Laura

1944, Movie, NR, 88 mins

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DVD Tuesday: Laura — Love and Death and Film Noir Chills

DVD Tuesday In love with Laura smart ambitious beautiful the perfect woman except that shes dead I vividly remember the first time I saw Otto Premingers Laura 1944 in which cynical blue-collar detective Mark McPherson Dana Andrews catches the case of self-made socialite Laura Hunt Gene Tierney who was shotgunned in the face when she opened the door to her chic Manhattan apartmentAgainst his better hard-boiled judgment McPherson falls under the dead girls spell seduced by her portrait her letters her record collection the faint lingering hint of her perfume the way she bootstrapped herself from small-town nobody to big-city somebody And then Laura walks through the door blithely unaware that shes dead Laura is of course not dead Laura is a thriller not a ghost story But the moment is a mind-boggler Based on the 1942 novel by Vera Caspary Laura is noir at its most bleakly sleekly menacing and little-girl-lost Laura Hunts tale is read more

Who's Who on American Idol?

American Idol's Taylor Hicks, Ayla Brown and David Radford

"Scorecards here! Get your American Idol scorecards here!" Now that all — OK, most — of the screamers and howlers have been shown the door, Season 5 of Fox's ratings-magnet reality competition is all set to really begin. As you settle in front of the tube for the first two nights, print out this page and keep it handy for the skinny on who's who among the 24 semifinalists. The male singers scheduled to perform tonight at 8 pm are: BOBBY BENNETT (19, Denver, Colo.) has been singing since the age of 7. He dreams of becoming a performer so he can make people forget about their troubles for a little while. Before making the Final 24, Bobby worked at Target. KEVIN COVAIS (16, Levittown, N.Y.), a junior at Isla read more

Get Your American Idol Scorecard Here!

American Idol's Taylor Hicks, Ayla Brown and David Radford

"Scorecards here! Get your American Idol scorecard here!" Now that all — OK, most — of the screamers and howlers have been shown the door, Season 5 of Fox's ratings-magnet reality competition is all set to really begin. Before you settle in front of the tube for these first two nights, print out this page and keep it handy for the skinny on who's who among the 24 semifinalists. The female singers scheduled to perform tonight at 8 pm/ET are: PARIS BENNETT (17, Fayetteville, Ga.) began singing at the age of 4. She has performed in numerous concerts and has opened for many groups, including Bow Wow. Paris is a skilled dancer in hip-hop, jazz and modern African dance.  AYLA BROWN (17, Wrentham, Ma read more

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