April 2, 2013 |
In the program for "Lucky Guy," the play Nora Ephron raced to complete before her death last year, there's a note by the author titled "Journalism: A Love Story. " That's a pretty good description of the drama, Ephron's valentine to New York City's smoke-filled, hangover-zonked newsrooms during the fierce tabloid wars of the 1980s and '90s. This was the period when racial tensions were soaring, the crack epidemic was in full swing and the streets were so tough it wasn't always easy to tell the good guys from the bad. Chronicling this tumult were three pugnacious newspapers -- the New York Post, the New York Daily News and the newcomer, New York Newsday -- which fought for readers' attention subway car by subway car, their covers singling out heroes and villains in the town's cast of corkers.
February 20, 2013 |
Shia LaBeouf won't be making his Broadway debut this season after all. The 26-year-old actor has quit the upcoming revival production of the play "Orphans" in New York over "creative differences," according to a news release sent Wednesday. LaBeouf has left the show a month before preview performances are set to begin. "Orphans" is still scheduled to open at the Schoenfeld Theater on April 7, with previews commencing on March 19. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, also features Alec Baldwin, in the role of a powerful man kidnapped by two brothers.
January 5, 2013 |
"If the whole universe had no meaning," C.S. Lewis once wrote, "we should never have found out that it had no meaning. " Pithy observations like that - rooted in logical argument - have made the writer one Christian whom many agnostics and atheists accept and enjoy. "Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis," Sigmund Freud once wrote. "Mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis. " A pithy observation like that is one reason many people are stimulated by Freud's writing, even if they regard his psychology as dated, oversexualized nonsense.
November 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The paparazzi lying in wait for Katie Holmes, tabloid bait after her getaway divorce from Tom Cruise, may be the ideal group to review her performance in Theresa Rebeck's "Dead Accounts" at the Music Box on Broadway. Let's just say she looks fabulous in that just-bumming-around-but-still-gorgeous way that helps TMZ make its payroll. This isn't to suggest that Holmes' acting is only skin deep. She's charming, natural and, yes, about as fresh-faced as a moisturizer model.
November 1, 2012 |
Katie Holmes will have to wait two more days before she begins preview performances of the new Teresa Rebeck play "Dead Accounts. " The Broadway production has pushed back the start of preview performances to Monday due to the effects of the storm Sandy. Producers are offering a somewhat unusual recompense to ticket holders of the canceled Saturday preview performance -- a free pint of Graeter's ice cream (which is mentioned in the play itself, according to a release). Organizers said that patrons of the canceled performance may present their tickets at the Music Box Theatre box office to claim their coupons. The freebies are available only at D'Agostino's supermarkets in New York through Nov. 30. The ticketholders then can reschedule to another performance.
September 20, 2012 |
Roman Polanski is headed back to the Broadway well. The controversial Polish-born director, who last adapted the stage hit “God of Carnage” for the screen, will tackle “Venus in Fur,” David Ives' Tony Award-winning comedy- drama that opened on Broadway last year. Polanski, who lives in Paris, will shoot the movie in French, with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Frantic”) taking on the role that Nina Arianda made popular. Polanski and Ives are writing the screenplay--the latter also worked several years ago on the stage adaptation of Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers"--and Lionsgate is producing the film, with the company's Summit International division peddling foreign rights that will help finance the picture.