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Mike Francesa Signs Off From WFAN After 30 Years Of Sports Talk

Sports radio talkshow host Mike Francesa signed off New York’s WFAN radio station today after 30 years, ending a run as one of the top sportscasters in the metropolitan area. Francesa, 63, whose contract expires in December, helped build sports talk radio into the monster format it is today. He began at WFAN as a weekend host, then a fill-in for absent, bigger-name colleagues, until finally teaming with partner Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on the long-running “Mike and the Mad… Read

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Mia Kirshner Calls On CAA To Lead (And Fund) An Effort To Combat Sexual Harassment In Hollywood

A recent New York Times story examined how a network of enablers, silencers and spies helped Harvey Weinstein keep his alleged sexual misconduct a secret. The Times reported that agents at major firms had been informed of Weinstein’s conduct — but continued to arrange private meetings with actresses. Such was the case with Mia Kirshner, whose credits include The L Word and Defiance and was offered a movie role in exchange for sex with Weinstein. The actress, who was 19 at… Read

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Separate Categories For Male And Female Directors?; Branagh Goes For Oscar Record; Will Casey Affleck Present?

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. The tsunami of critics groups awards has hit in a big way, and they all seem to be circling around the same few indie-centric films so far, though the AFI and Critics’ Choice Awards broadened the scope this week by including the likes of Wonder Woman and Dunkirk, as well as other major studio releases that largely have been AWOL from the earlier contests that favor the little guys. As we move into the… Read

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N.Y. Stage Review: ‘A Room In India,’ ‘Hundred Days’ & ‘Downtown Race Riot’

Ariane Mnouchkine has spectacle, and exile, in her DNA. Her father, the Russian-born French film magnate Alexandre Mnouchkine, produced Jean Cocteau’s Les parents terribles, Philippe de Broca’s Cartouche, Alain Resnais’ Stavisky, Bertrand Blier’s Get Out Your Handkerchiefs and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Name of the Rose, among others. And if you’re of an age to remember the summer of 1984, when Los Angeles hosted the remarkable Olympics Arts Festival, his daughter’s name… Read

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Peter Bart: No Clear Oscar Front-Runner? How About Two Best Picture Winners Like Originally Intended?

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When the first Oscars were handed out 90 years ago, the leaders of the Academy decided to hedge their bets: They voted one award for "outstanding picture" (Wings was about fighter pilots) and another for a "unique and artistic picture" (Sunrise was an art film from a German filmmaker). If the founders were around today to review recent Oscar winners, I think they'd regret abandoning their two-film concept. And some of the 1,500 new members who have joined the Academy… Read

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Broadway Review: Psychedelic ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ Rocks The Palace

The last 40 minutes or so of  Spongebob Squarepants is such mind-rattling, eye-popping, rib-tickling fun that maybe I should just stop right there. Not that this ramshackle contraption drawn from Nickelodeon’s sensationally popular series, about the finicky denizens of Bikini Bottom, is ever short on energy, visual spectacle, inside-Bikinisms and the like. Indeed, the show works so hard to amuse us with irreverent kickiness that by the time we return from intermission… Read

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Colin Kaepernick Stands Tall And Steals Show On Night Where ACLU Honors Jane Fonda, Judd Apatow, Viola Davis & Others

Presenter Billy Eichner put it succinctly when he took the stage at the ACLU of Southern California’s Bill Of Rights dinner last night. “In awards season in Hollywood, the Bill Of Rights Award is considered the precursor to the Golden Globe,” he joked. But he just may be on to something. This is a star-filled affair full of spirit and activism in the age of Trump, whose presence could be felt even if it was a room he would never dare step into. It also wasn’t a bad place… Read

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Broadway Review: A Glorious, Timely Revival Of ‘Once On This Island’

A joyful noise thunders through Circle in the Square theater, as Broadway welcomes a smashing revival of Once On This Island. Michael Arden’s exuberant staging of this 1990 musical fairy tale set on a Caribbean island conjures a spell that is devastatingly timely yet affectingly timeless in its evocation of how love goes when the indifferent, capricious whims of gods and nature intervene in the deepest yearnings of the human heart. Enter the subterranean theater and we… Read

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Oscars 2018: Weighing The Early Best Foreign Language Film Race

The Best Foreign Language Film race has again set a new record, with entries this year hailing from 92 countries. Amongst the contenders are a host of high-profile helmers—and one Netflix-backed picture directed by a bonafide global celebrity. The Phase One and Executive Committees can be unpredictable. Last year's shortlist created an uproar when it shockingly omitted Paul Verhoeven's French film Elle. The thriller won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film with… Read

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Broadway Review: Uma Thurman In Beau Willimon’s ‘The Parisian Woman’

Beau Willimon has written the story of a D.C. couple whose power grab pitches them against unexpected roadblocks along the Via Dolorosa that is the Beltway, before reaching their destination. That’s of course an apt description of Willimon’s Netflix series House of Cards, but it also works for The Parisian Woman, which opened tonight on Broadway in a production starring Uma Thurman, making her Broadway debut in the title role. Her name is Chloe, and she’s the soignée wife… Read

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On The Road To Oscar: Pete Hammond Talks Contenders For SAG & Golden Globes

On the road to Oscar, there are probably no two more high-profile, and thus important, stops than the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes. We probably should also throw in the Critics' Choice Awards as well, since the latter has an uncanny track record of matching the final Oscar results, and all three of these shows are televised (the CCAs are moving to The CW this year and will follow the Globes by just four days on January 11). The other thing they all have in common is… Read

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Review: Polly Draper in ’20th Century Blues’; Billy Crudup In ‘Harry Clarke’

The four uncommon women who’ve gathered each year since meeting in jail 40 years ago in Susan Miller’s 20th Century Blues have survived protest marches, sexual adventurism, marriage, childbirth, divorce, menopause, cancer, women’s liberation, women’s un-liberation – those most common of First World travails. They’ve also survived a measure of success that might have surprised their younger selves, but who knows? Like the five women who reunite post-college in Wendy… Read