‘The Pride’: juggling sex & love in two eras

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I caught one of the final previews of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s “The Pride” at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village over the weekend. The official press opening is tomorrow night — you can expect to read some very strong reviews on Wednesday. I have a hunch this limited run under the auspices of MCC […] [Read More]
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Frank Sinatra: when a singer became an actor

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Tom Santopietro is a film critic and biographer who seems to have a good handle on both the art and commerce that must be juggled by anyone who works in movies. Santopietro carved out his own new turf in books he wrote about the film careers of two great pop singers who became accomplished actresses […] [Read More]
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The story behind Christopher Plummer’s remarkable career

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(I’ve been off recharging my batteries for a few days, so I thought today and tomorrow would be a good time to re-explore two oldies but goodies that ran in this space before my blog expanded to four newspapers. I’ll be back Monday with reports on a terrific debut thriller by Steven Gore and a couple of new plays that are […] [Read More]
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Modern dance + opera + rock = ‘Remember Me’

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One-time Paul Taylor dancer David Parsons is among the handful of modern dance choreographers who has been able to launch a successful company of his own. Parsons Dance — which is now 25 years old — is in residence at The Joyce Theater in Manhattan through Feb. 21 and the company is performing a reworking […] [Read More]
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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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