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  • Rock is more at home on stage than off in 'Top Five'

    With all the timely cultural commentary Chris Rock has been making about Ferguson, Staten Island, police chokeholds and the like while doing interviews ostensibly promoting his new film, it's actually a relief that "Top Five" is pretty good. Decades into an indifferent film career, Rock finally discovers his "first, best destiny," that he is more a stand-up comic than an actor. And if he's going to write, direct and act in a film, he'd be better off playing a stand-up not unlike Chris Rock.
  • Ben Vereen goes back to his roots

    Ben Vereen goes back to his roots
    In the much buzzed-about film "Top Five," opening in South Florida theaters this weekend, director and star Chris Rock plays a comedian who wants to become a serious actor and change public perception about his one career-defining role. Rock's star-...

    Ian Fraser, Music Director, Arranger Who Worked With Julie Andrews, Dies at 81

    Ian Fraser, whose 11 Emmy Awards and 21 additional nominations made him the most-honored musician in television history, died of complications from cancer Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81. All of Fraser's Emmy noms and wins were in...

    'Pippin' brings big-top wonders to Hollywood Pantages

    'Pippin' brings big-top wonders to Hollywood Pantages
    "Pippin," the Tony-winning revival that transformed Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's musical into a circus theatrical, has pitched its tent at the Hollywood Pantages, and it has been quite a while since this majestic old theater has held so much...

    Richard Gere's 'Time Out of Mind' Bought by IFC for U.S.

    IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to director Oren Moverman's "Time Out of Mind," seven weeks after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Fetsival. IFC is planning a 2105 released. The film stars Richard Gere as a homeless man and Jena Malone as his...