Entertainment Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/entertainment/ Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:25:28 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 9 Things to Expect From Our Stephen Colbert http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/9-things-to-expect-from-our-stephen-colbert COLBERT_opt_copy_copy_copyBY BOB HOLT

The last bastion of “truthiness” on cable television will leave the airwaves Thursday night.

Actually, Montclair resident Stephen Colbert invented the word truthiness himself, which means “That which one holds to be true regardless of what is supported by fact. “

Colbert also invented a conservative loudmouth character who spouted off anything and everything for nine years on “The Colbert Report.” Colbert has vowed that the character will disappear when his show does.

Many people are wondering who they’ll see when Colbert resurfaces in 2015 as new host of “The Late Show” on CBS, and what to expect from our New Jersey native. Personally, I’m hoping he keeps his show writers, because I see The Colbert Report as the most well written comedy on television.

Along that line, NorthJersey.com reports that the last guest on "The Colbert Report" will be Stephen’s "colleague and lifelong friend Grimmy, "the Grim Reaper. One rumor suggests we might see Colbert’s character killed off by the Reaper Thursday night.

Movies Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:09:04 +0000
'Pocatello' Off Broadway Review: Sad Scenes From an Italian Restaurant http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/pocatello-off-broadway-review-sad-scenes-from-an-italian-restaurant knight_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS

A heavy dish of gloom is served in a mediocre Italian restaurant in “Pocatello,” a dreary new drama that seems to last far longer than its 100-minute running time at Playwrights Horizons.

That feeling of being fed up with a play before it ends is because Samuel D. Hunter, the author, keeps layering on the personal miseries borne by the forlorn central figure, who never wises up to his situation until long after the audience comprehends it.

Set in an Olive Garden-type franchise in an Idaho burg, the play studies Eddie (T.R. Knight), its manager, a nice but extremely lonely gay man in his thirties. Eddie’s relationship with his querulous mom (Brenda Wehle) and uneasy elder brother (Brian Hutchison) are distant and scarred by his father’s suicide some years before.

A pleasant, nerdy guy, Eddie is secretly frantic because his unprofitable business is in danger of being closed down by its parent company.

Movies Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:14:25 +0000
'Every Brilliant Thing' Off Broadway Review: A Life Affirming List http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/every-brilliant-thing-off-broadway-review-a-life-affirming-list Jonny_Donahoe_in_a_scene_from_EVERY_BRILLIANT_THING_at_the_Barrow_Street_Theatre_photo_by_Matthew_Murphy_--_030_optBY MICHAEL SOMMERS

Joy and sorrow intermingle in “Every Brilliant Thing” and I am happy to report that joy wins out in this intimate 65-minute solo play currently staged at the Barrow Street Theater.

It is the story of a young Brit who weathers his mother’s attempts at suicide – and his own later issues with depression – by compiling a list of brilliant things that make life worth living.

Lending immediacy to the piece, many members of the audience marginally participate in the event.

A pudgy, personable young actor, Jonny Donahoe, already is busy when spectators come into the 199-seat theater, which has been configured into a cruciform space that allows for close proximity. He is scribbling at a notepad and every so often hands out separate pages among the audience.

Movies Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:24:22 +0000
Bobby Cannavale's Star Keeps Shining Brightly Thanks to “Annie” & his HBO Series http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/bobby-cannavales-star-keeps-shining-brightly-thanks-to-annie-a-his-hbo-series bobbyCannavale_opt_copyBY WINNIE BONELLI

Why wait until tomorrow? Bobby Cannavale’s career is already brighter than the noon day sun. Next Friday (Dec. 19) finds him costarring in a contemporary retelling of the ironic orphan “Annie” tale. Then later this season he returns to HBO to headline a series called an "Untitled Rock 'n' Roll Project."

When fans of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” last spotted Cannavale’s fictional psychopathic Prohibition bootlegger Gyp Rosetti, he was getting wacked. For his criminal turn, the Hudson County City native walked off with the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

He’s come a long way from his roots. “When I grew up in Union City there weren’t many role models around. The biggest influences in my life were my parents who kept me off the streets and out of trouble,” he recalled. One thing he knew for certain is that he wanted to be an actor and spent hours in St. Michael’s Catholic School library reading plays.

