Monthly Archive for October, 2009

: October, 2009

Ashton Kutcher plays a sort-of prostitute in Los Angeles

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

Inside the Michael Jackson bunker

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

Will ‘Fela!’ fly on Broadway?

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


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

Juggling mystery and morality in World War II

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

Joseph Wiseman, R.I.P.

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

The greatest ghost story of them all?

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

‘Avenue Q’ goes full circle

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

‘The Power of Two’: out of the shadow

For the past few days, I’ve been listening to an advance pressing of a wonderful CD that will be released by Harbinger Records on Nov. 3 — “The Power of Two” featuring rising Broadway star Cheyenne

‘Poirot’: the pleasures of old-fashioned craftsmanship

I can’t think of a much better match of actor and character than David Suchet in the role of Agatha Christie’s master sleuth Hercule Poirot. Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov played the role well on the