Sunday, February 27, 2011


I love the sight of James Franco in the morning....!He's got a big Oscar night ahead but this is how he began today...

Friday, February 25, 2011


This Sunday is jam-packed so listen up! Three big events going on! Start out at CLUB CAFE with LULLABY FOR BROADWAY!!
Click on the poster above!

Next, head on over to THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE where STAGESOURCE is presenting:

Chef Barbara Lynch --you've tasted her inventive and delicious food at Number 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Sportello, Drink, and her new place Menton (you get the idea; the woman is a culinary powerhouse)--gives the keynote and tells what the Slow Food movement and our own grassroots theater community have in common and can learn from each other!

Register online only:

THEN find a comfortable spot in front of the TV with your laptop and have a blast at:

***JOYCE AND MARJI'S ONLINE OSCAR PARTY!!! My longtime producer and I will hoot and holler, scream and scrutinize the winners and losers, the smiles and tears, the hairdos, makeup, and sartorial snafus beginning on the red carpet at 7PM EST!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Ms. Portman may win the Oscar for BLACK SWAN, but China rules the roost when it comes to death defying feats of ballet. I have NEVER seen ANYTHING like what you are about to see in the following video from the People's Republic by way of You Tube: 100 acrobats and dancers from the Chinese State Circus may just ruffle a few feathers. Roll over Tchaikovsky and tell Natalie the news!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Sunday's the big night and you're all invited to Joyce and Marji's Online Oscar Party! We'll be tweeting about every number, celeb, gown, winner, loser, and assorted gaffs and triumphs!
But all we can do for now is prognosticate--so here's how I see the biggest reality contest in the world shaping up in the major categories:

BEST PICTURE: THE KING'S SPEECH. A few weeks ago I thought it would be THE SOCIAL NETWORK but it's definitely lost momentum lately largely because so many people have come out to see the true story of a would-be king who literally finds his voice. The film also topped the SAG, DGA, and PGA awards.

BEST DIRECTOR:TOM HOOPER "The King's Speech." The Director's Guild has given him the nod and I think he will edge out David Fincher for "The Social Network."

BEST ACTOR: COLIN FIRTH, "The King's Speech." It's the surest thing in this crazy mixed up world.

BEST ACTRESS: NATALIE PORTMAN, "Black Swan." There's an outside chance of an upset here with 4X nominee Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right" swooping in to knock Portman off her roost. If so, you won't hear any squawking from me!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: CHRISTIAN BALE,"The Fighter." Bale was extraordinary--but if there is an upset it would be Geoffrey Rush whose performance might have gained some momentum recently along with his film "The King's Speech."

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: This is the category ripe for an upset. MELISSA LEO in "The Fighter" will probably pull this off; she was a sure thing up until she posted those embarrassing ads asking people to "CONSIDER" her. Pathetic, given that she had clearly been considered, and in fact had won the GOLDEN GLOBES and SAG AWARDS.If there's an upset,it would be AMY ADAMS, Leo's co-star in "The Fighter." Want to know who really should win in this category??? JACKI WEAVER in one of the year's BEST but least seen movies: ANIMAL KINGDOM. Weaver played a mother so sinister and controlling, she'd have reduced Melissa Leo's character to a quivering heap- and barely have raised an eyebrow.

Come TWEET with us Sunday Night beginning with the arrivals at 7PM EST!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Fellini began it with Marcello on the big screen when it was "8 1/2." Then Tommy Tune had his way with it on Broadway after Katherine Hepburn gave it a nudge and it became the Tony Award winning musical "NINE." In 2009 that musical hit the big screen with Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Marion Cotillard, Dame Judi Dench, and SOPHIA LOREN!!!! I was the only critic in the universe who liked it.
Now NINE is back and thriving at the SpeakEasy whose little stage is bursting with Boston's best singers! See Guido(the big-voiced Timothy John Smith) belt out his conflicting passions. See the sexy, elegant wife Luisa (Aimee Doherty)and minx of a mistress Carla (McCaela Donovan)battle for Guido's body and heart, while his luscious muse(Jennifer Ellis)fights for his soul, and Kerry Dowling as the lusty Sarraghina of his youth mops the floor with him. Though Act I builds to a climax which Act II fails to... to...fully discharge, the flaws of the play are not the flaws of the production; in fact the production has been extended!!!!! Until February 26. See it before it leaves and
Be Italian!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Do these people look familiar to you???
They do if you remember a little locally produced show hosted by Robin Young and Marty Sender called EVENING MAGAZINE! The show also featured a former English teacher and young "tipster" named Joyce Kulhawik who demonstrated new "Fads & Gadgets," gave tips on what to do on an "Instant Weekend," and where to go on a "Tank Away"!This was the show that gave me my start along with so many others in the business. It was the first "magazine style" television show and changed everything. A few months back, scores of us flew in from all over the country and gathered at Anthony's Pier 4 to reconnect and remember the way it was. Pictured above from left to right:
Linda Harris, Sara Edwards, Barry Nolan, Robin Young, and yours truly. Click on the box below and be ready for a blast from the past!

