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Apr 17th

Stone and Douglas Reunite for Shakespearean Sequel Well Worth the Wait

Stone and Douglas Reunite for Shakespearean Sequel Well Worth the Wait Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Michael Douglas won an Academy Award in 1988 for his captivating performance as Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate raider-turned-cultural icon best known for contributing the avaricious credo “Greed is good!” to the popular lexicon of the Me Generation. Although a couple decades have elapsed in the interim, he and director Oliver Stone have thoroughly refreshed the Wall Street franchise with this timely sequel designed as much with the concerns of today’s troubled Ninja Generation (“No Income, No Jobs or Assets”) in mind as those of us aging Baby Boomers. But where Gordon was a fairly contemptible character in the original, this go-round he operates as more of an empathetic antihero in search of deliverance.

The movie unfolds in flashback fashion, with narrator Gekko reflecting upon his parole in 2002 after serving an eight-year sentence for insider trading. This amusing sequence effectively establishes how the disgraced, white collar criminal had not merely fallen from grace but no longer had a finger on the pulse.
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Fact Rubs Fiction Raw in Unsettling Triangulated Tale of Forbidden Love

Fact Rubs Fiction Raw in Unsettling Triangulated Tale of Forbidden Love  Friction

Once upon a time there was a commercial for a company called Memorex in which jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s voice was employed to shatter a wine glass. The ad prompted viewers to ponder whether the flying shards were the result of Ella’s actual ear-splitting soprano hitting its highest register or of a faithful recording of it on high quality audiotape.

Just such a conundrum fuels the fires of Friction, the cinematic equivalent of that memorable Memorex classic. The film revolves around the love triangle which surfaces over the course of the summer at a camp in New Hampshire called Arts in Action when a vulnerable 15 year-old develops feelings for the wife of the director.
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Affleck Directs and Stars in Latest Beantown Crime Saga

Affleck Directs and Stars in Latest Beantown Crime SagaThe Town

Boston has produced a bumper crop of crime capers in recent years, including such grisly thrillers as Mystic River (2003), The Departed (2006), Gone Baby Gone (2007), What Doesn’t Kill You (2008) and Edge of Darkness (2010). Ben Affleck, who made an auspicious directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone, is back with his sophomore effort, The Town, another impressive addition to the super-realistic genre.

This go-round, he also stars as Doug MacRay, a career criminal hailing from Charlestown a tight-knit, blue-collar community located on a peninsula connected by bridge to Beantown proper. As narrator, he informs us at the outset that his Irish stronghold’s claim to fame is that it has produced more bank robbers, present company included, than any other neighborhood in the world.
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A Heart-to-Heart with America’s First Black Billionairess

A Heart-to-Heart with America’s First Black BillionairessSheila Johnson - “The Other City” Interview

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila Crump Johnson is the only African-American female to enjoy ownership in three professional sports teams: the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Furthermore, as CEO of Salamander Hospitality, a company she founded in 2005, Ms. Johnson oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties, including Woodlands Inn, in Summerville, SC, which is one of only a handful of properties to receive both a prestigious Forbes Five Star rating and a AAA Five Diamond rating for lodging and dining.
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Penumbra Theatre: Sleep Deprivation Chamber Review

Penumbra Theatre: Sleep Deprivation Chamber Review The perils of being reawakened to our society; that’s the central theme surrounding Penumbra Theatre’s new production entitled “The Sleep Deprivation Chamber.” A piece written by mother and son team, Adam P and Adrienne Kennedy, who from a real life incident of being intertwined with the unjust judicial system, birthed a story that resonates a pain that many African American’s know all too well, as we continue to maneuver through an openly broken society.

Lucas Bellamy, stars as Teddy, an enterprising young man, with a promising future ahead of him, who when on his way home from an afternoon jaunt, is met at the end of his driveway by an angry white policeman, a night stick, and a brutal beating.
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She’s So Raven!

She’s So Raven! Raven-Symone’ - The “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” Interview

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 10, 1985, Raven-Symone' Christina Pearman got an early start in showbiz when she was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency while she was still in diapers. After appearing in TV ads for everything from Cool Whip to Jello, she was invited to join the cast of “The Cosby Show.” She’s best known for the Emmy-nominated comedy series “That's So Raven” on the Disney Channel where she played the title character Raven Baxter, a teenager who periodically has psychic visions of the future.

On the big screen, she was last seen starring in College Road Trip opposite Martin Lawrence where she played an overachieving high school student who decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect university to attend. Raven’s other film credits include The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2.
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Catwalk Documentary Exposes Ugly Underbelly of the Fashion World

Catwalk Documentary Exposes Ugly Underbelly of the Fashion WorldPicture Me: A Model’s Diary

If you follow your gorgeous girlfriend around with a video camera for a few years, and her status as a supermodel affords you backstage access to her colleagues and leading designers in the fashion world, then guess what, your home movies might actually amount to a compelling feature film. Just such fortune has fallen at the feet of Ole Schell, boyfriend of cover girl Sara Ziff.

Sara was just a teenager when she was spotted on the streets of New York City by a talent scout who pegged her potential as the next “It” girl. With the permission of her skeptical parents, Susan, an attorney, and Ed, a microbiologist, she was allowed to forego her college education and sign with an agency. Their very naïve daughter was subsequently whisked off to Paris where she soon became all too familiar with the seamy underbelly of the fashion world.
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