Monthly Archive for June, 2010

: June, 2010

Why is ‘Knight and Day’ bombing at the box office?

The notion of what constitutes a movie star keeps evolving in this transitional period in which the adult audience is more or less focusing on home entertainment and the multiplexes are dominated by

Another great ‘Broadway Bares’ raises more than $1 million

If every fundraiser was as much fun as “Broadway Bares” no charity would have to worry where its next dollar was going to come from. Make that $1,015,985 — the staggering, record-breaking amount

‘Promises’: new recording of underrated 1960s musical

The Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical “Promises, Promises” was a financial success in 1968 — running for more than two years and earning a Tony for its star Jerry Orbach — but the show fell

Rent it now: ‘A Star is Born’

Warner Home Video released an extras-packed two-disc DVD of the 1954 classic “A Star is Born” on Tuesday. For once, DVD “extras” are something special, an incredible four-hour array of deleted scenes,

See you next week!

Your loyal blogger is taking a week off to recharge and to take in as many cultural events as I can. When I return on Sunday, I’ll have reports on the new extras-packed DVD of “A Star is Born,” a

Rent it now: David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’

David Fincher’s serial killer drama, “Zodiac,” was a financial wipe-out in 2007. Shockingly, when it debuted, the film did about a third of the business of that weekend’s other major Hollywood

Broadway celebrates the art of burlesque in ‘Strip-opoly’

20 years of stylish stripping for one of the best charities in New York City — Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — will be celebrated Sunday night at Roseland with “Broadway Bares XX: Strip-opoly.”

Down and out (with HBO) in Detroit

The HBO series “Hung” starts a second season later this month. Earlier this week, I watched the season one DVD — which HBO Home Entertainment will release on Tuesday — and couldn’t figure out what

‘Toy Story 3’: the geniuses at Pixar deliver a terrific sequel

I’m not really crazy about animated movies — it’s hard for me not to think of them as kids’ stuff — but Pixar has never failed to make me overcome my prejudice. The company’s movies are obviously

‘World Cup Soccer’: sports spending vs. morale boosting

The muckraking DVD distributor The Disinformation Company released a troubling but perfectly timed documentary Tuesday — “World Cup Soccer in Africa: Who Really Wins?” The 75-minute film looks at the