Monday, January 9, 2012


Fairfield University’s exciting Open VISIONS Forum will welcome film critic Rex Reed down the red carpet on Sunday, January 29th at 3 p.m. to the Quick Center to address “Hollywood Notebook:  Glory or Gory?”  Former co-host of the syndicated television show “At the Movies,” Reed writes a current column “On the Town with Rex Reed” for The New York Observer.

Occasionally an actor himself, Reed has performed in the movie version of Gore Vidal’s “Myra Breckinridge,” in the film “Inchon!” and in “Superman,” as himself.  Back in the late 1970’s, he was a regular on the TV program “The Gong Show.”  He also guest voiced himself on the animated series “The Critic” as well as served on the jury of the 1971 Berlin Film Festival.  In the 2009 documentary “For the Love of Movies:  The Story of American Film Criticism,” he explained the role of movie critics over the past century emphasizing how important film critics were in the 1970’s.

No stranger to controversy, Reed created a firestorm with the rumor that in 1992 at the Academy Awards Jack Palance announced the wrong name as Best Supporting Actress, Marisa Tomei.  Reed contended Palance was too confused or drunk to read the correct name.  The Academy denied any cover up or mistake.

For tickets ($45), call the Quick Center on the campus of Fairfield University at 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396 or online at

Let Rex Reed provide the inside scoop on the Hollywood movie scene as he sees it from his unique perch at the top.

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