#FridayReads ‘The Girl from the Savoy’

If you are still going through “Downton Abbey” withdrawal, you should check out Hazel Gaynor’s charming new historical novel, “The Girl from the Savoy” (William Morrow), which brings 1920s era London
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‘Queen Bess’: when the mighty fall

Open Road Media has reissued Jennifer Preston’s 1990 biography, “Queen Bess: An Unauthorized Biography of Bess Myerson,” which tells the stirring and sad story of the barrier-breaking first Jewish
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Tribeca Shortlist: curated movie streaming

I love the two dominant streaming services – Netflix and Amazon Instant – as much as the next guy, but they both can be overpowering when it comes to zeroing in on something to watch. Who hasn’t spent
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‘Author: The JT Leroy Story’: the literary hoax

The new documentary, “Author: The JT Leroy Story” takes us inside one of the great hoaxes of recent literary history. JT Leroy was one of the most written about authors of the turn of the century, a
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‘Days and Nights’: Chekhov in Connecticut

The very gifted stage actor Christian Camargo made an auspicious film directing debut with “Days and Nights,” an adaptation of “The Seagull” set on a rambling Connecticut estate in the early 1980s.
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘The Bat’

A terrible movie by almost any standard, “The Bat” has provided me with considerable entertainment over the years because of the old-fashioned professionalism of Agnes Moorehead in the starring role.
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‘Dirty Money’: Delon & Deneuve sizzle

Amazon Instant has a crisp print of a terrific 1972 French film noir, “Un Flic,” starring Alain Delon and Catherine Denueve, under the U.S release title “Dirty Money.” The movie was the final effort
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In "Norman Lear: Just Anotjher Version of You," the celebrated TV producer and writer goes home to Brooklyn for a visit to Coney Island.

TV revolutionary Norman Lear profiled

“Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” examines the life and career of the great TV writer and producer who at one point in the 1970s was responsible for six of the top ten shows on the air. The
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