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Dorit Kemsley ‘Feels Betrayed’ as She Feuds with Lisa Vanderpump Over Rescue Dog Who Bit Daughter

It’s only been a few weeks since filming began on the new season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but there is already plenty of drama.

A source close to Dorit Kemsley, 42, says the mother of two is “absolutely devastated” by a Radar report that she adopted a dog from Lisa Vanderpump’s rescue organization, Vanderpump Dog Foundation, and then returned it to a shelter, infuriating Vanderpump when she found out and causing a rift. 

“That story is completely false,” says the insider, who goes on to explain.

“Dorit did adopt a dog from Vanderpump Dog Foundation. She loves animals and has always been a huge supporter of Lisa’s rescue efforts. Everything was great for awhile, the kids (son Jagger, 4, and daughter Phoenix, 2) loved the dog and everything was fine.”

But in the summer, before cameras were rolling on RHOBH, the dog bit Phoenix.

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“It was a bad bite,” says the source. “It was pretty traumatic. Dorit and PK talked it out and decided that the best thing to do was find a new loving home for the dog. They were heartbroken, but made the decision for the safety of their young kids.”

The source says the Kemsleys found a home, but before placing the dog with its new family, Dorit called Vanderpump and told her what had happened before asking for her blessing. The source says Vanderpump understood.

Unfortunately, says the source, unbeknownst to Kemsley, the new family didn’t work out and the dog was brought to a shelter where a microchip traced it back to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation. 

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Weeks later, after filming had begun on the show, Vanderpump broke the news to Kemsley that the dog had been taken to a shelter.

“Lisa caught Dorit completely off guard by bringing it up,” says the source. “Dorit had no idea that the dog wasn’t still with the family.”

Now, the source says Kemsley is “really hurt” by the whole situation with Vanderpump.

“Dorit is devastated by this,” says the source. “Lisa did eventually acknowledge that she believes Dorit had the best of intentions. But right now, Dorit is unconvinced of the same with Lisa.”

And ultimately, says the source, “the Kemsleys are avid supporters of the Vanderpump Dog Foundation and they hope that personal vendettas don’t get in the way of the charity.” 


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Inside Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s Painful Past and New Family Drama: ‘He Feels Like She Crossed a Line’

 

At the heart of ongoing drama between former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and his son Brandon, is a long and painful history between the rocker and ex-wife Pamela Anderson.

Lee, 55, and Brandon, 21, made headlines this week following a domestic dispute that left Lee in the hospital. In the aftermath Brandon told PEOPLE the altercation was related to Lee’s alleged alcoholism, while Lee quickly denied the claims, saying “I’m happier than I’ve been in my life. I have a few drinks here and there.”

Still sources say Pamela Anderson, 50, who recently opened up to Piers Morgan about being abused by Tommy Lee during their three-year marriage, plays a key role in the fight.

“ feels like Pamela crossed a line by going out of her way to reference something that happened over 20 years ago, the most humiliating time of your life and such a sensitive subject that was painful for everyone,” says a Lee source of the former Baywatch star’s interview on Morgan’s ITV series Life Stories. Lee responded with a series of tweets about Anderson, which sources claim to be the catalyst for the fight between him and Brandon.

During her interview Anderson rehashes details of her tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship with Lee. Married on Feb. 19, 1995, the popular pair embarked on a headline-fueling rollercoaster that included ups, like welcoming their two sons Brandon in 1996 and Dylan in 1997, and downs, like the years-long court battle they fought after one of their homemade sex tapes was stolen and leaked by a disgruntled employee.

But their lowest point was undeniably a 1998 domestic dispute. Lee was sentenced to six months in the Los Angeles County Jail for spousal battery following an assault that left Anderson with bruises and a torn fingernail. She was reportedly holding their infant son, Dylan (now 20) at the time and Brandon reportedly witnessed it all. Lee pled no contest to the charges.

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“It’s like why,” says the Lee source of Anderson’s motives in resurfacing the incident. “Everyone’s in a good place now. He’s happily engaged, the kids are working on their careers. Why when things are great does Pam spend her time going on TV rehashing a destructive, sensitive story. She wound everyone up.”

But a family source contends that things aren’t so great for Lee these days. “Everyone has been concerned for over a year about Tommy Lee,” says a family friend who says Brandon’s claim that Lee suffers from alcoholism is true. “The kid is really concerned about his dad. And he had enough and he was concerned for his mom.”

