Coming: ‘Reckless,’ a tale of financial terrorism

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Andrew Gross learned the thriller trade working with James Patterson on five bestsellers, but he went off on his own for “The Blue Zone” in 2007. Since then, Gross has written two more terrific page-turners, “The Dark Tide” and “Don’t Look Twice,” moving himself into a position near the top of the thriller pack, with Lee […] [Read More]
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New York indie star Jess Weixler scores in ‘Peter and Vandy’

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So far, the 28-year-old Brooklyn actress Jess Weixler has been building a very strong film resume without breaking through in a major Hollywood studio film. For the past couple of years, she’s been an indie queen in the tradition of Parker Posey, who seemed to dominate the Sundance Film Festival for much of the 1990s. […] [Read More]
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Vampires and sports stars going global for Calvin

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Last week, YSL sent a racy new video promo/ad film by fashion photographer Bruce Weber into cyberspace (New York magazine labeled it NSFW because of the nudity). Now comes word that fashion’s long-time envelope-pusher Calvin Klein is launching a profanity-laced, Internet-linked campaign for his new X brand of underwear. The global and digital campaign features […] [Read More]
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‘Compulsion’: when The Holocaust becomes show biz

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Rinne Groff takes us to the intersection of history and show business in her very powerful new play, “Compulsion,” which is getting its world premiere production at Yale Repertory Theatre. The show opened to the press Thursday night and will be running through Feb. 28. Groff tells the little-known story of the wrangling over the […] [Read More]
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‘Brava, Valentine’: This is where I came in

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Adriana Trigiani’s just-published novel, “Brava, Valentine” (Harper) is the second book in a trilogy about a hard-working New Yorker named Valentine Roncalli, but I can testify that it works just fine as a stand-alone experience. Trigiani is one of those best-selling writers I’ve been hearing good things about from friends for a long time, but […] [Read More]
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Good news for Sarah Ruhl fans — ‘Passion Play’ returning

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Playbill.com announced some great stage news earlier this week. The epic Sarah Ruhl drama, “Passion Play,” that opened the 2008-2009 Yale Rep season is being produced in New York City in April. Mark Wing-Davey — who staged the New Haven production — is putting together a new, site-specific version at the Irondale Center inside the Lafayette […] [Read More]
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David Brown has left the party

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The great film and stage producer David Brown died yesterday at the Manhattan apartment he shared with his wife Helen Gurley Brown. He was 93 and enjoyed an incredible career that included co-producing some of the biggest hits of all time, including “Jaws” and “The Sting.” It was Brown and his partner Richard Zanuck who launched Steven […] [Read More]
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It’s about time! – Christopher Plummer Oscar-nominated

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Longtime Weston resident Christopher Plummer has won just about every stage acting award, but an Oscar nomination has eluded the star despite a film career that goes back five decades. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made up for its oversights by (finally) citing Plummer for his work as Leo Tolstoy in […] [Read More]
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