‘Jersey Boys,’ the story of The Four Seasons’ rise to fame and the gay man behind the success, comes to the Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jaime Donelson
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Wade Dooley, who plays the character of Bob Crewe in the North American tour of “Jersey Boys,” says he feels very connected to his character as an openly gay actor.

“I try to put a bit of myself into [the character]. Still today there are times when I can’t tell if it’s safe or not safe to be myself. I try to bring some of that realism to it,” says Dooley.

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Screened Out – Sully

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Clint Eastwood is a very consistent director. His stuff is always shot well. However, he cannot always tell a good script (Mystic River, Unforgiven, In the Line of Fire) from a bad one (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Hereafter).

Sully falls somewhere in the middle of Eastwood’s oeuvre. It’s not terrible but not very complex either. A few things keep this flick aloft – a wonderfully simple performance by Tom Hanks, some fantastic moments at the beginning, and a tight pace.

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More than two tears have fallen as Lady Chablis passes away

By : Chelsea Santiago
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil scene-stealer and Savannah legend Lady Chablis died Sept. 8, according to Club One, a Savannah, Ga. where Chablis was a performer.

“Chablis always wanted to give the audience, be it 15 or 1500, the best that she had. With her declining health, she regretted that her body wouldn’t allow her to give more,” Club One wrote in a post on their Facebook page.

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Screened Out – American Sniper

By : Stephen Miller
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Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

The first shot in American Sniper has expert gunman Chris Kyle deciding whether or not to kill two people. The targets appear to be an Iraqi woman and her young son. They may actually be threats, hiding bombs, ready to attack an advancing US convey of soldiers and tanks.

American Sniper is a troubling film, one that morally fits with Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. In Eastwood’s world, evil is a constant, palpable force that must be fought with brutal force. Yet, that violence takes its toll. Whether the US government is the evil one or not is never argued.

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Screened Out – Jersey Boys

By : Stephen Miller
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John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken

The 1950s and 1960s were loaded with a recognizable style; Frankie Valli (Young) and The Four Seasons were sonic emblems of that panache. Too bad director Clint Eastwood couldn’t inject some of that energy and vibrancy into Jersey Boys, this incredibly ponderous biopic about the boys from The Garden State.

Jersey Boys started as a wildly popular jukebox musical on Broadway. In it, scenes were cut short so that the performers could get to our favorite parts – the songs. In Eastwood’s hand, Jersey Boys has become a lugubrious, over-written behind-the music-style biography mostly drained of color, with long talky scenes that are only barely interrupted by the tunes.

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