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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
| 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
| July 22, 2008
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
| July 01, 2008
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| February 20, 2007
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
| 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.
| October 20, 2006
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
| 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.
| June 08, 2006
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