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Review: Dancin' just thinkin' about it

Whether it was hilariously gruesome female assassins or the soft-touch smiles of a family enjoying daily life, the fifth annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival spanned genres well. We had roller-skating, pantomiming, art-creating, cannibalist
Our fifth annual short-film festival really moves
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 26, 2010

Point of no return

Don DeLillo's novels have been shrinking, like a star collapsing into itself, perhaps, or vapor fading on a glass.
The end justifies the meaning in Don DeLillo's Omega
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010

Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009

The Pythons' Gonzo Gosepl

The scene is familiar: the vast blue sky, the expanses of sand, and, atop a distant hill, Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount to a rapt throng. But on the fringes of the crowd, His listeners behave like rowdies at a rock concert, yelling at one anot
Jesus never had a chance
By STEPHEN SCHIFF  |  October 02, 2009

The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009

Dr. Lovemonkey: Mr. Donut

There is a woman at work who I am quite interested in. We arrive at work rather early in the morning and about once a week now for the past several months, I have brought in a box of doughnuts for her and a few of our co-workers. Although she has thanke
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  July 24, 2009


Newman's own

Among Shawn Levy's books is one of my favorite film bios, King of Comedy , with crazy-guy Jerry Lewis, so show-off goofy and schmaltzy, spilling all on every exuberant, excessive page.
Mainstream life, good read
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 26, 2009

Phoenix | Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The French have a way of adopting bits of marginalized American culture — jazz, Faulkner, film noir — and transforming them into something headier, smokier.
V2 (2009)
By JAKE COHEN  |  May 15, 2009

Paradis found

Must we still make the case for French pop?
The chanteuse is loose
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 15, 2008

The belle boy

Precious, rather than priceless, is the word that comes to mind when describing Audrey Tautou.
Audrey Tautou goes slumming in Hors de prix
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2008

Putting the ‘art’ in ‘fart’

Everybody poops.
‘Pull My Finger’ explores the dark vortex where comedy and poop jokes meet
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 06, 2007


Out of this world

If comedienne and singer Sandra Bernhard hadn’t invented herself, a hovering mothership beaming her down might have been acceptable.
Sandra Bernhard gets cosmic
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2007

Fancy footwork

Could Little Rhody get a national award for the skill with which its politicians steadily shoot themselves in the foot?
Halitosis Hall denizens still excel when it comes to self-inflicted woes
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  November 29, 2006

Laughing allowed

When Norm Crosby says he “buried” pioneering television comedian Milton Berle, he’s being literal.
Norm Crosby comes home to the Boston Comedy Festival
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2006

Pensées mal gardées

Boston Ballet’s second production of Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée made it clearer than ever what a fractured fairy tale this is. The pastoral scrim that’s revealed when the curtain goes up sports a surly Demeter bearing a sheaf of grain and
Plus, fantasy Filles
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 14, 2006

Still crooning

It’s the morning of Ted Kennedy’s 74th birthday, and as the senator enters NECN’s Newton headquarters, he warmly greets Chet Curtis — who is tan and rested after a stint in his Fort Lauderdale condo — as an old friend.
How Chet Curtis became the Larry King of New England Cable
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 03, 2006