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Opening night party Little Shop of Horrors Arrivals

Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof - Opening night after party for Encores! Off-Center's "Little Shop of Horrors" held at New York City Center - Arrivals. at New York City Center, - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 1st July 2015

Joe Grifasi, Taran Killam, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Ramona Keller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anwar Kareem, Ellen Greene, Eddie Cooper and Marva Hicks
Tracy Nicole Chapman, Ramona Keller, Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal and Marva Hicks
Ellen Greene, Alan Menken and Lee Wilkof
Ellen Greene, Alan Menken and Lee Wilkof
Ellen Greene and Lee Wilkof

New York Film Festival 2012 - Opening Night - 'Life of Pi' Presentation - Arrivals

Ellen Greene Friday 28th September 2012 New York Film Festival 2012 - Opening Night - 'Life of Pi' Presentation - Arrivals

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The Paley Center for Media's

Ellen Greene and Paley Center for Media Saturday 15th March 2008 The Paley Center for Media's Hollywood, California

Ellen Greene and Paley Center for Media

"Movies Rock" 2007 - arrivals at the Kodak Theater

Ellen Greene Sunday 2nd December 2007 "Movies Rock" 2007 - arrivals at the Kodak Theater Los Angeles, California

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Little Shop of Horrors Review


OK
Little Shop of Horrors is a curiously detached musical comedy based on the popular 1980's off-Broadway play about a man-eating plant from outer space. Not exactly a thought provoking subject, although some of the movie works; it's just too bad even more of it does not. I saw the play, and even performed in an amateur version. Throughout the movie, I was singing along with some of the musical numbers, but found myself standing outside of the story. Maybe that's because this is about a man-eating plant from outer space. I hold nothing against movies about man-eating plants from outer space, but this one doesn't know how to handle such.

The movie is a solid adaptation; beyond some alterations at the end after test audiences complained (they should have complained even more), the movie is very similar to the play. Most of the songs remain intact, and the cast is full of energy and zest. The special effects fill an important niche. So why does so much of Little Shop of Horrors feel distant and wearisome?

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Talk Radio Review


Excellent
Two powder kegs of angry energy -- director Oliver Stone and actor/writer Eric Bogosian -- joined together in 1988 for this character study set during the late '80s media explosion, a combustible drama about a self-important talk radio host (Bogosian) on the road to disaster. With every ranting Bogosian monologue, with every listener phone call of derision or adoration, both actor and director keep their audience riveted. It's an impressive feat considering that the bulk of Talk Radio takes place in a single radio studio.

Bogosian is Barry Champlain, a brilliant loudmouth gab machine hosting a popular nightly talk show filled with his strong opinions and whack-job listeners. One fears her garbage disposal. One begs to visit Barry at the studio. And one (many?) offer the Jewish host death threats in the name of Nazism.

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States of Control Review


Excellent
Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura might have a hell of a time being released in theaters today. His trilogy of films starring the beautiful actress Monica Vitti (expanded into a quartet if you include Red Desert) contemplate the experience of a bored, frustrated woman in a heavily industrialized society ruled by false ideals of consumerism and power. The end of the world was not an apocalyptic fire, but a deadening malaise waking up in the dawn of the dead. There's no exit, whittling away the days with the distraction of fast food and shopping malls.

In 1960, L'Avventura was a box office smash despite its harsh critical reception at Cannes, where frustrated critics misunderstood its open-ended message for pure emptiness. What they lacked the ability to see was that very emptiness becoming the core message. This can also be said for Zack Winestine's challenging new film, States of Control, which picks up right where Antonioni left off. The times have changed, and this heroine, Lisa (brilliantly played by Jennifer van Dyck, Series 7) is not content to live a life of passive alienatation. She's gonna blow her superficial life apart and create something authentic and new, no matter what the cost.

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Jaded Review


Terrible
One of the most atrocious "thrillers" in recent memory, Jaded stars a buxom Carla Gugino as the victim of a brutal rape -- committed by two women!!! Ill-conceived from the very beginning (from casting Aida Turturro as a "tough" detective and Christopher McDonald as a wacky bar owner), the film actually tries to make its central message the issue that legal "rape" can't occur between two women -- it's "sodomy" instead. A movie about semantics? Never mind the cheesecake, I'm gonna pass on this one. Makes the similar (and bad) Body Shots look like a masterpiece.
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