Movies Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:19:12 +0000
Top Ten Snooki Gifts for Christmas http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/top-ten-snooki-gifts-for-christmas SNOOKIE_optBY BOB HOLT

It turns out that entrepreneur, mother-of-two, and reality television star Nicole LaValle is talented at making crafts. Nicole, who was just recently married, has opened up a shop on the craft website Etsy.

Oh, you might know her better as Snooki from the Jersey Shore.

Well, People reported that Snooki opened up Nicole’s Craft Room on Etsy, offering 27 handmade items for your kitchen and home. The shop received 159 orders not long after launching Dec. 3, and had to shut down.

The craft room is expected to reopen soon, after Snooki completes Christmas orders.

PopSugar notes that items available for order include candleholders with messages, and wine glasses featuring the profound thought, "Wine is like Pringles, once you pop you just can't stop."

Movies Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:14:36 +0000
Cirque du Soleil Theater Coming to New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/cirque-du-soleil-theater-coming-to-new-jersey CIRC_optBY BOB HOLT

A shopping and entertainment complex for the Meadowlands has been in the works since 2005, and the rumors of possible tenants are beginning to circulate again.

The American Dream project is projected to open late in 2016, according to developer Triple Five.

Along with a series of department stores, Triple Five claims to have a commitment from the entertainment world. According to NorthJersey.com, Cirque du Soleil will be setting up a permanent theater at the Meadowlands center. Also expected at the new complex will be FAO Schwarz, coming from Manhattan, along with Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

Cirque du Soleil, founded in 1984, is an entertainment company based in Quebec. The Cirque du Soleil website says the organization has more than 4,000 employees around the world, and has more than 1,300 artists. Their members represent more than 50 nationalities can speak 25 languages.

Movies Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:33:39 +0000
"Miss Julie" Stodgy Adaptation of Scandalous Play http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/qmiss-julieq-stodgy-adaptation-of-scandalous-play JULIE2_optBY MIRIAM RINN

August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” is a famously difficult play peopled by unpleasant characters who move inexorably towards a disastrous fate. In this classic “naturalistic” work, the characters battle each other and the rigid confines of their nineteenth-century society. Strindberg’s men and women alternately rebel against and embrace the economic, sexual, and class-based restrictions that keep them in their place.

Although more than a hundred years have passed since the play was written, these issues are still very much alive. Unfortunately, Liv Ullman’s filmed version of “Miss Julie” is not. She uses the translation by Frank McGuinness, which sets the story in Northern Ireland rather than Sweden, for her adaptation, and that works for Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, who play the two servants, Jean and Christine.

Movies Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:11:54 +0000
'Straight White Men' Off Broadway Review: Home for the Holidays http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/straight-white-men-off-broadway-review-home-for-the-holidays chinese_opt-1BY MICHAEL SOMMERS

The strongest and perhaps most interesting character in “Straight White Men” never actually appears in writer-director Young Jean Lee’s new play, which is currently running at the Public Theater.

That individual is the deceased woman whose three 40-something sons return home to their dad (Austin Pendleton) for a Christmas weekend, which is essentially the purposefully uneventful storyline for Lee’s latest play.

Movies Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:07:52 +0000
'By the Water' Off Broadway Review: Staten Islanders Strive to Survive http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/by-the-water-off-broadway-review-staten-islanders-strive-to-survive water_opt-1BY MICHAEL SOMMERS

“If your mouth was any bigger, they’d have to move it for street cleaning.”

Nice line, hey? Sharyn Rothstein salts her new play, “By the Water,” with lots of tangy urban dialogue.

The writer also packs plenty of story into her 90-minute drama about a devoted older couple whose lifelong Staten Island home has just been ruined by Hurricane Sandy.

Too much story, really. “By the Water” begins promisingly enough. Then it gradually becomes over-plotted and mechanical in its resolutions.

Movies Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:33:14 +0000
Holiday Musical Elf at Paper Mill Playhouse http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/movies/holiday-musical-elf-at-paper-mill-playhouse elf_optBY SHANE MILLER

MILLBURN - The Paper Mill Playhouse holiday musical Elf will run eight times a week through January 4, 2015.

Based on the holiday film starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the hilarious and joyous tale of Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa's elves. Now, as a grownup, he embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. It's a holiday treat for the entire family.

Movies Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:29:21 +0000