On Thursday, Anderson, 50, released a lengthy statement to TMZ in which she weighed in on the recent family drama.

“I pray Tommy gets the help he needs. His actions are desperate and humiliating,” Anderson said. “He is a disaster spinning out of control. … I will never talk to Tommy again before he is sober and in his right mind. … This is the Devil – This is the disease of alcoholism.”

In short order, Lee responded to Anderson with a detailed statement of his own. “No matter how much people wanna pin me as this deviant alcoholic abuser, that isn’t me,” he wrote in statement shared with TMZ, adding, “I’m a happy fun loving guy.”

With additional reporting by Liz McNeil
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Jamie Bell Says ‘It Feels Like’ He & Kate Mara Have ‘Been Married for Years — in the Best Way’

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara like to keep their date nights casual.

At Friday’s 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards, which Bell and Mara attended together, the British actor revealed that the couple’s normal dates are much more low-key than star-studded event they were at.

Bell, 31, told E! News that “Netflix and Chill is date night.”

“Couch. Postmates. That’s our date night,” he added. “Our perfect date night is a movie and dinner.”

Bell — who tied the knot with Mara, 34, back in July — went on to say that though they’ve only been wed a few months, he feels like the actress has been his wife for longer. “It really feels no different to me. It feels like we’ve been married for years — in the best way,” he continued. “We’re having a great time.”

At the event the actor also told Entertainment Tonight that he and Mara are “having a great time” being newlyweds. “For me, nothing feels any different, and I think that’s the way it should be. You make a dedication to each other, and that’s it.”

“I can’t believe it’s still so early ” he continued. “It feels like we’ve been married forever.”

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The former Fantastic Four costars initially announced their marriage on social media.

Mara posted a photo of her and Bell kissing on what appeared to be the dance floor at their wedding, captioning the photo “nuptials.” Bell shared the same photo with the caption, “Mr. and Mrs. B.”

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The couple have been dating since fall 2015, and PEOPLE confirmed their engagement in January. They were spotted out together multiple times following the release of Fantastic Four in 2015.

“You constantly have to shift things, and communicate,” Mara previously told PEOPLE of dating an actor. “Like asking, ‘What’s your deal with that show or with this movie,’ to make sure that you actually can see each other.

“I think that’s the most important thing, especially when you’re in a relationship with another actor, because it’s tricky,” she added. “We’re on the same page though, so that helps.”

Bell has a son, 4 — whose name he has kept under wraps — from his previous marriage to Evan Rachel Wood. The former couple separated in 2014.


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Universal’s Jimmy Fallon Ride Feels a Lot Like Mario Kart

Universal Orlando Resort and its two theme parks are filled with attractions based on big name franchises – Jurassic Park! Harry Potter! Transformers! Spider-Man! The Simpsons! But their newest inclusion stands out because a late night talk show isn’t exactly the kind of property one expects to get a theme park ride… and yet Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon does just that.

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This Comedian Feels ‘Emboldened’ To Be Gay After The 2016 Election

Writer-performer Justin Sayre is among the ranks of those disappointed by the results of the 2016 presidential election, but he’s found a silver lining. 

In his latest video for HuffPost Queer Voices, Sayre said the rise of President Donald Trump has given him the “overwhelming urge to be so gay that I start to make people around me uncomfortable.”

“It’s nice to think of myself as a threat to American security again,” he said, nodding to Trump’s explicitly anti-LGBTQ agenda. “It’s nice to think that I’m the priority, that what I’m doing is so terrible and wrong that we have to shut this motherf**ker down. So I’m ready!”

Sayre’s “International Order of Sodomites” (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for “The Meeting,” a variety show honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the LGBTQ community. The next edition of “The Meeting” hits Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York on Jan. 22. 

You can check out Sayre’s comedy album, “The Gay Agenda,” here. Meanwhile, the latest episode of “Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre,” the official I.O.S. podcast, was released this month featuring an interview with legendary drag personality Lady Bunny.

You can also view some previous performances from “The Meeting” on Sayre’s official YouTube page. For more Sayre, head to Facebook and Twitter.

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Fitness Star Emily Skye Feels ‘Happier, Healthier, Stronger and Fitter’ After Gaining 28 Lbs.

Fitness star Emily Skye is speaking out to let her followers know that being thin does not make you healthier or happier.

Skye, 29, shared a photo of herself in 2008 at 47 kilograms (about 104 lbs.) and now at 60 kilograms (about 132 lbs.) in a side-by-side comparison on Instagram.

