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Netflix mining: Natalie Wood as ‘Marjorie Morningstar’

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The “Dirty Dancing” of its day, the 1958 hit “Marjorie Morningstar” follows a nice Jewish girl from New York City who spends a life-changing summer at a camp in the Catskills, where she comes under the influence of an older man with show business aspirations. The movie was based on an enormous bestseller by Herman […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Road House’ template ‘The Chase’

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If you want to stump your friends with a trivia quiz ask them to name the movie that co-starred Marlon Brando and Robert Redford. There’s a reason that many people have never heard of the movie in question — “The Chase” — because this 1966 picture about life in an out-of-control small Texas town is […] [Read More]
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Lorenzo Semple, Jr. R.I.P. — master of paranoia

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The screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr., who died in Los Angeles Friday at the age of 91, never won an Oscar but his name is on a terrific bunch of movies, including two of the great paranoid thrillers of the 1970s  — “The Parallax View” and “Three Days of the Condor.” As the Hollywood Reporter obit […] [Read More]
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‘People I Know’: the lost Al Pacino movie

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You wouldn’t think that a movie starring Al Pacino and Kim Basinger would sit on a shelf for two years and then get a cursory theatrical release that earned only a little more than $100,000. But that’s what happened to the 2003 film “People I Know,” which very few moviegoers have heard of let alone […] [Read More]
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#FridayReads ‘Frog Music’ by Emma Donoghue

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Emma Donoghue has followed her international bestseller, and book club favorite,  “Room” with a powerful crime novel “Frog Music” that Little Brown will publish April 1. Borrowing a page from Ruth Rendell’s book, Donoghue opens with the murder of a woman who likes to dress in men’s clothes — Jenny Bennet — and then backs […] [Read More]
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‘Veep’: the new golden age of TV continues

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“Genius” is the most overused word in the Hollywood lexicon, but it’s hard to think of a better one-word description of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Worthy of comparison with any of the top comediennes in movie or TV history, Dreyfus has hit a new peak with her HBO series, “Veep,” which starts its third season on April […] [Read More]
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‘How About Never’: behind the scenes at The New Yorker

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Bob Mankoff’s “How About Never — Is Never Good for You?” is one of the funniest memoirs of recent years, as might be expected from the author’s job as cartoon editor of The New Yorker. Mankoff has been filling that position for the past two decades and was a staff cartoonist for the 20 years […] [Read More]
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‘Broadway Backwards’: gender-bending benefit

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It was fun last night to see a few dozen Broadway performers tackle songs they wouldn’t ordinarily have a chance to sing. “Broadway Backwards,” now in its ninth year, is a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, where men sing show tunes designed for women and […] [Read More]
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