And here watch for a very young Mary Hart, Jay Leno, Larry Bird, Tom Brokaw and so many more!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I just came from the theater and it was one of the most satisfying experiences I have had all season. I never read Chaim Potok's MY NAME IS ASHER LEV but this stage adaptation powerfully communicates what it's like to have a talent so strong it will out no matter the cost to the artist it holds in its grip.

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV is the story of a young orthodox Jewish boy and his struggle to reconcile his art, his family, and his religion. In Jewish tradition, graven images are forbidden,the province of those unchosen. Imagine the problem then, for Asher Lev a budding young painter: "I am afraid of my eyes and my hands" this very "observant" Jew cries, even as he is driven to drawing his beloved and disapproving parents exactly as he sees and feels them.

On the crest of his success, Asher sits with his father who tries to understand his son and the value of painting "naked women." Asher's explication of the difference between a "naked woman" and a "nude" rendered by an artist is one of the clearest delineations of the artist's role I've ever heard. Lev's dedication to his art as a form of truth-telling, community service, and identity resolution is compelling. That Asher is also drawn to the Crucifixion as an icon in his paintings is a breaking point for the elder Hasid. Lev's relationship as "the only son" pulling away from "the father" is deeply resonant here as a potent symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation.

The set seems lit by candlelight; haunting and original music conjures up Lev's dreams and his parents' anguish. A trinity of actors plays all the parts: Anne Gottlieb moves easily among devoted mother, savvy gallery owner, and earthy nude model; Joel Colodner in his Lyric stage debut, made me look thrice- so varied were his detailed portrayals of father, uncle, and mentor. And then there's the appealing Jason Schuchman who delivered Asher Lev at every age, vibrant, curious, and poignantly torn between his family and his art.
DO NOT MISS "MY NAME IS ASHER LEV" at the Lyric Stage through March 12!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (see above) I'm being auctioned off!

Come! Bid on lunch with me right in the heart of apple country out in the wilds of Bolton! We'll dine at the delicious and charm-laden "J's" restaurant at the Nashoba Valley Winery and Micro brewery. Imagine us in the middle of an orchard, talking movies, show-biz gossip (what is Cher really like? I can tell you.)sipping award-winning wines, and basking in the sparkling light of a late spring afternoon.

Oh, and I'm sharing the auction block with a "Weekend on the Cape," and "A load of Manure" delivered straight to your door.

I know where I'd put my money. And it's all for a good cause.
Isn't life swell?

Monday, February 7, 2011


Don't miss Lauren Zalaznick!

- the mind behind your favorite reality TV shows -
in conversation with ME! I can't wait!

Patron: $45
(includes post-event reception with featured guests)
Regular: $28 ** Under 25: $18
Visit for tickets and more information!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


celebrity profile

I am buried under mountains of white. The wall behind the house has disappeared and tonight everything's freezing over. I may be the only person I know who's enjoying this. Can't get out. Must cancel everything. Watched Jack Nicholson movies all night on TCM: Five Easy Pieces, Terms of Endearment, Easy Rider. The more I see of him the more he gets to me. So does Juliette Lewis.
Sunday night the Boston Society of Film Critics passed out their awards in person and honored Ms. Lewis as BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS for her wildly distinctive turn in CONVICTION-- the best thing about that movie. Juliette sent along a video of her acceptance speech which is as raw as anything she's ever done onscreen. Love her. CLICK HERE.