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Bad Movies We Love: ‘The Carpetbaggers’

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Harold Robbins’ novel “The Carpetbaggers” was considered so shocking when it was published in 1961 that it even prompted a New York Times reviewer to foam at the mouth. “It was not quite proper to have printed ‘The Carpetbaggers’ between covers of a book,” the newspaper of record opined. “It should have been inscribed on […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: little-seen fashion world expose, ‘Picture Me’

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Sara Ziff and her filmmaking partner Ole Schell deserve kudos for their unusually revealing documentary about the fashion industry, “Picture Me: A Model’s Diary” (Strand Releasing Home Video). Most of what we learn about modeling and fashion comes to us via writers and filmmakers with a vested interest in the business. They don’t want to […] [Read More]
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‘Miss Jones’: neglected romantic comedy classic

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In all of the remake mania of the past few decades, I’ve been surprised that no one has ever taken a look at the wonderful 1942 RKO romantic comedy “The Devil and Miss Jones.” It’s funny and sexy and has a potent social issue aspect as well. Part of the problem might be that the […] [Read More]
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The messy genius of Robert Altman

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The best Robert Altman movies are packed with contradictory emotions and unusually large collections of wildly diverse characters bouncing off each other. Altman classics like “Nashville” (1975) – above – and “The Long Goodbye” (1973) are not about linear storytelling or easily resolved conflicts, so Mitchell Zuckoff’s rambling “oral biography” — “Robert Altman” (Knopf) — […] [Read More]
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On the road with ‘Joy Ride’ & ‘Race with the Devil’

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I made a fun double-feature out of two of my favorite guilty pleasure movies a while ago — B-movies (with a bit of pizzazz) about the dangers of cross-country travel. “Race with the Devil” is a very lively 1975 drive-in hit about two urban couples (Peter Fonda & Lara Parker and Warren Oates & Loretta […] [Read More]
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‘Marry Me a Little’: songs cut from Stephen Sondheim classics

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During his peak years, Stephen Sondheim was bursting with so many musical ideas that more than a few terrific songs wound up being dropped from landmark shows such as “Company” and “Follies.” The composer/lyricist also wrote a complete score for a show called “Saturday Night” that was meant to be produced as his Broadway debut in […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: Susan Hayward & Dean Martin in ‘Ada’

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Never what you would call a subtle actress, Susan Hayward had an energy and charisma that served her well for more than 30 years on screen. Hayward always seemed to be aware of the goofiness just under the surface of some of her most serious dramas — she’d give the most over-heated lines a campy […] [Read More]
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‘Rock Hard!’: new venue for naughty Broadway benefit

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I don’t think there is a more entertaining annual benefit in New York than “Broadway Bares” which is presented every June as one of the major fundraisers of the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Now in its 24th edition, the show has gotten more polished and more spectacular each year, showcasing more than 200 Broadway […] [Read More]
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