Ashton Kutcher plays a sort-of prostitute in Los Angeles

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With the rise of Internet porn and escort services over the past decade or so, we are overdue for a remake of “American Gigolo” (1980). So, when “Spread” opened last summer with ads suggesting that Ashton Kutcher was playing a 21st Century Los Angeles gigolo — “It’s a business doing pleasure” was the poster tagline — […] [Read More]
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Inside the Michael Jackson bunker

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The movie and music press appears divided on the new Michael Jackson documentary, “This Is It,” with at least one major writer blasting it as a desecration of a great artist’s memory and others viewing it as a spectacular behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a Jackson arena show. The harshest review I saw was […] [Read More]
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Will ‘Fela!’ fly on Broadway?

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Although the show has more than three weeks of previews before opening on Nov. 23, the off-Broadway hit “Fela!” has Broadway folks buzzing about whether or not the Bill T. Jones dance show will succeed in its move to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. I saw the Monday night preview and thought the show’s high points […] [Read More]
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Boo!

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I find it enormously pleasing that the gore-free, low-tech, $12,000 horror movie, “Paranormal Activity,” trounced the latest picture in the “Saw” franchise (“Saw VI”!) at the U.S. box-office over the weekend. Say what you will about “Paranormal Activity” — for me it wasn’t very scary or anywhere near as clever as “The Blair Witch Project” […] [Read More]
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Juggling mystery and morality in World War II

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The scope and quality of contemporary crime fiction never ceases to amaze me. And the field seems to keep expanding in terms of talent and subject matter. James R. Benn has been writing one of the best historical mystery series — set during World War II — that follows a young Boston cop named Billy […] [Read More]
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Joseph Wiseman, R.I.P.

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The fantastic stage and screen actor Joseph Wiseman would no doubt have been tickled by the headlines on his obituaries yesterday — he died in Manhattan Monday at the age of 91 — all of which referenced his role as the first James Bond movie villain, Dr. No. Wiseman made his stage debut in 1939 […] [Read More]
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The greatest ghost story of them all?

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I’m pleased to report that the Fairfield Library is relaunching the monthly “Fringe & Foreign” film festival tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with a free screening of “The Innocents,” the great 1961 film version of the Henry James novella, “The Turn of the Screw.” I co-hosted the monthly gathering last year with my pal, Drew […] [Read More]
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‘Avenue Q’ goes full circle

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What started six years ago as a quirky little off-Broadway show about the angst of 20somethings in New York City has proven to be a remarkably durable musical. “Avenue Q” is a one-of-a-kind piece that survived a move uptown to Broadway where it scored one of the greatest upsets in modern Broadway history by beating “Wicked” […] [Read More]
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