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How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. If you’re Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting his new movie Top Five this week, he noted an added bonus: “My movie’s very Korean-friendly. There are no jokes about North Korea in Top …

The men who ‘may be everything’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thomas Jefferson’s description of the presidency as a “splendid misery” is often quoted. Less remembered is his comment on the vice presidency, an office he …

‘World of PostSecret’ a vivid mosaic of life

Sunday, December 21, 2014

People literally have shared a ton of secrets with Frank Warren. Ten years ago, the Germantown, Md., resident launched a “community art project” with the …

Colorado: Massacre hung over ‘Interview’ decision

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing The Interview earlier this week, the fate of the movie’s big-screen life was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn’t …

Deaths and sex allegations rock comedy world in 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Deaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world …

Singing flash mob at Steeplegate Mall surprises boy fighting rare disease

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last-minute visitors to see Santa at Steeplegate Mall in Concord last night were surprised with a spontaneous singing of Christmas carols by a large chorus. But these weren’t professional singers, and this wasn’t your average holiday performance. They …

Review: ‘The Interview’ deserves to be seen

Friday, December 19, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean farce. …

Schoolboy’s suggestion that Xi lose weight censored

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chinese censors have never been known for their sense of humor, but their lack of it was amply demonstrated this week when they blocked a child’s light-hearted suggestion that President Xi Jinping might like to lose some weight. As part of a school writing project, 9-year-old Niu Ziru …

The Insiders: Cross the Nutcracker off your holiday to-do list

Thursday, December 18, 2014

There are just certain things you must do during the holiday season. Making a gingerbread house and then eating the entire thing in one sitting is No. 1 on our list. Dressing up like an elf and doing a one-man caroling routine around the neighborhood is another, as …

Movie Review: ‘Hobbit’ wraps with Middle-earth melee

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With a sum total of 1,032 minutes, Peter Jackson’s six J.R.R. Tolkien films have earned more than $5 billion worldwide. They have made New Zealand synonymous with Middle-earth. And they have slaughtered enough orcs to constitute genocide. The …

Movie Review: ‘Night at the Museum’ bids farewell to Williams

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams’s Teddy Roosevelt in the latest Night at the Museum. The movie, subtitled Secret of the Tomb, is imbued with the unshakable inevitability that even though …

Holiday pops show serves up a variety-style twis

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jazz lovers, rejoice! Your holiday season is about to get a bit brighter with a dose of world-class jazz – right here in Concord. The Capital Jazz Orchestra is starting a tradition Sunday with its newest production: the …

Report: ‘7th Heaven’ dad will admit to abuse

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Actor Stephen Collins, beset by allegations in recent months that he sexually abused young girls over a period of decades, has reportedly admitted for the first time, in an essay, that there were three victims. The 7th Heaven star acknowledged “inappropriate sexual contact” with three female minors between …