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Borat Takes Toronto

In an arena in the southern U.S., just before a rodeo is to begin, a genial foreigner strides into the ring to whip up the crowd with stalwart jingoism. May...

Another Hollywood Split

Sometimes, dating the prom king is more trouble than it's worth. Like when he's demanding, a little creepy and, frankly, not all that popular anymore. The ugly...

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...

Here Comes The Sun

A couple of weeks ago, Michel Gondry had a nightmare. The Frenchman is a filmmaker, but in his dream he was the lead character in a semiautobiographical movie...

Movies: Do I Love You? (I Forget)

Each love affair is its own life. And whether its span is that of a mayfly or a Galapagos tortoise, it has a life cycle of birth, growth, maturity, decay, death...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...