CINEMA: Take Two Tabloids and Call Me

Ron Howard directs The Paper, a Front Page-style drama, at a pace so measured it nearly stops the presses

Newspapers -- remember them? They're where people used to get their infotainment before CNN, Hard Copy and the Letterman Top 10 list. Kids don't read them much anymore; newspapers are nostalgia items for the geriatric Gutenberg generation. And even more anachronistic are newspaper movies, which were nearly always about rapacious reporters chiseling bereaved losers out of their private dignity. Five Star Final, The Front Page (His Girl Friday in the Cary Grant edition) and Ace in the Hole were papers in nutshell, tabloid on celluloid. They gave you the headlines, the editorial and the funnies too. The subject of these movies...

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