The Bernard Madoff Scandal
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Woody Allen's 44th film is an amuse bouche without a meal, a dollop of whipped cream without the dessert underneath. In last year's film, "Blue Jasmine," the strength of the performances (especially Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett) and the resonance of its Bernie Madoff-ish crossed with "Streetcar Named Desire" plot line provided a simulacrum of seriousness of purpose that suggested a deeper meani ...
Two sisters. One imagines herself living a life of ease, comfort, graciousness, and elegance that does not really exist. The other is more accepting of her lower middle class life, her carnality, her limited expectations. The first sister loses everything and comes to live with the second. Woody Allen may have been inspired by Tennessee Williams' "Streetcar Named Desire" in this modern San Franci ...
Documentary-maker Nicholas Jarecki wrote and directed his first feature film, "Arbitrage," with Richard Gere giving one of his best performances as a hedge fund manager hiding massive losses who gets caught up in an even bigger cover-up when he and his mistress are in a car accident and she is killed. Susan Sarandon is superb as his wife and indie darling Brit Marling plays his daughter and CFO ...
Here's today's dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media. Tower Heist raises moral questions. Over the weekend I caught up with the comedy starring Ben Stiller as the leader of a group of working stiffs (that includes Matthew Broderick) in a caper that involves hiring a professional thief (Eddie Murphy) to break into the penthouse apartment of a Bernie Madoff-like portfolio manager/swi ...
If the Occupy Wall Street crowd decided to make it movie it would be "Tower Heist," the story of 99%-ers stealing back from a 1% guy what he stole from them. Alan Alda has a lot of fun playing a bad guy for a change, a Madoff-style villain named Arthur Shaw who takes a daily swim in his rooftop pool with an enormous painting of a hundred dollar bill along the bottom. He lives in the penthouse o ...
Remember when Bernie Madoff defrauded his investors of over $18 billion dollars, a number so staggering that you can't even begin to comprehend it? Well, a new documentary is coming out that focuses on the efforts of one man, Henry Markopolos, who tried to blow the whistle on Madoff for nearly 10 years. No one, not the SEC, not the government, not even the press would listen to him. The docume ...
The award for the biggest "I told you so" of all time has to go to Harry Markopolos, who fought for nine years to convince anyone -- regulator, prosecutor, journalist, or customer -- that Bernard Madoff was a crook. Finally, Madoff turned himself in for what turned out to be the biggest financial fraud in history. At least, it's the biggest one we know about so far. And it continues to make hea ...
" Franklin & Bash " is a new lawyer show on TNT. It is about two brash, rule-breaking best friend lawyers who join a very conservative, old-school law firm. It is sometimes silly but it is sexy, funny, and fun. And it stars two guys who have been acting since their teens, Breckin Meyer ("The Craft," "Clueless," "Garfield," "Robot Chicken") and Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("Saved By the Bell," "NYP ...
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