Freaks, grifters, geeks and clowns

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From big-top clowns to the little people, as, once upon a midway, midgets were known, circus movies regard the human menagerie, reducing character... Read more

Landmark Theatres, owners of the Ritz Five, Ritz East and Bourse, on the auction block

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So Landmark Theatres, owners of the the three Ritz moviehouses in Society Hill, has put its 63 properties up on the auction block. (See second... Read more

Who did Ayn Rand want to play "Atlas Shrugged" heroine, Dagny Taggert?

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Green-eyed goddess Alida Valli played Ayn Rand's alter ego, Kira, in the 1942 adaptation of the autobiographical novel We the Living. Kentucky... Read more

Who is today's John Ford?

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Bernie McCabe, a longtime reader, forwards this question from his chum Jim Mahoney, who hosts a film festival in North Jersey. As the discussion... Read more

Is Russell Brand an actor or just a box-office draw?

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I like Russell Brand in small doses. The unlikely star of the #1 and #2 films in the U.S. (Arthur and Hop) is cinematic jalapeno, a personality... Read more

Sidney Lumet: Just Tell Me What You Want

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New York City lost its lover this morning. Sidney Lumet, who happened to be born in Philadelphia but adored his adopted city immoderately,... Read more

Casting Couch: Evan Rachel Wood as Joni Mitchell?

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The question is not entirely rhetorical. As Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us, a lively history of femme popsters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and... Read more

The Queen is dead, long live the Queen: Elizabeth Taylor 1932--2011

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So long, Elizabeth. You can read my obituary of E.T. (as Mike Nichols called her) here. But as she contained multitudes, there's so much more... Read more