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Stage Door: Freud's Last Session

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

In Freud's Last Session, now at the West Side Y's Little Theater, Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis engage in a battle of wits that is exciting and thought-provoking. And it makes for riveting theater.

California Dreamin': Celebrity Spotting in LA!

Jessica Radloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jessica Radloff

Let's be honest. No matter how cool we think we are, spotting a celebrity is always a talking point. Yet, for millions of tourists that visit LA each year, I'm never surprised when I hear, 'I was there for a week and saw no one!'

Transportation strike could paralyze Hollywood

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Believe it or not, Hollywood may be headed for another work stoppage in just two weeks. In 2007-2008, the Writers Guild struck, shuttering television ...

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

Every once in a while, people in my business need a little pep talk. Over the past few years, I've given a fair amount of them via a mentoring program...

The Passion of Mel

Alanna Zabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alanna Zabel

Did you hear the phone call recordings of Oksana Grigorieva and the assumed Mel Gibson? I did. Yep, I listened to all five of the five currently publi...

The Amazing Grace of How Sweet It Was: The Sights and Sounds of Gospel's Golden Age

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

A recently released audiovisual sampler, How Sweet It Was: The Sights and Sounds of Gospel's Golden Age, deserves a soulful salute.

Marketing Mel Gibson's "The Beaver"

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

His new dark comedy, The Beaver, could be hilarious and possibly marketable if approached properly. Gibson plays a man who decides to communicate only through a beaver puppet. No joke.

Removed Laugh Track Version of 'The Rush Limbaugh Show' Identifies Unseen, Hate-Filled Side to Program

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

While audiences are used to heartily laughing at Limbaugh's blasphemous jokes, people were dumbfounded by the seemingly new angry, racist angle that is usually masked by rousing laughter.

Bald, Bewhiskered, or Vajazzled - Who Cares? Just Be Healthy

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rosalyn Hoffman

We have decided as a policy to stop naming names of useless starlets who paint obscenities on their fingernails, hypocritical politicians and commenta...

Media Consolidation: Bad for Democracy and Not Even Entertaining

Lowell Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lowell Peterson

The members of the Writers Guild of America, East see first-hand what happens when too few entities control too much of what the American public watches and listens to, both in the entertainment realm and in news.

Hollywood and Mass Transit: Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It's time to celebrate the pro-environment, pro-community, good-for-the-economy and anti-gridlock reality that a positive portrayal of urban mass transit can help create.

Getting It Straight

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

A couple of days ago, a friend sent me a link to a piece published on that really pissed me off. Written by an openly gay entertainment w...

Don't Be Like Kate! He Forgets You? Forget Him!

Jag Carrao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jag Carrao

No one could be more unforgettably gorgeous and stylish than starlet Kate Hudson -- so why do her boyfriends keep forgetting about her?

All Cake, No File: The Johnny Cash Prison Tribute Comedy Cooking Show/Concert

Brad Schreiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

The Ivy Substation in Culver City is an ideal theatre for a cooking and comedy concert conducted by chef Jewel Rae Jeffers. The irrepressible Jewel Rae cooks a different "jailbreak cake" at each show.

Egyptian Group Seeks to Ban One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the latest effort to censor texts considered to be "offensive to the public good", an Egyptian NGO is attempting to ban the popular book One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Sign Language

David Dean Bottrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Dean Bottrell

After several anxious months, the Hollywood community breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when it was announced that the land above the wor...

Sweet Tat, Brah

Cameron Sherber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Cameron Sherber


This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776 -- The Movie

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.

Welcome to My M. Nightmare

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chez Pazienza

I had a run-in with writer/director/notorious egomaniac M. Night Shyamalan. Suffice it to say, I'm not crying in my beer over the fact that his new movie, The Last Airbender, is pulling down a dismal 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Musicians Play a New (Media) Tune

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The American Federation of Musicians and the studios signed a new deal... four months ago. But don't feel like we're late to the party -- the deal doesn't seem to have been reported in the press.

Stage Door: Sondheim on Sondheim, Collected Stories

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

In a 1994 New York magazine article, the cover line asks: "Is Stephen Sondheim God?" If you see Sondheim on Sondheim at Studio 54, the answer is yes.

Roz Savage: Why I'm Rowing Across the Pacific

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green


The Curious Case of Randy Quaid

Barry Bortnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Barry Bortnick

I guess it is tough being the Fredo Corleone of the Quaid clan. While Dennis charmed Hollywood and bedded babes, Randy got the fuzzy end of the lollypop.

Boobquake: Was the Lane Bryant Ad too Sexy?

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rosalyn Hoffman

Maybe Lane Bryant, the plus sized clothing company, did a better job selling the promise of seduction than their once sister company Victoria's Secret.

Criticizing the Critics

Loraine Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Loraine Boyle

Yes, it can be amusing to be mean, and I did it more than once in my days as a critic. But it really doesn't show any respect for the artistic process.