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2008-09-26 09:00:25

By Scott Iwasaki Deseret News The Covey Center will be the place to see actor/singer Kirby Heyborne in concert. Heyborne has appeared in the films "Saints and Soldiers" and "Take a Chance," and the FOX TV sitcom "Free Ride," as well as a number of films spotlighting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. Although he received some criticism for saying one line in a Miller Beer commerical earlier this year, he has gone on record saying it was a hard decision to make, but did it...

2008-09-24 21:00:21

By Barry Caine Actor Joe Mantegna says that for him, the "Godfather" trilogy is the Italian "Star Wars." The American Film Institute calls "The Godfather" the second greatest American film ("Citizen Kane" ranks No. 1). This week, remastered versions of the three films are available as "The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration" in a five-disc DVD set, four-disc Blu-ray set, or individually. The colors look richer. Portions of faces previously buried in shadow are visible, although the...

2008-09-22 09:00:35

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot ONE EXASPERATED character in "The Women" yells: "What do you think this is, some 1930s movie?" If only. "The Women," the original directed by George Cukor and co- scripted by Anita Loos, was the comedy highlight of 1939 - the greatest year in movie history. (It also saw "Gone With the Wind,""Wuthering Heights,""The Wizard of Oz" and a half dozen other top films.) With its all-female cast, it dealt affectionately with women, who, as...

2008-09-22 06:00:21

REVIEW-JOURNAL The movie's called "Diminished Capacity." But officials at the CineVegas film festival and the Springs Preserve hope a big crowd will turn out for a screening of the comedy at 7:30 p.m. today at the preserve's amphitheater. "Diminished Capacity" stars Matthew Broderick as a newspaper editor who's been demoted following a debilitating concussion. Looking for answers, he makes a pilgrimage to visit his senile uncle (Alan Alda) in Missouri and reconnects with pals, including...

2008-09-21 15:00:19

By GATES, Charlie Step Brothers (R16) Directed by Adam McKay * * Reviewed by Charlie Gates . Step Brothers has no lack of comic talent, but a major shortage of charisma and laughs. I wanted to like this film and had high hopes, but was disappointed. On paper it should work. You have the obvious comic talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, the director of Anchorman, and the backing of Judd Apatow, the creative powerhouse behind a string of comedy hits such as The 40-year-old...

2008-09-20 18:00:15

The upcoming NBC special "Letters to Santa -- A Muppets Christmas" will feature actress Uma Thurman and actor Jesse L. Martin, The Hollywood Reporter says. The entertainment publication said Friday the "Kill Bill" actress will play Santa Claus's flight attendant in the holiday special, while the "Law & Order" actor will play a singing postal worker. The TV special follows Kermit the Frog and other Muppet characters as they attempt to honor the holiday wishes of three children who...

2008-09-19 09:00:25

By Chris Hicks Deseret News How secure am I in my masculinity? I went to see "The Women" last weekend, and I was the only man in the theater. There weren't even any men on the screen! What's more, I watched the 1939 black-and-white original the night before. No men in that one either. Of course, I was prepared. I raised four daughters. I've had female bosses. I once ate quiche. "The Women" began as a play by the very witty Clare Boothe Luce, and it ran for 666 performances -- as...

2008-09-17 15:00:23

HOLLYWOOD is finally getting a hefty helping of girl power. Chick flicks like Sex And The City and Mamma Mia! have made it big on the big screen this summer, as largely female audiences flocked to cinemas. Now they are enjoying The Women, a remake of George Cukor's 1939 classic comedy drama exploring the lives and loves of a group of New York women. Meg Ryan takes on the central role in the movie as Mary Haines, a working mum with a fancy Connecticut house and a rich Wall Street head...

2008-09-14 12:00:17

By A.O. Scott The Women Directed by Diane English Reviewed by A.O Scott * 'What is this, some 1930s movie?" asks a character in "The Women." If only! Of course, the line pays winking homage to a specific '30s movie, directed by George Cukor and based on a notorious play by Clare Boothe Luce, that starred Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford and was also called "The Women." Further comparison would only serve to demean that sleek and waspish artifact of a bygone era, and also to...

2008-09-13 00:00:21

By Bob Strauss "Sex and the City" was smarter. "Mamma Mia!" was dopier. But both, unfortunately, were more entertaining than "The Women." The exceptional television writer Diane English has been laboring on this update of Clare Boothe Luce's theatrical war horse for 14 years. She adapted the play and its well-liked but hopelessly outdated 1939 film incarnation and directed the remake -- her first feature -- to boot. She came up with a lot of decent ideas. And she's done a competent...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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