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  • Gil Cates dies at 77; producer, director and showman

    Gil Cates dies at 77; producer, director and showman
    Gil Cates, the Hollywood showman who transformed the annual Academy Awards telecast from a tired and predictable affair into a polished entertainment extravaganza with hosts such as Billy Crystal and Steve Martin, has died. He was 77.
  • Friday’s Highlights: 'On Freddie Roach' on HBO

    Friday’s Highlights: 'On Freddie Roach' on HBO

    Jack Klugman: a most valuable player in the acting sport

    Jack Klugman was most famous for playing a sportswriter, which is key to understanding his enduring appeal. Acting is basically a team sport, and the grand old pro Klugman played on some of the best teams in history. Klugman, who died Monday at age 90,...

    'The Taking of Pelham 123'

    Entire epochs have passed since New York City could plausibly be called "the biggest rathole in the world," a charge made by the subway hijacker played by John Travolta in the shiny, gentrified remake (the second; there was a TV version late last century)...

    'Psycho' takes a stab at history with 50th anniversary screening

    No surprise, when censors got a look at Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece “Psycho,” they were aghast at what they saw in a certain bathroom scene. But it may not be the part you expect. Who can forget the infamous shower...