The Australian trainer explains that the first photo is from is before she started strength training.

“I was only doing cardio and I was obsessed with being as skinny as I could be,” she shares. “I was starving myself and was really unhealthy and unhappy. I suffered depression and had terrible body image.”

She has since gained 13 kilograms (about 28 lbs.) through focusing on lifting weights and doing some high-intensity interval training.

“I don’t do any long cardio sessions and I eat more than I’ve ever eaten in my life,” says Skye. “I’m also happier, healthier, stronger and fitter than I have ever been. I no longer obsess over the way I look. I eat and train to feel my best, for overall health and longevity. I love having muscle and I feel more confident than ever.”

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“I love my life and I’m so grateful I decided to make those changes several years ago and committed to my healthy lifestyle,” she continues.

Skye encourages her followers to focus on working out and eating clean for overall health, rather than for weight loss.

“Exercise and eat nutritious food because you love yourself and know that you deserve to be your best,” she says. “Try not to focus on being ‘skinny’ and just focus on your overall health — mental and physical.”


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This Is What Anxiety Feels Like

“There’s a misconception that anxious people are antisocial, short-fused or over-dramatic. But they’re most likely processing everything around them so intensely that they can’t handle a lot of questions, people or heavy information all at once. Anxiety is when you feel everything.” — Katie Crawford

Anxiety is debilitating. It feels like a constant heaviness in your mind; like something isn’t quite right, although oftentimes you don’t know exactly what that something is.

It feels like acid in your stomach, burning and eating away at the emptiness and taking away any feelings of hunger. It’s like a tight knot that you can’t untwist.

Anxiety feels like your mind is on fire, overthinking and over analyzing every little, irrelevant thing. Sometimes, it makes you feel restless and constantly distracted. It feels as if your thoughts are running wild in a million different directions, bumping into each other along the way.

Other times, it makes you feel detached, as if your mind has gone blank and you are no longer mentally present. You dissociate and feel as if you have left your own body.

Anxiety feels like there is a voice in the back of your mind telling you that everything is not okay, when everything in fact is. Sometimes the voice tells you that there is something wrong with you and that you are different from everybody else.

It tells you that your feelings are bad and a burden to the world and that you should isolate. It makes everyday tasks, such as making simple decisions, incredibly difficult.

Anxiety can keep you up at night — tossing and turning. It’s like a lightbulb that comes on at the most inconvenient times and won’t switch off. Your body feels exhausted, but your mind feels wide awake and racing. You go through the events of your day, analyzing and agonizing over every specific detail.

Anxiety is a liar, although it feels incredibly real.

Listening to it will not make it go away. You need to resist it. Fight it. Don’t let it win.

So let it speak.

Hear out all the worries and irrational concerns. The simple act of listening to it will show you that you are not it. Let it rant and rave and panic and cry. Let it tell you everything it’s thinking. And then you choose.

You choose whether or not you’ll listen to it, or to the more peaceful voice that says not to. It only defines you if it becomes the only voice you listen to. It only defines you until you realize that it is a piece of your mind, not the whole. And that can be hard to see, when those fear thoughts are engulfing your whole being in flames. It can be hard to realize there’s a choice, when you feel like everything is burning.

The first moment is the hardest, and the hardest things are the most truthful. So let your anxiety speak. Let it air its grievances with you and what you’ve done. When all its worries are on the table, you decide how you play the cards.

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Holiday, Shmoliday: What to Do When Christmas Feels Blue

The older I get, the more I realize what a mix of blessing and curse the holidays can be.

On one hand, there’s a sense of magic in the air… People are inclined to generously donate food and gifts. There are parties and gatherings at every turn. It’s easy to imagine that the snow is sparkling because of Christmas.

But there’s a shadow side happening at the same time. For the lonely and sad, the holidays are an occasion to feel even more isolated than usual. For the stressed and sick, the holidays ramp up the pressure. For those who are struggling financially, it’s easy to feel even more marginalized.

And there are plenty of folks who just feel blue, but can’t pinpoint why.

So how do you navigate this time with a little more ease, grace and holiday spirit? And how can you be more supportive of those around you who are experiencing their own ups and downs?

1. First, take notice.

How are you feeling? What’s going on in your life? Slow down and give yourself time and space to notice how you feel (which might be very different than how others expect you to feel). Real life doesn’t stop just because everyone around you seems to be celebrating.

Recognize that it’s as normal to feel blue during this time of year as at any other time. If there’s someone in your life who’s sad or struggling, acknowledge their sadness and give a listening ear.

