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‘Cinema Vernacular’: life as a movie

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“Everyone has two businesses — their own and show business,” is an old saying that was passed along to me by an entertainment lawyer many years ago. Closer to the mark, in my opinion, is the notion that everyone leads two lives — their own and those fantasy-drenched hours that most of us have spent […] [Read More]
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The daring Brando performance few have seen

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The 1967 John Huston film “Reflections in a Golden Eye” has never received the attention it deserves because the initial response of most critics and moviegoers was pretty dismal. An adaptation of the Carson McCullers novella set on an Army base in the South, the movie was largely dismissed at the time of its release […] [Read More]
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‘Cinerama Adventure’: when movies got BIGGER!

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A terrific documentary, “Cinerama Adventure,” has been kicking around the festival circuit for a few years, but was never issued on DVD. Fortunately, the feature-length film was included as an extra on the deluxe three-disc edition of “How the West Was Won” (above), the 1962 MGM picture that used the extra-wide screen process just before […] [Read More]
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‘Every Fifteen Minutes’: Scottoline takes a scary turn

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St. Martin’s Press is publishing the 24th novel by Lisa Scottoline today and it’s a doozy. “Every Fifteen Minutes” continues the recent experimentation with storytelling by the best-selling author who made her name on legal thrillers featuring strong and funny female lawyers, but who has moved in exciting new directions in recent books. Scottoline created […] [Read More]
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n + 1: generational BS & Spike Lee’s decline

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The just-published 22nd issue of the Brooklyn-based journal n +1 is packed with goodies, from a takedown on the notion of dividing our population into “generations” and a very astute analysis of the decline of filmmaker Spike Lee. The range of material and the smart writing has made the three-times-a-year publication one of my favorite […] [Read More]
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‘I Knew It Was You’: the actor who played Fredo

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It’s a great movie trivia question: what actor appeared in only five films, all of which happened to be nominated for best picture Oscars? John Cazale was the performer in question, who only lived to be 42, but delivered indelible performances in “The Godfather” (1972), “The Conversation” (1974), “The Godfather Part II” (1974), “Dog Day […] [Read More]
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A (very) late report on ‘Leave Me Green’

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Your faithful blogger has fallen down on the job. I didn’t get to see the sharp and original new play by Lisi DeHaas — “Leave Me Green” — until a few nights ago, so it saddens me to report that the final performance is tonight at the Gym at Judson in Greenwich Village. Set in […] [Read More]
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Instagram & fashion: perfect social network marriage

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Above all other social media sites, the fashion industry has embraced Instagram, a fact that is amply illustrated in the new Abrams book “Designers on Instagram #Fashion,” which will be published Tuesday. The beautiful but compact book is like a portable mood board showing us the places, people, objects and clothing that have inspired a […] [Read More]
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