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People: Sep. 25, 2006

FILM'S NEW FLY BOY Acting in a film and flying a plane are "the kind of things you dream about doing when you're a kid," says DAVID ELLISON, who can check both...

Nothing to Laugh About

Excess is always wretched, whether we're talking executive-compensation packages or some guy trying to squeeze his Hummer into a parking space clearly labeled...

Movies: The World's Best Character Actor

A few months ago, Paul Giamatti was on an airplane flipping through the in-flight entertainment options when he came across Tom Hanks in The Terminal. "I watched...

Movies: The Very Bad Dad

Bernard Berkman is an uncertain egotist. The author of several novels that beguiled the literati once upon a time, he now has no agent--so he feels he has to...

Movies: THE ART OF BEING A CONFIDENCE MAN

IF JAMIE FOXX WERE ONE OF THE MANY ACTORS WHO NEED constant approval, he probably would not have told his Collateral co-star Tom Cruise that they were destined...

Movies: As Bad as They Say?

It used to be said that Hollywood was the art of the deal. Now Hollywood is the biz of the buzz. Buzz is the murmur that precedes a film's release; it usually...

Ben & Ben

Ben Affleck flashes his forgive-me smile and says, “I’m not really a whoremonger.” This plangent one-liner is from his new movie “Jersey Girl,” but the...

That Old Feeling: Hope-ful Memories

Bob Hope was the man everyone was supposed to like. In a career that spanned three-quarters of a century, he left his indelible mark, big-time, in six major...

That Old Feeling: Bobbin’ Along

“How d’ya like this little juke box for Easter I have on?” a tuxedoed Bob Hope asked in the opening monologue of his first TV show, on April 9, 1950. “Pretty...

The Summer of Bruce

My parents always said it was a nice Scottish name. But back in the '60s, when I was a kid, Bruce was for some reason the jokey, archetypal name for male...

Movies: The Bold Man and The Sea

The first glimpse I had of what Russell Crowe's friends call Crowe's "intensity" was on the green waves of Sydney Harbor. In advance of our meeting, Crowe's...

People: Mar. 24, 2003

STOP! OR MY BEARD WILL SHOOT JAMES GANDOLFINI has made HBO an offer it apparently can refuse. Gandolfini wants his Sopranos salary bumped up from its current...

Sandler, Seriously

Say you're a college sophomore and you've been assigned to write a thesis on the art of comedy. Like many an industrious student in the information age, you go...

The Beast Goes East

The 9:08 a.m. bullet train for Yamagata left Tokyo station just minutes ago, but Bob Sapp has already plowed through several plates of take-away sushi and a...

Jennifer Makes Good

True or false? Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt have stopped smoking in order to have a baby. "False," says Aniston. "We do want to have a baby. We will eventually...

Cinema: O Come, All Ye Dysfunctional

Oh, there's no place like moan for the holidays. That's now the tradition for year-end movies, and this year the season of official good feeling is refracted in...

Going Digital in Hong Kong

Tuesday, July 17, 2001 Web posted at 12:25 p.m. Hong Kong time, 12:25 a.m. GMT Hong Kong comedic sensation Stephen Chow hadn't made a film for a year and a...

The Unbeaten

Just before the final shootout in Brother, the yakuza played by Takeshi Kitano walks into a diner out in the California desert. The old man behind the counter...

In Defense Of Denial

If you're going to get a serious disease--and, unless you'd prefer to die violently and young, you're probably going to--Parkinson's is not your worst choice. It...