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Robert De Niro, Tribeca Film Festival Lift New York City

Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, as they have every year since 2002, kicked off New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival, which has grown to become of the nation’s signature celluloid events. Film festivals are tricky things to arrange; much preparation and thought are needed to get them off the ground, but once they get rolling, they’re both an economic boon, and a creative one, to whatever city is hosting them....

Jason Isaacs Stars in 'Awake,' TV's Hot New Sci-Fi Drama

Sci-fi devotees have watched boatloads of shows come and go on the small screen. But when “Awake” debuted several weeks back on NBC, I decided to give it a shot. Shows like “Millennium,” “The Event,” “Jericho,” “Torchwood,” “Fast Forward,” The Nine” and “Heroes,” all started strong, but were soon abandoned by the networks that aired them, often with plots dangling. Let’s hope, the story is different with “Awake.”...

Mad Men Debut, Commercial Breaks Aside, Shines

After watching the "Mad Men" premiere, I thought about it all night. I got up the next day, and I was still thinking about it. Here's what grabbed me the most about "One Little Kiss," the first episode in Season Five of the show's much anticipated return. I did not like the many, many commercials. By the second or third break, I was already counting the actual time the story played on screen and it was something like 10 minutes, compared with the first four seasons without commercials....

Dustin Hoffman's Luck: New Show a Brilliant Failure

Talk about an ironic title. HBO abruptly shut down production on Dustin Hoffman's iconic new series "Luck" after a third horse died on the set. Say what you will, but the show, having just aired its fourth installment, was finally picking up steam. With an esteemed cast, including producer/star Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, Michael Gambon, Nick Nolte, Jason Gedrick and Kevin Dunn, HBO no doubt was expecting another Sopranos-like show....

Lasse Hallstrom Scores With Salmon Fishing in Yemen

Lasse Hallstrom’s invigoratingly beautiful ode, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” could be the best movie of the year. Hey, I know we’re just three months in, but Ewan McGregor; Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas are stellar. Based on a book (aren’t all these little movies always based on a book?), it concerns a filthy rich sheik from Yemen, who harbors a fascination with salmon fishing and wants to bring it to his fiefdom....
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Billy Crystal Shines Through Awkward Moments at Oscars

When Billy Crystal hit the stage last night in his much anticipated Oscar return, I definitely noted there were a few awkward moments, both in the audience and on stage alike. Watching him was like watching an old friend return--that I got. But, to me, the fact that he didn't acknowledge his absence of eight years was both good and bad....

Barry Glazer Reflects on Career, New Regis Philbin TV Venture

Barry Glazer, a four-time Emmy winning director, has teamed up with talk-show powerhouse Regis Philbin to develop prime-time television entertainment programming that could see a return to a modern-day variety show. The unique partnership also includes cable television veteran Edward Walson and writer-producer-show runner Cort Casady. Where it goes is anyone's guess, but Regis is focused on family entertainment....

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