Peter Bart

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Pic-pickers’ Pickle

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Consider for a moment the plight of the picture-pickers – that small, beleaguered fraternity that amid all Hollywood’s hype and turmoil, actually decides which projects are a “go” and which are a…

Paramount Gets Jump-Startikoff

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For the fourth time in 25 years, Paramount last week set about the task of re-inventing itself. This time out, the cast of characters is especially intriguing, the portents promising – but the…

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Memo Time Again, Jeff

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I have a suggestion for Jeffrey Katzenberg. If I were you, Jeff, I’d write another memo. The first Katzenberg missive drew mixed reviews, I realize, but it nonetheless propounded its thesis rather…

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Where’s Woody?

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Here’s an admission I’ll probably live to regret: I think Woody Allen has become a major drag. I realize, of course, that Allen remains a cultural icon, especially in New York. People still genuflect…

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Hold That Euphemism

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The outbreak of war always seems to take its subtle toll on our language. When generals start dropping terms like “collateral damage” (i.e., blown up civilians), it inevitably invites the private…

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