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  • Patt Morrison Asks: Inside guy, Buck Henry

    Patt Morrison Asks: Inside guy, Buck Henry
    Buck Henry arguably made his showbiz debut at the age of 2, when his mother, the silent film star Ruth Taylor, took him to the Paramount lot to show him off. She denied then that she wanted him to go into movies. Sorry, Mom. Henry has become a polymath of directing, acting, and for my money, especially writing -- "The Graduate"; "Catch-22"; that fine dark comedy of manners, "To Die For"; TV's "Get Smart," with Mel Brooks; and a generation later, the seminal "Saturday Night Live" -- which he hosted for a then-record-setting 10 times. He beavers away on screenplays, plays and sundry prose; I pestered him into a lunch interview in West Hollywood. It was engagingly packed, with talk of the pleasures of "Hamlet" in German and a Hollywood/not Hollywood commentary on passing paraders, delivered with spare humor as dry as the natron used to stuff mummies. Hey -- isn't there a script in there somewhere?
  • 'Thin Ice' review: Sometimes it's more solid than you expect

    'Thin Ice' review: Sometimes it's more solid than you expect
    *** (out of four) Call me a sucker, but “Thin Ice” played me like a violin. In fact, a violin holds together a situation that seems like a retread through minor indie territory covered recently by “Cedar Rapids” and “Win...

    Surprises and snubs from the 2013 Golden Globe nominations

    Surprises and snubs from the 2013 Golden Globe nominations
    I told myself I wouldn’t get worked up over the Golden Globe nominations this morning, but here we go again. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association—an anonymous group of freelancers much, much smaller than the Academy—really booted...

    Video/Q&A: 'Argo' star/director Ben Affleck

    Video/Q&A: 'Argo' star/director Ben Affleck
    Years after Ben Affleck directed critical and commercial successes “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town,” many stories still peg the director/actor’s latest effort “Argo” as a comeback. “That narrative has been...

    'Argo' review: Deserves Oscar nominations, not wins

    'Argo' review: Deserves Oscar nominations, not wins
    *** (out of four) It’s not easy to make a reality-based, political, action-comedy that stretches from Tinseltown to Tehran and covers everything from Hollywood satire to public hangings. In his first directorial effort not set in Boston, Ben...