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  • L.A. theater openings, Sept. 21-28: 'The 39 Steps' and more

    L.A. theater openings, Sept. 21-28: 'The 39 Steps' and more
    A classic Hitchcock thriller is spoofed in "The 39 Steps" at Long Beach Playhouse, "Lost the Musical" sends up the hit TV series at the Lillian Theatre, and life is a "Cabaret" at North Hollywood's Crown City Theatre. Plus, Cicely Tyson reprises her Tony-...
  • Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks

    Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks
    A more ponderous proposition there is not than a scholarly analysis of what comedy is and why we laugh at something. Take Arthur Schopenhauer — please. Humor, Schopenhauer writes, can be "traced to a syllogism in the first figure with an...
  • 'Sid Made Us Laugh': Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal Remember Sid Caesar at Paley Center

    Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the comedian's passing in February. "It's the dream of a lifetime to...
  • Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952

    Even the "2000 Year Old Man" had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue -- albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. "Curtain...
  • Bulletin Board

    Wednesday Art Cinema, classic to contemporary films, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Crest Theatre, Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave. Tonight, Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" $10. Visit DelrayArts.org...
  • Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate' sense of identity

     Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate' sense of identity
    Most references to director, writer and actress Desiree Akhavan place a neat three-word descriptor by her name: bisexual Iranian American, often followed by the words "the next Lena Dunham." Yet Akhavan isn't trying to fit into an already defined...
  • 2014 Emmy Awards: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fargo' Lead Nominations

    HBO again led the way in nominations for the 66th annual nighttime Emmy Awards, buoyed by the strong showing of new drama "True Detective" and the movie "The Normal Heart," as the voting again tilted heavily toward cable and new players such as Netflix....
  • Anthony Goldschmidt dies at 71; designed memorable movie posters

    When E.T., the extraterrestrial, and his human chum Elliott reached across the cosmos to share a luminous touch of the fingertips, Anthony Goldschmidt was the unseen hand that brought them together. Goldschmidt also was on the job when Thelma and Louise...
  • Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: Westerns with a difference

    Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: Westerns with a difference
    I love watching westerns, even when they depart from the straight and narrow. Two new releases offer cases in point. Though Howard Hawks didn't do as many westerns as John Ford, those he did were memorable, and none more so than "Red River." Concerned...
  • Paul Mazursky made incisive, edgy comedies without a mean streak

    Paul Mazursky made incisive, edgy comedies without a mean streak
    It's hard not to take the death of Paul Mazursky personally. When Jill Clayburgh's character was unceremoniously uncoupled in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman" in 1978, a generation of American women were right there with her, rocked by the realities...
  • 'It's Only a Play'

    "NEW York, without the theater, is Newark!" utters the Matthew Broderick playwright-character in the about-to-open hit comedy, "It's Only a Play." This Terrence McNally work of inside theatre genius is already over the moon at the Longacre and it doesn't...