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Film, "Arbitrage": Richard Gere's Amoral Hero Walks a Moral Tightrope

"Arbitrage": Richard Gere's Amoral Hero Walks a Moral Tightrope

Slick and grown-up as Richard Gere himself, this intricate fiscal thriller takes a bead on extreme privilege, with Gere's Madoff-like billionaire fund-runner scrambling to keep his personal empire from crumbling. He has everything, including a loving family, a hot French…
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Film, A sleepy follow-up to <i>Training Day</i>, <i>Brooklyn's Finest</i>  cops out

A sleepy follow-up to Training Day, Brooklyn's Finest cops out

All that remains of Antoine Fuqua's Training Day is Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning performance, his baddest and best. The rest of the movie? A blustering stumble toward parody — an overwrought, operatic buddy-cop flip-flop also starring Ethan Hawke as the rookie…
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News, Sucka Free City Olympic Torch Protesters Pump Money Into the Local Economy

Olympic Torch Protesters Pump Money Into the Local Economy

This week's Olympic torch relay is expected to attract thousands of tourists to San Francisco. It's also expected to attract thousands of protesters (including actor Richard Gere) denouncing China's human-rights abuses. While everyone always talks about the money tourism pumps…
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News, The Snitch Opportunity to Protest, Gawk at Richard Gere, Conveniently Combined

Opportunity to Protest, Gawk at Richard Gere, Conveniently Combined

If you want to warm up before protesting the actual Olympic Torch Relay on April 9, there will be a candle light vigil tomorrow at United Nations Plaza. Speeches will begin at 6 pm and orators will include both Richard…
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Film, BookScam

BookScam

Lest we imagine that the publishing industry went to hell only after James Frey and J.T. Leroy clambered on board, here comes Lasse Hallström to remind us of a literary dustup emblematic of a much earlier nadir for American mendacity.…
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Film, Spell It Out

Spell It Out

Richard Gere? That's the first thought that came to mind upon learning that Mr. Salt-and-Pepper-Sexy-Buddhist-Wasp had been cast as Saul Naumann in Bee Season, the film version of Myla Goldberg's best-selling novel. In the book, Saul is an oppressive and…
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Film, Soft-Shoe Soft Sell

Soft-Shoe Soft Sell

It would be so easy to titter and scoff at Shall We Dance?, a Miramaxed-out version of the 1996 Japanese film of the same name, which told of a bored businessman who is reinvigorated after a few dozen dance lessons.…
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Peking Soap Opera

Red Corner Directed by Jon Avnet. Written by Robert King. Starring Richard Gere and Bai Ling. Opens Friday, Oct. 31, at the Alexandria and the Kabuki in San Francisco, the Jack London in Oakland, and the UA Berkeley. Despite its…
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