Broadway dancers bare (almost) all for charity

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What do you do when a one-night-only annual fundraiser reaches its maximum earning potential? Add more nights! That’s what Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDs has decided to do with its amazingly successful strip-tease fundraiser, “Broadway Bares,” held on a Sunday night every June at Roseland in Manhattan. The two shows are presented on the only weekend […] [Read More]
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Primary season in L.A.: or, the not-so-Golden Globes

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When it comes to the Golden Globes, it has always been tough to figure out who in the equation is more cynical — the overseas “journalists” who give them or the Hollywood folk who receive them. The group was at one time viewed as so corrupt that the TV show was dropped by a broadcast […] [Read More]
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Brian Dennehy Broadway-bound in Beckett-O’Neill double-bill

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Playbill.com had some great news for theater fans over the weekend — Brian Dennehy definitely will be bringing his acclaimed double-bill of one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill and Samuel Beckett to Broadway between now and Tony time in the spring. The Connecticut native got some of the best reviews of his career for a 2008 […] [Read More]
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From ‘Hair’ to the moon

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The label “eclectic” doesn’t begin to describe the work of director Diane Paulus, who has staged operas, nightclub shows and Broadway musicals with equal success. Paulus appears to have a real knack for creating pieces for specific spaces. Two years ago, she managed to dust off the counterculture relic “Hair” for a terrific new staging in Central […] [Read More]
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‘Game Change’: somewhere Theodore H. White is smiling

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It has been a long time since a book about a presidential election campaign has generated as much interest as “Game Change” (Harper) by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. The age of 24/7 coverage of politics on cable television and gossip blogs on the Internet seemed to have made books like Theodore H. White’s Pulitzer Prize-winning […] [Read More]
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Eric Rohmer, R.I.P.

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Eric Rohmer emerged in the 1960s as part of the French New Wave of critics-turned-directors that included Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol. Rohmer, who died Monday at the age of 89, was never as popular with U.S. art house audiences as his peers, but he kept making films long after Truffaut died and […] [Read More]
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Thinking like a terrorist: or, why no “Dr. Strangelove” remake?

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We are long overdue for a post-9/11 “Dr. Strangelove”-style satire about our “war on terror.” I had hoped that when Jonathan Demme remade and updated “The Manchurian Candidate” a few years back (below right) that he would have turned novelist Richard Condon’s brainwashed Korean War soldier into an al Qaeda operative (rather than the Communist assassin […] [Read More]
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Advertising or soft-core porn?

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Have you seen the new Steven Klein ad shots featuring Eva Mendes and Jamie Dornan that were released today? Calvin Klein seems to be pushing the advertising envelope once again. You  barely notice the jeans that the designer is (ostensibly) trying to sell us. The image above is about to be unveiled as a giant billboard […] [Read More]
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