The perfect gift for your ‘Scarface’-crazed drug dealer

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If you have $999.99 burning a hole in your pocket — and hang out with any of the cult followers of the 1983 Brian DePalma film “Scarface” — have I got a one-of-a-kind gift for you! To celebrate the launch of the Blu Ray edition of the film, 1000 copies are being packaged in a […] [Read More]

‘Master Piece!’: stripping at Roseland for fun and (non-)profit

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Every year the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS June benefit — “Broadway Bares” — seems to get bigger and better. I’m always left wondering how the group will be able to top itself next year, and somehow they always do. That was certainly the case with “Broadway Bares XXI: Master Piece!” which played to two sold-out […] [Read More]

How can you do Bob Fosse’s ‘Dancin” without Bob Fosse?

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The aura surrounding the late great Bob Fosse has become so intense that the Roundabout Theatre is planning to revive one of his weakest shows next season – “Dancin’.” The all-dance 1978 piece had its fun moments, but it also showed how empty Fosse’s choreography tends to be outside the context of book shows such as […] [Read More]

Rent it now: The Elmore Leonard movie nobody knows

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(Your faithful blogger is away this week. I thought it would be fun to run some golden oldies. For current microblogging from the road, follow the Twitter feed on this page or at @joesview on Twitter.)  Many Elmore Leonard novels have been brought to the screen – with mixed results – but my favorite adaptation is one very […] [Read More]

‘Flame & Citron’: knowing who to trust in World War II

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(Your faithful blogger is taking some R&R this week. I am microblogging at @joesview while I’m gone. See you June 27.)  The Danish thriller/historical drama, “Flame & Citron,” didn’t get many theatrical bookings in this country, so you may not have heard of it. The movie deserves a spot near the top of your Netflix queue. Writer-director […] [Read More]

The scariest horror movie of the new century?

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(Another golden oldie during your faithful blogger’s weeklong R&R. To stay up to the minute, follow my Twitter feed on this page or at @joesview)  Adapted from a Stephen King novella by writer-director Frank Darabont (who performed the same chores on two other King stories, “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile”), “The Mist” (2007) came […] [Read More]

‘Spent’: addicted to shopping & credit cards

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(Part three of my memory lane ramblings. Follow my R&R Twitter feed on this page or on Twitter at @joesview.) We’ve had countless memoirs about drug addiction and all sorts of sexual debauchery, but Avis Cardella’s new book “Spent” (Little, Brown and Co.) is about a vice that the culture too often presents as a […] [Read More]
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Another reason to love Frank Sinatra

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New York magazine’s The Vulture blog ran a great 1990 letter from Frank Sinatra to the editors of The Los Angeles Times Calendar section. The Vulture cited the Letters of Note blog for this piece of correspondence written after Sinatra read a profile of George Michael in which the singer complained about the “tragedy” of […] [Read More]

Last call for Broadway’s sexiest and funniest benefit

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Tonight at 9:30 p.m. and midnight, thousands will gather at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom to watch the best dancers and actors on Broadway do a series of bawdy and hilarious routines at the 21st annual “Broadway Bares.” This year’s show is called “Master Piece!” and will use the art world as a jumping off point for […] [Read More]

Is ‘Company’ another sign of Broadway’s renewed health?

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Last night I went to one of the local screenings of the HD recording of a recent Lincoln Center concert staging of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.” The show on the screen was quite wonderful, but what really excited me was the fact that theater was fairly crowded (for a Thursday night at a multiplex) […] [Read More]