Entertainment Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/entertainment/ Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:01:54 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Stephen Hill did a lot more than ‘Seinfeld’ http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/stephen-hill-did-a-lot-more-than-seinfeld leestephen82914_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An actor from New Jersey with over 30 years in the business has died.

Stephen Lee died of a heart attack on August 14 in California at the age of 58.

Lee played a number of roles, but he was another actor who played a memorable role on “Seinfeld.”  According to Deadline, in a 1997 episode he portrayed Conrad, a man who installed Jerry’s kitchen cabinets and converted George’s desk into a convenient napping facility.

According to IMDB Lee, who was born in Englewood, appeared in 200 television shows and in 39 movies. He has appeared in Bones, and NCIS, and made a critically acclaimed appearance in Boston Legal in 2004.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Lee got his first onscreen credit in 1981 for the series Hart to Hart Other appearances included roles in Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Who’s the Boss?, Hill Street Blues, Valerie, Family Ties, Nash Bridges, Roseanne, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cybill, Murder One, The Drew Carey Show, and Grey’s Anatomy.

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Movies Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:41:31 +0000
13 Roller Coasters of Six Flags Great Adventure http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/13-roller-coasters-of-six-flags-great-adventure ROLLER_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township just keeps on growing.

The theme park that just added the tallest drop ride in the world to its attractions this year will be getting a 13th coaster in 2015.

Six Flags has announced that they will be bringing in Looping Dragon as part of next year’s coasters. According to NorthJersey.com, 20 riders facing each other are rocketed backward and forward in the form of a pendulum until the train finishes a revolution seven stories in the air. The coaster then keeps doing 360 degree loops, stops with its riders suspended upside down, and then reverses direction.

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Movies Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:08:34 +0000
'And I and Silence' Off Broadway Review: A Strong, Sensitive Drama http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/and-i-and-silence-off-broadway-review-a-strong-sensitive-drama poor_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“And I and Silence” takes its title from an Emily Dickinson piece and much like the poet’s work, Naomi Wallace’s new drama is sensitive yet strong, plainspoken yet quietly lyrical – and always touching.

Opening on Monday at the Pershing Square Signature Center, “And I and Silence” regards two women – one black, one white – who meet as teenagers in prison. Nine years later, having served their sentences mostly apart in different institutions, they reunite as friends to begin their lives afresh. Their simple dreams for a better future do not come true.

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Movies Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:29:56 +0000
Matthew Weiner's First Feature "Are You Here" Disappointing http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/matthew-weiners-first-feature-qare-you-hereq-disappointing areyou_optBY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has tried his hand at a full-length feature film, but “Are You Here” (written before “Mad Men”) is unlikely to please most fans of the Emmy Award winning advertising series. First, it doesn’t look nearly as good. Those sleek, brightly colored 1960’s sets and costumes are often the best things about the television series and although the contemporary small-town setting of the movie has its own charms, it is not as unusual or as striking. And while Weiner has gathered an A-list of comic actors, they cannot overcome the frailty of a script that treats mental illness as a humorous plot device in a family-inheritance-gone-awry story.

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Movies Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:50:50 +0000
He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not: "The One I Love" Movie Review http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/he-loves-me-she-loves-me-not-qthe-one-i-loveq-movie-review love_opt_copyBY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Thanks to restrictions imposed on it by director Charlie McDowell and screenwriter Justin Lader, THE ONE I LOVE is an impossible movie to review…which is probably why I’ve been sitting on this for nearly a month before it opened on Aug.22.

The filmmakers make it very clear that no one should be admitted after the movie starts. This means that you will experience the metamorphosis of a familiar and down-to-earth romantic comedy into a surreal character study whose science-fictional premise depends on the acceptance of alternate realities. What I’m trying to say here is, if you HATE fantasy, stay away from this film.

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Movies Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:32:37 +0000
'May in the Summer' Movie Review: Arab American Family Comedy Amusing Enough http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/may-in-the-summer-movie-review-arab-american-family-comedy-amusing-enough mayinsummer82314_optBY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Cherien Dabis is a woman of many talents. In addition to being the film’s writer/director, she has taken on the lead role in her gently amusing family comedy “May in the Summer.” A striking brunette, Dabis plays May Brennan, an American author with Arab roots who returns to Amman, Jordan to prepare for her upcoming wedding. Her devoutly Christian mother lives there, and May’s two sisters have also traveled to Amman from the U.S. for the wedding. May’s fiance, a Muslim scholar of contemporary Arab culture, is still in New York, however, and not scheduled to arrive for a few days. That gives May, her anti-Muslim mother, her giddy sisters, and her estranged American diplomat father plenty of time to get into variously silly and serious situations, which arise partially from the clash of West and East and partly from the mundane trauma of going home to your nutty family.

