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DOING WHAT THEY ADORE: LAURA OSNES, MARILYN SOKOL & DAVID LEDDICK

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm


with Laura Osnes at Joe Allen, NYC, where we DEVOURED that obscene hot fudge brownie dessert

Of course, the major perk of being a NYC journalist is the incredible people you get to meet. This particular human treasure trove included Broadway’s brightest new anointed princess, Laura Osnes, a show biz veteran I’ve worshipped since seeing her on the Johnny Carson show as a kid, Marilyn Sokol, and David Leddick, a man for whom the adjective FAAABULOUS might have been invented. I want to be him when I grow up!

Read all about ’em here

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IMPERISHABLE GEORGE FAISON

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm


Suite Otis, choreographed by George Faison

Read my interview with this inspirational theatre legend here

THREE SUPER ACTRESSES

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Why do I live in New York? One of the fundamental reasons: the talent of gorgeously diverse ladies such as Hallie Foote, Jane Houdyshell and brand new nova, Lauren Hoffmeier. Read all about ’em here


Lovely Lauren Hoffmeier, a Modigliani come to life, with a Broadway belt to match that of Patti LuPone, at her very first interview, conducted by yours truly.

WORST FILM OF 2012?

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

This is how Max Ophuls envisioned Arthur Schnitzler in 1950

And this is what we get in 2012

30 BEATS

A large, promising cast is completely wasted in a limp, lame adaptation of an ever popular work by Arthur Schnitzler.

Watching 30 Beats, which is inspired by the 1897 play, REICHEN, by Arthur Schnitzler, I realized what constitutes the appeal of this often adapted piece, which features interconnected sexual encounters between its characters. It’s about sex, for one thing, giving any director the opportunity the chance to assemble an attractive young cast and get them naked. More tellingly, even, the sketchy omnibus format is a facile premise in which there is no need to do any real work to fully develop characters or plot. The downside of all this is that, while it may provide some flashy diversion, the viewer usually remains largely uninvolved, for even if the segments are compelling, there is no chance to get fully caught up in them, as they keep shifting to the next one. Even the great Max Ophuls, with his lavish 1950 adaptation, LA RONDE, was unable to surmount this problem. And more recent stage adaptations, like the musical HELLO, AGAIN, and David Hare’s THE BLUE ROOM, in which Nicole Kidman played all the female characters quite effectively, followed suit.

Writer/ director Alexis Lloyd really comes a cropper here with the material, delivering an aimless, infinitely boring roundelay that manages to be completely unsexy, to boot. Ten episodes, set during a Manhattan heat wave, follow close upon one another in an anonymous blur which only encourages viewer apathy and indifference. Made in 2009, it’s small wonder that this mess has only now managed to limp its way to a release.
Lloyd features heavy, jaded attitude and often unintentionally risible dialogue over any real insight or emotional depth, starting with bug-eyed Condola Rashad desperate to lose her virginity through an anthropologist played by Justin Kirk. This confused and rather unconvincing stud muffin then goes to seek help from a psychic (Jennifer Tilly, more husky-voiced than ever, in a turn one supposes is meant to be funny), who offers spiritual, as well as sexual, healing. She then finds more sensual release with a bike messenger (Jason Day), with a no strings attached stipulation. He moves on to a woman with a scar he has been stalking (Paz de la Huerta, looking like a brunette Melanie Griffith and acting ineptly) It goes on and on, culminating in an encounter between an aging dominatrix prostitute (Ingeborka Dapkunaite, plain annoying) who, at the instigation of his father, seduces probably the most attractive boy in Manhattan (luscious Ben Levin, who definitely looks like he’d have better things to do with his time). The lad then winds up with best friend Rashad, bringing it all full circle, to a merciful, yet enervatingly overdue, conclusion.

BEST METROPOLITAN OPERA DOCUMENTARY EVER MADE

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Robert LePage’s controversial production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle is still being chewed over and you can learn all about it in this terrific documentary about its making. Read my review of it in FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL here

I just wish someone had explained the origin of Bryn Terfel’s Veronica Lake hairdo for his role of Wotan….

BABY, SHE’S A ….

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Read my review of the new Katy perry movie here

Gorgeous, tragic Gail Russell, a ringer for Perry, who would be fascinating if she ever played her onscreen officially. Russell was portrayed unofficially by Jane Fonda in the movie THE MORNING AFTER