May 5, 2016
Brian Regan 7 & 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. $47.50-62.50. 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org.
May 5, 2016
GRACE AND FRANKIE Friday, Netflix Jane Fonda doesn't think she's funny. Fans of Grace and Frankie , which returns Friday for a second season on Netflix, might disagree. So might anyone who saw Fonda winning laughs from reporters at the Television Critics Association's January meetings, in what many comedians consider a tough room. "She's so wrong," says Grace and Frankie's cocreator, Broomall's Marta Kauffman, who's maybe better known for creating, with Bala's David Crane, a comedy called Friends . "I think at first she was very insecure about it," Kauffman said.
May 1, 2016 |
Ferrell won't play Reagan Will Ferrell on Friday said he would not star as Ronald Reagan in a forthcoming satire that portrays the 40th president leading the country while suffering from dementia. Reagan died of Alzheimer's in 2004. The film is about an intern who helps Reagan by convincing him he's playing the leader of the free world in a movie. The Alzheimer's Association said using "dementia as a comedic device is offensive. " Reagan's daughter Patti Davis posted an open letter to Ferrell.
April 29, 2016 |
OH, LIBERAL Hollywood, there you go again. Will Ferrell, who's become a star playing a variety of lunkheads, is sure to anger a portion of the population having signed on to play President Ronald Reagan in the simply titled movie comedy "Reagan. " Variety reports that the fictional script by Mike Rosolio was on the infamous Hollywood Black List of the best unproduced scripts. It deals with Reagan's second term when he begins to suffer from dementia. An intern must then convince the leader of the free world that he's an actor playing a president.
April 25, 2016
Comedian W. Kamau Bell had long wondered - from a safe distance - about the Ku Klux Klan, but it took his new CNN show, United Shades of America, which premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, to get him invited to a cross-burning. Bell, who's based in Berkeley, Calif., lived in Philadelphia as a student - he dropped out of Penn in his sophomore year - and he was back in town this month to promote his series-opening KKK episode. He spoke with Ellen Gray about the Klan and about a couple of other forthcoming episodes: one about policing that was filmed in Philadelphia and Camden, and one about rehabilitation at San Quentin.
March 31, 2016 |
By his own admission, Jim Norton has a hard time meeting folks who share his interests. But when those interests include illicit massage parlors, urolagnia, and transgender prostitutes, maybe some difficulty is to be expected. "It's very common to not have the same interests as Jim Norton," the stand-up comedian said during recent phone interview. "A lot of people don't have the same interests as me. " They do, however, seem to like watching him do stand-up. Norton, a New Jersey native, started as a comic in 1990 and quickly became known for his politically incorrect humor.
March 13, 2016 |
There's a scene in the beginning of Flaked , the new dramedy on Netflix from Arrested Development star Will Arnett and Mark Chappell (the creators behind the cringeworthy yet funny Brit-com The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret ) that immediately turned me off. I kept watching the show, but only out of love for you, dear reader. Arnett's Chip is in recovery, discussing his mantras and way of life with two beautiful women half his age. So far, the series has shown us that Chip isn't a great guy. He rides a bike because a drunken-driving accident left another person dead.
March 2, 2016
WITH HIS funny, sober, nerve-touching Oscar monologue Sunday night, Chris Rock used his strength - exploding hypocrisy and throwing shade on both sides of the racial divide. Rock solidified his grip on the superstar crown previously held by Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and, yes, Bill Cosby as America's favorite African American standup. Chris Rock is the African American King of Comedy. Rock's monologue was widely anticipated, but the brewing race controversy may have kept some viewers away, and Oscar ratings slumped to an eight-year low. Not Chris Rock's fault.
February 26, 2016 |
Norristown's Theatre Horizon on Thursday opens Lobby Hero , Kenneth Lonergan's 2001 drama. Director Matthew Decker and cast will be unspooling a provocative comedy of errors embracing hot-button topics (racial profiling, police brutality, gender politics). Lonergan, 53, is the bluntly lyrical author of the Oscar-nominated scripts for 2002's Gangs of New York and 2000's You Can Count on Me (the latter of which he directed), as well the critically acclaimed 1996 Off-Broadway hit This Is Our Youth . In January, Lonergan's newest cinematic effort, Manchester by the Sea , which he wrote and directed, screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 15, 2016
The Fugitives By Christopher Sorrentino Simon & Schuster. 322 pages. $26. Reviewed by John Domini Early in The Fugitives , Christopher Sorrentino's wild yet subtle new novel, his protagonist, Sandy Mulligan, bad-mouths the film industry. Mulligan, a novelist himself, complains of hitting the Hollywood jackpot only to be ignored. The director shrugs: "It's not a comedy. " A simple yea or nay like that may work in the Dream Factory, but it won't do for The Fugitives . Sorrentino assays a wide range of approaches, pushing envelopes of genre till his fingers poke through.