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NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY  CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

For audiences who follow PBS documentaries, the disturbing news from Pacific Northwest filmmaker Mark Titus comes as no surprise to find that America’s favorite fish, the wild Alaskan King salmon and other varieties of salmon are now in danger of becoming extinct. He begins his film with the intriguing film graphic warning: “There is a […]

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

For all those cineastes who miss seeing work from the likes of Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett, and the rest of the “theatre of the absurd” gang, take heart. The new Israeli dark dramedy film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” is a worthy semantics-laden candidate to warm the cockles of your heart. The melodrama […]

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

“Lucky Stiff”, a cute musical farce written by Lynn Ahrens; adapted from Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s stage book-musical “Lucky Stiff”, is delightfully and deftly directed by Christopher Ashley (Yes, that Chris Ashley who is also the artistic director of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse). The newly adapted movie version revolves, in short, around a young […]

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO                             PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains”, is a first in many categories for the emerging and fledgling movie industry of Kyrgzstan, in Central Asia. It took the vision of former Kyrgzstan politician Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, who harbored the desire from boyhood to become a motion picture director to take the plunge; leaving behind a successful career […]

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE IN PALM SPRINGS

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE IN PALM SPRINGS

“Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche”, written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, and cleverly directed by Michael Shaw is a difficult property to label. Is it a drama? Definitely Not! Is it a comedy? Definitely Yes! And, it’s also a satire with elements of farce thrown into the mix for good measure, and what an […]

Palm Canyon Theatre Stages Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein”

Palm Canyon Theatre Stages Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein”

If Neil Simon is the playwright with the greatest number of smash comedy plays on Broadway (over 30) Mel Brooks is surely the nuttiest, wackiest, and supremely muli-talented playwright/actor – with huge successes on Broadway from “The Producers” (1968) to “Young Frankenstein” (1974). And while we’re at it let’s throw in the movies “Blazing Saddles”, […]

Shari Belafonte Celebrates Her Stylish 60Th Birthday

Shari Belafonte Celebrates Her Stylish 60Th Birthday

By Pamela Price It was a nonstop desert birthday for one of America’ s classic fitness personalities and “cover girls” from the 1980s, Shari Belafonte. This multi talented woman modeled for magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair during her career, portrayed Julie Gillette on ABC’s series “Hotel” and hasn’t taken a break, it seems until […]

Powerful Drama Still Resonates With Audiences

Peter Shaffer’s ground-breaking 1975 drama, “Equus”, burst onto the world’s stages like a bombshell winning the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play.  The Broadway production ran for 1209 performances, with American star Marion Seldes appearing in every single performance of the Broadway run, first in the role of Hester Solomon and then as Dora Strang, […]