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  • TV Picks: Merv, 'Newsroom,' 'Last Patrol,' 'Worricker,' 'Poirot'

    TV Picks: Merv, 'Newsroom,' 'Last Patrol,' 'Worricker,' 'Poirot'
    "The Merv Griffin Show, 1962-1986" (MPI Home Video). Even for many of us who remember the genuine article, the image of talk show host Merv Griffin is inextricably mixed up with the impression Rick Moranis unleashed on "SCTV": "Oooo, we'llberightback." But as this filling and fulfilling new DVD romp through the late midcentury demonstrates, that was barely a parody at all. There is a kind of jazzy intimacy to his sound, like a cocktail lounge strapped to the back of a Lear Jet; he pronounces the favorite word "sensational" with an exclamation mark attached to the middle syllable, as if he's taking a corner at high speed. With an afternoon talk show on NBC debuting on the same day (Oct. 1, 1962) that Johnny Carson took over "The Tonight Show," Griffin was a man of the old school, when talk shows were more devoted to talk than they are now and guests flogged their wares somewhat less conspicuously. (Some guests do just seem to be have been favorites of the series, whether great -- Richard Pryor, Henny Youngman -- or small, like rock-singing celebrity hairdresser Monti Rock III.) They have a leisurely air.
  • Review: 'As You Wish' by Cary Elwes

    Review: 'As You Wish' by Cary Elwes
    Inconceivable! One of the most beloved films of modern times was a resounding flop at the box office. "The Princess Bride," a 1987 fairy tale romance, would seem to have had everything going for it. Director Rob Reiner was on a hot streak with "This...

    The Biblioracle: Favorite fictional places

    The Biblioracle: Favorite fictional places
    When I was young, whenever I'd go into a new house, I'd pretend I needed to go to the bathroom, and instead go searching for a wardrobe that might take me to Narnia. American houses are big on closets, so I often wouldn't find a wardrobe, but any...

    Film Review: 'The Harvest'

    Horror movies have given us no shortage of overprotective mothers over the years, though Samantha Morton takes that archetype to new extremes in "The Harvest," a powerful coming-of-ager with the potential both to scar and strengthen the psyches of an...

    Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan Reunite for 'When Harry Met Sally' Sequel to Honor Rob Reiner

    "Meathead," also known as Rob Reiner, graciously received the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 41st Chaplin award on Monday at Avery Fisher Hall. Famous friends including Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Michael Douglas, James Caan and director Martin Scorsese...