Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
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Amy Grants "Three Wishes"; Andrew Glassman makes them happen. The new NBC prime-time series, debuting Friday, Sept. 23, is a magic lamp of a mitzvah, with Grammy Award-winning singer/host Grant touring the country to offer those in need of luck a rub of rachmanes. The series is at once heart-rending, heartbreaking - and a hearty piece of Americana. Indeed, if...
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A "Baxter" has back-up lights on his heart, with an "I Break for Breakups" sticker slapped on his bumper. Wedding crasher? He's the wedding crashee - a nice guy who finishes not just last, but is the last to be told so by his former best friend running off with his fiancée. And, even worse, the Baxter's next in line...
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Papa has a brand-new bag in the sweet talcumed hands of Paul Reiser
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Comedian/actor/writer Paul Reiser - ever the musician, too - has composed a pictorial folk song for fathers and sons: "The Thing About My Folks" is a paean to the pains and pleasures of the eternal boys club that is boys and their dads. And that song he has composed is in perfect, two-part harmony: one provided for Reiser as the...
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"Mrs. Brown," you had a lovely director. And the same goes for you, too, "Proof." John Madden is proof-positive that a director who doesn't paint by the numbers can create the most illustrative portraiture - which he did in "Mrs. Brown," "Shakespeare in Love," and now, again, in the filmed adaptation of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a mathematical...
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Eugene Levy's movie dental plan has bite
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Andy Fiddler's got no pluck. Sure, he "The Man," but the he-man? No way. A dental-supplies salesman coiled as tight as a violin string, Fiddler is a Stradivarius of stress. Put him on stage in front of a convention of dentists, and admire Fiddler's bridge work. But extract him from familiar territory, and watch his wisdom teeth crack from the...
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