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Adam Driver is Very Lucky Indeed

A few years ago when Jim Jarmusch called, Adam Driver was ready to act even before he’d read the script. That was the measure of his regard for the cult Indie film director.  The film Paterson about a bus driver who writes poetry was universally loved. And the bus driver was as unlikely a sex symbol, as the ex-Marine himself. And yet, Driver is compelling in Paterson as the common man facing everyday challenges with…

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Can’t Beat Beatriz (At Dinner with a Stick)

Salma Hayek is nice. That is the first thing you realize. Whatever success she has enjoyed, and it has been considerable. She is one of the most pleasant, upbeat, and good-natured individuals you will ever talk to.   But it was much more than niceness, beauty and talent that earned Hayek her place in the film world.  Her turn in Frida as the tragically injured, persistent artist is impossible to forget.   In fact, she…

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The Name is Blonde, Atomic Blonde

Has the world discovered its next big action hero? It may come as a surprise to audiences and film industry observers alike that Charlize Theron is laying claim to the title of Hollywood’s biggest, baddest, kick-ass star. The statuesque (5’10”) South African actress was looking particularly energised and enthusiastic – not to mention sublimely beautiful – when she attended the recent SXSW Festival in Austin where she dazzled fans on and off the screen. Her…

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Come on Baby Drive My Car, Ansel Elgort

  AUSTIN, TEXAS – It would be hard to imagine a more polite and affable young man than Ansel Elgort. He’s also tall (6’3″), handsome and refreshingly modest. Meeting up with him at the recent SXSW Festival, Ansel gives the impression that he’s almost embarrassed that anyone would want to ask him questions about his life and work. But even though he’s just turned 23, he’s already racked up impressive credits in The Fault in Our Stars and…

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Hollywood and Vines: Francis Ford Coppola

  by Harold von Kursk One of the most legendary figures in film history, Francis Ford Coppola was always willing to risk everything for the sake of his movies. Apocalypse Now nearly destroyed him personally and professionally while One From the Heart brought him close to financial ruin. Fortunately, in 1975 he chose to invest his earnings from his first two Oscar-winning Godfather movies to buy 1500 acres in California’s Napa Valley, including 200 acres…

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Kirsten Dunst Talks the Beguiled and Sophia Coppola

KIRSTEN DUNST – THE BEGUILED by Jan Janssen CANNES –  Kirsten Dunst has worked with some of Hollywood’s top directors, but Sofia Coppola has always had a special connection to her.  First with The Virgin Suicides and then with Marie Antoinette, Dunst saw Coppola as both a friend and mentor.  Now, with THE BEGUILED, the two women may have collaborated on the finest film of their respective careers. For Dunst, however, it’s their 17-year-long friendship…

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In Search of Mike Tyson: a conversation with the legend by Will Richardsson

Whenever you feel like criticizing any one. . . just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Warsaw: I’m searching for Mike Tyson. Late afternoon. Frantic jabbering: “Damn it you fool, where are those ear muffs?” I search my bag like airport security. No go. Hotel staff is watching me warily. After half a dozen Mike Tyson ‘Black Energy’ drinks (the promotion…

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The World’s 7 Best Airlines

by Harold von Kursk In the post-WWII era, long-haul flights and trans-Atlantic air travel captured the public imagination. Airlines prided themselves in treating passengers to the kind of relaxed and courteous service that made one feel like royalty (or at least like welcome guests). First Class cabins were conceived as elegant salons that could have served as sets on episodes of Mad Men where one could smoke a cigar, drink single malt Scotch, play Backgammon,…

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Ten Cars that Changed the World: FROM FERRARI TO THE FUSCA

                                          by Harold von Kursk   Women may be the ultimate sex objects, but the car comes a close second when it comes to male obsessions. For the past century, the world’s leading auto makers have poured untold resources into the design, development, and engineering of the motorcar.  In the course of the quest to…

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