New DVD takes the bleeps out of ‘Jersey Shore’

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There are so many reality shows on TV now that few of them break out and become a pop cultural phenomenon the way that “Survivor” and “Big Brother” and “The Real World” did in their early seasons. We’ve all become hip to the not-so-hidden manipulations used to jack up the drama on the popular Bravo […] [Read More]
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From MTV to ‘Across the Universe’ to the Joyce

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You might call Larry Keigwin’s choreographic style modern dance with an extra jolt. Just as Michael Bennett got his start as a back-up dancer on the 1960s show, “Hullaballoo,” Keigwin’s first professional gig was on “Downtown” Julie Brown’s “Club MTV.” Since then, he has pursued high art jobs with The Martha Graham Dance Company and […] [Read More]
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This time next year — Ingmar Bergman on stage

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Yale Rep announced its 2010-2011 season today and it’s packed with goodies, foremost among them a stage version of the superb 1978 Ingmar Bergman film “Autumn Sonata” (above). The U.S. premiere of the Bergman piece will be directed by Robert Woodruff, whose “Notes from Underground” was a highlight at Yale Rep last season (Woodruff’s staging […] [Read More]
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Martha Stewart’s ex-friend writes half-baked tell-all

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After reading Mariana Pasternak’s just-published “The Best of Friends: Martha and Me” (Harper), it is easy to understand why celebrities hand out confidentiality agreements to almost everyone they meet. If an ex-“best friend” could write a book like this, what might a business associate or social acquaintance cook up? The memoir is Pasternak’s attempt to […] [Read More]
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‘Poorhouse’: sexual problems Viagra can’t solve

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If John Cassavetes had been hired to do a movie remake of “The Honeymooners,” the results might have been something like the very funny (and very poignant) new play “Happy in the Poorhouse,” by Derek Ahonen, that opened over the weekend at Theatre 80 St. Marks. “Poorhouse” is the follow-up to Ahonen’s “The Pied Pipers […] [Read More]
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Kathleen Turner’s screen to stage transition continues

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TheaterWorks Hartford is officially announcing today that its 25th anniversary season will begin in July with a world premiere production starring Kathleen Turner. “High” by Matthew Lombardo will open July 9 and run through Aug. 22. Lombardo is the author of “Tea at Five,” a Katharine Hepburn bio-drama that served as a spectacular vehicle for […] [Read More]
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‘A Prophet’: how prisons construct gangsters

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Writer-director Jacques Audiard didn’t take home the Oscar for best foreign language film last Sunday night, but his gangster epic, “A Prophet (Un Prophete),” is a formidable piece of work. Through the story of one 19-year-old petty criminal, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), who is sent to prison for six years, Audiard shows us how […] [Read More]
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‘Strip-opoly’: Broadway dancers find their risque theme

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Last night in Manhattan, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced the title and theme for their 20th anniversary “Broadway Bares” show June 20 — “Strip-opoly.” The two shows at the Roseland Ballroom on that night will mark the official end of the current Broadway season and charity organizers are hoping for a $1 million haul this […] [Read More]
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