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Ellen Albertini Dow, Actress, Dies at 101; Was Rapping Granny in ‘Wedding Singer’

Photo Ellen Albertini Dow as a rapping grandmother in “The Wedding Singer,” starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Credit Kimberly Wright/New Line Cinema Ellen Albertini Dow, who found acting success in her 70s and portrayed feisty grandmothers in the hit film comedies “Wedding Crashers” and “The Wedding Singer,” stealing the show in that one when she rapped onstage, died on ...

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Review: ‘I Am Big Bird’ Tells Caroll Spinney’s Story

Photo The man with feathers: Caroll Spinney in the new documentary “I Am Big Bird.” Credit Tribeca Film The world’s most famous giant bird has a human performer inside it, and it turns out that this nearly anonymous fellow has interesting stories to tell. There’s the one about the puppeteer who was almost part of a space-travel disaster. There’s the ...

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David Foster Wallace Film Will Open BAMcinemaFest

Photo Jesse Eisenberg, left, as a reporter and Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in “The End of the Tour.”Credit A24 “The End of the Tour,” about a Rolling Stone writer’s encounter with David Foster Wallace, and “Queen of Earth,” the second pairing of indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry and star Elisabeth Moss, are among the highlights of the seventh ...

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‘Hot Pursuit’ and Other Films Elevate the Art of the Blooper Reel

Photo Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon in “Hot Pursuit.” Credit Sam Emerson/Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM When directors first began attaching blooper reels to their films’ end credits in the late 1970s and early ’80s, there really wasn’t much to them. Actors flubbed a line or several, or laughed when they shouldn’t have. In the 1979 comedy-drama “Being There,” one ...

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Buyer of Goldwyn Picasso Is a Chinese Movie Mogul

Photo Picasso’s “Femme au Chignon Dans un Fauteuil” was on display in April at Sotheby’s office in London, alongside a pair of Oscars (not for sale).Credit Mary Turner/Getty Images for Sotheby’s Hollywood’s power base has been shifting to China, and now its art is headed there, too: Wang Zhongjun, a Chinese movie tycoon, was the mystery buyer at Sotheby’s on ...

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