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Film, "Monsters University": Imaginary Animal House

"Monsters University": Imaginary Animal House

By all accounts, a follow-up to Pixar's 2001 Monsters, Inc. has been on the boards since 2005, but it's just as well that it took this long for this story of how ambulatory eyeball Mike (Billy Crystal) and fuzzy purple…
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Film, "Parental Guidance": Modern Life Is Rubbish

"Parental Guidance": Modern Life Is Rubbish

In much the same way that pig-romancing hill folk felt slandered by William Denison "Bill" McKinney's performance in Deliverance, the elderly have cause to feel scandalized by their portrayal in Andy Fickman's Parental Guidance. The Billy Crystal/Bette Midler vehicle is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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News, The Snitch Handful of Local, Familiar Names on United Football League Rosters

Handful of Local, Familiar Names on United Football League Rosters

It was Billy Crystal's Fernando Lamas character who made a catchphrase out of "It is better to look good than to feel good. (of course you remember this character! He's the "You look mah-velous" guy.). Along similar lines, former Mexican…
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Calendar, Night&Day Around the Horn

Around the Horn

Old sportswriters like to say syrupy stuff like “the dance of baseball.” Now you can also say it and not feel like you’re 86 years old or Billy Crystal. Pastime, a dance created by 2006 Izzie Award winner and ODC…
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Culture, Stage Slick


Solo shows fall into three basic categories: the autobiographical (in which the performer tells his own story), the biographical (in which the performer portrays another person — usually someone famous), and what I'll call the multi-biographical (in which the performer…
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Culture, Encore

Our critics weigh in on local theater

700 Sundays. Billy Crystal's Tony Award-winning, box office record-smashing, autobiographical solo show is more nutritious than Grandma's chicken soup, more soothing than bedtime cocoa, and more embarrassingly sentimental than a grown man reminiscing about his bed-wetting days. Performing before…
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Culture, Stage Cracked Crystal

Cracked Crystal

There comes a point in many a celebrity's career when he or she feels compelled to get out of the fast lane for a while and concentrate on something more wholesome. Some, like Paul Newman, make salad dressing; others, such…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Psych Art

Psych Art

WED 11/30 Psychologists walk a peculiar line between art and science. Like biologists and chemists, they use the scientific method; like painters and poets, they aim to uncover truths about human nature that laboratories could never produce. Case in point:…
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Film, The Wiz

The Wiz

For all their exceptionality, there is also a numbing sameness to the movies of Hayao Miyazaki, the revered animator who has bewitched Japanese audiences since the late 1970s and bewildered American ones since 1999, when Princess Mononoke was among the…
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The Mobster and the Shrink

Analyze This! Directed by Harold Ramis. Written by Ramis, Peter Tolan, and Kenneth Lonergan. Starring Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, and Joe Viterelli. Opens Friday, March 5, at the Galaxy and the Presidio. When hit men wore hats…
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Zoom Lens

!Cine Latino! The sixth annual Festival ACine Latino! opens its ambitious program this Wednesday with several days of films at various venues, notably the venerable Victoria Theater at 16th and Mission streets. Sponsored by San Francisco's Cine Accion, the nation's…
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