Stars: They're Just Like Us
As celebrities like Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy and Uma Thurman move in, locals respond with studied ambivalence. Read More
Lethargic and pointless, poker-faced comedy All Is Bright is a big waste of time about two French-Canadian jerks who hit on a scheme to make money by selling Christmas trees in New York City.
Prince Avalanche is an odd, charming, beautifully shot film whose setting plays as vital a role as the characters that inhabit it.
It is the summer of 1988, and two not-so-young-anymore men—Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch)—are doing road work in and around a Texas forest recently mangled by a wildfire. They camp amid charred trees by night and paint yellow lines on asphalt by day. An air of calm—accentuated by a spare score from the post-rock band Explosions in the Sky—permeates the movie’s first few scenes, as Alvin and Lance, the brother of Alvin’s girlfriend, do their work in silence.
Given how spoiled we’ve been with numerous invites to soirées and galas of late, the novelty of a charity event set in a bowling lane—a bowling lane!—seemed just delightful, a real opportunity to let our hair down. And there was still a generous helping of celebrities in the crowd who had come to support Our Time, a charity aimed at helping young stutterers. Fronting the event was genial film star Paul Rudd, who took time out of his acclaimed Broadway play Grace to lend a famous face to the event.
Bowling may not be considered the pinnacle of athleticism, but that didn’t quell the competitive streak of several guests.
Polished and uniformly riveting, the four actors in Grace, a new play on Broadway by Craig Wright, directed by Dexter Bullard at the Cort, provide the grace an otherwise benign and disappointing play does not. The playwright had a runaway success off-Broadway with Mistakes Were Made. History and good fortune did not repeat themselves uptown. However, the estimable Michael Shannon has graced both plays, and for that, Mr. Wright can count his blessings. That goes for the rest of us too.
A treatise on theology and faith, with all the doubt and distrust, hope and salvation such weighty subjects inspire, Grace picks at scabs instead of fully addressing them. If you’re looking for answers to earth-shattering questions raised by Sunday-morning television evangelists looking to raid your soul for profit, you will go away empty. But you will spend 90 edgy minutes (without intermission) in the company of a few vainglorious actors, good and true, while you make up your mind.
The Eight-Day Week
We just can’t get enough of Paul Rudd—no matter how hard he tries. The inescapable camera actor (Our Idiot Brother, This is 40 and Wanderlust on the silver screen, Parks and Recreation on the smaller one) returns to Broadway with the evangelism drama Grace. It’s his first time back since that Three Days of Rain Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Tonight, we’re dropping in on a preview of the latest big-star-on-Broadway show, to see the acting-for-screen tics that’ll get ironed out by opening. The ubiquitous Paul Rudd (last season of Parks and Recreation, this winter’s new Judd Apatow flick, This Is 40, along with every other Apatow comedy, and Julia Roberts’ Broadway play, back when Read More
Big Apple Idolatry
- Fresh off his Broadway run in Chicago, Usher will be kicking his feet up in one of those swivel pods on the third season of The Voice. He and Shakira will be taking over for Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green, who are vacating their judges’ chairs on NBC’s hit music contest. Of coorse, Usher has an ace card up his sleeve to win over any waffling young talent. It’s two words, and rhymes with Bustin Tweezer.
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Opens September 10
‘Bachelor Pad,’ less raunchy than a Paul Rudd flick.
ABC, bastion of decency, has refused to air an ad for The Weinstein Company’s Our Idiot Brother.