You don’t have to “fix” your friend, solve their problems, or give advice to be helpful. In fact, if you simply listen – no advice, no judgment — you’ll be giving them a priceless gift: that of being seen, heard, and understood. This alone does wonders for the soul.

2. Feel what you feel.

How many times do we just soldier on despite feeling like our heart just isn’t there? This is an opportunity to slow down and pay attention to what’s really happening within.

Get really clear about what’s bothering you. Let yourself feel into it, while at the same time observing yourself from a distance. This can help you process how you feel without getting stuck or drowning in your feelings.

3. Find a “people balance.”

For many introverts (myself included), the tendency is to cocoon and hibernate when loneliness sets in. We want our comforts, and that includes alone time. But too much alone time quickly leads to isolation; the longer we spend in our own company, the harder it gets to reach out and connect with other people.

For extroverts, it’s easy to adopt a pattern of constant motion and activity to avoid feeling anything. The second you slow down, you feel, and that can be painful. But what happens when you wear yourself out with activity? You end up exhausted by the time those feelings creep into your awareness, and they feel even bigger and meaner than they otherwise would have.

For both introverts and extroverts, the key is to recognize your own tendency, and plan ahead for a little more or less social time. Do it when you’re rested, well nourished, and able to think clearly.

4. Take extra-good care.

Self-care is sorely devalued these days… As much as we say we need it and love having some extra TLC, we barely even give ourselves enough hours of sleep at night to feel well-rested and fully present the next day.

Like the stock market, the best way to successfully navigate the rush of the holidays is to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Instead of “Buy low, sell high,” adopt the motto: “Slow down when it’s busy, get busy when life slows down.”

Jumping on the crazy-busy bandwagon sets you up for exhaustion, frustration, rushing, mistakes, and miscommunication…. Certainly not the way to experience the joyful, loving spirit of the holidays!

But slow yourself down when everyone else is going at top speed, and you give yourself room to make better choices. It’s easier to spend your time more selectively, with people who lift you up. You have more patience and energy to handle unexpected situations and family emergencies. You feel more rested, in control, and grounded. Just because most people don’t associate the holiday season with peacefulness doesn’t mean you can’t!

5. Be honest if you’re not feeling better.

Of course if your melancholy goes beyond simple holiday blues, be sure to find a counselor, therapist, or other professional who can support you properly. Don’t put off getting the help you need and deserve.

Above all, remember that to be human means bumping up against other humans, asking for what you need, and helping other people to get what they need, too… not just today, but every day.

PS- If it takes you a while to get back into the swing of life and business after the holidays, please join me for a free teleclass on December 30th, 2014 where you’ll learn how to stop spinning your wheels, trust your intuition, and kick off the new year with a fresh, new perspective. Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/o6ryme8 even if you can’t join the call live (the recording will be sent to you).

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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Theater: Rufus And Robert Tackle Will; “When January Feels Like Summer”

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What to do when reviewing theater? Do you scribble notes throughout about this bit of scenic design, that line of dialogue, a lighting cue? Or, like me, do you simply watch and experience the piece, assuming that if you can’t remember some particular detail, so be it? That is fairest to the work, I think, but it makes it awfully hard to discuss in detail a show like Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Director Robert Wilson has collaborated with artist Rufus Wainwright and the Berliner Ensemble on presenting a selection of Shakespeare’s classic works of poetry. Wilson has developed visual settings, Wainwright the music and the troupe of actors performs them.

Each sonnet is typically given its own presentation: sometimes the poem is declaimed and then sung in snatches and then declaimed in part again, with the music framing or underscoring the mood. Other times the poem is sung in part (with the odd work squawked out by an actor) and then certain lines repeated as text at the end to emphasize an emotion or idea. Still others are turned into duets or voiced by three or more, interrupted by spoken passages and then taken up again. In short, without a video to rewind, I can’t for the life of me give a detailed description of the evening.

If you are a fan of Wilson, you will be in familiar territory. If you are a fan of Wainwright, understand his voice is heard briefly and sometimes excellent music in varied styles pulses throughout but you’ll get few easy pop moments here. If you are a fan of Berliner Ensemble, surely any rare chance to see them in the US is welcome.

