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Old trickster

On New Year’s Day 1980, telegrams sent from Utah arrived at the New York Times and the Daily News announcing that 50-year-old media hoaxter Alan Abel had suffered a heart attack at a ski resort near Orem, Utah. He left behind a wife, Jeanne, and daug
At age 78, able-bodied Alan Abel’s life is still one big joke
By IAN SANDS  |  October 09, 2008

Smart women, tough choices

Welcome back to the director’s chair, Tina Packer.
All’s Well in Lenox, Going to St. Ives via Gloucester
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 22, 2008

Energetic Engineering

This article originally appeared in the June 27, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The man behind a far-out idea for providing solar power
By MICHAEL MATZA  |  July 01, 2008

Born again

Four years ago, Scottish actor James McAvoy starred in an adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic Children of Dune for the Sci-Fi channel.
James McAvoy and Atonement
By COLE HADDON  |  December 05, 2007

Ordure in the court

“He couldn’t be a terrorist, living in a cellar and eating canned food,” says a perceptive friend of the notorious French attorney Jacques Vergès.
Barbet Schroeder’s L’avocat de la terreur
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2007

Hollywood Babel on

The Academy Awards is one of the few contests where the closeness of the race is in direct proportion to the lack of interest.
In a so-so Oscar field, the most pretentious wins
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 22, 2007


The Last King of Scotland

After watching basically the same stump speech in both All the King’s Men and The Last King of Scotland , I’d have to say that if Sean Penn’s Willy Stark and Forest Whitaker’s Idi Amin appeared on the same ballot, my vote would go to Idi. Watch the
More Hollywood, less human
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Babel rousers

It’s not often that I feel this way, but this year I’m kind of proud of my profession.
Oscar opts for liberal gilt
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 17, 2007

Off with their heads

The signs are getting bleak for the man in the White House and the party in power.
Recent polls are giving the GOP the willies. So should the movies.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 20, 2006

Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Cribs, the despot edition

Home is where the heart is. But if you’re a heartless dictator, home is where the hideous ersatz pagodas, caged leopards, room-size shoe closets, and bizarre bathroom appliances are.
Dictator style  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 08, 2006