Monthly Archives: April 2007

Spacey’s ‘Moon for the Misbegotten’ glows on Broadway

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The Old Vic’s triumphant production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Moon for the Misbegotten” has landed intact on Broadway with Kevin Spacey and Eve Best (pictured) and Colm Meaney starring under the direction of Howard Davies. Spacey’s … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: ‘Close to Home’

By Ray Bennett “Close to Home”, which just opened in the U.K., is an intriguing portrait of two young women who try to enjoy life as teenagers while they serve as security officers in Jerusalem. Written and directed by Vardit Bilu … Continue reading

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The BBC to broadcast ‘Live Earth’ concert around the world

By Ray Bennett The BBC will be host broadcaster of “Live Earth — The Concert For a Climate In Crisis,” set to take place at the new Wembley Stadium in London July 7. Headliners will include the Black Eyed Peas, … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Aishwarya Rai in ‘Provoked: A True Story’

By Ray Bennett Spousal abuse is ugly in any form and the subject is important but Eros International’s “Provoked: A True Story” sadly is not. Just released in the U.K., it is directed by Jag Mundhra and stars Aishwarya Rai and … Continue reading

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‘Amazing Grace’ endures while slavery continues

By Ray Bennett Michael Apted’s “Amazing Grace,” which tells how the British Empire put an end to the slave trade that had helped it dominate the world, has grossed nearly $18.25 million in its first 38 days of U.S. theatrical … Continue reading

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Like Gregory Peck, on my birthday, ‘Above all, life!’

By Ray Bennett Gregory Peck sent me this postcard from Paris in 1996. We shared the same birthday, April 5, and once we exchanged cards. He wrote: “This French graffiti describes perfectly how it feels to be 80 all of a … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Rose Tattoo’ at the National

By Ray Bennett The incomparable Maureen Stapleton, who died in 2006, played Serafina delle Rosa, the red hot Sicilian mama in Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” when it opened on Broadway in 1951. Stapleton and co-star Eli Wallach won Tony … Continue reading

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