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By Denis Boyles | January 5, 1992
LITTLE MAN: MEYER LANSKY AND THE GANGSTER LIFE.Robert Lacey.Little, Brown.547 pages. $24.95. During the Hill-Thomas hearings, Sen. Joseph Biden, anxious to prove to a panel of Judge Thomas' supporting witnesses that anything is possible -- including, of course, the conduct alleged of the nominee -- asked each of four apparently reasonable women whether it is possible that there is life on other planets. He posed the question carefully, thoughtfully, to each of the four, as if he were perplexed by the concept of extraterrestrial existence: Is it possible?
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January 1, 2006
THE MOB BOX -- Sony / $34.95 / More than the underworld connects the movies in The Mob Box, due out Tuesday. Barry Levinson had a hand in producing 1991's Bugsy (which he also directed) and 1997's Donnie Brasco (which Mike Newell directed, 10 years before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). In Donnie Brasco, a solidly acted, stolidly written, real-life crime saga, Johnny Depp plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as a jewel broker. In the facetious Brit "laddie" film/gangster film Snatch (2000)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 14, 1990
'Havana'Starring Robert Redford and Lena Olin.Directed by Sidney Pollack.Released by Universal.Rated R.... ** I'm no good at being noble, but neither is Robert Redford, and it doesn't seem to me that the problems of the three little people in "Havana" -- including Redford -- amount to a hill of beans in this world. A desultory, chaotic romantic thriller, "HaI'm no good at being noble, but neither is Robert Redford, and it doesn't seem to me that the problems of the three little people in "Havana" -- including Redford -- amount to a hill of beans in this world.
NEWS
May 21, 1997
Herbert Hoover Jr., 79, the president of the vacuum cleaner company founded by his father, died Monday. He took over Hoover Co. in the 1950s and built it into an international leader in electric sweeper sales. He resigned as president in 1966 but continued as a director until 1980.Thelma Lansky, 89, the widow of reputed mobster Meyer Lansky, died Saturday after a stroke. Mrs. Lansky testified on her husband's behalf and helped win his acquittal during a high-profile tax evasion case in 1973.
NEWS
May 21, 1997
Herbert Hoover Jr., 79, the president of the vacuum cleaner company founded by his father, died Monday. He took over Hoover Co. in the 1950s and built it into an international leader in electric sweeper sales. He resigned as president in 1966 but continued as a director until 1980.Thelma Lansky, 89, the widow of reputed mobster Meyer Lansky, died Saturday after a stroke. Mrs. Lansky testified on her husband's behalf and helped win his acquittal during a high-profile tax evasion case in 1973.
NEWS
By TRB | January 16, 1992
Washington -- Oliver Stone is in the doghouse over his movie, ''JFK.'' He stands accused of trashing history; of glorifying a dangerous lunatic, New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison; and of polluting the minds of a generation too young to remember the real events. His message: America is controlled by a vast conspiracy in the government and media, of which Lee Harvey Oswald was just a minor player and possibly an innocent dupe.But the problem goes far beyond Oliver Stone. He is just a minor player, and possibly an innocent dupe, of a conspiracy to twist the truth that includes virtually all of Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Philip Wuntch and Philip Wuntch,Dallas Morning News | July 26, 1991
One of the most admirable things about "The Godfather" was its understatement -- a raised eyebrow from Marlon Brando; a clever, almost imperceptible camera movement from Francis Ford Coppola.No one connected with "Mobsters" seems to appreciate that fact. The quartet of young stars -- Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Grieco, Costas Mandylor -- as well as veterans Anthony Quinn, F. Murray Abraham and Michael Gambon -- avoid any semblance of subtlety. Director Michael Karbelnikoff and composer Michael Small seem downright allergic to anything softer than overstatement.
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By Joan Nathan and Joan Nathan,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | December 4, 1996
On Friday afternoons at the turn of the century on New York's Lower East Side, young Jewish boys would take their mother's freshly assembled Sabbath stew -- cholent -- to nearby bakeries to be cooked overnight.Each Friday, Meyer Lansky's mother would give him a nickel to pay the baker for this task. His route went by Delancey Street, where crap games were being played. When he was about 12 years old, the budding mobster decided to toss in his mother's nickel and play the game. He lost, and returned with an uncooked cholent for the Sabbath.
