February 1, 2013 |
Kimberly Bornstein stands blindfolded at the front of a small stage at Hollywood's Magic Castle. Behind her a man from the audience stares intently at a dollar bill in his hands while Bornstein's husband, Jeff, looks on. Slowly, Kimberly recites a list of numbers that comprise the serial number of the dollar bill. The man gasps and says something unprintable under his breath. This is the pinnacle of the Bornsteins' show "Mind Meld," which the celebrated mind-reading duo are performing for the next few weeks at Hollywood's Acme Comedy Theater.
May 23, 2012 |
Reality TV has plenty to recommend it - even beyond Schadenfreude - but likable characters are not its long suit. “Nobody Loves You,” an original musical premiering at the Old Globe in San Diego, is about a fictional televised dating contest also called “Nobody Loves You,” a mash-up of “The Bachelor” and “Paradise Hotel” with some clever original twists. The risk of the premise is a parade of objectionable people mocking themselves in song. But the clever co-creators, Gaby Alter (music and lyrics)
November 1, 2012 |
"The Details," an offbeat, original, pitch dark comedy for adults, offers a chancy return role for ex-"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire, who's been largely (and sadly) absent from the big screen of late. As Jeff Lang, an OB-GYN whose routine life snowballs into a suburban hell after a sod-swallowing raccoon starts tearing up his backyard, Maguire tilts his nice-guy persona on its ear while effectively maintaining a kind of "who me?" - and "why me?" - innocence. It's a nutty and surprising ride steered by writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes in his first turn behind the camera since 2004's fine "Mean Creek.
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March 22, 1987 |
Jeff R. stood on a platform two-thirds of the way up a telephone-pole tower above the rooftops of a placid Chatsworth neighborhood. "My name is Jeff," he said deliberately, concentrating on a rectangular air bag 40 feet below. "I'm going to do a header." In real life, Jeff R. (as an actor, that is his whole name) was an architect who found office life boring and repetitive. He was lured away by images of excitement and danger that flickered through his thoughts.
April 13, 1987 |
Being fraternal twins hasn't curtailed the individuality of Jeff and Chris Belloli, Servite's top tennis players. Jeff, the team's No. 1 player, performed as "Tigger" last summer in the Disneyland electrical parade and was voted the parade's most enthusiastic participant by Disneyland employees. Chris, who is No. 2, was one of five Servite students selected to compete in an all-Orange County high school trivia bowl.
March 26, 1995 |
GOING UNDER: A Novel by William Luvaas (Putnam: $23.95; 318 pp.). Jerri Tillotson, in the middle of "Going Under," tells her preteen daughter to "act normal." Meena, who's taken to behaving like a spider, begins to wonder what "normal" means. Hiding booze in syrup and soap bottles, like Jerri? Hanging out with the bikini-wearing women next door, like her father Don? Becoming excited by half brother Olson's physical presence, or raped by a blood relative, like Meena herself?