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Tom Gliatto

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Goodbye, "Terriers"

(11) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 5:00 PM

Terriers, which lasted exactly one season on FX, was the best network series to debut this fall, and I and its apparently not large audience will miss and mourn it.

After the cancellation was announced Monday, there was a lot of online criticism directed at FX for mismarketing this...

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A Complaint About Sondheim

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 2:46 PM

Congratulations to Stephen Sondheim on turning 80, a birthday that has been commemorated with celebrations in the theater and, now, the publication of Finishing the Hat (Knopf, $39.95), which collects his lyrics from 1954 to 1981.

That said, I wish he would stop dissing Lorenz Hart.

Sondheim's disappointment in and...

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Lady Gaga and Camille Paglia

(63) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 6:45 PM

Camille Paglia has published a long piece in the British Sunday Times Magazine in which she articulates her dislike for Lady Gaga and dissatisfaction with what she calls "Generation Gaga."

Paglia is an entertaining and brilliant cultural critic, but she has a habit of throwing out too many...

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Yes, I Am Still Mad at LOST

(112) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 4:59 PM

I have come down with high dudgeon fever, as unshakeable as a tropical malady, and it's all because of that damned Lost finale. Yes, I am still angry about the whole thing. I have been left behind, trapped on the island, while everyone else is paddling away on slim canoes...

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How to Save the Awards Season

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2008 | 12:20 PM

Never again do I want to watch an awards event without a glorious audience of beautiful stars: The Golden Globes made me think of one of those Michel Gondry movies with their ironic-pathetic low dazzlement. Surely I'm not supposed to think about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind during the...

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The Method of Daniel Day-Lewis

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2008 | 4:06 PM

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood surprised me. His performance is just as impressive as all the buildup promised, yes -- a bold, mesmerizing performance -- but the thing is it's a highly actorly, highly theatrical performance, dominated by an assumed voice that comes rolling out in the seductive...
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The Talented Tony Soprano

(7) Comments | Posted June 11, 2007 | 2:32 PM

Am I the only person frustrated with Tony Soprano? The show was beautifully written and paced and cast and acted, yes yes all that, I even liked the finale -- and I have to say this season's scene in which Tony killed Christopher in a supreme act of improvisatory slit-eyed...

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Rosie O'Donnell and Magical Thinking

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2007 | 8:41 PM

Because Rosie O'Donnell expresses herself through poetry on her website, I commemorate
her decision to leave The View with these verses.

On The View yesterday, out came Vanessa Redgrave
Moving cautiously and peering around
like a stork wandering onto a highway

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May the Angels Welcome You, Larry "Bud" Melman

(10) Comments | Posted March 22, 2007 | 6:36 PM

I know we are probably all having a very busy week, but I wanted to take a moment to offer a few remarks in eulogy of actor-nonactor/funnyman-straightman Calvert DeForest. You would better know him as Larry "Bud" Melman from his endearing and weird appearances on David Letterman's NBC show. He...

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The Oscars Telecast

(7) Comments | Posted February 26, 2007 | 2:27 PM

It is one of our enduring delusive hopes that the Oscars telecast will be exciting, that a few keen moments in which world-famous, beautiful people compete for a statuette will be enough to fill out three hours or more of television. The buildup to the show is enormous, but...
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Simon Cowell and Bob Dylan

(49) Comments | Posted January 16, 2007 | 12:07 PM

American Idol judge Simon Cowell says in a Playboy interview that he has never owned a Bob Dylan album, that he finds Bob Dylan boring, and that in effect American Idol (which is back on the air this week) will never be American Folk Idol.

This in itself is...

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Robert Altman's Non-Masterpiece

(22) Comments | Posted November 22, 2006 | 6:07 PM

The news that Robert Altman was no longer America's greatest living film director immediately triggered a memory rush of the string of amazing movies he'd given us -- Nashville, The Long Goodbye, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Short Cuts, Thieves Like Us, California Split, even the sweetly nutty valedictory A Prairie...

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Madonna on Oprah

(4) Comments | Posted October 26, 2006 | 8:16 PM

Speaking from a London hotel room about her adoption of the baby David, she had her hair hanging down in tresses that suggested one of those Whistter portraits of Ophelia-like blondes. Her voice had a clipped, vaguely British tone that suggested Emma Thompson (or even Celia Johnson in long-ago Brief...

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The Path to 9/11, Night Three

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2006 | 2:59 PM

For the third installment, The Dark and Murky Turnpike Beyond 9/11, the producers and writers take a different tact, this time steering clear of contentious headlines, attorneys' letters and blog debate in a bitter election year. Here instead we have the ghost of George F. Kennan (Kelsey Grammer, in quilted...

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Elizabeth Taylor on Larry King

(26) Comments | Posted June 1, 2006 | 8:35 PM

She was there this week to prove she was alive and to promote jewelry designs.

The night didn't turn out to be of much interest -- she laughed, she squawked, she lit up when King said her violet eyes were pretty. But then King would show movie clips of...

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Beyond 24

(9) Comments | Posted May 23, 2006 | 8:07 PM

The Logan Presidency came to an end the other night on the season finale of 24. It did, and in a sense it didn't: The larger, more conventional aspects of the plot resolved themselves, pretty much, with the customary three-seconds-until-the-nuclear-sub-launches-a-missile-attack breathlessness. But the depiction of a single day in the...

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So Much for Big Mac

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2006 | 3:45 PM

When Commander in Chief premiered last fall, it was treated as a moment, cultural and political. Here we had a dramatic series that imagined a female president in the towering form of Geena Davis. Political commentators had a good old time teasing out the significance of President Mackenzie Allen, teasing...

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