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        FOOL FOR LOVE ** 1/2 out of **** BARBECUE ** 1/2 out of **** OLD TIMES ** out of **** FOOL FOR LOVE *** out of **** MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE I've spent my entire adult life watching the stock of playwright Sam Shepard fall. He was at his peak in the 1980s, with that iconic trade paperback of seven plays sporting his handsome mug on the cover. That compilation was just a blip on the radar for Shepard. He starred in the landmark film Days of Heaven in 1978. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Buried Child in 1979. He received an Oscar nomination for his great work in 1983's The Right Stuff, a masterpiece by any measure. He co-wrote the Palme d'Or winner Paris, Texas in 1984, the same year that collection of plays became a fixture in bookstores around the world. No wonder he made the cover of Newsweek in 1986. The plays kept coming: about one every three years since Seven Plays was published 31 years ago. But cruelly for someone so acclaimed and clearly devoted to his craft, they haven't become part of the repertory yet, not really. Buried Child played Broadway for two months in 1996. A praised revival of arguably his best play True West had a five month run in 2000 and received three Tony nominations. And now this revival of Fool For Love with Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell. One play on Broadway in 1996, another in 2000 and now (finally) another in 2015. Shepard's new work has been seen at various venues Off Broadway to little success. What do I think of Shepard as a playwright? How would I know? I haven't had a chance to see his best work performed by committed actors. (No wonder Signature devoted a season to Shepard back in 1996. For all their good work, it's a pity they don't continue that tradition.) So it's a pleasure to see four excellent actors tackle 1983's Fool For Love. And it's a disappointment to say that on my first viewing, it feels like a flawed work that has not dated well. The set-up is simple: May (Arianda) is slumped over, sitting on the edge of a bed in a dumpy hotel room. The cowboy Eddie (Rockwell) is in a corner, taking a break from what is clearly an exhausting battle of wills. Off to the side (In the room? Outside? Metaphorically watching from above?) is an Old Man (Gordon Joseph Weiss). At first May clings to Eddie, then she pushes him away. She claws at him; he threatens her. She orders him to go then begs him to stay. He insists on leaving and then remains. The Old Man watches. They're fools for love, obviously, and it's fun to watch. The tension is real (along with the humor) as we try and figure out who is toying with whom and whether they belong together and if being together will mean more battling or actual, genuine happiness. It feels meaty and real and while hardly revelatory is certainly satisfying, thanks to talent like Rockwell (sneakily charming as always) and Arianda (who is thoroughly at home and not flashy for a single moment despite the acclaim of recent years that might have anyone less grounded off into space). Modest tension arises when this on-again off-again couple must deal with the arrival of May's date, a hapless local fellow (Tom Pelphrey) who just wants to take her out to a movie and instead becomes trapped in their game of truth-telling about what is really tearing them apart. Daniel Aukin has molded the cast into an excellent ensemble: his two leads are marvelous, Weiss is spot-on and Pelphrey was for me a revelation, wonderfully funny and dim-witted while holding his own onstage with two powerhouses, all with a minimum of dialogue. The tech elements were also strong, though I could have done without two visual and sonic flourishes (once at the beginning and once at the climax) that called too much attention to themselves. But the play? It revolves around the revelation that this couple is related. They fooled around in high school only to discover that Eddie's father knocked up May's mother. Once upon a time, such was the stuff of Greek tragedy. Today it fails to shock (What? No gender confusion?). And once that twist was made clear, the play became less and less compelling. Perhaps I was too quick to praise this production. Certainly in retrospect I didn't sense the seeds of despair that should be driving. Eddie's violence didn't seem the frustrated violence of one unexpectedly in love with his half-sister, just your run-of-the-mill violence. May's fickle attitude towards Eddie seemed powered only by his wandering attention, not by the turmoil of a love that dare not speak -- or even think -- its name. And where in all this does the rather fantastic off-stage character of The Countess fit into it? A nutty rich woman who shoots up hotel rooms and sets fire to trucks hardly squares with a simmering tale aspiring to Sophoclean despair. Hence my confusion over the outburst of the Old Man and my sense of anti-climax when they kiss ferociously at the end. Since they already kissed earlier, that tension for a