Is there a story? No, but there is a mood of melancholy and regret and humor and the absurdity of it all. Again and again the helpless joy and misery of love is brought to life in Shakespeare’s lines, often lifted up in song. Wilson needs a big stage but perhaps a grungy cabaret is the ideal setting for this piece. The black humor would come to the forefront and the formal air more quickly dispersed. But not many clubs could accommodate the wreck of a car stabbed onto the trunk of a tree like a memo on a spindle. Not many cabarets would allow a rather large Cupid to fly across the stage while sending an arrow straight towards the heart of Queen Elizabeth, albeit in Wilsonian slow motion.

Here’s a glimpse.

At first, the show seemed a series of set pieces. One could perhaps string together the sonnets about the Dark Lady or those directed to a beautiful young man and tell an emotional story of sorts. This show takes 27 sonnets to encircle the idea of love. Inevitably, one began ticking them off: I liked what they did with this one, can’t be bothered with that one and so on. The revue-like nature was emphasized by Georgette Dee, who strode along the lip of the stage during scene changes to mutter and moan and rave about love. Somehow, though her text might easily have played as camp, Dee underplayed its over-the-top nature and won me over.

But as Act Two began, the momentum picked up and the show took on a cohesive whole. It helped that the work seemed to progress from more spoken passages and individual solos to more and more singing and more group efforts, culminating in a genuinely moving presentation of Sonnet 129 and the final coda of Sonnet 66, where the speaker is tired of life and would gladly accept death if it didn’t mean leaving their love alone.

The work never achieved the focus and greatness of Wilson’s best work but had hypnotic passages of beauty nonetheless. Wainwright’s music was thrillingly malleable and would surely benefit from repeated listens. The costumes by Jacques Reynaud were exquisite and the ensemble typically strong. Stand-outs unquestionably included Dee, Angela Schmid as Shakespeare, Angela Winkler as the Fool and an imperious Jürgen Holtz as both Elizabeth I and II. It was generally a playful evening (Wilson even did a spin before taking his bow) yet the ache of the sad moments of music and the strange power of Wilson’s most striking images that linger.

Here’s a sonnet from a mounting of this piece years ago that gives you an idea of the visual style of the work.

And here’s Ralph Fiennes reading Sonnet 129, the penultimate piece of the evening.

WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER ** 1/2 out of ****
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The Ensemble Studio Theatre and Women’s Project Theater have come together to present When January Feels Like Summer, a new play by Cori Thomas and directed by Daniella Topol that was first seen here in the spring and received strong reviews. Thomas is indeed a promising talent and her work presented with care by Topol and an excellent cast. Though the play was also mounted in Pennsylvania, one hopes Topol isn’t done working on it.

It begins on a subway train, where we later realize most of the main characters cross paths. They return to the subway at the finale, where stepping into a car symbolizes a hopeful future. Typically, this idea isn’t developed enough: why do their paths cross? We get no glimpse of what these characters might mean to each other in the future. And if the subway is going to be so totemic at the finale, shouldn’t it appear throughout the play?

In any case, the action soon centers on two siblings, immigrants from India who manage a bodega. One is Nirmala (Mahira Kakkar), the wife of a man who has been in a coma for years, brain dead and kept alive only by machines though she’s unable to pull the plug. Perhaps she feels so guilty about doing so because that husband has meant so little to her over the years. Her brother Ishan (Debargo Sanyal) certainly doesn’t believe in just waiting for things to happen. He unveils his true nature to Nirmala by becoming Indira. Gender reassignment surgery is very expensive and years of hormone therapy away, but Ishan/Indira is ready to get the ball rolling by dressing as a woman and taking her first steps toward claiming her identity and presenting it to the world.

Circling them is the shy sanitation worker Joe (Dion Graham), who has a crush on Nirmala. And the comic relief comes from two young men Jeron (Carter Redwood) and Devaun (Maurice Williams). They goof around talking about women on the train, work at Burger King and dream of time and a half or at least making time. Devaun is the smooth talker but Jeron, at least at the start, is the brains. That’s certainly true when Devaun takes a shine to Indira, clueless as to her tentative claims on womanhood.

With Indira as matchmaker for Joe and Nirmala and then Devaun as matchmaker for his pal and the girl at Burger King who thinks Jeron is cute, that leaves Devaun and Indira on their own when it comes to romance. They’ll figure it out.

Thomas creates a sweet air of possibility in her show, aided by an effective scenic design under tight circumstances by Jason Simms and sharp lighting by Austin R. Smith to ease transitions. The costumes by Sydney Maresca include some intentionally godawful t-shirts and dresses that make Sanyal more feminine than one would have expected. And the cast is superior throughout, maintaining our sympathy from start to finish.

