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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Poorly Cast Hoffman as Polemical Stand-Up Comic and Free Speech Advocate in Timorous Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the
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The Meeting to Honor Bowie with Michael Musto and More at Joe's Pub, 1/16

The Meeting hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedyvariety show, will begin the three-month engagement at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater on Thursday, January 16 at 930 Pm with a celebration of Rock legend David Bowie. After a highly-successful season at 54 Below, the show is returning to its downtown roots this year. The January show will feature special guests Michael Musto, Molly Pope, Joseph Keckler, Bridget Barkan, Michael Cavadias and Raquel Cion.
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Wonder Boys Review – Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire d: Curtis Hanson

Wonder Boys (2000) Direction: Curtis Hanson Cast: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Rip Torn, Richard Thomas, Michael Cavadias, George Grizzard Screenplay: Steve Kloves; from Michael Chabon's novel Oscar Movies Tobey Maguire, Michael Douglas, Wonder Boys A brilliant young writer (Tobey Maguire) who happens to be both a pathological liar — probably not a coincidence — and obsessed with celebrity suicides. A flamboyant bisexual literary editor (Robert Downey Jr.) who can't tell the difference between a ten-feet-tall transvestite and a woman. A pothead English professor (Michael Douglas) with so little sense of ethics that he has the gall to be upset when his wife leaves him, even though he has been having an affair with his boss' wife. Add to that mix a pompous successful writer, an irascible "car robber" and his ditzy girlfriend, a ferocious blind dog, and Marilyn Monroe's worn-out jacket, and we have
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