May 2, 2013 |
The sly joke in Xan Cassavetes' "Kiss of the Damned" is that her vampire couple just want to be normal - read: boring. When not devouring possums in the countryside, Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume) and Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) are happiest listening to classical music in their sedan driving home from a chic cocktail party where the host serves "politically correct" platelets, a tedious afterlife they hope to enjoy for the next 5,000 years. Cassavetes (yes, daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands)
April 11, 2013 |
David Mamet's "American Buffalo" is set in a junk shop, but there are jewels to be found in the play and they are thrillingly laid out for us in the Geffen Playhouse's dynamically acted production directed by Randall Arney. What a pleasure to experience again the ferocious gusto of Mamet's language when it was still being composed for individual characters. Lately, Mamet seems to be writing for his own bullhorn, but this relatively early work, which had its Broadway premiere in 1977, reminds us of the reason his style set off a revolution in American playwriting.
February 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rocker Ted Nugent heard little to like in President Obama's State of the Union address, dismissing the president's proposals to stem gun violence as "more nonsense. " "Nothing he proposed, or nothing that has been proposed, would have stopped any of the shootings," Nugent told reporters after watching the speech from the House chamber as the guest of a Republican congressman. "Who doesn't know this? Who doesn't know that registration and limitation on magazine capacity and the color of guns has anything to do with saving lives or reducing crime?"
January 24, 2013 |
Flaked with offbeat witticisms, cheese ball effects and fanboy splatter gore, the surreal "John Dies at the End" has the vibe of a shaggy dog story, which works both for and against it. Cynical slacker Dave (Chase Williamson) meets jaded journalist Arnie (Paul Giamatti) to tell him about a powerful street drug called "soy sauce. " After Dave and buddy John (Rob Mayes) have ingested the substance, they find themselves on an adventure involving co-opted life-forms, mind reading and dimension-traveling insects.
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January 17, 2013 |
Dear Abby: "What would you do with a man who refuses to use a deodorant, seldom bathes, and doesn't even own a toothbrush?" "Absolutely nothing," she replied. The wry answer from Abigail Van Buren - the pen name of Pauline Friedman Phillips - was typical of the advice she dispensed for more than 40 years to newspaper readers around the world through her "Dear Abby" column, which debuted in 1956 in the San Francisco Chronicle. She got the bug to write it from her identical twin, who was already providing more homespun counsel in a syndicated newspaper column as Ann Landers.
December 17, 2012 |
Josh Gad, who was nominated for a Tony for "The Book of Mormon," is the co-creator and effectively the star of "1600 Penn," a new single-camera sitcom from NBC about the first family. It gets a preview Monday night to draft off "The Voice" before taking up a Thursday post in January. As in Comedy Central's "That's My Bush!" more than two election cycles back, the big idea is to stock the White House with characters familiar from a thousand years of situation comedy. We get a gruff and grumpy dad, the president (Bill Pullman)