Investor demands answers from shuttered ‘Great Comet’

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Investor demands answers from shuttered ‘Great Comet’
Fallout from the crash and burn of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” continues to rain down on Broadway. A group of disgruntled investors in the $14 million production — which closed Sept. 3 after a racial controversy — has requested an audit. Sources say the investors can’t understand how a show that…
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‘Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond’ Review: A Revelatory Treasure Trove of Comedic Brilliance [TIFF]

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‘Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond’ Review: A Revelatory Treasure Trove of Comedic Brilliance [TIFF]
“When did this movie start?” asks a modern-day Jim Carrey to director Chris Smith. It’s the start of what we know as Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond – With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. It’s also probably one of the more normal things Carrey says or does throughout the documentary, […]
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Why is ‘Three Billboards’ — a mostly great film — so ridiculously mean?

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Why is ‘Three Billboards’ — a mostly great film — so ridiculously mean?
I’m of two minds about “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” On the one hand, this drama is the best yet from playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”), a towering achievement that will no doubt put in an impressive showing come Oscar nomination time. It’s one of Frances McDormand’s greatest performances: As the…
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Tiger Woods has a great seat for the US Open

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Tiger Woods has a great seat for the US Open
The former No. 1 golfer in the world sat with his kids along with Nadal’s friends, family and coaches.
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The secrets to making great Stephen King movies

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The secrets to making great Stephen King movies
They’re best when directors embellish the source — and get inside a character’s head.
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Jon Hamm Is a Great Actor, So Why Can’t He Find Another Great Role?

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Jon Hamm Is a Great Actor, So Why Can’t He Find Another Great Role?
In his latest movie, “Marjorie Prime,” Jon Hamm plays a hologram who gives tender therapeutic advice to the aging lady he was once married to (it’s complicated), and if that doesn’t strike you as exciting, you’re not alone. The movie is a precious indie bauble that has already whiffed at the specialty box office. Hamm… […]
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Olivia Newton-John ‘feeling great’ after breast cancer relapse

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Olivia Newton-John ‘feeling great’ after breast cancer relapse
Months after facing a relapse in her fight against breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John is “feeling great” and preparing a return to the stage.
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‘Great Comet’ star dedicates final show to Charlottesville victim

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‘Great Comet’ star dedicates final show to Charlottesville victim
Okieriete (Oak) Onaodowan dedicated his final “Great Comet” performance to Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.
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'Game of Thrones' Must-See Moment: Is a Great Northern Battle About to Arrive?

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'Game of Thrones' Must-See Moment: Is a Great Northern Battle About to Arrive?
The title of tonight’s episode, “Eastwatch,” points to a culmination of several of season seven’s scattered story threads. read more
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Simon Cowell: ‘AGT’ doesn’t need silly gimmicks to get great ratings

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Simon Cowell: ‘AGT’ doesn’t need silly gimmicks to get great ratings
Halfway through its 12th season, “America’s Got Talent” is doing something extremely rare for a veteran show (regardless of genre). It’s actually gaining viewers. The NBC series, which premiered back in 2006 (with host Regis Philbin), is averaging 13 million viewers since its May 30 season premiere as it heads into its live shows (Tuesday…
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The Beatles were so great because of something called ‘skiffle’

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The Beatles were so great because of something called ‘skiffle’
Without skiffle music, The Beatles might not have happened. Never heard of it? Popular in Britain in the 1950s, the music craze was heavily influenced by old American blues and jug band music, and often played on improvised instruments. It sounded like a British cousin to American rockabilly. “Before skiffle, many British pop singers tended…
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‘Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812’ to close in Sept.

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‘Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812’ to close in Sept.
“Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” will close its doors next month, barely a week after controversy over casting decisions.
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Without Groban and Patinkin, vultures are circling ‘Great Comet’

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Without Groban and Patinkin, vultures are circling ‘Great Comet’
“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” is in danger of closing within weeks, felled by a social-media backlash that hit the show when it was announced that Mandy Patinkin would replace a black actor in one of the the title roles. Several production sources confirmed a closing was imminent. But Howard Kagan, the…
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The Great Jones Cafe has risen from the dead

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The Great Jones Cafe has risen from the dead
The Great Jones Cafe re-opens as scheduled following a rash of erroneous reports that it had gone out of business.
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Ron Howard says Han Solo movie is ‘coming along great’

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Ron Howard says Han Solo movie is ‘coming along great’
Never fear: Star Wars is just fine.
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Don’t cheer Mandy Patinkin leaving ‘Great Comet’ just yet

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Don’t cheer Mandy Patinkin leaving ‘Great Comet’ just yet
The actors and activists appalled that Mandy Patinkin was going to replace a black actor in the Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” scored a victory on Friday when Patinkin, reluctant to step into a minefield of racial politics, withdrew from the production. But that victory may turn out to be…
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Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis talks ‘First Great Wild Man’ nickname

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Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis talks ‘First Great Wild Man’ nickname
Goodness, gracious, he’s still on fire!
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‘Great Comet’ star Okieriete Onaodowan replaced by Mandy Patinkin

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‘Great Comet’ star Okieriete Onaodowan replaced by Mandy Patinkin
A renowned black actor has been shoved aside in favor of a white Broadway legend — and the move has the theater world decrying the slight.
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Legendary Great Jones Cafe may close

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Legendary Great Jones Cafe may close
The legendary Great Jones Cafe will decide this week whether or not to succumb to Bowery gentrification
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