But Thomas makes numerous confusing detours that throw the play off and make us uncertain about where we’re headed. First, the two young guys are seen as genial if harmless goofs. Devaun seems slightly dim — he mispronounces numerous words — while Jeron is smarter. But their initial role as humorous counterpoint falls away as Devaun asks Indira out, giving her a first taste of romance. Yet as that happens, they seem to become stupider by the minute, with not one but both of them garbling simple words again and again. It’s both inconsistent and annoying.

Worse, they are involved in a confusing subplot wherein Devaun believes a local man who attends his church has hit on him. Devaun is 20 by the way. This man placed a hand on Devaun’s shoulder in another bodega and says he has something to show him. Devaun freaks out and tells the man to back off. Later, the two young guys decide the man is a threat and might harm little kids, so they decide to put up posters around town warning people about this predator (which Devaun misconstrues as “predictor”). Huh? This is initially played for laughs and we can’t help thinking this adult has wildly overreacted; but no harm since their poster is so vague it makes no sense.

Two problems. One, when discussing this incident in front of Indira, Devaun loses his cool and in violent language completely out of tone with the rest of the show he talks about viciously attacking that gay man for daring to make a pass at him. This occurs early in the show. So later when he and Indira begin to flirt, we remain deeply worried for her safety and wonder why she’d want to spend the evening with a guy who clearly would pose a threat if he never the physical realities of Indira’s body. It creates an unpleasant sense of danger that doesn’t mesh with the show, makes us question the common sense of the otherwise in charge and smart Indira and makes the climactic scene of the show actually hard to believe.

Cut out the virulent language and the finale is easier to believe, especially if refashioned. Devaun is supposed to be a mack daddy comfortable with sex, so if he isn’t seen as a simmering threat and homophobe, when Indira delicately explains the surprise under her dress, we could be happily surprised if Devaun said, “So, you want me to take you from behind? Okay!” rather than merely being relieved he doesn’t assault her.

The other problem is that the man Devaun was so obsessed over actually gets arrested by the police! Yet what is described doesn’t sound anything like a crime, more like something kinky done between consenting adults. It literally makes no sense and again muddies the gentle air of romance the show aspires to.

These are serious flaws in tone and plot, along with a running obsession about the weather and some mild, unconvincing touches of near magic realism. Edit all this out and you’d have a much shorter, tighter and more effective play. There’s no real need for an intermission except the show’s current length.

But this doesn’t detract from the generally delightful characters, aided immensely by the cast and direction of Topol. Williams and especially Redwood are very appealing and funny as the two friends, while making them specific enough so that they never descend into caricature. Graham doesn’t shine in his one big, rambling monologue and Joe declares his love too quickly. (I blame the script.) But he too is appealing and very watchable in his quiet moments. Sanyal goes to town with his part and a little dialing back by the director would be helpful, especially in his big scene where he trembles repeatedly while thanking Krishna, milking it for all it’s worth. But he’s funny and honest for the most part. And Kakkar is excellent as the unloved wife beginning to see her self-worth.

I wish Thomas had been confident enough to make their victories more modest and real rather than so monumental. It would have been truer to the modest but very real people she has created.

