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April 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Movie critic Rex Reed pleaded guilty today to attempted state tax evasion charges in a dispute he blamed on a former accountant's advice. He was fined $2,000. In an agreement with the state attorney general's office, Reed already had paid about $20,000 to the state Department of Taxation and Finance to cover delinquent taxes, penalties and interest.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed. The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason Bateman as a victim of McCarthy's felonious identity-stealing con artist. Reed described the Emmy Award-winning "Mike & Molly" star as "cacophonous," "tractor-sized," a "humongous creep" and a "hippo" in the review.  REVIEW: Laughs stolen in 'Identity Thief' "Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success," Reed wrote . "Poor Jason Bateman.
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NEWS
January 28, 1991 | ANN CONWAY
Movie critic Rex Reed has grown numb watching the Persian Gulf War on television. "The other night I got so tired of it," he says, "all of those Scud missiles, all of those children in gas masks, that I turned to the old movie 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.' It was the only moment of joy I had in a week of sadness and despair." Escape. That was the reason we used to go to the movies, says Reed, star of television's "At the Movies." "But we can't go to escape now.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2003
A few excerpts from recent Rex Reed reviews in the New York Observer: On "Anger Management": "When an accomplished pro like Jack Nicholson teams up with an incompetent amateur like Adam Sandler, the stench of easy money and fast profits poisons the ozone." On "Dreamcatcher": "Just when you say, 'I've seen the worst movie ever made,' and I respond, 'No, I've seen the worst movie ever made,' the garbage truck rolls around again, dumps off a horror called 'Dreamcatcher' and makes liars of us all.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1987
Critics work in mysterious ways. Take Rex Reed, please. He sure reaches for superlatives in his "At the Movies" show. For his review of "No Way Out," he dubbed Hackman "wonderful," Costner "terrific" and Will Patton "great." Then he voted "no" for the pic. His reason: "Movies that can't be explained aren't worth talking about."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1988
Is the name Bill Harris coming off the "At the Movies" marquee? Harris says "no comment." Ditto a rep for Tribune Entertainment, which produces. But a source close to the syndie review show tells us there's talk of replacing the upbeat counterpart to acerbic Rex Reed--possibly with a female sidekick--for budgetary reasons. "Both our contracts are now in renegotiation," Harris admitted. Harris also hosts three Showtime entertainment programs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2003
A few excerpts from recent Rex Reed reviews in the New York Observer: On "Anger Management": "When an accomplished pro like Jack Nicholson teams up with an incompetent amateur like Adam Sandler, the stench of easy money and fast profits poisons the ozone." On "Dreamcatcher": "Just when you say, 'I've seen the worst movie ever made,' and I respond, 'No, I've seen the worst movie ever made,' the garbage truck rolls around again, dumps off a horror called 'Dreamcatcher' and makes liars of us all.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
New York Rex Reed has just come from a screening of a new movie, looking like someone who spent the last two hours in the dentist's chair. "It was the wo-o-o-orst film of the year," he explains in his tart Southern drawl, the voice of a grouchy cat on a hot tin roof. "And that's saying something, considering the films I see these days." Reed hasn't put pen to paper yet, but as he prepared to chow down at a cozy Upper Side eatery here ("If the L. A. Times is buying, then I'm having a steak!"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed. The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason Bateman as a victim of McCarthy's felonious identity-stealing con artist. Reed described the Emmy Award-winning "Mike & Molly" star as "cacophonous," "tractor-sized," a "humongous creep" and a "hippo" in the review.  REVIEW: Laughs stolen in 'Identity Thief' "Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success," Reed wrote . "Poor Jason Bateman.
BOOKS
February 23, 1986 | Karen Stabiner, Stabiner's book about young girls trying to become stars on the professional tennis circuit, "Courting Fame," will be published next month by Harper & Row
Rex Reed's "Personal Effects" is a big candy box of a Hollywood novel--good for a quick sugary rush when ingested in small doses, but guaranteed to give you a bad case of mental bloat by the time you're through. The symptoms are a vaguely guilty, embarrassed taste in your mouth and a craving for something a bit more nutritious, like Nathanael West's "Day of the Locust."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2003 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
New York Rex Reed has just come from a screening of a new movie, looking like someone who spent the last two hours in the dentist's chair. "It was the wo-o-o-orst film of the year," he explains in his tart Southern drawl, the voice of a grouchy cat on a hot tin roof. "And that's saying something, considering the films I see these days." Reed hasn't put pen to paper yet, but as he prepared to chow down at a cozy Upper Side eatery here ("If the L. A. Times is buying, then I'm having a steak!"
NEWS
January 28, 1991 | ANN CONWAY
Movie critic Rex Reed has grown numb watching the Persian Gulf War on television. "The other night I got so tired of it," he says, "all of those Scud missiles, all of those children in gas masks, that I turned to the old movie 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.' It was the only moment of joy I had in a week of sadness and despair." Escape. That was the reason we used to go to the movies, says Reed, star of television's "At the Movies." "But we can't go to escape now.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1988
Is the name Bill Harris coming off the "At the Movies" marquee? Harris says "no comment." Ditto a rep for Tribune Entertainment, which produces. But a source close to the syndie review show tells us there's talk of replacing the upbeat counterpart to acerbic Rex Reed--possibly with a female sidekick--for budgetary reasons. "Both our contracts are now in renegotiation," Harris admitted. Harris also hosts three Showtime entertainment programs.
NEWS
April 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Movie critic Rex Reed pleaded guilty today to attempted state tax evasion charges in a dispute he blamed on a former accountant's advice. He was fined $2,000. In an agreement with the state attorney general's office, Reed already had paid about $20,000 to the state Department of Taxation and Finance to cover delinquent taxes, penalties and interest.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1987
Critics work in mysterious ways. Take Rex Reed, please. He sure reaches for superlatives in his "At the Movies" show. For his review of "No Way Out," he dubbed Hackman "wonderful," Costner "terrific" and Will Patton "great." Then he voted "no" for the pic. His reason: "Movies that can't be explained aren't worth talking about."
BOOKS
February 23, 1986 | Karen Stabiner, Stabiner's book about young girls trying to become stars on the professional tennis circuit, "Courting Fame," will be published next month by Harper & Row
Rex Reed's "Personal Effects" is a big candy box of a Hollywood novel--good for a quick sugary rush when ingested in small doses, but guaranteed to give you a bad case of mental bloat by the time you're through. The symptoms are a vaguely guilty, embarrassed taste in your mouth and a craving for something a bit more nutritious, like Nathanael West's "Day of the Locust."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1990
Some people (including me) prefer to hear what the critics say only after seeing the film. That way we can tell how smart the critics are; that is, whether they agreed with us or not. I have come to learn that if Rex Reed and Siskel and Ebert all liked a film for wordy reasons, it will probably bore me senseless. JOHN DEGATINA, Los Angeles
NEWS
April 5, 1987
Not only was Marlee Matlin's Oscar victory a satisfying response to her wonderful performance in "Children of a Lesser God," but it was a gratifying rebuttal to Rex Reed's inane comments about her (Outtakes, March 22). I do not agree, however, that Reed should no longer be given newspaper space, simply because he's mentally impaired. With that attitude, how many critics would be left? BARRY CUTLER Los Angeles
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