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HBO Video releases first season of ‘Looking’

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No one ever mistook episodes of “I Love Lucy” or even “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as slices of real life, but  HBO has been criticized for distorting urban life in its half hour comedy dramas, starting with “Sex and the City” in the late 1990s. A freelance newspaper columnist like Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t afford […] [Read More]
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‘Saving Grace’ – ‘All About Eve’ in Sneden’s Landing

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Jane Green makes an entertaining detour into paranoid thriller territory with her 16th novel, “Saving Grace,” which St. Martin’s Press is publishing today. It’s fun to see this veteran novelist, whose specialty has been zeitgeist-y women’s fiction, explore a darker side with a creepy tale of a successful woman who has her life more or […] [Read More]
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‘If/Then’: going against the Broadway musical grain

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It would be easy to overpraise “If/Then” for what it isn’t — a song-and-dance piece based on a movie; a jukebox musical; a kiddie show. What lyricist and book writer Brian Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt have created is that very rare bird — a musical designed to reflect life in New York City at […] [Read More]
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Liz Taylor sees dead people in ‘Night Watch’

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When her film career started winding down in the 1970s, Elizabeth Taylor was reduced to some very bad material such as “Hammersmith is Out” and “Ash Wednesday” and “The Blue Bird.” These pictures were fast flops at the time and rarely turn up on cable (for good reason). It was really shocking to see an […] [Read More]
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‘Beautiful’: Jessie Mueller in the long run

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Because so many stage actors work in limited runs at regional theaters and New York non-profits, they don’t face the huge physical and emotional challenges of musical comedy stars who play the same part for a year or more. It’s wonderful that top film and TV actors such as Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close have […] [Read More]
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Joseph Sargent, R.I.P. — co-creator of a New York classic

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Joseph Sargent, who died Monday in Malibu at the age of 89, was a journeyman director who worked on all sorts of material for television and the big screen. Sargent directed TV episodes of everything from “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” to “Lassie” and won four Emmys for his work on nighttime drama. One of the […] [Read More]
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Merry Christmas!

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