| Feb 24, 2014
| 6:30 PM
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
JUSTIN CHANG: Bonjour, Peter. I know you're still settling into your new Parisian digs as we speak (I'm picturing you at your laptop in an "I Louvre Paris" T-shirt with a cafe au lait at the ready), so I appreciate your taking the...
| Feb 28, 2014
Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 7:40 AM
It’s the final few weeks before the lackluster 2013-14 Broadway season and some folks in Hartford are taking an unusually high interest in the last few shows that are about to open.
The reason is “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 8:30 AM
On Broadway, you can't throw an unusually opulent opening night party without people gossiping. Take the shindig for the musical "Bullets Over Broadway" after its April 10 opening: The rumor that night was that the event at Gotham's Metropolitan Museum of...
| Feb 21, 2014
When one or more of the seven writers nominated for best original screenplay rises next Sunday to accept the Academy Award, he or she will thank a bunch of people, but not Ben Hecht. Hecht is mostly forgotten now, in Hollywood and Chicago, two very...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 10:31 AM
"Bullets Over Broadway," the new musical by Woody Allen that he adapted from his own 1994 movie, opened Thursday at the St. James Theatre in New York amid lingering media speculation surrounding the writer-director's personal life.
Allen appeared on the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:18 AM
When it comes to capturing that particular South Florida brand of “culture” –– a paella of high art and low, music and film, fashion and skin, food and drinks, all unlimited by ethnicity, age and geography (unless traffic is really...
| Feb 16, 2014
Gossiping publicly about the private lives of well-known people is one of the most popular forms of licensed sadism that our society indulges in. It's permissible to play roughly with the cardboard figures of these people we don't know, to bully them,...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:05 PM
NEW YORK — "Don't speak! Don't speak!"
Dianne Wiest immortalized these words in her Oscar-winning portrayal of aging Broadway diva Helen Sinclair in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," and I kept murmuring them to myself for a different...
| Feb 13, 2014
Want to make a really bad time for yourself on social media? Register an opinion about Dylan Farrow's letter published by the New York Times on Feb. 2 stating that her father, Woody Allen, sexually abused her some two decades ago when she was 7. Better...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Kurtwood Smith turned the image of the sitcom dad on its ear in the raucous Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" as Red Forman, the tough-nosed war vet father of Eric (Topher Grace).
Red was the antithesis of such sweater-clad warm-and-fuzzy TV dads as Ozzie...