Is Megan Fox a star?

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People in the movie industry can go from forecasting that a movie will be a huge hit — before it opens — to explaining why it bombed with incredible speed and dexterity. In the days prior to an opening, they will present you with studio-financed “tracking” studies that indicate intense chatter about a new release. […] [Read More]
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Bring me the head of Adolf Hitler

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If “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein” — which just opened at the 13th Street Rep in Manhattan — had as much wit and energy as its best cast members, this new off-Broadway spoof would be terrific rather than just sporadically amusing. The show is reminiscent of some of the kitschy Hollywood stage send-ups that Charles […] [Read More]
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Screening Newman’s finest: from ‘Slapshot’ to ‘Nobody’s Fool’

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The non-profit Community Theatre in Fairfield is marking the first anniversary of Paul Newman’s death with a week-long film festival that starts today at 4:30 with a screening of the 1973 best picture Oscar winner, “The Sting.”  I’ve been thinking a lot about Newman and his movies over the past few weeks. The paper had […] [Read More]
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New York City seen through ‘foreign’ eyes

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In “Home Boy” (Shaye Areheart Books), first-time novelist H.M. Naqvi allows us to see New York City in a fresh light. The book starts as a witty, sharply observed story of a Pakistani immigrant who has fallen in love with the energy of the metropolis and what appears to be its boundless acceptance of newcomers from […] [Read More]
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A road company Gordon Ramsay

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Is there room for one more reality TV series featuring a raging, foul-mouthed narcissist? Last week, the Oxygen cable network launched a new Tuesday night series, “The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck,” about the drama surrounding the opening of a new Dallas restaurant, Central 214. Beck is apparently a “star” chef in Texas, but […] [Read More]
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‘Mad Men’ yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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James P. Othmer spent two decades in the advertising business before his terrific first novel “The Futurist” was published in 2006. While we wait for novel number two — “Holy Water,” due next summer — Othmer offers us an insider’s guided tour to his former occupation in “Adland: Searching for the Meaning of Life on […] [Read More]
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A ‘potentially true story’ about Tennessee Williams

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Daniel MacIvor’s play “His Greatness” was one of the hits of the recent NYC Fringe Festival. The playwright’s imagining of a few days in the life of Tennessee Williams — near the end — is a well-written and well-acted piece about the sources of artistic inspiration and what happens when the ideas stop coming. In […] [Read More]
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Back to the grassy knoll

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Did you catch Moammar Qaddafi’s 90-minute speech at the U.N. yesterday? Noting that he was suffering from jet lag, the Libyan leader went off on a stream of consciousness rant that included a reference to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the latest conspiracy theory, Qaddafi laid the blame for Kennedy’s death on […] [Read More]
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