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[PHOTO] Natalie Wood

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[VIDEO] Tal Wilkenfeld: ‘Chelsea Hotel’

 “Chelsea Hotel” written by Leonard Cohen, performed by Tal Wilkenfeld on Nov 9th, 2013 at the Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles.


The Sounds of Silence

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‘He Has His Father’s Eyes’

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Mia Farrow, Rosemary’s Baby 1968


[PHOTO] Audrey Hepburn on the Set of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, 1961

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Critic’s Notebook: Todd McCarthy Reflects on the Film Career of Mike Nichols

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Todd McCarthy writes: Mike Nichols is such a great talker, my first desire after reading The Hollywood Reporter’s current skipping-stone account of his theatrical directing career is to buy his own 20-disc recording of the autobiography he unfortunately hasn’t written yet.

My second desire is to see Death of a Salesman before it closes.

My third is to know: Who is Mike Nichols?

As Meryl Streep attests, he always is “the smartest and most brilliant person in the room.” I spent a couple of hours with him many years ago, a memorable encounter that directly led to my first job in Hollywood — as assistant to his former partner, Elaine May. At the time, Nichols was preparing to direct the film version of The Last Tycoon, a project that eventually passed to his self-proclaimed idol, Elia Kazan, while Nichols moved on to The Fortune. This sequence of events didn’t work out well for either of them; it was the end for Kazan, and Nichols didn’t direct another dramatic feature for nearly a decade.

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Nichols’ best films, in order:

ANGELS IN AMERICA (2003) Nichols’ distinct talents for stage and screen merge perfectly in this superlative adaptation of one of the great American epic plays. Jeffrey Wright and Al Pacino are out of this world in it.

CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971) With a terrific Jules Feiffer script (originally written as a play) and a bold visual style, this bracing study of men’s attitudes toward women is probably the director’s most probing, self-revelatory film.

THE GRADUATE (1967) Still funny and sharp-edged after all these years, it’s one of the great zeitgeist films of the ‘60s or any other era, caricatured, perhaps, but with truth and insight to support it. Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft are simply sensational.

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) Richard Burton remains the standout in Nichols’ vibrant and vital adaptation of one of the seminal American plays, with Haskell Wexler’s mobile, unflattering black-and-white cinematography still a marvel.

WORKING GIRL (1988) This key female empowerment comedy is sheer enjoyment, plain and simple, with Nichols displaying his great skill with actors by making everyone in the variously talented cast look equally good.

And therein lies the first mystery. Why did this golden boy, who had conquered improv, recording, cabaret and Broadway by his early 30s, won an Oscar for his second film and batted .750 in his first four times up to the plate — with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?The Graduate and Carnal Knowledge all going for extra bases while Catch-22 was a deep fly out to left — suddenly flatline, lose “The Knack” (also the title of a play he successfully directed in the early 1960s) and retreat to Broadway? Read the rest of this entry »


Vintage Iron Man

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Complete Detective: ‘House of Too Many Lovers’ & ‘Harlot of the Highways’

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[PHOTO] IRONMAN Burger Break

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Betty Boop’s Halloween Party, 1933

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[VIDEO] Bass Duet: Jeff Beck and Tal Wilkenfeld , New York, 2009

Jeff Beck and Tal Wilkenfeld play a bass duet at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza April 10 2009. At one point early in the piece, Tal Wilkenfeld moves Jeff Beck’s fingers out of the way as they both reach for the same note.

 


Dream of a New Earth

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Dream of a new Earth

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‘Wonder Woman vs. Robot Woman’

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Comic Panel: Captain America ‘Tales of Suspense’ #92 August 1967

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TALES OF SUSPENSE #92 (August 1967)
Jack Kirby (pencils) & Joe Sinnott (inks)
Words by Stan Lee


New York Post, Sunday Nov 16: ‘Stunning Fall of America’s Dad’

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Sunday Funnies: Popeye,1961

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Popeye Sunday strip by Bud Sagendorf from The Star Weekly, Toronto, March 4, 1961.


[VIDEO] Performance Artist Searches for an Actual Needle in an Actual Haystack

Sam Frizell  reports: In a very literal interpretation of the idiom “finding a needle in a haystack,” performance artist Sven Sacselber tries to do exact that. For about two days in a gallery in Paris, he is attempting to find an actual needle in an actual mound of hay.

Performance art often straddles a fine line between brilliance and inanity. Marina Abramović adventurous “Rhythm” series and Joseph Beuys shamanic “I Like America and America Likes Me” are widely agreed to have achieved the former category. Read the rest of this entry »


Firebird III, 1959

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Firebird III, 1959

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NY Post Cover: ‘No Excuses’ Nov 14, 2014

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Charles Addams Sketching Morticia

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Charles Addams sketching his muse model for Morticia for the original Addams Family comic.

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Charles Addams model for Morticia – His first wife Barbara Jean Day.

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