Entertainment Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/entertainment/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:19:48 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Atlantic City Losing Monopoly Game http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/atlantic-city-losing-monopoly-game MONOPOLY_opt-2BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Not too many people have been collecting $200 in Atlantic City these days, and the trend appears to be continuing.

The classic board game Monopoly turns 80 years old this year, but people are forgetting where it all started.

NJ.com reports that game owner Hasbro is releasing a new version of Monopoly in the fall, with 20 cities to be included as property spaces to be determined by a public vote.

Sixty cities are included in the voting. Atlantic City ranks 51st.

Atlantic City is included in the district represented by U.S. Rep Frank LoBiondo. Lobiondo posted on Twitter, according to NJ.com, “Identity of Monopoly game is #AtlanticCity. Countless fans recognize famous streets as tourists visiting celebrate world-renowned boardwalk.”

Ventnor Avenue and Park Place are included in Monopoly, and the city with the most votes gets the “Boardwalk” space, according to The Press of Atlantic City. Voting ends on March 4, and you can vote here.

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Movies Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:22:02 +0000
FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/focus-will-smith-and-margot-robbie-have-eyes-on-the-prize-and-each-other focus_optBY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you still harbor fond memories of movies like THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway), CHARADE (Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant), and even something called DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND (James Coburn and Camila Sparv), make room in your schedule for FOCUS, the latest in a genre I’ll call romantic-caper-comedy. Not counting the successful 1999 remake of THOMAS CROWN with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, all three of those films were made in the 1960’s, so it’s possible you don’t know what I’m talking about.

More recent attempts to duplicate the twisty plots, attractive leads, and clever dialogue that keep those movies so fresh in my mind ended in heavy-handed disasters like DUPLICITY (2009) and DERAILED (2005)--both of which starred Clive Owen, an actor I really like, poorly paired with Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston respectively.

In truth, thanks to the music behind the closing credits, my THOMAS CROWN flashback may be more Pavlovian than historical, but I’ll leave you to make that subtle connection for yourself. Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy Will Smith--totally credible as Nicky, a super-smooth con man whose talents range from lifting watches off street “marks” to out-scamming the scammers. He can close a deal on his own, or lead a troupe of grifters to a take of more than $1 million from a Super Bowl weekend.

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Movies Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:22:54 +0000
FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/focus-will-smith-and-margot-robbie-have-eyes-on-the-prize-and-each-other focus_optBY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you still harbor fond memories of movies like THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway), CHARADE (Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant), and even something called DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND (James Coburn and Camila Sparv), make room in your schedule for FOCUS, the latest in a genre I’ll call romantic-caper-comedy. Not counting the successful 1999 remake of THOMAS CROWN with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, all three of those films were made in the 1960’s, so it’s possible you don’t know what I’m talking about.

More recent attempts to duplicate the twisty plots, attractive leads, and clever dialogue that keep those movies so fresh in my mind ended in heavy-handed disasters like DUPLICITY (2009) and DERAILED (2005)--both of which starred Clive Owen, an actor I really like, poorly paired with Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston respectively.

In truth, thanks to the music behind the closing credits, my THOMAS CROWN flashback may be more Pavlovian than historical, but I’ll leave you to make that subtle connection for yourself. Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy Will Smith--totally credible as Nicky, a super-smooth con man whose talents range from lifting watches off street “marks” to out-scamming the scammers. He can close a deal on his own, or lead a troupe of grifters to a take of more than $1 million from a Super Bowl weekend.

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Movies Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:22:54 +0000
Mega Millions Drawing for Feb. 27 Worth $127 Million http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/mega-millions-drawing-for-feb-27-worth-127-million mega_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

One man has finally come forward to claim that big $265 million Mega Millions jackpot from last month. in the meantime the current top prize is continuing to grow.

A single ticket from Illinois won the grand prize in the Mega Millions drawing of January 20.

Meanwhile, eleven consecutive Mega Millions drawings have taken place without a top prize winner. That means that according to the Mega Millions website, the annuity jackpot for the game’s drawing of February 27 will be an estimated $127 million. The lump sum payout will now be $81 million.

Winning Mega Millions numbers for Tuesday, February 24 were 15, 23, 26, 45, and 66. The Mega Ball was 4. USA Mega is reporting that one player from Illinois (again) matched the first five numbers without having the Mega Ball to win $1 million.

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Movies Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:30:43 +0000
'The World of Extreme Happiness' Off Broadway Review: Striving for a Better Life in China http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-world-of-extreme-happinessq-off-broadway-review-striving-for-a-better-life-in-china happy_opt1_copy_copyBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“The World of Extreme Happiness” ends tragically, but Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s worthy new play is for the most part a semi-satirical look at modern-day China in which a factory girl strives for a better life.

The playwright easily packs into 90 minutes a vast amount of information about the industrialization of China over recent decades – and its socio-economic impact on its people – without being didactic.

