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No rights in “Gotham”: DC tightens its Babs

July 22, 2014
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No rights in “Gotham”:  DC tightens its Babs

Here’s one for Neil deGrasse Tyson to explain: Did you know that a mother can be considered to be “derivative” of her own daughter? At least she can if you’re a lawyer for DC Entertainment. Because the aforementioned miracle of metaphysics is part of the company’s rationale for refusing to pay writer Alan Brennert...
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Orange is the new slut: Probing “The Hotwives of Orlando”

July 16, 2014
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One of the pleasures of living in a tertiary market is recognizing that your city’s very name is a universally understood punchline. This is one of the ace cards held by The Hotwives of Orlando, the reality-series parody that became available yesterday on Hulu. As the first episode opens, an unseen narrator welcomes us...
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They see me trollin’: Wolfie, Cheney and the importance of being earnest

June 24, 2014
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They see me trollin’: Wolfie, Cheney and the importance of being earnest

Back when my father was a drama teacher, one of his best students was a guy named Dennis Boutsikaris. You may know Dennis by sight (if not by name), since he’s worked pretty steadily in the 40-plus years since Dad had him in class. He played Mozart on Broadway (opposite Frank Langella’s Salieri) in...
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Whiteface supremacy: Jerad Miller and the Joker

June 10, 2014
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Whiteface supremacy: Jerad Miller and the Joker

You ever have one of those mornings? You wake up in a good mood. You go for a walk with your pretty wife and adorable dog. You think about taking a quick dip in the pool before work. And then you turn on the TV and see that somebody has found footage of yet...
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“Escape From Baldwin Park” escapes Fringe, pops up at Theatre Downtown

May 29, 2014
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If you missed Escape From Baldwin Park at Fringe, take hope: a two-date holdover run has just been announced at Theatre Downtown.
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Superdumb: Why Hornaday was right about Rogen

May 28, 2014
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Superdumb: Why Hornaday was right about Rogen

The first time I saw Superbad, I knew it would one day inspire a horrific multiple murder. OK, not quite. But I was disturbed greatly by its denouement. The good and upstanding kid who had refused to become a date rapist was rewarded by getting the girl; meanwhile, his coarse, obnoxious buddy, who had...
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The curse of desirability: A sonata for tiny violin

May 6, 2014
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The curse of desirability: A sonata for tiny violin

I didn’t get married until I was in my 40s. I had plenty of reasons, and one of the biggest was that I’m just painfully shy. For most of my life, the simple idea of asking somebody out on a first date was enough to make me curl up in an inert ball. Why...
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Out liars: Bundy and Sterling offer a peek beneath the hood

April 28, 2014
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So now we know: Nobody’s a racist in America anymore, except for the 10 million and four rotten apples in the barrel. The not-so-shocking confirmation that Cliven Bundy and Don Sterling are hardcore bigots has conservatives scurrying to downplay the significance of both stories. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, The National Review’s Rich Lowry...
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Sean Hannity did not give me a wedgie, reveals liberal stooge

April 19, 2014
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Sean Hannity did not give me a wedgie, reveals liberal stooge

Did you hear it? The bar just got lowered again. This week, progressive commentator Sally Kohn wrote an op-ed for The Christian Science Monitor in which she sought to dispel alleged liberal stereotypes about the FOX News crowd. In the essay, an expansion of a TED Talk she had given last year, Kohn divulged...
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Will It Float? Late night’s conscience after Letterman

April 5, 2014
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Will It Float? Late night’s conscience after Letterman

I’ve come to really dread the phrase “common sense.” When a politician says he advocates common-sense solutions to our problems, he’s usually exhorting his constituents to succumb to knee-jerk prejudices that are often directly at odds with empirical fact. So yeah, I’m inherently suspicious of Things We All Know. Yet at the same time,...
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