| Oct 22, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Henry Jaglom's new play feels awfully familiar. First there's its title, "Just 45 Minutes From Broadway," which all but sets you to whistling the George M. Cohan song containing that jaunty phrase. Then there's the story, about a free-spirited theater.......
| Oct 22, 2009
| 4:32 PM
George Clooney has three new movies making the international festival rounds -- "Up in the Air," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats" -- but maybe what he really wants to do is return to the stage.......
| Mar 7, 2008
A bright, frothy slice of comic delight in the old-school style, "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" proves that they can make them like they used to, if only they try. A carefully calibrated whirligig spinning off sparks of hilarity, the film is an...
| Mar 9, 2008
WHEN I was a young writer and wore a pencil behind my ear without a hint of irony, I swore a great many things. One was that I would never adapt anything. My ideas would spring anew from my dramatic imagination and the world would rejoice -- though...
| Apr 30, 2009
| 9:06 AM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
THE BARN HOUSE
Joining us in the studio tonight will be Ed Zotti, the editor of the syndicated column The Straight Dope and author of the new book The Barn House , which tells the story of Zotti attempting to rehab his old Chicago...
| May 3, 2009
There are precious few guarantees in the theater anymore. Boffo playwrights went out with the Neil Simon dinosaurs. A new show by Stephen Sondheim, hands down the greatest living musical theater composer, can't even count on a Broadway booking. The only...
| Jun 12, 2009
The director of the bubbly Priscilla, Queen of the Desert tackles the bubbly playwright Noel Coward for Easy Virtue, a loose but spirited adaptation of Coward's scandalous Jazz Age romp. All that bubbling means that some of the froth floats off this...
| May 27, 2009
She's done movies that either weren't finished or went straight to video. The "break-out role" hasn't happened.
But just when you write Jessica Biel off as Justin Timberlake's girlfriend, or the new face of Revlon, or more "celebrity" than actress, she...
| May 30, 2009
His public schedule listed no official events, so President Barack Obama had plenty of time to devote to being a weekend dad and spouse.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama watched daughter Malia's soccer game for an hour Saturday morning in...
| Aug 16, 2008
"She is a bright, talented actress," Noel Coward once wrote of Julie Andrews, "and quite attractive since she dealt with her monstrous English overbite."
Pure Coward—except that it isn't. Banged out on an old Olympia typewriter in 1991, this...
| Sep 8, 2008
There are celebrities so well-known that they need to use only one name. The housing equivalent is Pickfair, the Beverly Hills Georgian manor whose name instantly summons images of old Hollywood and the days of glamour and opulence.
Pickfair has been...
| Oct 4, 2008
Whenever I walk into a hospital emergency room, I still look for Nurse Hathaway -- the one who goes the extra mile for her patients, even when someone who looks like George Clooney is distracting her at the moment.
Actress Julianna Margulies may have...