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  • Off Broadway Review: Neil LaBute's 'The Money Shot'

    Four characters dangle precariously from their respective perches on the Hollywood power ladder in Neil LaBute's "The Money Shot," an acid-tongued showbiz satire that makes up in belly laughs and inspired performances what it lacks in nuance or novelty. This is a somewhat kinder, gentler LaBute piece, in which cruelty takes a backseat to a kind of blithe, self-absorbed cluelessness. And while its targets may be obvious -- celebrity egomania, self-congratulatory activism, trashy blockbusters, diet fads -- the barbed accuracy with which "The Money Shot" shoots them down is a minor but consistent pleasure. Whether or not a Broadway transfer lies in the offing for the author's latest, an L.A. staging is certainly called for.
  • Gay quarterback coming out on 'Necessary Roughness' matters, analysts say

    Gay characters coming out in prime time is nothing new. In fact, “Coming-out narratives are cliches,” according to Ron Becker, author of “Gay TV and Straight America” (Rutgers University Press, 2006). “They were big in...

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Royal Pains' on USA

     Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Royal Pains' on USA
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of August 11 - 17, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES America's Got Talent Backstreet Boys...

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Modern Dads' on A&E

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Modern Dads' on A&E
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of August 18 - 24, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SERIES Broadchurch Fingerprints at the...

    In Pat Moran's office, a collection sprinkled in stardust

    In Pat Moran's office, a collection sprinkled in stardust
    Pat Moran may very well have the coolest office in Baltimore. Not that anyone should be surprised by that. Moran, who first gained fame (or should that be notoriety?) as one of John Waters' Dreamlanders, is an Emmy-winning casting director who has...