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Film, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage": Kevin Spacey Becomes a Shakespearean Madman, Drives a Dune Buggy

"Now: In the Wings on a World Stage": Kevin Spacey Becomes a Shakespearean Madman, Drives a Dune Buggy

What great fun it was to be in the 10-month international tour of Shakespeare's Richard III with Kevin Spacey in the lead and Sam Mendes directing. That's the gist of Jeremy Whelehan's puff piece, which should serve as a fine…
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Culture, Kill Your Television The Son of a Bitch Gets All the Best Lines: Rise of the Antihero

The Son of a Bitch Gets All the Best Lines: Rise of the Antihero

I worked in record stores for years, right before they began to be threatened by online pirating: The Golden Age of Record Stores. This was the late '90s and early aughts, the height of sarcasm and snark. Irony had gone…
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Obama Says No to Toke Federal focus should be stronger on alcohol: As far as I am concerned, the Feds should do the same thing regarding alcohol . Alcohol has killed more people…
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Culture, Stage "Richard III": Spacey Dominates Shakespeare — to the Poetry's Detriment

"Richard III": Spacey Dominates Shakespeare — to the Poetry's Detriment

People don't last long in Richard III. Kings can scarcely enjoy a moment's happiness on their thrones before their lives become futile efforts at protecting their prize from real and imagined usurpers. It's language that has lasting power. It makes…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Reasons Not to Miss Kevin Spacey as Richard III

Five Reasons Not to Miss Kevin Spacey as Richard III

[This is a quick response to an extraordinary theater event. Look for a full review from Lily Janiak, SF Weekly's theater critic, in next week's issue. The show continues through October 29 at the Curran Theatre, 445 Geary (at Mason).…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes to Reunite in San Francisco Production of <i>Richard III</i> in October

Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes to Reunite in San Francisco Production of Richard III in October

A production of Shakespeare's Richard III with Kevin Spacey in the title role and Sam Mendes as director is coming to the Curran Theatre this fall, according to a statement from SHN, operator of the Curran. Tickets are scheduled to…
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Film, Vince Vaughan's Bad Santa Bro Targets Teens in <i>Fred Claus</i>

Vince Vaughan's Bad Santa Bro Targets Teens in Fred Claus

Banking on the career choices of Vince Vaughn garners increasingly erratic returns, which is ironic, given that he has finally settled on (or surrendered to) a consistent onscreen persona: his own bad self. Uneasy from the beginning, Vaughn avoided the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Turn Out the Lights

Turn Out the Lights

Autograph-hungry groupies may wait outside the stage doors of Broadway theaters for Julia Roberts or Kevin Spacey to emerge, but playgoers rarely think about what happens to regular actors once the final curtain goes swoosh. Dutch multimedia theater company Kassys…
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Film, Splish Splash Thud

Splish Splash Thud

The early reviews for Beyond the Sea, the Bobby Darin biopic on which Kevin Spacey did everything save for feeding the crew and sweeping the set, have been so hateful that a latecomer to the bashing bash is tempted to…
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Film, Prey to Pretense

Prey to Pretense

The most notable thing about The United States of Leland, a youth-violence drama from writer/director Matthew Ryan Hoge, is its earnestness. This is a film that wants to be good. It wants to mean something, it wants to move you,…
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Film, <i>Gale</i> Farce

Gale Farce

Right-wing pundits will be coming out of the woodwork to holler about this one. Bad enough, they'll say, that The Life of David Gale attacks the death penalty; it also features a caricature governor of Texas with big ears and…
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Film, Reel World

American Hot Wax

Their goal may be recognition or wealth, but mostly it's the urge to hear their idiosyncratic words set to music. For decades, folks all over this fine land have sent their wacky verses (and a check) to music companies in…
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Film, American Ply

American Ply

To put it mildly, it is uncomfortable and embarrassing to have one's cynical ass whipped by a huge, hulking Hallmark card, and this is exactly the sensation one takes away from Mimi Leder's Pay It Forward. Not that the near-total…
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Film, The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

Grown-ups, take heart. Even if you misspent your summer at the movies pigging out on reheated space adventure, slob humor, and stubborn, old ballplayers who won't hang up their spikes, all is not lost. A powerful and intelligent film called…
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Dead Zone

Hurlyburly Directed by Anthony Drazan. Written by David Rabe, based on his play. Starring Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright Penn, Meg Ryan, and Chazz Palminteri. At area theaters. Because it revealed the coke-snorting, ego-fueled corruption of Hollywood in the…
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Author! Author!

Looking for Richard Starring Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, Aidan Quinn, and Kevin Conway. Directed by Al Pacino. Written by Al Pacino and Frederic Kimball. At the Bridge in S.F. and the Shattuck in Berkeley. Looking for…
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