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Joe Randazzo (left), formerly of Penacook, leans in for a "kiss" with Johnny Depp in costume as Donald Trump. Depp plays Trump in Funny or Die's "The Art of the Deal."

Ray Duckler: Joe Randazzo razzes Trump, and everyone else, for that matter

Friday, February 12, 2016

For someone like Merrimack Valley High School graduate Joe Randazzo, Donald Trump is pure gold. Randazzo is a satirist who holds up a mirror to show us how dumb we are, or can be. Last Wednesday, a Trump-roasting mockumentary, written by Randazzo and shown on the humor website Funny or Die, appeared online the day after our first-in-the-nation primary. Called The Art of the Deal: The Movie, and based on Trump’s 1987 business-guide book, it stars Johnny Depp as The Donald and also includes Ron Howard as the narrator; Henry Winkler as former New York City mayor Ed Koch; Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump; and …

A few theater numbers worth checking out

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There are a few theater productions of note this weekend (and next), from high school to community level. If you’re looking for a romantic evening on the town or some fun for the whole family this weekend, you may find what you’re looking for with these: 1. First, the Community Players of Concord’s …

At 25, Deadpool’s greatest power isn’t what you think it is

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Perhaps even more impressive than mutant regenerative abilities or ninja-level skills with katana blades, Deadpool has one super-power that now seems to stand above the rest: The “Merc With a Mouth” somehow survived the ’90s. This from a character who is so connected to one of that decade’s best moments: His co-creator, Rob …

Broadway and Hollywood mix for hybrid musical ‘Grease: Live’

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fox is gearing up to give Broadway a serious dose of the Hollywood treatment. Grease: Live, airing Sunday at 7 p.m., goes beyond other made-for-TV live musicals such as The Sound of Music and The Wiz, both of …

Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament returns to White Park

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hockey players will lace up Friday for the sixth annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in Concord. Despite warmer-than-usual temperatures this week, parks and recreation Director David Gill said White Park’s pond has about 8 inches of solid …

In Oscars crisis, Chris Rock and a microphone loom large

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When Chris Rock first hosted the Oscars in 2005, the four black actors nominated that year – Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Jamie Foxx (twice!) – didn’t escape his notice. “It’s like the Def Oscar Jam!” …

Two Sundance films explore a journalist’s on-air suicide

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

When two movies are released at about the same time on the same subject, the topic is often something silly and big and spectacle-filled, like Armageddon and Deep Impact or White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen. But …

Obamas’ love blooms in ‘Southside With You’

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It’s the sweet, romantic story of a first date – albeit the fictionalized first date of the couple who currently occupy the White House. Southside With You, the feature film based on Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson’s first …

Take ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’ with a grain of salt

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It may be hard to believe, but overeating was once considered a good thing. For early humans, anyway, it was beneficial for stocking up when the next opportunity to get food might be days away. But today, that …

David Lynch shines through in all his weirdness in new bio

Sunday, January 24, 2016

In The Man From Another Place, David Lynch, the buttoned-up Eagle Scout who created such classics as Eraserhead and Blue Velvet, shines forth in all his weirdness. Film historian Dennis Lim tells us why that weirdness matters. Lim’s …

‘Grant Park’ a combination of historical and contemporary fiction

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Malcolm Toussaint is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who, at 60, has lost meaning in his life. His wife is dead. A reader has called him the n-word. Another teenager has been shot to death by police. It’s Election …

‘Welcome to Braggsville’ author wins Gaines literary award

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The winner of the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence was formally introduced to the public this week. New Orleans native T. Geronimo Johnson received the recognition Thursday at a ceremony at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, La. He’s receiving the award for his latest …

At documentary screening, connections to McAuliffe remembered and established

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Leaning back under a planetarium dome Saturday was a sparse but significant group assembled by chance to view a documentary on the life of Christa McAuliffe, the Concord High School teacher who in 1986 was supposed to be the first of her profession to travel into space. One …