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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 …

‘Subway Art’ looks at New York’s ‘War on Graffitti’

Sunday, January 24, 2016

In 1972, New York Mayor John Lindsay declared a “War on Graffiti,” with the goal of eradicating the “plague” afflicting the subway trains. At the time, the city was facing bankruptcy and the subway system barely functioned – …

‘Road to Little Dribbling’ a humorous book with serious message

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A little more than 20 years ago, Bill Bryson wandered the green and pleasant lands of his adopted home, Britain, and found amusingly cantankerous things to say at nearly every turn. The weather, the public transit systems, the …

Film academy announced reforms to diversify

Friday, January 22, 2016

The film Academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced …

New Hampshire Theatre Awards to kick off first year in Concord

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Academy Awards of New Hampshire’s theater scene has moved to Concord. For the first time since its inception, the New Hampshire Theatre Awards will be held in the capital city. The best of the state’s professional and …

Chicago brings Dick Wolf back to fore at NBC

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

With all the changes in television over the past few decades, Dick Wolf has remained resilient and is now resurgent. A few years ago, the producer behind the Law & Order empire at NBC saw his three prime-time …

‘Making a Murderer’ depicts justice gone awry

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

‘ M aking a Murderer is the latest series to demand you not just watch, but binge. But since its Netflix debut Dec. 18, it’s become even more encompassing: a thing, a budding cultural phenomenon, whose subject is …

Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

Monday, January 18, 2016

Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year’s ceremony. …

Death brings a breakthrough moment in David Bowie’s brilliant career

Monday, January 18, 2016

174,000: Blackstar albums sold the week after Bowie’s death, according to Nielsen Music. $1,900; Cost of a matinee ticket to Lazarus (the New York musical Bowie helped write) on StubHub after his death. $1 billion: Earned by the Michael Jackson estate since his death in 2009, according to …

’American Pie’ singer arrested on domestic violence charge

Monday, January 18, 2016

“American Pie” singer Don McLean was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge Monday in Maine, a jail supervisor said. McLean was arrested and posted $10,000 bail early Monday at the Knox County Jail, Cpl. Brad Woll said. …

’Star Wars’ faces off against ‘Mad Max’ at Critics’ Choice

Monday, January 18, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens might have been shut out of the Oscar best picture race, but the box office behemoth will get a shot to compete with heavyweights like The Martian and The Revenant at the Critics’ …