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“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a new kind of project for the Coen brothers to take on. To an extent, the film is a musical of sorts along the lines of “Once.” In addition to being a love letter to old folk songs, it’s also one of the most brutally honest, if not disheartening, movies about the cruel nature of show business. While different territory for the masterful directing duo, “Inside Llewyn Davis” still has the Coen’s distinctive signature all over it. As with many of their films, they find the comedy in bleakness and the bleakness in comedy, resulting in a narrative that’s either saying a lot or saying nothing at all. However you view it, boy is it fascinating to watch.
Can there be too much of a good thing? Where did that expression come from, anyway? If it's good, isn't more always better?
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This film image released by CBS FIlms shows Oscar Isaac in a scene from "Inside Llewyn Davis." Isaac was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture musical or comedy for his role in the film on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/CBS FIlms, Alison Rosa)
Alice Cooper’s 13th annual Christmas Pudding is going heavy on the metal — and will be sealed with a KISS.
Since he began his professional career on “Saturday Night Live” in 1990, the perpetually sarcastic David Spade has rarely left the small screen, appearing in shows like “Just Shoot Me!” “8 Simple Rules” and “Rules of Engagement.”
Ask any good chef: why do some recipes work, while others, with the very same ingredients, do not? Ah, but it's the QUALITY of the ingredients that matters, that chef will probably say.
Outfitted with delicious wit and a forbearing tone, the charm of screenwriter Bob Nelson's Midwest-set dramedy, "Nebraska," is rooted in its clever dialogue and novel approach to small-town dynamics.
The first female and youngest comedian to hold the title of Last Comic Standing, Shlesinger's television credits include her own special on Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham, Showtime's Pauly Shore & Friends, E! Network’s Chelsea Lately, The Soup and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every year about this time, millions of turkeys are fattened up so American households can chow them down. But in "Free Birds," two brave turkeys make it their mission to travel back in time and get their breed off the Thanksgiving menu.
It seems quite apt that "The Best Man Holiday," a film about a reunion of old friends, feels just like going to an actual reunion. In ways both bad and good.
The best parts of "Dallas Buyers Club" are of Matthew McConaughey, as HIV-positive Texas man Ron Woodroof, bucking like a bull in a Dallas hospital he refuses to let hold him.
Local comedy club Outliars Comedy will begin offering improv classes at Higley Center for the Arts every Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The first class is free.
If you think you couldn’t possibly enjoy Shakespeare, this could be the show to change your mind.
If you think you couldn't possibly enjoy Shakespeare, this could be the show to change your mind.
Arizona Theatre Company — the state’s premier professional theatre troupe — kicks off its 47th season with the romantic satire “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde’s hilarious masterpiece takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of verbal banter, mistaken identities, and confused loved interests.
The quirky host of “Good Eats” offers an entertaining smorgasbord of comedy, storytelling and food demonstrations.
A Grand Canyon State tradition for 129 years, the Arizona State Fair opens Friday, Oct. 11. This year’s star attraction is “Star Trek: The Exhibition,” one of the largest collections of authentic Star Trek artifacts and information ever put on public display. Other new attractions include live Mallard duck races, an animatronic exhibit of mammals from the Ice Age, a comedy hypnosis show, and six new Midway rides.
Mesa’s National Comedy Theatre is turning 5 years old. The small but vibrant space, and the creative ensemble of performers it houses, will celebrate with six special comedy shows running Oct. 10-13.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre fans, you can finally put the question to rest: No, the Broadway Palm is not coming back.
Massachusetts native and professional comedian Bill Burr is known for his acerbic wit and willingness to venture into controversial topics and opinions during his standup routines and on his podcast.