Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
For Philadelphia's Chuck Barris, Sunday's no holiday
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He is the father of modern-day reality-game shows, but when it came to the rules of real parenthood, Chuck Barris concedes, as a father, he didn't know best. It is all a moving admission from the man whose "Newlywed Game" and "Dating Game" were game for gotcha TV for many, but who, away from the hot lights of his "The...
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Who needs Hollywood, when now there's ... Vilnius?
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Norma Davidoff, JEFeature
Great places to visit make great film locations, right? Paris, Rome, even the plains of Africa. And then there's Vilnius, Lithuania, and its lush rural surroundings. This city, formerly Vilna, was famous as a renown spiritual center of Jewish study for centuries. It's now heading into the 21st century as a legitimate site for film production. U.S. and European producers...
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Will winner emerge from reality series to a chorus of Bravos?
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Would Rothko have survived Bravo? Don't know, but it would have been a bruising brush with greatness -- the artist who couldn't be painted into a corner, and the bravura network that has cornered some of the best of reality TV. Premiering on June 9, at 11 p.m., on the cable network, "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" works...
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License to ... kibitz? OSS 117 is an odd job of a super spy, a male piggish espionage "expert" from France looking for ex-Nazis whose own self-resistance is nil; that's OK because 117 is a zed. But writer Jean Bruce has his number, and the author of a series of books about this French foreign legume of an incompetent has...
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David Block has a hurt locker crammed with memories that he wants to share for Memorial Day. With low funds but high-octane energy, he has been pushing and promoting "Abandoned Heroes," his daring documentary of veterans facing more difficult wars at home than they did on battlefields, as disrespect and misunderstandings sometimes sear hearts harder than shrapnel. To that end,...
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