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‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker’: New York Jewish Film Festival Review

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker’: New York Jewish Film

Festival Review


William Gazecki‘s documentary recounts the life and career of the famed performer known as the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas

She was one of the most celebrated and successful performers of the 20th century, but few people are aware of Sophie Tucker today. Despite the loving tributes performed by Bette Midler in her concert appearances over the years, the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas” has lapsed into showbiz obscurity, something that William Gazecki‘s loving documentary clearly hopes to correct. Recently showcased at the New York Jewish Film Festival, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker should have a long life in ancillary markets after its theatrical release later this year. Read More

‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’: Read THR’s 1978 Review

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The Star Wars Holiday Special‘: Read THR’s 1978 Review
11:13 AM PST 11/17/2014 by THR Staff

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At the time, THR deemed the two hour special as an “inventive diversion that stood on its own merits”

On Nov. 17, 1978, the cast of Star Wars hit television screens with a holiday special that has been derided ever since it aired. Days after it premiered, however, The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the two-hour CBS show, saying that it “was a welcome surprise.” Read the original review below: Read More

REVIEW: Bruce Vilanch In Du Barry Was a Lady

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The Examiner
42nd Street Moon’s good-time ‘Du Barry’
By Robert Sokol @Robertsokol
Monday, May 12, 2014


COURTESY PATRICK O’CONNOR – Bruce Vilanch Ashley Rae Little sing and dance in 42nd Street Moon’s “Du Barry Was a Lady.”

Crafted for comedy king Bert Lahr and brassy belter Ethel Merman, Broadway’s 1939 hit “Du Barry Was a Lady” gets a bright new reading in a revival by 42nd Street Moon.
It’s a silly but saucy trifle about a schlub in love with a showgirl who, of course, loves someone else. The schlub wins the lottery and gets drugged into a parallel dream world that places him and his anachronistic cronies in courtly Versailles. Read More

Review: Scrooge & Marley

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Chicago Now
Scrooge & Marley: A Review
By Countess Gregula, Monday at 5:47 pm

There have been many takes on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Besides the many traditional remakes there have been cartoon versions, Americanized modern day tales, a comedy and even a version where the Scrooge character was female. So just when you were thinking that there is no way that this story could be made fresh and exciting, along comes the film Scrooge & Marley to put a new spin on things. Read More

Review: Bruce Vilanch at Feinstein’s

Friday, February 25th, 2011
Almost Fabulous: Bruce Vilanch at Feinstein’s
By Tony Phillips

“Good evening,” comedian Bruce Vilanch begins, “I’m Chastity Bono.” And from there, the writer embarks on his one-man-show entitled Writer on the Verge, which played Feinstein’s on January 11. The mistaken-identity, name-dropping doesn’t stop with Chaz. From his black tee emblazoned with the phrase “I’m not Brad Pitt” to his claim he was mistaken for Barbara Cook by the hotel staff on his way into the Loew’s Regency, where this particular cabaret resides, Vilanch’s show isn’t so much Hollywood name check as a one-man Day of the Locust. Read More

About Cher’s Face…

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Sonny & Cher in Good Times, 1967 Image via Wikipedia

New York Daily News
About Cher’s face…
January 13, 2011

Bruce Vilanch snuck into NYC ahead of the snowstorm Tuesday night and had the crowd at Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency plotzing over his riffs on Cher. (He’s entitled: One of the Emmy winner’s first jobs was as a writer on “The “Sonny & Cher Show.”)

Vilanch says he told the diva recently, “I like that face. Keep that one.” He also compared her ever-youthful countenance to Alaska‘s Hubbard Glacier. Read More