Monthly Archive for April, 2015

: April, 2015

Players change, but Hollywood ‘scandals’ are eternal

Hollywood followers are still trying to figure out John Travolta’s bizarre behavior at the Academy Awards show two months ago, with more fuel added to the fire by a much talked-about HBO Scientology

Second season of ‘Looking’ gets early digital release

HBO has been loosening up its rigid distribution and release patterns in recent months. What was originally a cable-only service was just made available for streaming via Apple devices with the new

‘Firefly’: putting the past behind you

The roots of drug addiction are explored in a harrowing and surreal new play, “She Calls Me Firefly,” that is getting a public developmental production by the New Perspectives Theatre Company. Teresa

‘One Mile Under’: Ty Hauck returns

After a few years of powerful stand alone novels, Andrew Gross has brought back the character of Ty Hauck for “One Mile Under” (William Morrow), which drags him into a frightening corporate conspiracy

#FridayReads ‘The Great Parade’ by Peter Filichia

Most theater lovers probably fantasize about time travel as they wander the streets of Manhattan’s Theater District and think of all the great shows that were once produced at venerable theaters like

Whatever happened to the stage thriller?

It was fun to see the Walnut Street Theatre’s current production of “And Then There Were None” (above) in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. I didn’t know that Agatha Christie had turned one of her most

‘The Jinx’: HBO hit now available as digital download

What mystery or horror film could compare with the HBO documentary series “The Jinx”? The story of New York real estate heir Robert Durst and his connection to one mysterious disappearance and two

‘Hamilton’: somewhere Joe Papp is smiling

The Public Theater production of “Hamilton” is sold out and will close May 3, but it seems destined to have a long life on Broadway after it reopens there in July. I saw the show on Saturday and it

‘Cinema Vernacular’: life as a movie

“Everyone has two businesses — their own and show business,” is an old saying that was passed along to me by an entertainment lawyer many years ago. Closer to the mark, in my opinion, is the notion

‘Every Fifteen Minutes’: Scottoline takes a scary turn

St. Martin’s Press is publishing the 24th novel by Lisa Scottoline today and it’s a doozy. “Every Fifteen Minutes” continues the recent experimentation with storytelling by the best-selling author who