THEATER OF 2014

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ***
Rodney King ***
Hard Times ** 1/2
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead **
I Could Say More *
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner **
Machinal ***
Outside Mullingar ***
A Man’s A Man * 1/2
The Tribute Artist ** 1/2
Transport **
Prince Igor at the Met **
The Bridges Of Madison County ** 1/2
Kung Fu (at Signature) **
Stage Kiss ***
Satchmo At The Waldorf ***
Antony and Cleopatra at the Public **
All The Way ** 1/2
The Open House (Will Eno at Signature) ** 1/2
Wozzeck (at Met w Deborah Voigt and Thomas Hampson and Simon O’Neill)
Hand To God ***
Tales From Red Vienna **
Appropriate (at Signature) *
Rocky * 1/2
Aladdin ***
Mothers And Sons **
Les Miserables *** 1/2
Breathing Time * 1/2
Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna * 1/2
Heathers The Musical * 1/2
Red Velvet, at St. Ann’s Warehouse ***
Broadway By The Year 1940-1964 *** 1/2
A Second Chance **
Guys And Dolls *** 1/2
If/Then * 1/2
The Threepenny Opera * 1/2
A Raisin In The Sun *** 1/2
The Heir Apparent *** 1/2
The Realistic Joneses ***
Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill ***
The Library **
South Pacific ** 1/2
Violet ***
Bullets Over Broadway **
Of Mice And Men **
The World Is Round ***
Your Mother’s Copy Of The Kama Sutra **
Hedwig and the Angry Inch ***
The Cripple Of Inishmaan ***
The Great Immensity * 1/2
Casa Valentina ** 1/2
Act One **
Inventing Mary Martin **
Cabaret ***
An Octoroon *** 1/2
Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging ***
Here Lies Love *** 1/2
6th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition
Sea Marks * 1/2
A Time-Traveler’s Trip To Niagara * 1/2
Selected Shorts: Neil Gaiman ***
Too Much Sun * 1/2
Broadway By The Year 1965-1989 ***
In The Park **
The Essential Straight & Narrow ** 1/2
Much Ado About Nothing ***
When We Were Young And Unafraid
Savion Glover’s Om **
Broadway By The Year 1990-2014 ***
The Lion ***
Holler If Ya Hear Me * 1/2
The Ambassador Revue ** 1/2
Dubliners: A Quartet ***
The National High School Musical Theater Awards *** 1/2
Wayra — Fuerza Bruta * 1/2
Strictly Dishonorable *** 1/2 out of ****
Between Riverside And Crazy ***
The Wayside Motor Inn ***
Bootycandy ***
Mighty Real ***
This Is Our Youth ***
Rock Bottom * 1/2
Almost Home * 1/2
Rococo Rouge **
Love Letters ** 1/2
The Money Shot ** 1/2
The Old Man and the Old Moon *** 1/2
You Can’t Take It With You * 1/2 out of ****
Can-Can at Papermill ** 1/2
The Country House ** 1/2
Cinderella ** 1/2
Shakespeare’s Sonnets at BAM (Rufus Wainwright, Robert Wilson) ***
When January Feels Like Summer ** 1/2

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Thanks for reading. Michael Giltz is the founder and CEO of the forthcoming website BookFilter, a book lover’s best friend. It’s a website that lets you browse for books online the way you do in a physical bookstore, provides comprehensive info on new releases every week in every category and offers passionate personal recommendations every step of the way. It’s like a fall book preview or holiday gift guide — but every week in every category. He’s also the cohost of Showbiz Sandbox, a weekly pop culture podcast that reveals the industry take on entertainment news of the day and features top journalists and opinion makers as guests. It’s available for free on iTunes. Visit Michael Giltz at his website and his daily blog. Download his podcast of celebrity interviews and his radio show, also called Popsurfing and also available for free on iTunes.

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‘Inherent Vice’ Trailer Feels Like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Funniest Film Yet

After months of not knowing much about “Inherent Vice” beyond its cast list and what’s in Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, the movie’s first trailer is here. Arriving five days before the Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation is set to make its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, the clip seems to carry the kinetic comedy of the early stages of “Boogie Nights” rather than the severe character drama of “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master,” just as last week’s New York Times profile of Anderson promised the movie would. (In that piece, Anderson compared the film to “Airplane!” and “Top Secret.”) Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in their first collaboration since “Walk the Line” as well as Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro, Martin Short, Joanna Newsom and (apparently) Pynchon himself in a rare cameo, the ’70s-set “Inherent Vice” opens Dec. 12. It could be a major awards contender.


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‘Moms Night Out’ Feels Like a Dated TV Sitcom

“Moms Night Out” is the kind of movie you feel you ought to like because it is so family friendly, and families have been crying out for ages for more “clean” movies. This one is definitely clean. Still watching it you wish it had just a little something extra that would make it more enjoyable. As is, it is a movie with some interesting/funny moments but it also has many moments that seem too frenetic and too preachy.

Sarah “Gray’s Anatomy” Drew plays Allyson, wife of Sean (Sean Astin) and mother to three small children. She loves her husband and her kids but for some reason she isn’t happy. Maybe it’s because her house is a mess and so is she. To lift herself up out of her dumps she agrees to a moms night out with her best friend Izzy (Andrea Logan White) and her pastor’s wife Sondra (Patricia Heaton).

Going out with the girls sounds simple enough but this “night” gets messed up fast. In a very short time Allyson’s van is stolen, her sister-in-law’s baby is missing, and her husband is on his way to the hospital. This all plays out in Lucy, Ethel, Desi and Fred fashion and it is confusing to say the least. It is also chaotic and bewildering.

Much of the fault of the failure of the film must be laid at the feet of Drew. As Allyson she just does not connect with the audience. She comes off as whiny and shrill. Even when she has her tender moments the audience is still not with her.

