December 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Gov. Christie jousted and joked with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart in a 25-minute interview Thursday night on The Daily Show that was one of the most engaging and probing television interviews for which the Republican governor has ever sat. Stewart devoted two of his show's three segments to Christie - an honor usually reserved for major figures such as presidents. And while part of the interview was funny, rehashing Christie's Jersey-tough-guy shtick, Stewart spent much of the time seizing on a more serious point: a perceived dearth in Republican empathy.
December 7, 2012 |
ANYONE WHO HAS sold a house knows that there can be a lag between the time of sale and the time you hold its profits in your hands. For Richard Butler, it's been six years. Now that the Daily News has intervened, he's hoping to get his cash by Christmas. But he's not holding his breath. He's been here before. The nonsense began in July 2010, when Butler received a letter stamped "urgent. " Despite its atrocious grammar, it brought exciting news from a man calling himself J.L. Jones.
November 27, 2012 |
One of the more provocative offerings of 2012's Philly Fringe festival was a raucous comedy with a dastardly premise: the elimination of two of the region's busiest actors. In Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble Must Die , local thespians Greg Nix and Michael Doherty, after countless auditions rendered futile by the mega-talents of Mssrs. Coon and Dibble, hire assassin Alex Bechtel to take down the title twosome. But the plot fails, and Nix and Doherty confront their nemeses with resignation.
October 26, 2012 |
"FUN SIZE" is a 90-minute theatrical release from Nickelodeon Productions that, if anything, should have aired as a half-hour Nickelodeon special. Instead, here it comes into multiplexes five days before Oct. 31 to try to steal some box-office cash from bored teens or parents who would rather take their kids to a crummy Halloween comedy than spend the weekend carving jack-o'-lanterns. Moms, dads, do what you have to do. But know this: Submerging one's hands in gooshy pumpkin guts is a pleasure compared with sitting through this often crass romp about a teenage girl (Victoria Justice)
October 26, 2012 |
Like most concept art, The Exit Interview is better concept than art. Written by William Missouri Downs and directed by Seth Rozin, the play is a sometimes entertaining, sometimes tedious satire about God and the world. Or about faith and atheism. Or about science and theology. Or about the commercialization of art, the crassness of contemporary news media, the fecklessness of academia, the objectification of women, the horrors of gun violence or, alternatively, the horrors of oboe obsession, or . . . . Well, you get the idea: too much.
October 24, 2012 |
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
October 5, 2012 |
In the it-came-from-Sundance comedy "The Oranges," an affair tears apart two knit-together New Jersey families. The affair is certainly scandalous. Some might also find it utterly preposterous. I sure did, and as a result, felt the movie labored under credibility problems beyond the reach of its top-notch cast. Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener are David and Paige Walling, long-marrieds in a powerful (though unexplained) lull - he's been spending a lot of nights on the couch lately.
September 26, 2012
* BEN AND KATE. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox 29. * THE MINDY PROJECT. 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox 29. * VEGAS. 10 p.m. Tuesday, CBS 3. FOX GOES on a charm offensive Tuesday, rolling out two new episodes of its sophomore "New Girl" to welcome two new comedies to its lineup. You don't need me (or Siri) to tell you that Zooey Deschanel can sell anything - she's the fabric of our lives. But even someone who's mildly Zooey-challenged (hey, we exist) might cotton to "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project," which together with "Raising Hope," returning next week, add another strong comedy block to a season not exactly short on them.
September 25, 2012 |
It was a volatile night of surprises and rectifications at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night. Homeland , a twisty, high-stakes story of contemporary treason, was the big winner, ending Mad Men 's four-year run as king of television drama. Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, Homeland 's leads, reinforced the upset by sweeping the top acting honors for the drama category. Danes' win had been widely predicted but Lewis, a British actor who first gained attention on American TV as the hero of HBO's Band of Brothers , had been almost completely overlooked in a field that included Breaking Bad 's Bryan Cranston and Downton Abbey 's Hugh Bonneville.
September 18, 2012 |
TORONTO - It's been a long time since Woody Allen acted in a film he didn't direct. It's probably even longer - as in never - since he's played a pimp. The 76-year-old will do just that in "Fading Gigolo," a movie conceived and written by John Turturro. Turturro will direct and - of course - play the hooker. The johns? Those would be Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis and Sharon Stone. There were plenty of highly touted Hollywood movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. But somewhat below the radar were a number of projects, such as "Fading Gigolo," that are seeking attention within the industry as their principals talk them up to distributors.