Entertainment Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/entertainment/ Sun, 24 May 2015 03:08:59 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 'Permission' Off Broadway Review: Spanking for Jesus http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/permission-off-broadway-review-spanking-for-jesus permission052215_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Anyone who savored that wicked “Hand to God” comedy, which is currently on Broadway, will want to know what its devilish playwright, Robert Askins, has up his sleeve with his newest play, “Permission.”

Just opened at the Lucille Lortel Theater, “Permission” again finds the author back in church. This time, Askins whips up plenty of laughs from a marital lifestyle concept called Christian Domestic Discipline.

Briefly, the notion is that wives willingly submit to their husbands, who have a Biblical right to spank their spouses should they be judged as laggard in their housekeeping or otherwise misbehaving.

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Movies Thu, 21 May 2015 19:30:43 +0000
Red Nose Day: Making a Difference http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/red-nose-day-making-a-difference red_opt-3BY WINNIE BONELLI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“It’s good for us to know the way that other people live, but also on this one night to believe you can make a difference. Rather than making people feel guilty, I hope it’s going to empower them that we can do something together as a family,” stated Executive Producer Richard Curtis and creator Red Nose Fund. The proceeds are earmarked towards lifting children out of poverty-ridden conditions, both in America and throughout the world. These efforts fall into three distinct categories – keeping them safe from violence and abuse; educating them; and making sure they’re healthy.

Having raised more than $1 billion for charity over the past 30 years in the United Kingdom, Curtis transports this British tradition to United States shores for the first time, via NBC-TV today (Thursday) at 8 p.m. with the inaugural edition of “Red Nose Day.”

Actor/comedian Jack Black has been tapped to serve as master of ceremonies. Curtis noted, “He’s a beloved comedian, as well as all his other dramatic skills. I’m hoping people will get a lot of laughs, as well as emotional moments. There’s just so much extraordinary comedy coming out of this country and so many great films. It’s an amazingly generous country.”

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Movies Thu, 21 May 2015 14:38:30 +0000
'What I Did Last Summer' Off Broadway Review: An Author's Backwards Glance http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/what-i-did-last-summer-off-broadway-review-an-authors-backwards-glance whatidid052115_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A semi-autobiographical play by A.R. Gurney, “What I Did Last Summer” regards a teenaged boy who encounters a free-spirited stranger who proves to be a significant influence.

Crafted with characteristically gentle charm by Gurney in 1983, the play is currently revived in an agreeable production by the Signature Theater Company at its Pershing Square Signature Center.

Set along the Canadian shore of Lake Erie in 1945, the story centers on Charlie (Noah Galvin), a 14 year-old from Buffalo who intends to loaf away a summer vacation spent with his mother Grace (Carolyn McCormick) and sister (Kate McGonigle) while his father sees wartime duty in the Pacific.

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Movies Wed, 20 May 2015 18:54:37 +0000
'The Flick' Off Broadway Review: A Hyper-Real Study in Everyday Existence http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/the-flick-off-broadway-review-a-hyper-real-study-in-everyday-existence flick052015_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“The Flick,” Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, has returned to New York with its original cast at the Barrow Street Theater, and the show remains a truly fascinating piece of hyper-real drama.

Baker’s contemporary play regards the dreary days in the lives of three employees in a single-screen art movie house in Massachusetts.  Between screenings they sweep up popcorn and otherwise go about their mundane chores in this rundown little establishment.

Sound dull? It isn’t.

The playwright gradually and subtly reveals the inner lives and personal aches of these individuals who remain untouched by the magic that flickers on the screen.

Avery (Aaron Clifton Moten) is a morose college boy who exists vicariously through the movies. Sam (Matthew Maher) is something of a misfit in his thirties who stills lives with his parents and silently nurses a crush on Rose (Louisa Krause), the projectionist who listlessly affects a punk attitude. The actors depict their low-keyed roles with wonderfully natural credibility.

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Movies Tue, 19 May 2015 18:20:36 +0000
Would Stephen Colbert Support NJ Public School Teachers? http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/would-stephen-colbert-support-nj-public-school-teachers ColbertStephen012112_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Montclair resident and father of three Stephen Colbert is likely to have noticed the ongoing battles between Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey’s school teachers.

But the future Late Show host is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and he definitely remembers his roots.

Greenville Online reported last week that Colbert had teamed with Share Fair Nation and Scan Source of Greenville to fund 1,000 projects for 800 teachers worth $800,000. Colbert said he would use money received from the auctioning of The Colbert Report set to aid 375 schools.

