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In Theaters: 'The Tourist,' 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' 'The Fighter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 4:02 AM
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After last week's huge post-holiday box office drop, Hollywood will attempt to steer the ship back on course with a couple of high-profile new releases this weekend. Two of the world's biggest movie stars, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, team up for the goofy international espionage thriller "The Tourist," which doesn't have too much competition for the adult dollar this weekend--at least at the multiplex. Fox reignites the 'Narnia' franchise without co-financing from Disney, after the disappointment of "Prince Caspian" with "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." The 3D inflation should help the film do decent numbers, but the quality of these films has turned many potential fans off of the series. On the limited front, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston get the David O. Russell/Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale contender "The Fighter." Ben Affleck stars in the John Wells-directed recession-drama "The Company Men" which gets an Oscar-qualifying run in NY/LA before rolling out wide next month. Also out, Julie Taymor returns to Shakespeare with "The Tempest," which boasts a great cast and not much else; Steven Soderbergh's portrait of Spalding Gray, "And Everything Is Going Fine"; and Ry Russo-Young's drama "You Won't Miss Me."

Review: 'And Everything Is Going Fine' Is A Deeply Fascinating & Satisfying Closing Chapter

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 6, 2010 3:46 AM
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Spitting out detailed and personal monologues in a sometimes-comfortable-sometimes-manic fashion, Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers of our time. His minimalist style was deeply intimate, eschewing any kind of tool or prop in favor instead of spilling his guts out on stage. He quickly established such a connection with the audience (even going as far as interviewing audience members on stage) during his performances that calling it a "relationship" doesn't feel right -- "friendship" is a better word. Sadly, Gray took his own life in 2004 due to depression, and his absence is felt: there's not another performer like him out there, and it's likely that there never will be. The oeuvre he's left behind is a legacy; there are many writings but the printed word does no justice to his engrossing poise and voice. The best work was documented in four films "Swimming to Cambodia" (Jonathan Demme), "Terrors of Pleasure" (Thomas Schlamme), "Monster in a Box" (Nick Broomfield), and "Gray's Anatomy" (Steven Soderbergh), which capture his persona perfectly. Seeking to have a proper farewell, Gray's widow Kathleen Russo handed Soderbergh over 100 hours of video and he set out to cut an autobiographical tale told through many different Gray monologues and interviews. Behold the fruits of his labor, the 90-minute "And Everything Is Going Fine," an often hilarious and sometimes saddening final word from the late, great entertainer.

Trailer & Poster For Steven Soderbergh's Tribute To Spalding Gray 'And Everything Is Going Fine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2010 4:14 AM
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Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers/performers/monologists of our time. His work has been documented in a number of films by prominent filmmakers including “Swimming to Cambodia” (Jonathan Demme), “Terrors of Pleasure” (Thomas Schlamme), “Monster in a Box” (Nick Broomfield) and “Gray’s Anatomy” (Steven Soderbergh). While brilliant, Gray was also troubled, lapsing into deep clinical depression following a car crash which left him severely injured and later, led to him taking his own life.

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