Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775
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Does "The King's Speech" have a Jewish accent? The odds-on favorite to snare the Oscar for best picture at the awards ceremonies on Feb. 27, is this sentimental sensation about English King George VI's stammer more Hollywood than history? Without doubt, as George VI, Colin Firth is first of firsts in portrayals this year; indeed, the golden statuette has started...
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As members of "A Chorus Line" understand, everything is beautiful at the ballet. Obviously, they haven't seen "Black Swan." Multinominated for Academy Awards-- with leading lady Natalie Portman poised to make her pas de deux with Oscar this Sunday -- "Black Swan" offers a portal into ballet at its blackest. It is "The Red Shoes" at its bloodiest, dripping crimson...
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Short and sweet -- and powerful. Oscar-nominated in the short documentary category, the 39-minute "Strangers No More" is a golden rule about a school that does the strangest thing of all -- it works miracles where the magic of life otherwise seems to have been stripped of all its abracadabra. Set in Tel Aviv's Bialik-Rogozin, a magnet school for impoverished,...
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Desperate "Housewife"? Certainly not for attention; Bethenny Frankel has all she can handle: ex-"Real Housewives of New York" co-star Jill Zarin; star of "Bethenny Getting Married?" (she did! she did!); entrepreneur ("The Skinnygirl Margarita"); author ( Skinnygirl series); and columnist ( Health magazine; contributing editor, OK! ) OK, what's the skinny on Bethenny, this much publicized -- sometimes vilified --...
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The truth hurts, sure, but lying has its own paean. Just ask Jon Lovitz, whose "Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar" lies as the foundation for a career which is true grit in action. "Here I was, no income, and suddenly I'm making a great living" as a member of "Saturday Night Live" (1985 to 1990), where his lively renditions of...
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