Monthly Archive for June, 2008

: June, 2008

Taking it off for a good cause

The best time I had during a week away from work was at the 18th annual “Broadway Bares” show at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom on June 22. The sexy spectacle raised a record-breaking $874,372 for

Back on Monday

Your faithful blogger is taking some R + R to recharge those old pop cultural batteries and will be back next week. See you then.

The man with the double entendre gun

In one of the saddest movie ironies of the moment, the dreadful new Hollywood remake of the 1960s TV sitcom “Get Smart” is receiving a very wide national release today while a brilliant French comedy

More than one toke over the line

The Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has had a devoted cult following for many years, but never the break-out commercial hit he deserves. Linklater’s 2003 film-for-hire, “School of Rock,” made lots

The trouble with revivals

Is it the production or the play? That’s what I always wonder when I am underwhelmed by a new staging of a play that I once thought was terrific. Current case in point — Christopher Hampton’s “Les

New York’s sexiest fundraiser

The 2007-2008 Broadway season ended officially with Sunday night’s Tony Award ceremony, but the unofficial finale will be this Sunday night’s presentation of the 18th annual Broadway Bares show for

Please Wait to Be Seated

Lee Child’s 12th Jack Reacher thriller “Nothing to Lose” (Delacorte Press) debuted in the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list yesterday. In a very crowded field, Child’s thrillers

The truth about Kate (and Spencer)

William J. Mann’s 2006 book, “Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn” (Henry Holt) is one of the best movie star biographies I’ve ever read. On Sunday at 2 p.m. the writer will be talking about the book at

A 1980s golden boy gone to seed

With many documentary profiles these days it’s impossible to tell if the filmmakers are mocking or celebrating their subjects. Last week, a Bridgeport audience packed a benefit preview of a new film,

The art of murder

One of my favorite crime writers — Jonathan Santlofer — will be speaking tonight at 7:30 at the New Canaan Library. Santlofer is on a national tour for his latest thriller, “The Murder Notebook”