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The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne watches a movie every day — or tries to, anyway. Lately, the writer and director of The Descendants […]

For Asians And Latinos, Stereotypes Persist In Sitcoms

I was flipping around TV channels one evening, and I noticed something amazing. There was a glorious absence of black […]

When Empires Fail: 3 Books That Predict The Crash

It begins with a political leader or a businessman who hits on a powerful new idea, one that puts him […]

In Soviet Russia, Communism Can’t Stop The Beat

In the late 1990s, while covering the Moscow Film Festival, I was shown around MosFilm, the government-run studio where the […]

‘Wanderlust’ Strikes, And Suddenly Life Is Weird

What does it take to get two highly caffeinated, smartphone-addicted New Yorkers to drop out and suddenly join a hippie […]

‘The Fairy’: Songs, Sight Gags And Silliness

Deeply silly in a classic mode, The Fairy continues the French new wave of near-silent cinema. It’s the third in […]

The Silent Treatment: How ‘The Artist’ Stacks Up To Crazier Movie Throwbacks

If you’ve seen current Oscar front-runner The Artist, you know that the film’s a swell ride – the cat’s pajamas, […]

Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

Before they made it to the Oscars, the nominated films — not to mention all the films that didn’t make […]

Publishing Pioneer Barney Rosset Dies At 89

A literary legend has died — not an author, but the publisher behind some of the greatest and most controversial […]

A Pirate’s Perspective In ‘Fishing Without Nets’

A battered wooden skiff motors along the horn of East Africa. On board are a half-dozen men clutching AK-47s and […]

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