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Two Very Unique Actresses

Two Very Unique Actresses

BY DAVID NOH | With her heavy-lidded, slumberous eyes, and wide gash of a mouth, Emmanuelle Devos not only defines that elusive French term jolie laide, but is also one of the most striking presences in contemporary cinema. She has built up an impressive résumé in the last 20 years, working on compelling projects with fine […]

Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

Andréa Burns Embraces the Cuban Mother Within

  BY DAVID NOH | The always cozy and enjoyable New Dramatists Annual Spring Luncheon at the Marriott on May 12 rightly honored a radiant Audra McDonald who is currently giving a triple threat performance in “Shuffle Along” that — even pregnant, while tapping away — is by any standard great. The fact that she has […]

Party Girl

Party Girl

BY DAVID NOH | Lady Elsie Mendl, nee De Wolfe, (1859-1950) — at various times in her life an actress, author, inveterate party hostess, and pioneering interior decorator — was universally considered one of the chicest women of her time. She enjoyed her pick of the leading couturiers vying to garb her (Schiaparelli was a favorite), […]

Pulped!

Pulped!

BY DAVID NOH | Remember those paperback pulp gay porn novels that used to be semi-discreetly sold in drugstores and random magazine stands in the 1960s and early 1970s? They had deliriously suggestive covers and titles like “The Number on the John Wall,” “Chamber of Homos,” “Tailpipe Truckers, “ “Hot Asset!,” “The Male Maulers.” No? […]

South Korean Filmmakers Getting First US Shot

South Korean Filmmakers Getting First US Shot

BY STEVE ERICKSON| In most respects, the South Korean film industry is a success story. Thanks to a quota system, it’s one of the few national cinemas that’s managed to resist Hollywood and hang on to the majority of its own market. As of April, six of this year’s top 10 highest-grossing films in South Korea […]