July 2, 2015 |
Standing ovations peppered Brian Wilson's concert Monday night at the Mann Center - for spectacular renditions of Beach Boys classics like "Good Vibrations," "God Only Knows," a triumphant "Darlin,' " and "This Whole World," and new song "Runaway Dancer" - but one ovation said the most about this night and about Wilson and his music. That was when the crowd, mostly age 50 and up, with a generous component of younger heads, rose as one to applaud "Surf's Up," from Wilson's storied Smile project.
June 27, 2015 |
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez - the long-haired, shades-wearing, Mexican American folksinger known singularly as Rodriguez - opens Monday night for Brian Wilson at the Mann Center. That will be special for several reasons. Not only is it the meeting of a couple of '60s pop legends ("rock-and-roll history," exclaims Rodriguez), but it also will be a fascinating peek into the famously troubled lives of its performers. "Between Brian and I, we both have had complicated lives, so to speak," Rodriguez, 72, says with a laugh, as his family chats and giggles behind him. "We have both been through some stuff.
April 7, 2013
Sunday All together now The great British playwright Alan Bennett's comedy People concerns an impoverished aristocrat and former fashion model who tries to make a profit on her rundown historic home by renting it out as a set for porn films while trying to make a deal with a sinister developer. A film of the National Theatre of London production screens at 12:30 p.m. at the County Theater , 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $18. Call 215-348-3456. Out of the past In David Lindsay-Abaire's drama Good People , an unemployed South Boston cashier decides to look up - and maybe blackmail - her old boyfriend, now a doctor in an upscale neighborhood.
February 24, 2013
Animated feature Will win: Frankenweenie Should win: Frankenweenie Foreign-language film Will win: Amour Should win: Amour Documentary feature Will win: Searching for Sugar Man Should win: The Gatekeepers
January 31, 2013 |
JOHN BOLARIS, radio badboy Howard Stern 's personal weatherman, will return to the airwaves Monday as a guest on "Lieberman Live at Five, "the new weekly program hosted by Jon Lieberman , a contributor to HLN and former "America's Most Wanted" investigative reporter. Local attorney Danny Cevallos was on the show this week. During his last appearance on Howard 101, Stern's Sirius XM channel, Bolaris proposed to his fiancee, Erica Smitheman . A new Dawn at Fox 29 Longtime NBC 10 anchor/reporter Dawn Timmeney started Monday at Fox 29 as a freelance anchor/reporter.
January 28, 2013 |
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters threw the weekend competition in the oven, debuting at No. 1, say studio guesses, with $19 million gross. The next nine: Mama , $12.86 mils; Philly-based Silver Linings Playbook , $10 mils; Zero Dark Thirty , $9.8 mils; Parker , weak with $7 mils; Django Unchained , $5 mils; Movie 43 , rancid debut with $5 mils; Gangster Squad , $4.2 mils; Broken City , $4 mils; and Les Misérables ...
December 23, 2012 |
When you hear the sound of thunder, Don't you get too scared. Just grab your thunder buddy And say these magic words . . . Of course, I can't write those magic words in this newspaper. But if you saw Seth (future Oscar host) MacFarlane's brilliantly funny, filthy Ted , you probably remember how the rest goes. I wrestled long and hard with whether to put the Mark Wahlberg-and-his-cussin'-plush-toy comedy on my Top 10 list. In the end, even with fond memories of Mila Kunis' straight-faced aplomb, Norah Jones' inspired cameo, and the hooker-poop scene, the hard-R romp didn't make the cut. It was that good a year.
December 4, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The anti-bullying film "Bully," the climate-change study "Chasing Ice" and the AIDS chronicle "How to Survive a Plague" are among 15 features on the short list for the Academy Award for best documentary. Other contenders announced Monday are the Ethel Kennedy documentary "Ethel," the health care exploration "The Waiting Room" and the music portrait "Searching for Sugar Man," tracing the fate of acclaimed but obscure 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Members of the academy's documentary branch will narrow the list to five nominees.
November 23, 2012
Movies Reviewed by critics Steven Rea (S.R.), Carrie Rickey (C.R.), and Dan DeLuca (D.D). W.S. denotes a wire service review. Searching for Sugar Man A surprising, inspiring documentary about Rodriguez, a forgotten singer/songwriter who recorded a pair of great and greatly overlooked albums in the early 1970s, and who - unbeknownst to him - became a star in South Africa. A beautiful, revelatory film. 1 hr. 25 PG-13 (profanity, adult themes) - S.R. The Sessions A beautiful, funny, life-affirming film about the quadriplegic poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, who, at 38, sought a sex surrogate to help him lose his virginity.
November 19, 2012
Movies Anna Karenina See Steven Rea's preview on this page. Opens Wednesday Holy Motors Denis Lavant acts numerous roles in his portrayal of the actor Monsieur Oscar. English and French with subtitles. Life of Pi See Steven Rea's preview on this page. Opens Wednesday Red Dawn A group of teens band together to repel a North Korean invasion of their hometown. Opens Wednesday Rise of the Guardians See Steven Rea's preview on this page.