‘True Blood’: vampires as American as apple pie (& Internet porn)

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Aimed at a pop culture sweet spot somewhere between soap opera and porn, the HBO series “True Blood” is too trashy to be taken seriously but so well-executed that it’s hard to turn off. Season four begins June 26 and HBO Video is releasing the season three DVD today so that you have plenty of time […] [Read More]

Memorial Day 2011

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‘Hello, Lonesome’: a juicy movie role for Lynn Cohen

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Although she is probably best known as Cynthia Nixon’s housekeeper, Magda, on the “Sex & the City” series (and in the two movies that followed) Lynn Cohen has racked up an amazing list of stage credits in regional theater and off Broadway in New York. She told Playbill.com two years ago that she wouldn’t have […] [Read More]

The sexiest couple of 1969 and other French treats

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Drive-ins might be dead, but the idea of watching movies outside on a warm, summer evening is not only alive and well, it’s growing. Inspired by the great success HBO has had for more than a decade screening movies in Bryant Park, New York City has been overrun with outdoor series, both in Manhattan and […] [Read More]

The show (and the awesome Bobby Cannavale) must go on

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Last night at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, a little more than halfway through “The Motherf—-r with the Hat” the lights failed to come up after what was meant to be a quick scene change. The house lights were brought up partway, and someone on the public address system said there would be a brief pause […] [Read More]

‘Just Cause’: the terrorists who couldn’t shoot straight

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Is there still a revolutionary spark in America? With so many college-age kids here facing the same dismal economic future as the young people of Egypt and Tunisia et al, it’s fascinating to ponder what might ignite a similar uprising in the U.S. I do wonder what might be going through the minds of recent […] [Read More]

The players change, but Hollywood ‘scandals’ are eternal

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Last month Hollywood followers were analyzing sex-and-drug addict Charlie Sheen’s adventures (below), last week it was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “baby mama” (above) and how she will impact the ex-governor of California’s intention to resume his movie career. The names are always changing but the public’s interest in the sexual shenanigans of Hollywood folk never seems to be […] [Read More]

A late report on the funny and scary ‘Squealer’

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Mixing elements of Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead” and those backwoods Southern horror movies (i.e. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) Jonathan Blitstein has cooked up a wild and woolly play called “Squealer” that ended a too-brief run last night at the Theater for the New City in the East Village. The production was the first […] [Read More]

Elaine’s closing marks the end of a movie/restaurant era

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The announcement yesterday that Elaine’s — the venerable Upper East Side restaurant — will be closing May 26 hit a certain slice of Manhattan society hard. The owner and hostess, Elaine Kaufman, died last year and left the place to the manager, but business collapsed without the presence of the woman who ran it for […] [Read More]

‘The Social Climber’s Handbook’: dressed to kill in Manhattan

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Molly Jong-Fast’s “The Social Climber’s Handbook” is a very dark and very funny new novel that examines the money pressures that even the wealthy felt three years ago when the economy began to melt down. Jong-Fast has taken a bit of “Bonfire of the Vanities,” added a dash of “American Psycho,” and come up with […] [Read More]