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Stories by Jeff Simon

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 29, 2015

J.C. Chandor is the most unpredictable young filmmaker in America. Not even Paul Thomas Anderson or Bennett Miller can quite match him there. When Chandor made “Margin Call,” he created the def... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, January 25, 2015

In the old show business, we never even would have known what Mel Brooks looks like. We might possibly have heard his high raspy voice on those brilliant Bic Banana TV and radio commercials he used to... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sam will be 7 on his next birthday. He has already become a very troublesome little boy. He screams “Mom! Mom!” all the time and is so obsessed with monsters that he invents new homemade weapon... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The prophet Mohammed is in tears. He is holding a sign that says “Je suis Charlie.”Over his head is written “Tout est pardone,” French for “All is forgiven.” ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 15, 2015

Snubs. You want snubs? We’ve got ‘em. If, as the saying goes, show business is high school with money, surely the Academy Award Oscar nominations Thursday morning gave us a good look at the adoles... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 15, 2015

“It’s a hell of a thing killin’ a man,” says Clint Eastwood playing Bill Munny in “Unforgiven.” “(You) take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.” Late in Eastwood’s... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hate to be stubborn at moments like this but I’m not going to do it. No sir. I refuse. I’m not going to advise bringing cranberry sauce, stuffing and mashed potatoes to Michael Mann’s “Blac... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Monday, January 12, 2015

“You have no idea what this means to me,” said Michael Keaton when he won a Golden Globe for “Birdman” on Sunday evening.I think I do. Which is why I hope people who truly ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, January 11, 2015

Groucho loved the joke so much that he kept it going. Whenever he was asked, he insisted that Margaret Dumont – the woman he often called “a great gal” and “the Fifth Marx ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 8, 2015

“Inherent Vice” makes me smile every time I think about it – and I first saw it more than a month ago. But I know jolly well that won’t be the universal reaction. That is likely to be the r... Read More
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