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Bravo’s Lori Zaslow brings positivity to the reality TV dating game

She may be a matchmaker and the star of reality show for Bravo, but Lori Zaslow is no Patti Stanger, of the same cable channel’s show “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” In fact, Zaslow is the anti-Patti. Unlike the cattle calls Stanger has on her own show, in which she herds a group of women into an...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 11:22 AM

Oscars 2012: A predictable show and obvious winners

The 84th annual Academy Awards opened with a very familiar formula but it felt more tried than true. With Billy Crystal hosting the awards for the ninth time, he barely strayed from tradition with a tone-deaf sing-along parody of the nine nominated films — a gag he and other hosts have done year...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 7:01 PM

Sacha Baron Cohen spills the ashes of Kim Jong-Il on Ryan Seacrest: the world applauds

Everyone knew Sacha Baron Cohen wouldn't be walking the red carpet in your standard penguin suit. After the ban had been lifted on him appearing at this year's Academy Awards arrival gauntlet in character, a publicity stunt for his upcoming movie "The Dictator" seemed well in order. And of course,...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 2:23 PM

The science of love

Science has told us so many definitive things about the way our world works, but matters of the heart are still largely a mystery, no matter how much study has been dedicated to figuring out how the human brain operates when in love. Just ask Kayt Sukel, author of “Dirty Minds: How Our Brains...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:24 PM

Glamour's 'Jake' advises to ‘always hit on the wingman’

Jake has been around the Glamour magazine offices since 1956, doling out advice to single women. No, this is not a dude in his mid-70s still discussing the finer points of “booty calls.” Many men have shared his name, and the title can be held only as long as the man giving the advice is still...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:09 PM

Whitney Houston: From troubled life to lasting legacy

With Whitney Houston’s funeral taking place this Saturday — to be telecast by CNN and streamed online — the tragedy of her death is still fresh. However, Houston, like Michael Jackson, may have a legacy that can outlive our collective memory of her somewhat tainted past. But that doesn’t happen on...

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:55 AM

The mystery behind ‘Kill List’

A lot of fans are out for blood when it comes to British director Ben Wheatley. His second and latest film, “Kill List,” has largely been billed as a hit-man film mixed with kitchen-sink drama. But not even the savviest viewer could guess the stunning end to the movie. Some were enraged by the wild...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:49 PM

Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds crash around Cape Town

It must get dull, filming so many studio films in stupid old Hollywood. Luckily for Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, their most recent release allowed them a fascinating break from the norm. “Safe House,” a thriller set both in the gleaming city of Cape Town and the desolate townships that lie...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 1:18 PM

The Kills: Just like the first time

Jamie Hince may be married to a supermodel, but he finds a roomful of screaming fans way more intimidating. The British guitarist (and husband to Kate Moss) has been half of The Kills for the last decade, but he confesses that he still gets the jitters before every show. But he has a theory on that...

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 2:01 PM

Super Bowl snacks brought to you by the drive-through

When it comes to Super Bowl snacks this Sunday, you can take Food Network star Sandra Lee’s concept of “Semi-Homemade” to a whole new level. How? With fast food that is specially tweaked to score major touchdowns with your guests. Yep, we’re talking KFC and Dunkin’ Donuts, but with your own unique...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 10:16 PM

‘Happy Valentine’s! Love, Jon Hamm’

The minute those Christmas decorations come down, inevitably, the Valentine’s Day hearts and cupids go up. Singletons surely dread it, but there’s a way to cheer up them and/or the “Mad Men” fetishist in your life.JD Beebe designed the “Hamm-o-gram” “to make anyone lonely on Valentine’s Day forget...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 12:14 AM

Go ‘Haywire’ with Steven Soderbergh’s latest

The story of a double-crossed contract killer has been done over and over again, sure. It takes the steady hand of a veteran director like Steven Soderbergh to make a new one not stink. We already know from his three “Oceans” movies that the director knows how to keep a caper film bouncy, fun and...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11:30 PM

‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ made us cry, but was it good?

Can a movie be considered a good one just because it made you cry? That’s something many reviewers have struggled with when it comes to this film. Look at the components on the table: An adorable, precociously smart child is in mourning for his father, who died in the World Trade Center attacks of...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11:05 PM

‘Red Tails’ fail

George Lucas was trying to get this film made since the 1970s. No Hollywood producer would touch it, according to Lucas, because there were no prominent roles in the story for a white A-list actor.Finally the director decided to ante up and pay for the film himself. It’s a worthy subject, but all...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 10:59 PM

Giving the Red Tails a chance to soar

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen was one that almost didn’t get told. The crew of African-American fighter pilots in World War II had been given the television movie treatment by HBO in 1995, but director George Lucas spent nearly 25 years trying to get a major feature made. By funding the film...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 10:40 PM

10 reasons to get to the movie theater this weekend

1. ‘Haywire’Though he’s known for occasionally producing headier fare, Steven Soderbergh knocks out one heck of an action film when he wants to. This time, he places mixed-martial arts fighter Gina Carano in the center of an international assassination plot in which she, the contract killer,...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:41 PM

Frederick Wiseman: Life is a cabaret

Frederick Wiseman is the serious film fan’s documentarian. With a career that’s spanned five decades and 38 films, his unvarnished cinema verite style has captured quintessential American institutions like a welfare office, state government agency, hospital and basic military training camp. But the...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 10:18 PM

The steely determination of ‘The Iron Lady’

Meryl Streep is so flawless that she makes one of Britain’s most controversial prime ministers completely sympathetic. But let’s face it, she could play Hitler and we’d all be crying for poor Adolf at the end.Known for her stringent economic austerity measures and tough stance against trade unions...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11:33 PM

Just like starting over: How to feel better after being dumped

The holidays can often be a breaking point for relationships that are on the fritz, which is why many find themselves down and out at the beginning of a new year. But hey, what better time to start over and shed the dysfunction of that no-good ex of yours? Caird Urquhart’s new book, “30 Ways to...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 11:31 PM

'The Sitter': Yet another adventure in babysitting

As was evidenced by the outtakes from “Superbad,” Jonah Hill is a funny guy. He’s great at improv and playing that obnoxious, grabby kid that you can’t help loving. The only explanation for his latest film not being that funny is director David Gordon Green, who restrained Hill for the sake of...

Friday, December 9, 2011, 12:10 AM