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Hollywood: Like Detroit, But Stupider

(15) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 3:00 PM

I am a movie critic. While the gig isn't exactly up there with astronaut or bounty hunter in the what-kids-want-to-be-when-they-grow-up department, it is easier than those jobs. It also comes with glamorous perks like being paraphrased in advertisements and receiving e-mailed threats from teen girls who disagree with your opinion...

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Mike Bloomberg, There's a Job Waiting For You in the Bronx

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 8:28 PM

On Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked the New York City Council to suspend a term-limits law and allow him to seek a third consecutive term as mayor. The City Council responded by asking if there was anything else it could get for the mayor while it was up. Coffee?...

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Mr. Sulu and The One

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 10:31 AM

My political awakening came while sitting with the most unlikely person in the most unlikely place. I was in the Billy Crystal Room of the New York Friars Club (yes, there's a place in the world where a room is named for Billy Crystal) talking to George Takei -- better...

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NPR to Non-Old People: Thanks, But No Thanks

(12) Comments | Posted July 21, 2008 | 5:13 PM

National Public Radio announced last week that it has canceled its Web-radio hybrid, The Bryant Park Project, after less than one year of broadcasting. (Actually, The New York Times announced it. That's where most of the show's staffers discovered last Monday that their jobs will soon be...

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Heath Ledger Cannot Hear You Clap

(14) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 6:15 PM

When Tim Burton's Batman hit theaters in 1989, I was 10 years old. I had only read a handful of Batman comics then, but I knew that seeing this movie would be a seminal moment in my young life. I also knew that my dad had refused to take me...

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The Frakking Nukes

(9) Comments | Posted June 17, 2008 | 6:55 PM

"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

-- Charlton Heston, gun enthusiast

Thus ends Planet of the Apes, the 1968 sci-fi parable about mankind's lust for self-annihilation, starring a guy who once called legal restrictions on automatic firearms "draconian." So it...

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It's Hard Out Here For a Princess

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2008 | 11:01 AM

Few things can move me to read the New York Times business section. But a picture of a robot cradling Steve Jobs' head in its rust-stained claw is one of those things.

The robot in question is Wall-E, who will star this summer in the newest film from Pixar, the...

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Carrie Bradshaw Is the Harbinger of Death

(24) Comments | Posted May 20, 2008 | 11:39 AM

I used to not be scared of Sex and the City. In fact, I used to be a casual fan. But I now look forward to Carrie Bradshaw's big screen debut about as much as I look forward to the day when I arrive in hell and am told David...

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What We Need Now is Wonder Woman

(8) Comments | Posted May 13, 2008 | 4:08 PM

In her preview piece for the New York Times a couple Sundays ago, Manohla Dargis bemoaned the absence of a female-driven potential blockbuster this summer. (Her explanation for why Sex and the City doesn't count is one of the best lines ever printed in the paper of record.)...

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No Country for Old Ladies (Or Young Ones)

(13) Comments | Posted March 4, 2008 | 9:21 AM

Unless you like montage reels, the Oscars aren't good for much. But occupying a sort of DMZ between art and commerce, they do serve as a decent tool for gauging the part of American mainstream filmmaking that isn’'t completely retarded. Case in point: the best-actress category at last week’s ceremony....

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Note to SNL: Black People Are Funny, Too

(98) Comments | Posted February 25, 2008 | 1:45 PM

When Saturday Night Live woke from its strike coma Saturday night, the first question viewers had for it was, Where the hell are you going to find a black guy to play Barack Obama. Always obliging, SNL answered in the cold open: Who needs a black guy when you've got...

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The World Without Oscar: An Imagined Future History

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2008 | 5:05 PM

The WGA strike is over, and the world is a better place. As you read this, writers for “Heroes” are busy plotting new ways to piss off message-board people. Damon Lindelof and Robert Iger have resumed their bi-weekly cuddle sessions. Democracy is flourishing in places where no one ever expected...

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