Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
Switching Lainies. On the road to riches, actress/singer is ethnically enhanced
Greek Orthodox? Greek unorthodox - or that's what one would have assumed on learning of the casting of a major Jewish actress as a Greek matriarch in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." But then, one would have underestimated the undeniable appeal and talent of Lainie Kazan, who made the big fat 2002 Greek role her own. And she did it...
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A Jewish Apprentice? Not yet, but Soviet émigré Alla Wartenberg came close - and closes in on her own title as mogul
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"Tee Ouvolena!" The Sputnik simulcast of "You're fired!"? If Donald Trump never actually uttered the Russian equivalent of his rejection mantra, Soviet Jewish émigré Alla Wartenberg still got the message. She made the business world's equivalent of the Final Four of basketball, jumping through hoops, but was still voted off the island - Manhattan, in this case - in the...
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So, you wanna be a producer? Maybe it helps to have a great director. Susan Stroman had a hit with the flopsweat of her "Producers" on Broadway in 2001; five years later, the director/choreographer - who made body "Contact" with the Tony Award in 2000 - is now watching as her Broadway Bialystock and Bloom bounce off the big screen...
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Interested in taking a trip to the "Bermuda Avenue Triangle," where audiences in the past have gotten lost in the laughs? Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna - with Lainie Kazan joining them for the ride - return here three years after their other voyage-oriented title "If You Ever Leave Me … I'm Going With You." And "On the Scene" has...
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Now wide-screen wizard Jerry Bruckheimer's expanded to the small screen, too
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It's been an amazing race down "Glory Road" for mega-successful producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The man whose "Amazing Race" has captured TV's Emmy Award for reality series three years running hurdles hits as if he were born with flubber in his shoes. "Glory Road," he hopes, is more than the street where he lives; this Rocky-Goes-for-the-Rebound basketball adventure is the latest...
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