hedda Lettuce screened the 1978 disaster movie “The Swarm” as part of her regular Thursday night cult classics series at the Bow Tie Chelsea multiplex on 23rd Street. The movie is not quite in the same class as “Mommie Dearest” or “Valley of the Dolls” when […] [Read More]
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Sexy film series, exhibit at Manhattan’s French Institute

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Even some hard core movie buffs seem unaware that the midtown headquarters of the French Institute/Alliance Francaise is one of New York City’s top alternative film venues. The cultural organization at 55 East 59th St. screens new French films and classics every week in its very comfortable theater; the projection and sound are excellent. FIAF […] [Read More]
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‘The Newsroom’: an HBO three season wonder

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It was probably a back-handed compliment to HBO’s consistently high quality series programming that “The Newsroom” was nit-picked to death by reviewers two seasons ago and will be coming to a premature end after the six-episode third season that begins Sunday night. Perhaps no TV show could live up to the pressure of being a […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘The Escape’: a paranoid thriller with heart

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40 years ago, there was a wave of wonderful paranoid political thrillers that included “The Parallax View,” “Three Days of the Condor” and “All the President’s Men.” These pictures showed our government in the worst possible light and only “All the President’s Men” offered a glimmer of hope for the future. The movies were perfectly […] [Read More]
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