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The group is going to the Theatre (Yippee), Friday December 28, 2012 to see the Broadway musical Sister Act, The Musical.   Contact Ed to get reserve your ticket.

When: Friday Night December 28, 2012

Time: 8:00 PM

Where; Broward Center for Performing Arts

How much: $80.00

Reservations: Contact Ed at Stagedaddie@yahoo.com

SISTER ACT is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “RIDICULOUSLY FUN,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!

Sneak Peek

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Friday Movie October 28,2011  

Puss in Boots

AMC Coral Ridge (US1 and Oakland Park Blvd)

Time: 7:50, meet at 7:30

Dinner after for those interested.

Plot: Swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) fights to save his town with the help of Kitty Softpaws (voice of Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (voice of Zach Galifianakis   

Starring:

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Friday Movie October 28,2011  

Puss in Boots

AMC Coral Ridge (US1 and Oakland Park Blvd)

Time: 7:50, meet at 7:30

Dinner after for those interested.

 

Plot: Swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) fights to save his town with the help of Kitty Softpaws (voice of Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (voice of Zach Galifianakis   

Starring:

 

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Friday Movie: The Help

AMC Coral Ridge (behind Target at Oakland Blvd and Federal Hwy US1)

Time: 7:00 PM meet in lobby at 6:45

At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step.  Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss and her mother won’t be happy till she finds a husband.  Aibileen a wise African-American maid and caretaker suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen’s sassy best friend struggles to find and hold a job.  Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.

Trailer

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Friday Movie 06-17-2011

Friday Movie: June 17, 2011
L’amour fou
Gateway
Starts at 7:45.
Meet at 7:15

A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge

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SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON TICKETS PURCHASED: $9 DISCOUNT (see below
SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT “PLAY” (Instead of Friday Movie)
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
The Play: GREY GARDENS (based on True Story) – details below

Showing at: RISING ACTION THEATRE, 1480 SW 9TH Ave, Fort Lauderdale (Sunshine Cathedral)

Starts at: 8 PM – Meet in lobby area at 7:30. Seating is assigned when ticket is purchased.

Tickets are regularly $39 each. $9 discount available by Purchasing Tickets In Advance (effective 3-9-11)
at the web site http://www.risingactiontheatre.com and using the CODE: LUCKY7 for the performance on 3-11.

If you have questions, contact Rising Action Theatre directly at
(954) 561-2225.

*All tickets are assigned seating (may not all sit together). Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of performance if not sold out.

Please RSVP to John R. of group at GOLDLEAF69@aol.com if you are attending –

THE SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIER of
GREY GARDENS, the Musical
Rising Action Theatre is honored to present the South Florida Premiere of the Tony Award-winning Grey Gardens, the Musical. Based on the highly acclaimed 1975 Maysles Brothers film documentary, it is the story of Jackie Kennedy’s relatives “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter “Little Edie” and the overgrown, crumbling East Hampton mansion they shared for decades. Set at the Grey Gardens mansion, the musical follows the progression of the lives of the two Edies from their original social status as wealthy and polished aristocrats in the 1940’s to their eventual existence as penniless eccentrics in a crumbling home. But, the real focus is clearly on the unending psychological struggle between a mother and a daughter. The story is joyous, heartwarming, sad, and funny.

“An experience no passionate theatregoer should miss! A Tour de Force!” — New York Times

“Grey Gardens is more than a unique and unmissable musical: IT’S A GIFT!” — Rolling Stone

Grey Gardens brings to life both the delightfully eccentric aunt and the cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, these two women became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated 28-room mansion.

Set in two eras – in 1941 when the estate was in its prime and in 1973 when it was reduced to squalor – the musical tells the alternately hilarious and heartbreaking story of two indomitable women, Edit Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter “Little” Edie.

RISING ACTION THEATRE – 954-561-2225 For directions and more information.
NOTE THAT THE $64 TICKETS INCLUDE A DINNER PACKAGE THAT IS OPTIONAL. MOST GROUP MEMBERS ARE GOING ONLY TO THE SHOW.

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The Adjustment Bureau

Very very mixed reviews of this movie. Seven guys showed up for this movie. Four of us gave it 4-stars while one person gave it a total thumbs down. Another said it was anti-climatic and another said it started very slowly.

Personally, I gave it 4-stars. I usually don’t like sci-fi, but I do like political thrillers and this had that element. I was able to buy into the concept of an outside force controlling our “free will” and I loved the fedoras. Matt Damon is a hunk, no two ways about that and a great actor on top of that. Emily Blount has never much impressed me as a lead actress, but I thought this role showcased her talents and gave her a charismatic character that I empathized with. She was in love with Matt Damon. The ending was pretty predictable.

