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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?
  • Indecision reigns on Oscar circuit

    Indecision reigns on Oscar circuit
    Uncertainty is in the air as the race of all races heats up to the boiling point. Candidates are not leaving anything to chance, some still running frantically from one public forum to another, trying to reach voters with that personal touch, even as the...

    '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...

    Happy face/sad face reaction: 2013 Oscar nominations

     Happy face/sad face reaction: 2013 Oscar nominations
    As always, this morning’s Oscar nominations created a roller coaster of emotion. Shock! Relief! Fury! I should not get so worked up about this. Really, though, the nods for the 2013 Academy Awards had a few more big surprises than usual—or...

    RedEye's 2013 Oscar predictions

    RedEye's 2013 Oscar predictions
    For context about predictions of major entertainment events, Duff Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” correctly predicted the result of this year’s Super Bowl. NFL experts did not. Likewise, making Oscar predictions can be a bit ridiculous, as...