Countering her is Patricia Heaton. She has some of the brightest moments in the movie, but then that is as it should be. Heaton has been charming us for years; first on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and presently in “The Middle.” She has uncanny comic timing and draws us to her character from the first moment the audience sees her.

Outstanding in the male members of the cast is Robert Amaya as Marco, Izzy’s husband. Marco is a man on the verge of hysteria throughout the film. This leads him to act funny, talk funny and be funny. Also good is David Hunt (Heaton’s husband) who plays the cabbie the women hail to take them on their adventures. Though his is not a big role Hunt takes advantage of every scene he has to make an impression.

The movie is rated PG for some mild action sequences.

If you are looking for a comedy that is not deluged with profanity and sexual innuendoes then you have found your movie. You can safely take your mother or even your grandmother to see it and not be embarrassed in the least. But if you are looking for a sharp comedy that thoroughly entertains then this is not it. “Moms Night Out” plays like a TV sitcom from a few years ago. It feels dated and in this case that is not a good thing.

I scored “Moms Night Out” a homebound 5 out of 10.
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Here’s How Connie Britton Really Feels About That Michelle Obama Cameo

Things are about to get crazy!

“Nashville” is back tonight with a brand new episode and while the series might be winding down the drama is definitely heating up. Last week, the cast recorded a special live performance shot at the Ryman Auditorium, and fans can expect even more action in tonight’s episode.

Connie Britton spoke to HuffPost TV about the season so far, that special Michelle Obama episode and why fans should brace themselves for the Season 2 finale.

On working with Michelle Obama
“It was an amazing episode,” Britton said when asked about the first lady’s lauded cameo. “My character Rayna puts on a concert at an army base. We shot at Fort Campbell which is right outside Nashville and we shot this incredible performance for the troops. It was such an amazing day.”

Britton also gave us a glimpse of the role the first lady has on the show. “Michelle Obama recorded a message for the troops, so its a pretty exciting episode,” Britton said. Fans should also get ready for the show to pick up the pace heading towards the season finale.

“Really everything leading up to the finale is very exciting,” Britton said. “We’re really just going to be moving crazily to the finish line and the season finale is going to be spectacular.”

On how Season 2 might end
The last time we saw Rayna, the country crooner was going on national TV to address her “baby daddy” issues and come clean to Deacon about why she kept Maddie a secret all those years. But Britton says the next few episodes are going to focus less on family drama and more on Rayna’s music career.

“This whole season for Rayna has been about her creating her new label and what we start to see as we get to the season finale is that everything, especially after everything that’s happened with Scarlett, everything is riding on her album release,” Britton said. “We’re going to watch Rayna doing everything that she can to make a great performance. The season finale we get to see her be really victorious with that.”

As to what fans can expect from the season’s final episode? “There’s definitely a twist in the season finale that even when I read it in the script I was very surprised,” Britton said. “I think the audience is going to love it.”

The actress also revealed her plans for after the show ends its sophomore season which include a new film with Tina Fey and Adam Driver and continuing to be an ambassador for the Ponds skincare brand.

Check out our full interview with Connie Britton, above.

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Typography Book Explores What It Feels Like To Have Dyslexia

“Being dyslexic, one thing always stood out,” Sam Barclay explains in his Kickstarter video. “The available help was always aimed at making me read better. Very little effort was made to help the people around me understand what it feels like to struggle with reading.”

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With this in mind, Barclay embarked on a typographic journey to translate the experience of dyslexia in a manner as beautiful as it was educational. The result is “I Wonder What It Feels Like To Be Dyslexic,” a design-led journey into the struggle of dyslexia that celebrates the spaces for alternative understanding along the way.

Manipulating language through the use of typography has always appealed to me,” Barclay writes in his statement. “What interests me, is the challenges of generating an outcome that questions the users experience in the most exciting way.”

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In Barclay’s visionary creation, somewhere between a coffee table book and a textbook, letters morph into shapes which meander, swap places and play tricks on the eye. Frustrating yet fascinating, the book reveals a space between words and meaning where new interpretations of language are possible.

“People that have difficulty reading are often capable of thinking in ways that others aren’t,” Barclay explains. “Encouraging those with reading difficulties… to excel in ways that make sense to them is not just important, it’s crucial.”

To fund his project, Barclay is attempting to raise approximately $ 23,000 on Kickstarter by November 28. Take a look at Barclay’s book below and see how you can help move his project forward on Kickstarter.

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