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2015: Would Hollywood Be Seduced by Marty?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

By his own account, Marty is "fat and ugly, fat and ugly." To complete the picture, he's a hesitant never-been-married gap-toothed 34-year-old Bronx butcher who still lives with his mother.

Movie Review: Nightcrawler - the new Network

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In depicting the world of local TV news in Los Angeles, Gilroy has created a kinetic joyride that surfs a giddy wave of dark wit and intelligence.

Aisle View: A Muddled New Play and an Engaging Forgotten One

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Early on, we are told that Ode to Joy is "the story of how the pain goes away." At the end they say "forgiving is giving up the option for revenge" and "true joy is acceptance." In between there is talk of Jesus, Hitler, Elvis, the torturous breaking wheel of the Middle Age, and Auschwitz.

Why Rod Serling Still Matters

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.21.2013 | Arts
Mitch Horowitz

The visuals of The Twilight Zone form a kind of collective generational nightmare. The remarkable thing about the man who created many of these episodes from 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling, is that the writer-presenter learned his craft not in the visual era but in the age of radio drama.

All-Time Oscars: The Eight Best Screenplays and Cinematography Jobs of All Time

Jon Eig | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

I figure if the Academy can arbitrarily choose nine Best Picture nominees this year, I can set my numbers wherever I want. So here are the eight best screenplays, and eight best cinematography jobs (OF ALL TIME!).

The Biggest Crime in the Anthony Weiner Scandal

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.08.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

The worst non-crime crime committed by Anthony Weiner is that he's successfully fed a dangerous Mobius Loop involving the news media and those of us who consume its mostly nonsensical content.

A Sour Note at Carnegie Hall Few Heard, Coming From Above

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The Carnegie Studios made it possible for artists to live as true bohemians: to enjoy the freedom of being deliciously different and quirky. I suppose it was simply too good to last.

Remembering Sydney Lumet's Elegance

Carole Mallory | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Lumet was drawn to and inspired artistically by the diversity of New York City, its many ethnic neighborhoods, its art and its crime, its sophistication and its corruption, its beauty and its ugliness.

Sidney Lumet: First Among Directors

John Farr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Sidney Lumet was a giant in his field, a director who always sought to make intelligent films that had the ring of truth.

Live-blogging the 2011 Oscar telecast

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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8:39PM EST Off to a good start with the hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, inserted into scenes from several of the Oscar nominees, on an Incept...

For Valentine's Day, Ten Movies Sure To Inspire Romance

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Those wanting to get closer to that more traditional and comforting take on the eternal "boy meets girl" predicament need only look back and revisit the great film romances of the past, movies that reflect those long-vanished ideals.

On Her 70th Birthday, a Tribute to Faye Dunaway

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

To paraphrase a famous quote: "Hilary -- I've seen you act, and I've seen Faye Dunaway act, and Miss Duff -- you're no Faye Dunaway." This truth is of course self-evident if you watch Faye in her prime.

Tea Party Movement Obsession With Socialism Misses the Cause of Middle Class Plight

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul

It has been capitalism, not socialism, that has led to the dramatic changes in the world economy that have pressured American real incomes and brought middle class America down to where it is today.

Professional Pictures: Movies About Our Day Jobs

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As seen through the revealing lens of timeless film, you can derive a measure of comfort and perspective amidst the seeming complexity of it all, because the pressures and vicissitudes of the work place go back a very long way.

The Alarming Decline Of Expressive Language, In Life and On Film

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even as today's high school and college students are pushed harder in school, they cannot write an essay or use descriptive language nearly as fluently as their parents and grandparents could.

My GE Dishwasher Tragedy, Manufacturer Parts, Car Repairs and Doctor Visits: Let's Be Mad as Hell and Not Take it Anymore!

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

Manufacturing CEOs do very little to reduce the need for maintenance work and perhaps there should be legislative enforcement requiring them to do so.

Glenn Beck and The Consequences of Crazy Talk

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Broadcasters like Beck ought to take responsibility for some of their more incendiary remarks -- remarks which appear to be ginning up the darker, uglier, fanatical tendencies in an already militaristic, jingoistic, reactionary audience.

Proposition 8 Backlash: What's Wrong with Discriminating Against Those Who Want to Discriminate?

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

When hate or smugness affects one of our neighbor's quality of life and places him or her on a pedestal below, it deprives that person of the chance to be happy and fulfilled.