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<p> He grew each time he changed his name. As Johnny Cougar turned into John Cougar Mellencamp before finally becoming John Mellencamp, the callowness of his early tunes dissipated. The singer gradually found his voice in American roots music an.. more

Jun 4, 2012 11:31 AM I Hate Hollywood

Coa modified the exterior to add a dining patio andlarge stone fireplace. The stonework is a perfect match to the formerCameron’s. The interior is now more open, with a bar in the center ofeverything, and many of the tables are located near... more

Oct 13, 2009 12:00 AM Dining Preview 8 Comments

The cosmos keeps growing larger, extending beyond anything the human eye can see and confounding the limits of reason. First came other galaxies, a starry sea in which our Milky Way is a mere island; then the Big Bang, in which the universe came .. more

May 12, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

When Melbourne police detective James Jewel is called away to a murder scene in the middle of the night, his wife admonishes, “If it gets crazy, don’t be a hero this time, OK?” Apparently, shrinking from responsibility is not OK in his book. Det.. more

May 4, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Reginald Perrin is married and middle-aged, a corporate manager and bored out of his mind, literally out of his mind. Like an airplane on autopilot, he is losing altitude and heading for a crash. The 1970s British TV comedy, “The Fall and Ris.. more

May 3, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

When he was part of New York’s “downtown scene” in the ‘70s, Philip Glass was the target of vituperative put-downs by critics and the older generation of modernist composers, who scripted their music according to the dictates of intellectual theo.. more

Apr 17, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

A Russian film set in a time of living memory, Cargo 200 takes place in 1984, when the entire USSR resembled the shabby squalor of the worst districts of Detroit. Director Alexy Balabanov titled his film from the Soviet code name for the coffins .. more

Apr 10, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Veteran British actor Albert Finney is magnificent in “A Rather English Marriage” (1999). For the award-winning UK television drama (out now on DVD), Finney plays Squadron Leader Reggie Conyngham-Jervis, an upper-class Englishman of ponderous and.. more

Apr 8, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Nostalgia for 1950s family sitcoms centers on “Leave It to Beaver,” presided over by an all-knowing dad, and the moral of the genre is summed up by the name of a series called “Father Knows Best.” But ‘50s sitcoms weren’t monolithic in their view.. more

Apr 7, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Everyone knows Walt Disney. His chief rivals in animation, however, are better known nowadays to historians and aficionados than the general public. But mention Popeye and Betty Boop and eyes widen with recognition. The cartoons of brothers Max a.. more

Apr 5, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

An innocent man runs for his life, hunted by police convinced he’s guilty of a great crime and by shadowy forces who will kill him if he falls into their hands. It’s the core of many Alfred Hitchcock films and of Tell NoOne (2006) by French direc.. more

Mar 30, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Hugues de Montalembert was returning home one evening to his Manhattan apartment near Washington Square when he was attacked by robbers. In the fight that followed he was sprayed in the eyes with paint remover and lost his sight. The Frenchman ha.. more

Mar 27, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Actor, do you want a thankless role? Then consider playing Adolf Hitler. The challenge of depicting the world’s most visible symbol of evil has defeated almost everyone. Capitalizing on his similar mustache, Charlie Chaplin gave it a good whirl w.. more

Mar 16, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is a dangerous proposition in literature or film. The temptation to sentimentalize is strong; the urge to load adult concerns onto the child protagonist is almost inescapable. One of the better kid’s eye mo.. more

Mar 12, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Vanishing Point is an almost classic, a run that stopped at third base. The 1971 film by Richard Sarafian features an existential figure, known only as Kowalski, speeding west across the American badlands for San Francisco. He’s a deliveryman in .. more

Mar 11, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

Oh, to be in the Swinging England of James Bond imitators during the ‘60s, a place of mods and spies, electric eyes and closed circuit cameras, exotic discotheques and posh country manors. The British television series “The Baron,” running from 1.. more

Mar 9, 2009 4:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

The blind were literally leading the blind as the singers took the stage in single file, hands on the shoulders before them. Resplendent in white suits, black shirts and shades, the Blind Boys of Alabama were greeted by a delirious crowd last yea.. more

Mar 4, 2009 5:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

A funny thing about the ‘60s was that it made some folks miss the ‘50s. One of the starting points of the era’s nostalgic “rock’n’roll revival” was the show stopping performance documented in Little Richard: Live at theToronto Peace Festival 196.. more

Mar 3, 2009 5:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

The idea that dangerous primeval vestiges remain neatly tucked into the British countryside is at least as old as Arthur Machen and other horror authors of a century ago. The theme enjoyed a pop culture revival with the popularity of a movie call.. more

Jan 19, 2009 5:00 AM I Hate Hollywood

   The idea of punk rock as an antidote to bloated, spectacle-ridden rock 'n' roll has become a standard trope in many versions of popular music history. This stripped-down, simplistic style of,Local Music more

Sep 4, 2008 12:00 AM Local Music 1 Comments

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