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2013
Jul
26
 
 
Less than six weeks after the horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook, CT, the theater communities in nearby Newtown, elsewhere in Connecticut and throughout New York City combined to donate their services and put on a Broadway-level benefit show at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, CT – “about 20 minutes,” says my longtime friend Jeffrey Saver, the show’s music director, “from where the shootings occurred.” All involved donated their services, and donations are soli
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
26
 
 
Francois Truffaut directed this haunting 1980 film, which provided memorable and complicated roles for two of France’s most iconic movie stars: the impulsive Gerard Depardieu and the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
25
 
 
SEASON FINALE: The heat of Hell’s Kitchen has dissipated for me a bit the past two cycles – too much repetition, too few surprises. But the last episode of this show usually delivers a few nice moments, either of inspiration or desperation, from the remaining candidates vying to advance their culinary dreams. So popping in for the finale, without seeing what’s led up to it, is kind of like eating out and ordering only the dessert.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
25
 
 
Where does Hollywood get its ideas for movies these days? Increasingly, from comic books and graphic novels – and that was the case with this 2010 movie, a clever adaptation of the Mark Millar-John Romita Jr. comic. Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars in the title role, playing a young man who dons a superhero costume to fight injustice – and Chloe Grace Moretz shot to stardom as her own tiny avenger, a foul-mouthed toughie named Hit-Girl. Lots of fun, and, in spots, almost unexpectedly movin
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
25
 
 
Last week’s Season 12 premiere, in which the contestants had to fashion a garment out of a multicolored parachute, proved there was lots of life in this old show yet. And this week, the design challenge proves so daunting, and the comments so devastating, that at least one of the designers bursts into tears during the judging segment.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
25
 
 
Last week, Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) demanded to meet the CIA official pulling the strings – Michael’s strings in particular. Tonight, there’s at least one familiar face he does get to meet: Larry, the shifty spy played by recurring guest star Tim Matheson.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
25
 
 
Tonight’s game night offers a mini-reunion of Saturday Night Live vets, with Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and Jason Sudeikis showing up for Jane Lynch’s fun and games. Also competing this week: Dax Shepard and Sean Hayes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
25
 
 

This weekend on public TV, Bill Moyers revisits the Lincoln Memorial with John Lewis, the last surviving speaker of the 1963 March on Washington…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
25
 
 
Keith Olbermann returns to TV — and the ESPN family — with Olbermann on Aug. 26. "Napoleon, I think, got back to France faster than I got back to ESPN"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
24
 
 

Let It Be, a musical salute to The Beatles, opens Wednesday on Broadway. I saw it in previews last Friday. Here's my own review, using Beatles songs as my inspiration…