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Times Staff Writer"So Close" is a martial arts valentine to the power of fighting women. It's a slick and delirious Hong Kong action film where women are the high kickers who count, fully capable of putting the hurt on any male who gets in their way. It may sound like...
Tags: Entertainment, Gaming, Action (genre), Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li
Tribune Arts CriticStarting in the 1960s, the American musical began to take on a daring new subject: real life. From the carnivorous corporate climbers in Frank Loesser's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1961) to the romantically disillusioned swingers...
Special to the TribuneIn the end, Burt Bacharach didn't need B.J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick or Dusty Springfield to tap the poignancy of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." The 72-year-old composer sang it himself, in a thin voice straining for the high notes, transforming...
"The Producers," Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.; 312-902-1400: It's the premiere of a Broadway-bound biggie -- a musical version, by Mel Brooks and co-author Thomas Meehan, of Brooks' celebrated 1968 film about a down-on-his-luck producer...
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NEW YORK - George Roy Hill, the independent-minded former Marine pilot who directed Paul Newman and Robert Redford in both "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting," died at his home Friday. He was 81. Hill died of complications from...
Special to the TribuneGenerally speaking, an evening on the Ravinia Festival's well-groomed grounds in Highland Park is as reliable as a Volvo, as orderly as a round of golf. Wednesday night, as on countless evenings before, a pbti-munching, white wine-sipping crowd spread...
Tribune arts criticThe moment when an up-and-coming musician transforms himself into a self-assured young master can be thrilling to behold, as the exceptional tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander demonstrated Tuesday night at the Jazz Showcase. Though Alexander has been a...
Tags: Music Industry, Burt Bacharach
Tribune chief criticAnn Reinking can't recall the exact date she came in to work on "Fosse," but she does remember that when she arrived in Toronto for her job, "It was eight degrees below zero." That would have been way back in the winter of 1997-98, when the musical...
Tribune Arts CriticPerhaps only a performer as emotionally demonstrative as Karen Mason would name her holiday show "Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!" But don't let the exclamatory title mislead you. Between its moments of exuberance and cheer, the evening offers...
Tribune staff reporter2 1/2 stars (out of 4) When the Hong Kong action flick "So Close" opens, a potentially catastrophic computer virus is threatening the system of CEO brothers Chow Nunn and Chow Lui's major corporation. There's something vaguely familiar about the scene,...
Tags: Social Issues, Entertainment, Gaming, Jet Li, Action (genre)
AP Television WriterNEW YORK - Jerry Orbach had a gift for charming audiences his entire career -- first as a song-and-dance man who starred in musicals on and off Broadway, then for 12 years as a sharp-tongued cop on TV's "Law & Order." Along the way, he made films as...
Tags: Literature, Dick Wolf , Crimes, Woody Allen, Neil Simon
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