NEWS
January 1, 2006
THE MOB BOX -- Sony / $34.95 / More than the underworld connects the movies in The Mob Box, due out Tuesday. Barry Levinson had a hand in producing 1991's Bugsy (which he also directed) and 1997's Donnie Brasco (which Mike Newell directed, 10 years before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). In Donnie Brasco, a solidly acted, stolidly written, real-life crime saga, Johnny Depp plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as a jewel broker. In the facetious Brit "laddie" film/gangster film Snatch (2000)
FEATURES
By Los Angeles Times | March 27, 1992
HOLLYWOOD -- "If you cast wrong, it's not an easy day," said director Barry Levinson, who with Oliver Stone and Barbra Streisand addressed a recent Directors Guild of America seminar. During the course of the 2 1/2 -hour discussion, Mr. Levinson shared some of the agonizing that went into casting Oscar nominees for "Bugsy."Mr. Levinson said that he was "amazed" at the number of people who turned down various roles in "Bugsy." The part of gangster Meyer Lansky, in fact -- for which Ben Kingsley received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination -- wasn't filled until a week before the shoot.
FEATURES
By Joan Nathan and Joan Nathan,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | December 4, 1996
On Friday afternoons at the turn of the century on New York's Lower East Side, young Jewish boys would take their mother's freshly assembled Sabbath stew -- cholent -- to nearby bakeries to be cooked overnight.Each Friday, Meyer Lansky's mother would give him a nickel to pay the baker for this task. His route went by Delancey Street, where crap games were being played. When he was about 12 years old, the budding mobster decided to toss in his mother's nickel and play the game. He lost, and returned with an uncooked cholent for the Sabbath.
NEWS
By TRB | January 16, 1992
Washington -- Oliver Stone is in the doghouse over his movie, ''JFK.'' He stands accused of trashing history; of glorifying a dangerous lunatic, New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison; and of polluting the minds of a generation too young to remember the real events. His message: America is controlled by a vast conspiracy in the government and media, of which Lee Harvey Oswald was just a minor player and possibly an innocent dupe.But the problem goes far beyond Oliver Stone. He is just a minor player, and possibly an innocent dupe, of a conspiracy to twist the truth that includes virtually all of Hollywood.
NEWS
By Denis Boyles | January 5, 1992
LITTLE MAN: MEYER LANSKY AND THE GANGSTER LIFE.Robert Lacey.Little, Brown.547 pages. $24.95. During the Hill-Thomas hearings, Sen. Joseph Biden, anxious to prove to a panel of Judge Thomas' supporting witnesses that anything is possible -- including, of course, the conduct alleged of the nominee -- asked each of four apparently reasonable women whether it is possible that there is life on other planets. He posed the question carefully, thoughtfully, to each of the four, as if he were perplexed by the concept of extraterrestrial existence: Is it possible?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Philip Wuntch and Philip Wuntch,Dallas Morning News | July 26, 1991
One of the most admirable things about "The Godfather" was its understatement -- a raised eyebrow from Marlon Brando; a clever, almost imperceptible camera movement from Francis Ford Coppola.No one connected with "Mobsters" seems to appreciate that fact. The quartet of young stars -- Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Grieco, Costas Mandylor -- as well as veterans Anthony Quinn, F. Murray Abraham and Michael Gambon -- avoid any semblance of subtlety. Director Michael Karbelnikoff and composer Michael Small seem downright allergic to anything softer than overstatement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 14, 1990
'Havana'Starring Robert Redford and Lena Olin.Directed by Sidney Pollack.Released by Universal.Rated R.... ** I'm no good at being noble, but neither is Robert Redford, and it doesn't seem to me that the problems of the three little people in "Havana" -- including Redford -- amount to a hill of beans in this world. A desultory, chaotic romantic thriller, "HaI'm no good at being noble, but neither is Robert Redford, and it doesn't seem to me that the problems of the three little people in "Havana" -- including Redford -- amount to a hill of beans in this world.
NEWS
By Allen Barra and Allen Barra,special to the sun | April 5, 1998
"Tough Jews - Fathers, Sons and Gangster Dreams in Jewish America," by Rich Cohen. Simon & Schuster. 256 pages. $25.Contrary to Hollywood and popular fiction, hoods with names that ended in vowels didn't begin to dominate the newspapers )) till the late 1920s. Before then, from about World War I almost till the end of Prohibition, many if not most of the most capable and creative gangsters in America - Monk Eastman, Arnod Rothstein, Moe Dalitz, Waxey Gordon, King Solomon, Meyer Lansky, Doc (( Stacher, Lepke Buchhalter, Jacob Shapiro, Bo Weinberg, Arthur Flegenheimer (a.k.
NEWS
By BOSTON GLOBE | November 13, 2005
It's Superman Tom De Haven Chronicle / 425 pages Tom De Haven's giddy joy ride of a novel, It's Superman!, returns the famous comic book tale to its roots in 1930s America, with Clark Kent as an awkward high school kid in rural Kansas. The story begins with Clark trying to explain to a local sheriff how a wanted criminal fired his gun point-blank at Clark but somehow ended up dead when the bullet ricocheted. For as long as Clark can remember, such unexplained things have happened to him. He emerges from serious accidents unscathed, can set fires with a focused stare, and can even drive nails into a fence post with his fist.
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