Whatever happened to ‘A Solo Act’?

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Dominick Dunne’s final novel — “Too Much Money” (Crown) — goes on sale today. It pains me to report that the book is a dud Dunne clearly had trouble with in the final months of his life. In place of the good storytelling and well-drawn characters in the writer’s best novels — “A Season in Purgatory” […] [Read More]
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‘Pop!’: Andy Warhol & his tortured ‘superstars’

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The brand new Yale Institute for Music Theatre has gotten off to a great start with the world premiere production of “Pop!” that’s on the boards at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven through Saturday. The Institute was established by the Yale schools of drama and music to develop new work by composers and playwrights […] [Read More]
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Paul Rudd: GQ cites king of the ‘bromance’

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The December GQ has honored actor/comedian Paul Rudd as one of its “men of the year” for his hit summer “bromance” with Jason Segel (above left) - “I Love You, Man.” Rudd’s transition from a rather bland young romantic leading man in “Clueless” and “”The Objection of My Affection” into a full-out, ticket-selling comedian is worth noting.  I’ve been off for the […] [Read More]
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Nicole’s knee & other tales of Hollywood finance

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The folks at Melville House Publishing in Brooklyn were nice enough this week to send me an early draft manuscript of a portion of Edward Jay Epstein’s forthcoming book, “The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies” which will be on sale Feb. 23. The book should be much discussed in the run up […] [Read More]
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Why Broadway adores Hugh Jackman (& Daniel Craig)

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The smash-hit drama “A Steady Rain” closed on Broadway over the weekend after several months of SRO business, but stars Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig made more news yesterday. The performers in the two-character police play broke the all-time Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fund-raising record (for the annual Gypsy of the Year Competition) by raising […] [Read More]
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Sandra Bullock: the stealth movie star

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There has been widespread amazement within the movie industry generated by the incredibly strong box office showing of the latest Sandra Bullock vehicle, “The Blind Side.” Not only has the picture brought in close to $130 million since it opened Nov. 20, but last weekend it did something very few movies ever do — it […] [Read More]
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A huge stage experience in a very small venue

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The Broadway season so far has been the standard mix of star vehicles (the just-closed “A Steady Rain” with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig) and prestige revivals from abroad (the transfer of a London production of “A Little Night Music” now in previews). It is off-Broadway where producers and non-profit companies have been taking chances […] [Read More]
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Pure unadulterated Scottoline

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Lisa Scottoline has created a large gallery of wonderful female characters in the 16 novels she’s written since “Everywhere That Mary Went” launched her hugely successful writing career in 1993. The lawyer-turned-novelist’s voice is so strong in these stories of law and crime and family in Philadelphia that I think most readers have come to […] [Read More]
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