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‘Office Christmas Party’ throws a holiday rager
Movie-wise, the office Christmas party is the great dismantler of white-collar worker-bee life. Set out the booze, turn down the lights, and suddenly the cubicle walls around staid office life are blown away by heartbreak (“The Apartment”) or Hans Gruber (“Die Hard”). The only things to bu...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
Liberal bubble
I saw what appeared to be the Ku Klux Klan. Directly following the Nov. 8 election, my school’s journalism class attended a journalism convention in Indiana. At the end of our trip, we heard news of an anti-Trump rally happening in Indiana, which didn’t seem odd to us because we came from Calif...
‘Daddy Long Legs’ is charmingly romantic
A lonely orphan blossoms into a self-sufficient, talented woman in “Daddy Long Legs,” a romantic musical presented by TheatreWorks. Eighteen-year-old Jerusha Abbott (Hilary Maiberger) is living in an orphanage in upstate New York in 1908 when she learns an anonymous benefactor will finance her...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
‘Neruda’ is startlingly great
Chilean director Pablo Larrain is on a hero’s quest to destroy the conventional biopic it seems. He turned the post-assassination days of Jacqueline Kennedy into an atmospheric examination of mythmaking and the public and private self in “Jackie,” and in “Neruda ,” the story of a poet on t...
By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press FULL STORY
‘The Last Guardian’ likely to confound the impatient
I once knew a border collie who liked to mess with my head. She would grab a stick, run circles around me, then drop the stick at my feet. Then, when I threw the stick, she would sit down and stare at me as if to say, “No, YOU fetch.” Trico, the co-star of “The Last Guardian” (Sony, for the...
By Lou Kesten The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump on the attack against ‘SNL’ again
NEW YORK — The chief critic-elect of “Saturday Night Live,” Donald Trump, is bashing the show and impersonator Alec Baldwin again — this time prodded into action Wednesday by NBC’s own Matt Lauer. The president-elect called the late-night institution unfunny and Baldwin’s portrayal of h...
By David Bauder The Associated Press FULL STORY
Kelly and Fey talk empowerment in the time of Trump
LOS ANGELES — “What an amazing year it’s been for women,” Tina Fey shouted out Wednesday morning before she buckled over with a sustained and slightly maniacal laugh. Speaking to a room of celebrities, Hollywood execs and reporters in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in...
By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mel Harris: ‘Thirtysomething’ stars remain ‘close’ friends
NEW YORK — Almost 30 years since “thirtysomething” went off the air, the now 50-something cast of the drama about a group of American baby boomers remain friends. Mel Harris, who played Hope Steadman on the show, says she and cast mates Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Polly Drape...
By Lauri Neff The Associated Press FULL STORY
Susan's City Scene
THE MAIL DELIVERS LOVE, AND “SHE LOVES ME” DELIVERS A SWEET TALE, AT SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE. How to find love? Before Tinder. Before Bumble. Before Hinge. In other words, once upon a time, what, oh what, did single people do? “She Loves Me” tells how it was. Based on the same play that insp...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY

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