Dabis’s last feature “Amreeka” dealt with a Palestinian woman who comes to the U.S. to build a new life for her son, and in the unfortunately titled “May in the Summer” an American woman makes the return trip. May and her sisters are Westernized young women with higher educations and tight jeans who find themselves in a society that while modern is still ambivalent about women’s self determination. May runs every morning through the streets of Amman to the shocked or leering reactions of the people she passes. Her sister Yasmine (Nadine Malouf) has left her marketing job in murky circumstances and is spending her time partying in Amman. Her other sister Dalia (Alia Shawkat) has never had a boyfriend and seems to have no interest in finding one.

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Movies Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:09:28 +0000
'Poor Behavior' Off Broadway Review: A Miserable Weekend http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/poor-behavior-off-broadway-review-a-miserable-weekend poorbehavior81914_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Playwright Theresa Rebeck invites us to spend a lousy weekend in a country house with two middle-aged couples as they argue, swill bad wine, eat disgusting muffins and argue some more.

The author of “Seminar” and “The Understudy,” among a dozen other plays, Rebeck calls her latest dark comedy “Poor Behavior,” but I call it a rather dreary time.

Currently at the Duke on 42nd Street, “Poor Behavior” presents a familiar modern-day story about two couples, longstanding friends, who get too close for comfort one weekend.

The play opens late and drunk one evening as Ella (Katie Kreisler), the hostess, furiously debates with Ian (Brian Avers), her blustering Irish guest, about the worth of goodness and personal morality. Peter (Jeff Biehl), the mild-mannered host, and Maureen (Heidi Armbruster), Ian’s tightly-wound wife, glassily observe them.

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Movies Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:46:56 +0000
THE GIVER: Not by the Book, but Worth a Look http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-giver-not-by-the-book-but-worth-a-look the_giver_optBY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

As I write this, it’s hard to drown out the chorus of carping voices complaining that the movie version of THE GIVER is a pale attempt to bring this popular science-fiction novel to the screen. As a staple of Middle School and/or High School reading lists since its publication, THE GIVER has millions of fans with every right to tweet their disappointment.

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Movies Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:55:22 +0000
2015 SummerSlam: 5 Things to Know http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/2015-summerslam-5-things-to-know wwe81914_opt_copyBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Summerslam 2014 took place at the Staples Center in California for the sixth year in a row Sunday night. The Summerslam storylines usually set the tone for WWE’s road to Wrestlemania.

But when they reset their course after Wrestlemania 2015, the Summerslam stories will be crossing to the east coast.

To our area. Fansided reported that just before last night’s main event between Brock Lesnar and John Cena, WWE announced that they would be bringing Summerslam 2015 to the New York/ New Jersey area. Options include the Barclays Center, the Prudential Center, Madison Square Garden, or even Red Bull Stadium, among others.

Wrestlemania 29 took place at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford in 2013. According to WrestlingInc. WWE aired a video that showed a lot of scenes from Brooklyn, so they may be leaning toward the Barclays Center. No location has yet been confirmed.

In last night’s main event, Brock Lesnar defeated champion John Cena to win his third WWE title. WWE.com reported that the 286-pound Lesnar dominated Cena during the match, hitting him with an amazing 16 German suplexes.

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Movies Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:21:46 +0000
'When the Game Stands Tall' Movie Review: Team-First Theme Should Resonate As High School Football Season Opens http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/when-the-game-stands-tall-movie-review-team-first-theme-should-resonate-as-high-school-football-season-opens standstall81914_optBY JERRY MILANI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The high school football season is nearly upon us, and New Jersey holds its own, particularly in the Northeast, in several national preseason polls. As many alums of St. Peter's Prep, Don Bosco Prep, Bergen Catholic, Montclair and many other programs here would attest, it's the camaraderie, friendships and lessons learned that often have the most lasting effects, long after the wins and losses are recorded.

In these programs and many others, the team comes above all. That's the premise of “When the Game Stands Tall,” a new feature film opening in theaters across N.J. and the country this weekend. It stars Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of the Christ,” "Person of Interest") as Bob Ladouceur, longtime coach of the De La Salle (Calif.) Spartans, who put together numerous long winning streaks in his 33-year tenure, most famously a 151-game string that included 12 straight undefeated seasons.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Amani Toomer and Aaron Taylor are among the De La Salle alums who followed with NFL careers.

WTGST picks up the narrative after the 151st win, the final game of the 2002 season. The tumultuous off-season includes Coach Lad's heart attack and the death of a player, leading to a loss in the 2003 season opener and subsequent run at another state title.

But the essence of WTGST is not just in the winning; sure, Ladouceur turned a program around that had never had a winner since its founding, but it is what he instilled in his players from 1979 until his retirement after last season that led to that success and drives the movie.

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Movies Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:57 +0000