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People: Apr. 21, 2003

OLD PROVERB: GREAT-LOOKING MINDS THINK ALIKE In what amounts to a game of high-stakes cinematic chicken, Leonardo DiCaprio is developing a string of projects...

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...

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...

Cinema: Making Faces

Driving through the town of Covina, Calif., circa 1960, you might have spotted seemingly healthy children in the distance playing on small lawns of modest homes...

People: Jun. 25, 2001

A DRAGON'S BASIC INSTINCT In the most ominous invitation since Travis Coates asked Old Yeller to join him for a walk, SHARON STONE invited her husband, San...

The Man Who Stole The Movies

So who is Colin Farrell? the 24-year-old Dubliner has acted in four movies in two years. He has worked with Bruce Willis and Forest Whitaker. He has been...

Cinema: The Odd Fellows

Oddballs are Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski's specialty. Five years ago, the screenwriting partners turned the life of cross-dressing B-movie director Ed...

Cinema: Going Goofy at the Movies

All right, class, pencils down, lighten up. It's summer. Summer-movie time. And that means you can have your brains cryogenically frozen till fall. You won't...

Cinema: Famous for Being Famous

All right. After three years of hype, hokum and ho-hum, we finally get it: Matthew McConaughey has star quality. We weren't so sure back when McConaughey was in...

World War III for Oscar

RICHARD CORLISSWorld War II--the movie--was tough enough, what with the guns and the tanks and all that heavy emoting by actors in khaki. Now comes the real...

The Art of Lying...Low

All deceptions aren't equal. On the scale of untruths, from I-love-your-mother's-cooking to I-would-never-hurt-Nicole, George Bush's cuteness about coke ranks...

People: Mar. 8, 1999

NEW MOUSEKETEERS MAKE UP FOR SOME BAD ONES Sure they looked wholesome, but a few original Mouseketeers came to no good after leaving the club. Now stars of the...