Mark Leffler


Mark Leffler has written professionally for publication since he was a high school Senior in Butler, Pennsylvania, working as a sports stringer for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After meeting Review Editor/Publisher Robert Martin during a taping of his local PBS book show \"Bookmarks\", he began contributing to Review in 2000. He primarily writes about books, television and movies, but has also written feature profiles and some news. He has just launched a \"Bookmarks: The Podcast, (which can be found at www.radioexiles.com) an audio version of the television show. He is also a humorist and often writes for Review about writers and artists who contributed to National Lampoon magazine. A Lampoon podcast is also planned. He is engaged to the actress Scarlett Johansson.
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“It definitely shows what our fantasy of true love is” says Director Frances Martinez of Midland, explaining the long lasting popularity of The Fantasticks, which opens at The Bay City Players November 11th.

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"(The Wire was) really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how ... whether you're a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge [or] lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you've committed to.

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In Heaven everything is fine/ In Heaven everything is fine/ In Heaven everything is fine/ You got your good thing/ And I've got mine      - Peter Ivers singing as the Radiator Lady in David Lynch's "Eraserhead"   Unless you were an avid follower of a certain cult new wave video show from the early Eighties, the name Peter Ivers is probably unknown to you.

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"Old man, how is it that you hear these things?" "Young man, how is that you do not? - Blind Master Po to young Kwai Chang Caine on "Kung Fu" TV series 1972 "You have to be f#8ing kidding me!" American college student Matthew Polly, watching his first demonstration of Iron Crotch Kung Fu by a Shaolin master who is kicked repeated with kicks that lift him inches off the ground.

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Taking a life is a destiny-altering event for any police officer.  But for Saginaw Patrol Officer Michael East, it was a call where he didn't take a life but might have that made him decide to write a book about his experiences.

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As this issue of Review goes to press one thing is certain - there will be an 80th Academy Awards ceremony broadcast around the world February 24th. What form that broadcast will take, however, is anyone's guess.

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Editor's Note: Recently Review Film Critic Mark Leffler sat down with noted film authority Roger Ebert to discuss National Lampoon's Pledge This, starring Paris Hilton. Their conversation took place before Ms.

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The expatriate novelist Gore Vidal has observed that there are no longer any famous novelists. He meant that in today's internet age no author can achieve the level or fame that F. Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway had fifty years ago.

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Back in the day writing about the past year in television was much easier. Three major networks offering shows like "Bonanza" or "The Love Boat". A smattering of UHF channels (you've heard of your parents and teachers talk about "rabbit ears" haven't you, children?) that brought Three Stooges reruns, studio wrestling and late-night Chiller Theatre with "Frankenstein vs.

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X-Men debuted as a comic in September of 1963, the creation of writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. It took several years to catch on with readers, but by the Eighties Marvel Comics had several top selling titles featuring the heroes.

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 “Phil Hoffman…did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine.

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Cinema lovers, rejoice. No longer do we have to suffer from IMAX envy. The Quality 10 GDX will offer a significantly improved movie going experience for Mid-Michigan movie fans, offering ten digital theaters, all capable of showing the increasingly popular 3D format.

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The Wolf of Wall Street I must admit it has taken me awhile to appreciate the thespian talents of Leonardo DiCaprio and to understand his working relationship with filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

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Your humble TV critic, Captain Video, has been in hog heaven this past year. With several great new shows and some terrific continuing stories, it’s a great time to be a TV watcher. And with the continued rise in popularity of online sites like HULU and Netflix, it’s not even necessary to have cable TV to enjoy the best that TV has to offer.

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The moviegoers of 2013 were treated to a menu of films heavy on remakes and franchise sequels, and this list of favorite movies reflects this reality.  Consequently, this list is not necessarily representative of the “best” films of 2013, but merely focuses on the films that I enjoyed the most.

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