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Web Onstage: Wow Moment

Solid leads and production value rescue Showbiz's Pimpernel

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2005
The curtain-opening moment in Showbiz Players' production of The Scarlet Pimpernel is exactly why there are curtain openings in musicals. The reveal of the elaborate sets and stunning costumes as t  

Cover Story: Summer of Retread

Will this year's perennial crop of remakes mean hot box office?

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2005
As the Hollywood machine embraces fewer fresh ideas, the summer movie season sees a glaring up-tick in remakes. And why not? They're safe, easy product for the popcorn-munching masses -- i.e. pe  

Web Onstage: Moving in Opposite Directions

Playhouse's Last Five Years a worthy addition to modern musical canon

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2005
The best moments of modern musical theater -- and truly theater itself -- are those that are the most difficult to watch. Those moments of broken hearts. Of dreams dashed. Of promises failed. Of lo  

Never-ending hacked celebrity Sidekicks

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Star idolization reached a new low -- or a technical high, depending on how you look at it -- when celebrity-by-default Paris Hilton had her trusty Sidekick (a combo cell phone and PDA) hacked into a  

Cover Story: How Much Jessica Simpson Is Too Much?

Ubiquitous blonde ruled pop culture in 2004

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2004
When future generations find the 2004 time capsule, they'll undoubtedly ask: How could the American people demand so much of singer/reality TV star/cosmetics spokesperson Jessica Simpson? A huge   

Film: From Hunted to Hunter

Blade: Trinity star Jessica Biel says, "Look what I can do"

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 8, 2004
New York City -- Every good action film needs a babe. This isn't conjecture. It's cold, hard, movie studio fact. Look at the recent slate of action movies: Resident Evil, Dawn of the Dead, Van  

Cover Story: Cold Beer, Hot Days

In search of the best pint of Guinness in Greater Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Summer is and will always be beer season. This is both from the consumer side -- who doesn't enjoy a frosty mug on a muggy night? -- and from the supply side. The brewing industry estimates that   

Film: Pretty Dull Woman

Kate Hudson's shine fails to carry heavy Raising Helen

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2004
The corny '80s catchphrase that best suits Garry Marshall, director of female-friendly hits like Pretty Woman and Beaches, is this: It's better to look good than to feel good. Marshall's lates  

Film: Serial Murders

Several film franchises were laid to rest last year while a few live on (and on and on)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Neo is dead. The hobbits are frolicking for eternity in the Shire. Arnold the Terminator will not be back. The year 2003 will be carved on numerous cinematic gravestones. Characters from The Matr  

Cover Story: Tarantino, I'm Waiting

What's Tarantino's next move?

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Now that Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is out and Vol. 2 is in the can, Hollywood attention has turned to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's next project. After waiting six years between Jackie Brown and Kill B