October 9, 2009 |
Reunions are difficult things. Whatever joy there is to be had in reclaiming the past from the dustbin of history, these monuments to elapsed time inevitably carry the faint, acrid odor of mortality. Which makes Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," with its Greek-tragicomic aura of inescapable fate -- that is usually to say, of failure -- the perfect venue in which to stage a "Seinfeld" reunion. It's the only venue, really, and one that does not infect the occasion -- which is actually kind of thrilling -- with an air of confetti-ed celebration the original had no time for. "These reunion shows, they're so lame, really, they never work," said Larry David -- that is, the Larry David-like character, henceforth called "Larry," that Larry David, henceforth called "David," plays on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- on last Sunday's episode, the third of the series' seventh season and the beginning of the "reunion arc."
August 10, 2013 |
Larry David, who is on a break from his series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - permanent or not, he will let you know - returns to HBO on Saturday with a full-on movie-type movie, "Clear History," in which he plays not his usual fictionalized self but an entirely different character, albeit one composed of all the old familiar tics. The obsessions are here, as is the self-obsession. At the beginning of the film, set a decade before the main body of the action, he sports a full head of long hair and a long beard, which make him look, possibly not by coincidence, like "Curb" director and "Seinfeld" writer Larry Charles.
May 15, 1994
Re "When We Loved to Curb Our Appetites" (Around Town, April 29): In addition to the drive-ins mentioned, growing up in West Los Angeles in the 1940s, '50s or '60s meant being able to cruise Delores' Drive-In. Ordering into a speaker box those "Suzi-Qs" (stringy French fries) or a "J.J." (Jumbo-Jim hamburger) with extra "Z" sauce and a cherry Coke and having the carhop bring your order on a tray and affix it to your car window was all a phenomenon never again to be recreated. All gone the way of my 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible, but so cool they will never be forgotten.
June 6, 2010 |
Shutter Island Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 The ongoing collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio takes a weird (and weirdly profitable) turn with "Shutter Island," a gothic thriller based on a Dennis Lehane bestseller. DiCaprio plays a lawman in 1954 investigating a disappearance at a mental institution and uncovering a conspiracy involving McCarthy-era hysteria, atomic paranoia, and a secret from his own past. Scorsese goes way over the top with the visuals but never loses track of the dark emotions at the center of the piece.
September 17, 2008
Which show will win the Emmy for comedy series? 1. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" 2. "Entourage" 3. "The Office" 4. "30 Rock" 5. "Two and a Half Men" Log on to TheEnvelope.com to vote.
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April 19, 1989
A Los Angeles federal judge Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against a record company belonging to former Lt. Gov. Mike Curb, stopping it from releasing a "comeback" single recorded by singer Donny Osmond. Curb Records had said that it had exclusive rights to distribute Osmond's single and album, while Capitol Records asserted that it had the sole distribution rights. Both firms asked U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi to issue a temporary restraining order.