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The Name's Mamet, Clara Mamet

Rob Taub | Posted 04.18.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Taub

Clara Mamet has an old soul. Something about her reminds me of Mel Brooks and Myron Cohen, except Mamet is 19-years-old and has probably never heard o...

Never Walk Into a Room You Don't Know How to Walk Out Of: Ronin

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Frank H. Wu

Ronin achieves, notwithstanding the sort of third act disappointment that affects all dramas that create a believable tension that must be brought to resolution, that timeless quality for which we can be thankful.

A Good Story Is Disturbing

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.

David Mamet's Harsh Words For President Obama

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 11.29.2013 | Entertainment

Oscar-nominated filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet has spent the past several years separating himself from Hollywood liberal...

Writer-to-Writer: A Conversation With David Mamet

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"Writing a stage play and a screenplay have very little to do with each other. A stage play is just dialogue. One has to be able to communicate the play through disputation. A stage play is basically a form of uber-schizophrenia."

Are Self-published Authors Really Authors or Even Published?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Dr. Jim Taylor

The publishing houses are certainly not beyond reproach as judges of worthy literature. Yet, despite their warts, the publishing industry does serve a valuable role as an initial arbiter of literary quality (however flawed it may be).

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

The Number of E-Book Singles Released in Q2 Swells 18 percent, Reflecting Growing Market

Howard Polskin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

The e-book single market experienced a growth spurt in the second quarter as evidenced by the sharp upswing in the number of titles released to consumers.

Leading Man Redux

Yvonna Russell | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment
Yvonna Russell

At the end of his GQ magazine article, "The New and Improved Leading Man", Mark Harris asks the question about the movie "Magic Mike", "Remember the...

Journalists Fast to Produce New Nonfiction Kindle Singles But Sales Are Slow

Howard Polskin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

There's been a slew of high-quality non-fiction e-book singles in recent weeks yet most have failed to crack the Kindle Singles top-ten best-seller list.

Mamet's American Buffalo Opens at the Geffen Playhouse!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On Wednesday evening, I attended a production of David Mamet's play American Buffalo at the wondrous Geffen Playhouse -- the first such production in L.A. in a dozen years.

Judge, Jury and Record Producer: A Critic Looks at Phil Spector

Zach Hindin | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Zach Hindin

We owe the special nuance of the word "innocent" to a striking case of mistaken identity. The point Mamet appears to be making in the HBO movie is that innocence is not a pure state of being to be detected by a jury of one's peers.

TV Review: Al Pacino, Phil Spector, and Media Justice

Caryn James | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment
Caryn James

The first question the film raises isn't about the murder. It's an issue that comes up with both Pacino and with Mamet today: are you getting the good or the evil twin?

Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector in HBO Film

Jay Weston | Posted 05.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have very mixed feelings about the Mamet film. I thought it was truncated, disturbing, prejudiced... and featured two stunning performances by Pacino and Helen Mirren.

Women React to HBO's Film Phil Spector

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

It is a mark of Western culture that we are obsessed with watching the tale of one's "fall from grace." But why?

Old White Guys

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Frankly, the most important part of this affair is that it's another reminder of why the troupe of old men playing pajama dress up, known as the "Tea Party", are so perpetually angry.

Really Really at the Lucille Lortel Theater: Yes, Really

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

You want to scream, "Check out your sense of entitlement," at the characters in Paul Downs Colaizzo's richly evocative debut play Really Really, an MCC production downtown at the Lucille Lortel Theater, directed by David Cromer.

David Mamet's Newsweek Eruption: Another Reason We Need Solid Reporting on Guns

Paul Raeburn | Posted 04.05.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

David Mamet's anger and passion is so intense that if he proclaimed this in a theater you'd be able to see the spittle settling like gentle rain on the patrons in the first few rows of the orchestra. Sadly, intensity is not all we have. It's accompanied by dreadful lack of reporting.

David Mamet's 'Bizarre Rant' On Private Gun Ownership

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts

Playwright David Mamet defended private gun ownership this week, stating in an article published in Newsweek that he ardently supports citizens' right...

Movie Review: Knife Fight

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Knife Fight is about on a level with the kind of comedy that shows up on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel, with casts full of aging former TV stars. Movies like this give political satire a bad name.

Something Isn't Right Here: Surprises of the Fall Broadway Season

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As the dust settled, I asked a bunch of industry people to comment anonymously on what they consider to be the biggest surprises of the fall season and one of my unsolved mysteries of 2012-2013.

Stage Door: Golden Boy, Glengarry Glen Ross

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Golden Boy is a knockout. It's a magnificent exploration of what it means to be an American and how we define success. Set in a lower-class New York neighborhood in 1936, it tells the story of Joe Bonaparte. Like an earlier Bonaparte, he, too, wants to be king of the world.

Glengarry Glen Ross's Broadway Revival

Rob Taub | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Rob Taub

When Glengarry Glen Ross debuted in 1984, David Mamet's play about Chicago real-estate agents redefined American theater with its own unique language, style and rhythm.

Theater: David Mamet's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week on Broadway

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.09.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

David Mamet is so distinctive that his name became an adjective. So he'll survive this week in which his play The Anarchist immediately posted a closing notice for Dec. 16 and a revival of his Glengarry Glen Ross opened with a starry cast and less starry reviews.

Finding Broadway's Voice on Social Media

James Sims | Posted 02.08.2013 | Arts
James Sims

For Broadway, it isn't so much about a specific voice -- let's call it the Marketing Mamet Effect -- rather it's a tone that drives social strategy.