Swiftly structured in a series of short scenes, the episodic story spins around teenaged Sunny, who leaves her unloving father and feckless brother back in the sticks to pursue work in the city.

Stuck in a dead-end job at an immense factory, Sunny is influenced by her dizzy chum Ming-Ming to seek improvement through self-help methods. Becoming more assertive, Sunny is promoted and eventually is groomed by corporate bigwigs to be the cheerful public face for their low-level employees.

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Movies Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:03:28 +0000
'The Nether' Off Broadway Review: Who is Who in a Virtual Reality World? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-nether-off-broadway-review-who-is-who-in-a-virtual-reality-world DSC_5815_WEB_opt_copyBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Do murder, pedophilia and rape not count when they happen in a virtual reality situation?

Apparently they will in the not-so-distant future, which is when “The Nether” occurs and where the virtual reality world has become terribly real.

A creepy look at nasty internet doings, Jennifer Haley’s absorbing new drama runs only 75 minutes in length but it provides a decidedly unsettling sci-fi time that is likely to keep you discussing its moral/legal issues long after the show concludes at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

A man named Sims is being grilled by a detective in a bleak room. It seems that Sims has created an immersive virtual realm called “The Hideaway” that creates a beautiful Victorian-style mansion surrounded by a leafy grove.

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Movies Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:16:22 +0000
'Rocket to the Moon' Off Broadway Review: A 1930s Office Romance From Clifford Odets http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/rocket-to-the-moon-off-broadway-review-a-1930s-office-romance-from-clifford-odets rocketsub_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

First produced by the Group Theatre in 1938, “Rocket to the Moon” contradicts the usual perception of the early plays written by Clifford Odets, the quintessential American dramatist of the Depression era.

Expect no fiery social protest nor laments for the working class. Instead, “Rocket to the Moon” gently studies the mid-life frustrations of Ben Stark, a threadbare dentist who drifts into a fretful, extramarital affair with Cleo, his young assistant, who hasn’t a clue about what she wants from life.

It is not a great play – after an absorbing first act, the low-keyed story meanders into weariness as Ben struggles with personal ambivalence – but it offers a wistful look at everyday New Yorkers hamstrung by their inner fears and external circumstances. It also contains some beautiful Odets dialogue.

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Movies Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:47:48 +0000
'Big Love' Off Broadway Review: Fifty Brides and Fifty Grooms Battle It Out http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/big-love-off-broadway-review-fifty-brides-and-fifty-grooms-battle-it-out biglove_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BRADWAY REVIEW 

A striking fantasia inspired by a fragmentary Greek drama from 463 B.C., “Big Love” explores serious themes regarding refugees, feminism, revenge, family, romance and forgiveness.

Charles Mee’s wildly eclectic 90-minute play packs plenty of entertainment in the extravagant and exuberant production staged by Tina Landau at the Pershing Square Signature Theater, where the show opened on Monday night.

Drawn from a mostly lost trilogy by Aeschylus but dressed in modern clothes and trimmings, “Big Love” concerns fifty sisters who flee their enforced marriages to fifty brothers, who pursue them to Italy.

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Movies Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:10:40 +0000
The Big Apple Circus Brings "Metamorphosis!" to Bridgewater http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-big-apple-circus-brings-qmetamorphosisq-to-bridgewater JENNY_VIDBEL_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Featuring trapeze artists, conjurors, contortionists and even prancing camels, the Big Apple Circus brings its latest show, “Metamorphosis!,” to Bridgewater for 28 performances beginning Feb. 26.

The various circus acts for this 37th annual edition of the circus created especially for little kids and family audiences reflect a theme of change and illusion, accented by live music and vivid costumes.

A fresh roster of international performers hailing from places as far-flung as Mongolia and France will be joined by such longtime Big Apple Circus favorites as animal trainer Jenny Vidbel, whose horses, puppies, goats and, yes, camels obey her commands, and genial ringmaster John Kennedy Kane. “Metamorphosis!” runs two hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

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Movies Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:28:29 +0000
Chris Christie Policy Kept New Jersey Out of 2015 Oscars http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/chris-christie-policy-kept-new-jersey-out-of-2015-oscars christienov_opt.png_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The 2014 film Foxcatcher is based on family heir John DuPont’s recruitment of two Olympic wrestling brothers to train a team for the 1988 Olympics at his farm in Pennsylvania. Foxcatcher is nominated for five Oscars on Sunday.

Most of Foxcatcher was filmed in Pittsburgh. Sony Pictures Classics co-owner Tom Bernard, from Middletown, says the movie could have been filmed in New Jersey.

It turns out Gov. Chris Christie hadn’t signed a tax rebate bill offering tax incentives to production companies to film in New Jersey. “New Jersey would have thousands of jobs, they would have studios, they would have rental houses, they would have catering businesses,” Bernard said, according to an Asbury Park Press story in the Courier Post. “The tax money that would have been spent in the state of New Jersey is spent in another state, and New Jersey is losing.”

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Movies Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:32:33 +0000