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George Plimpton spent a lifetime stepping into other people's shoes. It's only fitting that he's finally talking about what it was like to walk in his own. That this is possible, 10 years after his death in 2003 when Plimpton was a robust 76, is due...
When he played Lenny on ABC's popular 1976-83 sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," Michael McKean realized he could easily become typecast as his dumb, lovable Fonzie wannabe and pal of the knuckleheaded Squiggy. He vowed not to let it happen. "It's not your...
Writer-director Michael Singh's documentary "Valentino's Ghost" connects the United States' Middle East foreign policy agenda to the American media's often negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. It's a provocative, absorbing — and at times...
Ever used a phony accent to fool somebody? Yeah, me too. When I was an 18-year-old college student, in 1963, my buddy Steve and I tried to impress girls at the beach with our English accents. We'd recently appeared in a Shakespearean production on...
Tags: England, Movies, United Kingdom, BBC, Kelsey Grammer
In his new biography, "Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson," Blake Bailey explores the tormented life of the author of "The Lost Weekend" — the once-celebrated 1944 novel that led to the Oscar-winning film...
Tags: Movies, Entertainment Events, Academy Awards, Authors, Addiction
NEW YORK — In 11 previous editions, the Tribeca Film Festival has showcased dozens of glitzy studio productions and stars — Tobey Maguire and his "Spider-Man 3" crew rode into town in 2007, Tom Cruise opened "Mission: Impossible III" here in...
Inevitably, our tastes change as we grow older. Most of the pop songs that once served as anthems are now exercises in nostalgia, calling up happy ghosts rather than anything new and urgent. The dense romantic adventure novel that we swore by in our teens...
In his prime, writer Gore Vidal didn't have much nice to say about people, and he enjoyed sharing his opinions. On live television in 1968, he referred to fellow commentator William F. Buckley as a "crypto-Nazi" (Buckley responded by calling Vidal...
The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago this week, has often been criticized by blacks, by radicals and also by mainstream historians who doubt its significance as a turning point in the Civil War and in American...
It's that time in our program to stop and remember the folks we lost this year. •Actors: Peggy Ahern, 95, and Jack Hanlon, 96 ("Our Gang" kids); Dimitra Arliss ("The Sting"), 79; R.G. Armstrong, 95; Luke Askew, 80; Zina Bethune, 66; Turhan Bey, 90;...
The TV Guy - Orlando SentinelTCM has released its classy “TCM Remembers” video that honors people who've died in the closing year. The tribute features writers (Ray Bradbury, Gore Vidal), singers (Andy Williams, Davy Jones, Whitney Houston), a comedian (Phyllis Diller), a...
Connie Wald, an elegant matriarch of old Hollywood known for the low-key dinner parties she held for friends like Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, died of natural causes Nov. 10 at her Beverly Hills home. She was 96. Her...
Tags: Movies, Greta Garbo, Oscar Levant, Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford
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