Category Archives: Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes: ‘Out of Africa’

If there had been no Karen Blixen, we wouldn’t have been treated to Meryl Streep and Robert Redford frolicking around in Out of Africa. The movie, like so many others based on a true story, sticks somewhat to the truth. … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes: Asheville, NC, in the movies

Hollywood’s taken advantage of Asheville’s pretty charms many a time. The lake that figured so prominently in Dirty Dancing — where Patrick Swayze gave Jennifer Grey a lift — is said to be Lake Lure, about a half-hour from the … Continue reading

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Florida that’s more Deep South than South Beach

A trip back in time to Civil War days.  With houses built by Confederate troops and lunch is real Southern, not Cracker Barrel. Where the Georgia Bulldogs rule. And the paper mill is as big an employer as tourism. Welcome … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes: ‘Sopranos’ finale

Everyone on The Sopranos has long since moved on to other projects (Nurse Jackie and Entourage, which also bit the dust tonight.) But fans still swarm the place where Tony Soprano bought the onion rings and then the farm. Including … Continue reading

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Rating Tony Soprano’s last meal

I’m sure someone somewhere is still arguing over whether Tony Soprano was offed in the final moments of The Sopranos. (Of course he was.) But of more importance, how were those onion rings anyway?  My review of the landmark where … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes: ‘Witness’

Once upon a time, I worked with Harrison Ford’s future daughter-in-law at a TV station on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood. Now I’m boarding a tourist van to find out how Paramount made the box-office smash Witness, which cemented … Continue reading

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Amish & The City Girl

Ya know, I get so tired of people like my Nu Yawk Jewish uncle, the King of Queens, asking me if I live with the AY-mish. Like him, I didn’t know from farms — last one I visited was in … Continue reading

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RTW: Favorite places to people-watch in LA

Not surprisingly, my favorite places to people-watch in LA are a little more low-key than the usual. And all involve food. Natch. To get to LA’s real roots — not the bleached ones, I like Olvera Street. Yeah, it’s a … Continue reading

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