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Chaplin on Broadway: High-Wire Act

Can a musical biography ever really be satisfying for an intelligent, adult theatergoer? I doubt it. There have been precious few successful ones over the...

Albert Nobbs: Glenn Close's Quiet Man

Not long after I saw Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs, an odd little gem about a 19th century Irish woman who masquerades as a man for most of her life to improve...

Couch Potato Briefing: The Fall of the Dictator

Following the Oct. 20 killing of ousted Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi, who was cornered in a sewer ditch by rebels blocking his escape from the town of Sirt,...

Norman Wisdom

Britain's beloved entertainer Sir Norman Wisdom, who died Oct. 4 at 95, turned tripping into an art form. Thankfully, Queen Elizabeth II laughed when he...

Alistair Cooke: PBS's Rock Star

He must have been the happiest or the luckiest man alive. As a boy he felt trapped in working-class Blackpool, the Coney Island of England, and so won a...

Why Is This Man Smiling?

"I'm just not the hero type, clearly," swaggering billionaire weapons contractor Tony Stark explains to the press in the first of this summer's bumper crop of...

Robert Downey Jr.: Back from the Brink

"I'm just not the hero type, clearly," swaggering billionaire weapons contractor Tony Stark explains to the press in the first of this summer's bumper crop of...

Take That, Sumner! Tom Cruise Gets His Own Studio

Less than three months after Tom Cruise suffered an ugly brushoff from his long-time studio home Paramount Pictures, the sidelined star has done what any...

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