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Opening Night Of 'The Money Shot' - Arrivals

Nadia Dajani - Stars were photographed as they arrived at the Opening night of new play 'The Money Shot' at Lortel Theatre, New York City, New York, United States - Monday 22nd September 2014

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Our Time Awards Gala Held At The Skirball Center For The Performing Arts At NYU

Nadia Dajani Monday 13th April 2009 Our Time Awards Gala held at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU New York City, USA

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Attending 'Lean On Me' The 6th Annual Our Time Theatre Gala At The Skirball Center For The Performing Arts At NYU

Nadia Dajani Monday 14th April 2008 attending 'Lean On Me' the 6th Annual Our Time Theatre Gala at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU New York City, USA

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Launching Of Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer And To Celebrate Her 7th Anniversary Of Wellness Held At Sapa Restaurant

Nadia Dajani Wednesday 20th June 2007 Launching of Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer and to celebrate her 7th Anniversary of Wellness held at Sapa Restaurant New York City, USA

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This Is Not A Film Review


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Michael wants to find his long lost ex-girlfriend; figures he'll make a film pleasing for information about her whereabouts in the hopes that someone will see the movie, then tell him where she is, a la "six degrees of separation." This Is Not a Film is, of course, a film -- a fictional one at that, and with a rather weak idea at its heart. A camera and sound guy follow Michael through his day, selling shoes, drinking coffee, doing the crossword, and so on. It's a self-referential "here we go walkin' through the city and talkin' about making a movie" movie, though at least everyone involved is reasonably professional. It's not too terribly long, either, and in this one-joke gig, that's a good thing.

Happy Accidents Review


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My filmcritic.com colleague Norm Schrager nailed Session 9, Brad Anderson's throwback to spooky horror films from the 70's. It worked as an eerie homage without being self-referential or smugly postmodern. Genre aficionados will acknowledge the similarities in tone to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and George Romero's Dawn of the Dead without being taken out of the engrossing narrative (i.e., a psychologically addled waste management team clears out an abandoned lunatic asylum; unspeakable dread ensues). In a double-whammy for 2001, Anderson shoots and (mostly) scores again with his eclectic riff on time-travel episodes from The Twilight Zone, appropriately titled Happy Accidents.

Much like Session 9, the cards are played very close to the vest here. Is boyish, eccentric "Sam Deed from Dubuque, Iowa" a futuristic voyager from the year 2470 or just your run-of-the-mill psychologically disturbed nutcase let loose on the present-day streets of NYC? As played by wonderful character actor Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket), it's up in the air whether or not we should accept his detailed monologues about life after the polar ice caps have melted. The question proves to be moot, at least for a time. Even if the whole thing proves to be a creative delusion, one agrees with the character judgment passed down on him by his new girlfriend, Ruby (Marisa Tomei): "He's a freak, but he sure tells a good story!"

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Seven Girlfriends Review


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Tim Daly is forgettable as a west coast dude evaluating his past loves after yet another relationship disaster. Studded with don't-I-know-her? Starlets, you aren't likely to learn anything new about romance, though you might find the trip not entirely awful. So-so.

Dinner And Driving Review


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Perennial supporting man Joey Slotnick gets the lead in a romantic comedy -- and not only that, he's got two hot women after him! Too bad this 1997 indie never saw the light of day, only now finding a home on DVD. And that's a shame, because Slotnick has a natural charm that earns him a spot as Woody Allen's neurotic, younger doppelganger.

Director Lawrence Trilling (who would go on to direct for tons of TV shows -- this is his only real film) has a good handle on what's funny and what keeps a movie going on. His plot revolves around an exotic beauty who comes into Slotnick's life on the eve of his engagement to pretty-but-safe Paula Devicq, but a parade of well formed supporting characters in various stages of commitment keep things hopping.

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Sidewalks Of New York Review


Good

Lauded after his 1994 debut "The Brothers McMullen" as a potential Woody Allen for the reflectively cynical generation, writer-director-actor Edward Burns may truly begin living up to that label with "Sidewalks of New York," a sardonic yet hopeful love letter to the difficulties and dilemmas of the Manhattan mating game.

Structured around on-the-street interviews with its characters, the picture is a compound parable of crossing paths in the messy love lives of half a dozen Gotham denizens, starting with a cocksure young TV producer played by Burns himself.

Recently kicked out by his long-term, live-in girlfriend, Burns clicks with a pretty, polemic schoolteacher (Rosario Dawson) at a video store when they butt heads over the only copy of a movie. Meanwhile, Dawson's sad-sack ex-husband (David Krumholtz), a doorman and wannabe rocker who never got over their break-up, plays puppy dog to a button-cute, 19-year-old waitress (Brittany Murphy) until she agrees to go out with him. But the esteem-impaired girl is already sleeping with a manipulative, misogynistic father figure (Stanley Tucci), whose neglected, naive but rapidly wising-up, Upper East Side wife (Heather Graham) is a real estate agent who happens to be helping Burns find a new place to live.

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Happy Accidents Review


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Recovering co-dependent Ruby Weaver has such bad luck with men that she and her girlfriends keep a shoebox of photos called "The Ex Files."

In the beginning of "Happy Accidents," writer-director Brad Anderson ("Next Stop Wonderland," "Session 9") shows us a comical montage of progressively eccentric examples: The Bad Actor, the Artist, the Fetishist, the Frenchman, the Junkie and the Abductee, who thought he'd been kidnapped by aliens.

Ruby (Marisa Tomei in an amusingly harried performance) hopes she's seen the worst of this trend and is, with the help of her intrusive therapist (the wonderfully wry Holland Taylor), beginning to curb her pathological urge to try to fix men that are beyond repair.

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Happy Accidents Movie Review

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