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Patton Oswalt sacks South Beach

Patton Oswalt sacks South Beach

During the late 1990s, movies turned Patton Oswalt into an addict. As the comedian writes in his new memoir, "Silver Screen Fiend," Oswalt plunged into what he calls the "briny darkness" of the theater inside West Hollywood's New Beverly Cinema for a four-year-long film binge that only ends ("my mind blows apart") with the release of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace." "Billy Wilder stuck the needle in [with "Sunset Boulevard"]. Four years later, George Lucas yanks the needle out," Oswalt writes of the abyss of compulsive movie-watching that dominated his mid 20s before his standup career took off. In an interview...

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