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01-28-2011
No Strings Attached

On Friday 1/28 some of us went to see the film “No Strings Attached”. I’m sure that gay men don’t need an explanation of what the title of this film means, it’s all too (perhaps painfully) familiar: an arrangement where two people get together for sex without any expectations by either party. But in a twist on the conventional situation in the straight world, the roles are reversed – in this case it’s the woman, not the man, who wants the NSA relationship.

Emma (Natalie Portman) is a busy doctor who avoids emotional entanglements, and while Adam’s friends think he’s lucked into the best of all possible worlds, Adam (Ashton Kutcher) is a romantic at heart. The plot takes many twists and turns as Adam and Emma pursue their friends-with-benefits relationship, but when Emma’s sister gets married, Emma realizes that she has to decide if she has a future with Adam or not.

Making a rare film appearance is Kevin Kline, who plays Adam’s oh-so-hip divorced California dad. Dad is having an affair with Adam’s ditzy ex girlfriend, which is a source of much anger for Adam, especially when dad reveals that they are planning to have a baby.

The outcome of this film is entirely predictable, but it has some good laughs along the way.

Tom S.

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02-04-2011
The Fighter

“The Fighter” is based on a true story about Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg), a prize fighter from the gritty town of Lowell Massachusetts. While the plot is about Micky’s struggle to become a winner in the world of boxing, the real story here is about family relationships.

Micky’s career is entirely in the hands of his mother Alice (Melissa Leo), who is his manager, and his older (half) brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), who is his trainer. Dicky’s claim to fame is that he once fought and knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard, but that was many years ago.

After some disappointing fights in which Micky is soundly trounced, he considers giving up boxing. But when gutsy girlfriend Charlene (Amy Adams) encourages Micky to take control of his career, family fireworks ensue. Finally, while Dicky is in jail as a result of his crack addiction, Micky begins to turn his career around, and some dramatic fight scenes follow.

The acting in this film is first rate. In my opinion, Christian Bale’s performance is certainly worthy of an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. Leo does a great job, too, as a the floozy, twice-married, tough-as-nails mom/manager. And comic relief is provided by Micky’s bitchy big-haired sisters – there are at least six of them.

At the end of the film there is a charming little scene with the real Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, older now and still obviously good friends.

My rating – highly recommended.

After the movie, eight of us went to the Maracas Mexican restaurant to eat.

Tom S.

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Oscar Checklist

The Oscar nominations were just released. So how many did the Friday Night Movie Group see?

Best Picture: Saw 6 out of 10. Black Swan, Inception, The Kid’s are All Right, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and True Grit. Didn’t see The Fighter, 127 hours, Toy Story 3 and Winter’s Bone.

Best Director: Saw 4 out of 5.

Best Actress: Saw 2 out 5. Annette Benning in The Kids are all Right and Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Didn’t see Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Laurence in Winter’s Bone, and Michelle WIlliams in Blue Valentine.

Best Actor: Saw 3 out of 5. Jeff Bridges in True Grit, Jess Eisenberg in The Social Network and Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. Didn’t see Javier Bader in Beutiful, and James Franco in 127 Hours.

Best Supporting Actress: Saw 2 out of 5.

Best Supporting Actor: Saw 2 out of 5.

We’ve managed to see most of the favorites and big picture nominations. Some of the other nominations are for pictures that did not seem to generate a lot of publicity. The one big exception that we missed seeing was The Fighter. All in all I think John did an outstanding job of selecting the top and best movies available.

Thanks John for your dedication in making movie night a regular event.
-Steve

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Eight of us from the group went to see the film “Somewhere”, directed by Sophia Coppola. It is a simplistic film which attempts to show how the vacuous existence of a popular movie star, Johnny Marco, is transformed when his eleven year old daughter Cleo, who lives with her mother, comes for an extended stay with him.

Very little actually happens in this film. We see how bored Johnny is at the parties he throws, how he struggles to stay awake while strippers dance in his hotel room, and how little he cares about publicity appearances arranged by his agent. The bright spot is Cleo, who is learning to ice skate and cook and is on her way to becoming an accomplished young woman. After she goes off to camp and Johnny is left alone again, he apparently decides to change his life – but we never know how he does that because the film ends abruptly and ambiguously.

It is hard to feel any connection to the characters in this film, except to feel sorry for Cleo, whose father is so uninvolved in her life. Compare this to a film like Peter Bratt’s “La Mission”, in which a father struggles to accept the fact that his son, his only child, is gay. In that story, we feel all the anger, pain and disappointment of the characters as if it were our own.

If Ms. Coppola’s goal was to have her film be as uninteresting as its principal character, she succeeded – five of the guys left during the movie, and only three of us stuck it out to the end.
-Tom

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