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Movies Mon, 18 May 2015 16:31:26 +0000
What We All Can Learn From Our Valerie Harper http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/what-we-all-can-learn-from-our-valerie-harper harper051617_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Valerie Harper may be teaching all of us the benefits of a positive attitude.

The 75-year old Harper, who spent time in New Jersey in her younger years, received a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in 2013, but says she feels good.

"Sometimes I feel icky, but I'm feeling very good in New York," Harper said, according to People. "Maybe because I'm talking about cancer in a positive way – I think that might have something to do with it.”

Harper was supporting lung health organization Lung Health in New York this week. People reported that the actress just beat lung cancer in 2009. She’s taking her current diagnosis a day at a time.

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Movies Sat, 16 May 2015 14:31:48 +0000
Ready for a Thriller! M. Night Shyamalan's "Wayward Pines" Premieres on Fox Tonight http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/ready-for-a-thriller-m-night-shyamalans-qwayward-pinesq-premieres-on-fox-tonight WAYWARD2_optBY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Having read the pilot script of “Wayward Pines,” which premieres this Thursday at 9 p.m. on FOX, M. Night Shyamalan had only one concern, “As long as everybody isn’t dead, I’m in.”

Mixing equal parts of “Twilight Zone,” “Twin Peaks,” and “Lost,” with a passing acquaintance with “Under the Dome,” “Wayward Pines” is packed with the kind of twists that have become synonymous with Shyamalan’s entire body of feature film work. That’s why it’s doubly important for viewers to commit to the entire 10-episode season.

Reflecting its confidence and backing of the project, FOX is distributing “Wayward Pines” that same evening in 125 countries before a potential audience of 200 million.

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Movies Thu, 14 May 2015 15:13:49 +0000
Check Out Our TV Summer Guide http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/check-out-our-tv-summer-guide tv_opt-2BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

How will Meredith cope now that “Dr. McDreamy” has met his demise? Are embattled detectives Jake and Amy destined to find love in each other’s arms at Brooklyn Nine Nine? And will Olivia Pope be forced to make the ultimate choice between Jake and the Prez on “Scandal?” Such questions will remain unanswered until the Fall.

In the meantime, broadcast and cable networks are promising a summer brimming over with suspense, romance, history and big names like Matt Dillon, Nicole Kidman, Ray Liotta, and David Duchovny. And instead of repeats, viewers will get fresh episodes of “Under the Dome,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Big Brother,” and “Extant,” “Rookie Blue,” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” plus Oxygen’s “Sisterhood of Hip-Hip,” TNT’s “Falling Skies,” and USA’s “Suits.”

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Movies Thu, 14 May 2015 14:58:14 +0000
MOVIE REVIEW: French True-Crime Mystery Melodrama 'In the Name of My Daughter' Stars Catherine Deneuve http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/movie-review-french-true-crime-mystery-melodrama-in-the-name-of-my-daughter-stars-catherine-deneuve deneuve051615_optBY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Another entry in the crowded true-crime genre, “In the Name of My Daughter” tells the actual story of a 1970’s casino takeover in the south of France and the subsequent 1977 disappearance of the owner’s daughter. That casino owner, Renee Le Roux, played by the ever-glamorous Catherine Deneuve, is convinced that her former attorney and business advisor has killed her daughter and pursues him for thirty years. Although director Andre Techine (“The Girl on the Train”) doesn’t quite succeed in preventing the narrative from dividing into two parts, the story is compelling enough as a Mildred Pierce-ish domestic melodrama to hold the viewer’s attention--at least, until the very end.

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Movies Thu, 14 May 2015 12:25:59 +0000
Art (you like & know about) Matters http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/art-you-like-a-know-about-matters Faymusic051315_optBY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Blame it on mother’s day that I started musing about visual art. It seemed like an ideal day for a jaunt to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), I had thought, with most mothers and families brunching, lunching or otherwise enjoying one another.

So I thought – before seeing one mom after another, complete with family, throughout the museum and outside too: some with pretty hats, mostly all dressed up a bit, and wearing smiles.

Apparently, many moms opted for art on their day. Or at least, museum-type art. (The one exception: 2 kids at our coffee stop en route: with paper, pens and colors all over the table, they worked on their own art form – what looked like mom’s day cards.)

“Art.” Most of us probably have mental images for the word. And those images are probably widely, even wildly, varied.

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Movies Tue, 12 May 2015 20:07:19 +0000