Why is ‘Knight and Day’ bombing at the box office?

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The notion of what constitutes a movie star keeps evolving in this transitional period in which the adult audience is more or less focusing on home entertainment and the multiplexes are dominated by action pictures and animated fare aimed squarely at the 25 and under demographic. The big hits of the last six months or […] [Read More]

Another great ‘Broadway Bares’ raises more than $1 million

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If every fundraiser was as much fun as “Broadway Bares” no charity would have to worry where its next dollar was going to come from. Make that $1,015,985 — the staggering, record-breaking amount raised for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by a bunch of hard-working (and uninhibited) Broadway dancers and actors on their night off last […] [Read More]

‘Promises’: new recording of underrated 1960s musical

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The Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical “Promises, Promises” was a financial success in 1968 — running for more than two years and earning a Tony for its star Jerry Orbach — but the show fell off the Broadway radar in a way that very few hits do. The score was widely dissed by Broadway buffs […] [Read More]

Rent it now: ‘A Star is Born’

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Warner Home Video released an extras-packed two-disc DVD of the 1954 classic “A Star is Born” on Tuesday. For once, DVD ”extras” are something special, an incredible four-hour array of deleted scenes, audio of recording sessions and a radio version of “A Star is Born” that Garland did many years before the film was released. The […] [Read More]

See you next week!

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Your loyal blogger is taking a week off to recharge and to take in as many cultural events as I can. When I return on Sunday, I’ll have reports on the new extras-packed DVD of “A Star is Born,” a couple of shows in New York City, novels by James P. Othmer and Michael Cunningham, […] [Read More]

Rent it now: David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’

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David Fincher’s serial killer drama, “Zodiac,” was a financial wipe-out in 2007. Shockingly, when it debuted, the film did about a third of the business of that weekend’s other major Hollywood release, “Wild Hogs,” which grossed a huge $38 million in its first three days in theaters. (Ugh!) That’s about what I expected from the […] [Read More]

Broadway celebrates the art of burlesque in ‘Strip-opoly’

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20 years of stylish stripping for one of the best charities in New York City — Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — will be celebrated Sunday night at Roseland with “Broadway Bares XX: Strip-opoly.” It was my pleasure last week to speak with the director of the extravaganza — Josh Rhodes — for a “Go” feature […] [Read More]

Down and out (with HBO) in Detroit

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The HBO series “Hung” starts a second season later this month. Earlier this week, I watched the season one DVD — which HBO Home Entertainment will release on Tuesday — and couldn’t figure out what made the cable network decide to renew the series for a second season. Why cancel “Deadwood” and “Rome” and “Tell […] [Read More]

‘Toy Story 3′: the geniuses at Pixar deliver a terrific sequel

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I’m not really crazy about animated movies — it’s hard for me not to think of them as kids’ stuff — but Pixar has never failed to make me overcome my prejudice. The company’s movies are obviously aimed at the family market, but the way that the writers and directors and animators manage to delight […] [Read More]
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‘World Cup Soccer’: sports spending vs. morale boosting

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The muckraking DVD distributor The Disinformation Company released a troubling but perfectly timed documentary Tuesday — “World Cup Soccer in Africa: Who Really Wins?” The 75-minute film looks at the billions of dollars that have been spent in South Africa over the past few years to prepare for the 2010 World Cup Championship running through […] [Read More]