‘Happy Endings’ theme at Broadway striptease benefit

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Once a theater insiders’ secret, the annual “Broadway Bares” benefit in June has skyrocketed over the past decade into one of the most highly anticipated events of the Broadway season. The combination of sexy strip routines done by more 200 of the dancers featured in current Broadway musicals and comedy guest stars ranging from Nathan […] [Read More]

The utter pointlessness of HBO Films’ ‘Cinema Verite’

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To those of us who were around in 1973, the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California, need no introduction. They were the featured attraction in a pioneering TV series called “An American Family” that was shot over seven months in 1971 and then aired on PBS in twelve one-hour parts in early 1973. This was […] [Read More]

The amazing ‘larger than life’ Carol Channing

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Using her insider status as a working Broadway producer, Dori Berinstein made “Show Business” (2007), a great documentary about what goes on during a single New York theater season. Berinstein spent most of her time behind the scenes at the creation of four key musicals in the 2003-2004 season — “Taboo,” “Wicked,” “Caroline or Change” […] [Read More]

Channing Tatum becomes a star — even with his shirt on

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Few young men who have entered movies based almost entirely on their looks have been as smart about their careers as Channing Tatum. The ex-stripper and Abercrombie and Fitch model drew more notice for his abs than his personality in his first major screen role — in the 2006 teen comedy “She’s the Man” — […] [Read More]

‘Just Sex’: when Internet porn replaces real life

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Brandt Johnson’s play “Just Sex” did so well at the Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival earlier this season that it has reopened at the same venue for an extended run through April 15. The comedy is slightly underdeveloped — the intermissionless 80-minute piece ends just where ACT II should start — but […] [Read More]

‘A Man and a Woman’ — who says CDs are dead?

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Bruce Kimmel and his Kritzerland Internet company have defied all of the odds — and technological trends of the past decade — by carving out a very successful niche catering to those of us who still love owning a CD rather than a digital download. Kimmel releases rare motion picture soundtracks and original Broadway cast […] [Read More]

‘Strawberry Statement’: nostalgia for student revolutionaries

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1970 was a turbulent, confused year in America and that cultural craziness was reflected in the movies that Hollywood released at the start of a new decade. The surprise success of a series of oddball 1960s movies — from “Blow-Up” in 1966 to “Bonnie & Clyde” the following year — paved the way for such […] [Read More]

‘Wild Strawberries’: the Bergman film Woody Allen remade

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It’s going to be fun — and very nostalgic — to introduce a “Critic’s Choice” screening of the 1957 Ingmar Bergman classic “Wild Strawberries” tonight at the beautifully restored Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport. I was too young to see the film when it first came out, but caught up with it several times in the […] [Read More]

‘So Pretty It Hurts’: the return of Bailey Weggins

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Could it be five years since the last Bailey Weggins novel by Kate White? Time flies, whether or not you’re having fun. The Cosmopolitan editor created the character a decade ago and put her at the center of five very tasty mysteries set in the Manhattan media world. After winning lots of fans with a […] [Read More]

Rent it now: the hell of war from inside a tank

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Whoever gets the rights to make the movie of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster and eventual rescue might want to talk with Israeli director Samuel Maoz. The work Maoz does in the confined space of a tank in “Lebanon” — available on DVD from Sony Pictures Classics — is quite stunning. More than one reviewer […] [Read More]