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Before She Was a Sex Symbol: Three Delightful, Virginal Roles for Elizabeth Taylor

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 4:12 PM

In 1958, Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie the Cat -- sultry in a clingy slip, trying to bed Paul Newman -- became a sex symbol in the American consciousness. The next year, her reputation as a seductress grew when she lured Eddie Fisher away from his wife, Debbie Reynolds. Then in...

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Four Must-See Christmas Movies of the 1940s

(43) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 4:49 PM

At this late date, one must prioritize one's Christmas movies. And when one prioritizes one's movies, Christmas or otherwise, it's advisable to stick with a battle-tested decade of film-making: the 1940s.

In my not-so-humble opinion, these are the best the 1940s had to offer in the way of Christmas movies....

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Feinstein and Hyde Pierce: A Bendel Bonnet, a Shakespeare Sonnet, Mickey Mouse

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 4:51 PM

By the time David Hyde Pierce and Michael Feinstein sang Cole Porter's "You're the Top" last night at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, I'd been smiling for so long that my cheeks ached. Their retro holiday nightclub act, which plays until December 30, invoked male performers of another era...

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Ordinary Days: A New Yorker's Musical (and for $20)

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 1:23 PM

If you wish your life in New York were a musical comedy (whatever; I do), Ordinary Days -- an operetta-style show now playing at the Roundabout Underground's Black Box Theatre -- allows you to experience that dream vicariously through its four characters, without getting carted off to the loony...

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Burns, Baby, Burns

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 12:30 AM

The "Feel Free" Central Park concert Wednesday night was a blend of music, speakers, and clips from Ken Burns' film, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which begins airing this Sunday on PBS and runs until sometime before Christmas. They really went all out -- huge stage with high-tech...

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