November 2, 2012 |
Red double-decker tour buses have begun rolling again in New York and Circle Line boats have started plying the waterways as tourism took a few more baby steps toward normalization after the super storm Sandy, AP reports. The Empire State Building, Broadway theaters, the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum, and many stores, have reopened. But the wire service says city parks (including Central Park), the High Line and the Statue of Liberty remain closed pending damage assessment . . . . Enjoy nibbles from top chefs and specialty food companies at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 14-18.
October 26, 2012 |
Even objectivists yearn for romance. Adherents of Ayn Rand's philosophy may strive to live with an emphasis on the power of reason and objective reality, but that didn't stop Stephanie Betit and Jamie Hancock from falling so crazy in love that they'd constantly email during work, talk on the phone until 4 a.m. and drive for nine hours to see each other. Frustrated with her love life, Vermonter Betit, a 32-year-old special-education coordinator, wondered aloud to a girlfriend, "How the heck do you meet people nowadays who are intelligent, don't do drugs, don't drink and are serious about life?"
September 21, 2012 |
Despite a trying week in which he was forced to explain a damaging videotape and endure rebuffs from fellow Republicans, Mitt Romney said his campaign was doing fine and didn't need a turnaround. “I've got a very effective campaign. It's doing a very good job,” Romney said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS' “60 Minutes.” “But not everything I say is elegant. And -- and I want to make it very clear, I want to help 100% of the American people.” Romney was, of course, referring to the clandestine video in which he declared that 47% of the American people were certain to vote for President Obama because they paid no income tax, relied on federal entitlements and lacked personal responsibility.
August 29, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before asking for Stephen Strasburg's work schedule. The Skinny: Being single with no kids sure can make one feel left out of the political process. At least that was my takeaway from Ann Romney's speech. Wednesday's headlines include ESPN's new baseball deal, Eddie Murphy's plan to milk "Beverly Hills Cop" for one more payday and a look at Chinatown's long history as a key location for filmmakers. Daily Dose: Apparently New Orleans isn't the only place bracing for Hurricane Isaac.
August 22, 2012 |
When I began writing this column in 2000, I was wringing my hands about what looked like a new low in the movie business. Sony Pictures was about to release "Charlie's Angels," a less-than-stellar remake of a less-than-venerable TV show. It sounded like a terrible idea, especially when I discovered that the studio had paid a whopping 17 writers to work on the film - including A-listers such as Akiva Goldsman and Susannah Grant, and a batch of"Seinfeld" vets who did a round-table joke writing session right before production started.
August 21, 2012 |
In a move consistent with an entertainment climate thoroughly stocked with sequels and revivals, the venerable wooden puppets with roots in Italian commedia dell'arte are getting a new lease on life with "Punch and Judy Rebooted," a new performance in celebration of the duo's 350th anniversary. A classic of puppet theater that's said to have been performed in Britain since 1662, Punch and Judy are such a part of the pop culture fabric that someone can be familiar with their names without knowing what exactly they're referencing.
August 5, 2012 |
"Total Recall" didn't prove memorable enough to beat "The Dark Knight Rises" at the box office, as the Batman flick claimed the No. 1 position for the third consecutive weekend. The final entry in Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy took in an additional $36.4 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. Since its debut, the movie has collected $354.6 million domestically - an impressive figure but still about $39 million less than its predecessor, "The Dark Knight," made during the same time period in 2008.
August 2, 2012 |
Sony Pictures says its reboot of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger hit "Total Recall" is far different from the original, but it may have one unfortunate thing in common with its predecessor: its opening weekend box-office gross. Over two decades ago, "Total Recall" debuted with $25.5 million -- about as much as pre-release audience surveys indicate the reboot should start off with this weekend despite ticket price inflation. Though $25.5 million was a big number for the original, it would be considered a very soft opening for the new version starring Colin Farrell, and may mean it has a tough time stealing the No. 1 position from "The Dark Knight Rises.
August 2, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if there is a gold medal for tweeting. The Skinny: I'm trying watch the commercials on NBC but the Olympics keep getting in the way. Thursday's headlines include a big hire by NBC, a big deal by CBS and a critique of Ryan Seacrest's Olympic performance. Daily Dose: TV stations in the top 50 markets are now required to start posting online detailed information about what politicians are spending...
August 1, 2012 |
The remake is called "Total Recall,"but many moviegoers have zero memory of the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. And that, according to the filmmaking team behind Sony's $125 million reboot of the sci-fi action adventure, actually might be a good thing. "The majority of people under 35 don't even know about the original," said Neal Moritz, who produced the "Total Recall" update opening Friday. "It was so cheesy... the tone of it was so much different from what I wanted to do. " Set several decades in the future, the new film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale and takes place on an Earth that has been rendered largely uninhabitable by chemical warfare.