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Oscar exhaustion: a season of hype & dirty tricks

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I’m sure there will be a lot of fun to be had watching ABC’s telecast of the Oscar ceremonies tonight — who doesn’t want to watch what Neil Patrick Harris does with the host gig? — but I must admit I will be happy to see the end of the foolish and fraught run-up to […] [Read More]
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‘Star 80’: Bob Fosse’s hate letter to show biz

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Bob Fosse’s scathing 1983 biopic about the (short) life and death of Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten — “Star 80” — will make its wide-screen DVD debut on Tuesday via Warner Archive. To say that the movie was disliked when it came out is an understatement — critics and audiences hated Fosse’s ice-cold approach to celebrity […] [Read More]
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Remembering the Oscar campaign pioneer Joseph E. Levine

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Although his name has been largely forgotten, producer and distributor Joseph E. Levine was a towering movie figure in the 1960s and 1970s, first for his ability to sniff out and market low-budget turkeys, and then for the energy he brought to Oscar campaigning years before Harvey Weinstein arrived on the scene. Levine was a […] [Read More]
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A ‘Strangelove’ picture worth several thousand words

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The 1964 Stanley Kubrick film “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is in my all-time top-ten movie list — or maybe even my top-five, depending on the mood I’m in. The film remains the funniest and most sophisticated satire ever produced by a Hollywood studio. And, “Dr. Strangelove” […] [Read More]
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Oscar chat tonight at the Plumb Library

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As mainstream Hollywood films — i.e. the stuff that is shown in multiplexes most of the year — get more kiddie oriented, and more overseas market driven, adults owe a certain debt of gratitude to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Everyone knocks the Oscars for not citing the movies they love, and […] [Read More]
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‘Super Fly’: New York City 43 years ago

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It was good to see the Gordon Parks Jr. film “Super Fly” included on the list of 100 best New York City films in the current “Hollywood” issue of Vanity Fair. Coincidentally, a few weeks ago, I watched the film for the first time in 43 years when it was shown as part of the […] [Read More]
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‘The Whites’: whatever it is, it’s great

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There has been a lot of publishing world chatter over the past week about the new Henry Holt novel “The Whites” and its unusual author billing — “Richard Price Writing As Harry Brandt.” Writing under a “pseudonym” that is exposed on a book’s cover is bizarre, to say the least, but in a New York […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Where Love Has Gone’

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“50 Shades of Grey” author E.L. James has nothing on the late great Harold Robbins when it comes to bestselling smut. Robbins too was accused of peddling porn disguised as popular fiction and had his own problems with small town libraries (and bookstores) banning his racier titles. But readers in the 1950s and 1960s couldn’t […] [Read More]
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