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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...

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...

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...

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...