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Jane Fonda at the dawn of the 1960s

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Warner Archive offers a DVD-on-demand version of the 1960 comedy that gave Jane Fonda her first screen role — “Tall Story” — and while it by no means qualifies as a good movie, as a Hollywood and pop culture time capsule it’s fascinating. Fonda plays June Ryder, a freshman who has enrolled at Custer College […] [Read More]
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‘Can I Go Now?’: the agent who became a legend

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The nuts and bolts of movie career building and maintenance is the underlying subject of Brian Kellow’s compulsively readable “Can I Go Now?” a biography of the Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, who died in 2011. Viking publishes the book Sept. 8. Kellow will be at the Yale Barnes & Noble Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. […] [Read More]
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‘The Newsroom’ ends on a high

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I’ve run into lots of people who loved the Aaron Sorkin HBO series “The Newsroom,” but it never got the media love necessary for it to turn into one of those “hot” cable shows like “Girls” or “Homeland.” In the first season, critics picked apart Sorkin’s premise — setting the show a few years in […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: Brando & Redford in ‘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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When Hollywood studio films were built around women

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Meryl Streep’s 19th Oscar nomination last week was another triumph for an actress who has managed to find good parts on a very regular basis since she started working in movies in 1977. Now 65, Streep has become a sui generis figure in Hollywood — the only American woman of her generation who has not […] [Read More]
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‘The Chapman Report’: a very un-sexy movie about sex

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Director George Cukor never hid the fact that he had a very bad time in post-production on his 1962 film, “The Chapman Report.” The movie lost 20 minutes at the hands of a studio editor — who worked without the director present — and then an anonymous hack was brought in to shoot a new […] [Read More]

Film Society series ‘Man of Steel’ marks Lancaster’s 100th birthday

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Born in New York City the same year that Grand Central Terminal opened, Burt Lancaster became the rare movie star of his era who insisted on miscasting himself (in the eyes of studio chiefs) in a series of unsympathetic and/or eccentric roles unlikely to bolster his popularity. The late star’s birth year centennial has already […] [Read More]

‘Miss Representation’: where do women find role models?

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I’ve written here before about the wonderful documentary programming on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), but the film debuting tonight at 9 p.m. — “Miss Representation” — is not up to the high standards that have been set by the cable operation over the past few months. Produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the […] [Read More]