physical release was already dissipated. Sure, the first time we didn't know they were siblings but what might have felt transgressive and powerful at the finale had already been undermined by the play itself. Shepard is a terrific actor, an admirable artist and devoted to theater. I want to be a fool for his work -- I have ever since buying that collection back in college with student loan money I should have saved for food. I just wish I had more chances to judge his work where it belongs: on stage. Surely this showcase for four actors (and True West, which was catnip for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly) is proof he's worthy of more attention. It may reveal flaws but that's better than not being seen at all. BARBECUE ** 1/2 out of **** PUBLIC THEATER Everyone's faith in playwright Robert O'Hara is thoroughly justified. He's whip-smart, funny, provocative and has a gift for entertaining. (I'll take entertaining over deep thoughts any day.) I didn't go over the moon with Booty Candy, but that often hilarious look at growing up gay was bursting with inventiveness, to say the least. Barbecue may be a little more flawed but it confirms O'Hara as a playwright you don't want to miss. It seems only a matter of time before he hits one out of the park. A park, actually is the setting for his new play Barbecue. A family is gathered not to grill some meat but to confront one of their siblings, the out of control Barbara. Calling Barbara out of control is really saying something since all the other adults in this family boast a roll call of addictions and pathologies: alcohol, marijuana, meth (maybe), pills (certainly), busted relationships and dead-end jobs are all on the menu. Barbara may not be quite ready for an intervention; will she really cotton to the idea of heading to Alaska for yoga and group therapy? But if she gets out of hand -- a distinct possibility since razors hidden in the mouth is one ploy they worry about -- well, they've always got the rope, duct tape and Taser to fall back on. So there you have it. A flawed play with a strong first act, a sputtering second act, a good cast and solid tech elements (especially the costumes by Paul Tazewell and the hair and wigs by Leah J. Loukas which work together in ways subtle and clever to keep it funny but real). O'Hara tosses a lot of plates in the air and -- while many of them crash -- it's invigorating to watch. Barbecue employs some big switches (just like Fool For Love, which has a big reveal as well). As in Shepard's play, the Big Reveal is not terribly interesting and makes what came before it actually less interesting in retrospect. Meta playfulness is irresistible for a playwright with an unbridled imagination. But the discipline of rules and genre and structure (rather than always tearing that structure down) can be just as rewarding. Here's hoping O'Hara works to use his distinctive voice in a context less freewheeling just to see what happens. I can't recommend Barbecue as strongly as Booty Candy. But if you're in New York City and a regular theater goer, O'Hara is clearly a talent you want to watch develop. By all means go. SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT Why are you still reading? I said spoiler alert! If you have any ability to see the play, walk away please. But Barbecue and its flaws are impossible to discuss without spoiling the multiple tricks that O'Hara plays with us. Literally impossible. So the first half of my review is for anyone who might go see it. Now for posterity, let's actually discuss the damn thing. Truly, it's no fun to even KNOW there's a spoiler much less dissect it. But what can one do? Not talk about the new play by a clearly bursting at the seams talent like O'Hara? So you've been amply warned. The first big reveal is an absolute corker. The family -- led by the redoubtable Becky Ann Baker of Freaks & Geeks -- has discussed all possibilities while they wait nervously for Barbara. A violent, hilarious climax is reached when the lights go to black, the show pauses very briefly and then the lights come up and the action picks back up...but the entire white cast has been replaced by black actors clearly playing the same characters in the same scene. It's head-spinning, unexpected and marvelously effective in super-charging the scene. The rest of the first act continues this by transitioning back and forth several times between the two sets of actors playing essentially the same roles in the same story. A play about white trash has now become a play about black people held down economically. Or is it that a play that didn't seem to be about race now really is about race? Or maybe it's not race but class that we're dealing with? And why am I laughing more with the ensemble of black actors? You immediately question your own prejudices. Am I trained to be embarrassed or less amused by white trash since they reflect poorly on me, a white man? Or am I seductively encouraged to laugh at black folk as a subtle form of racism that reinforces racial stereotypes perpetuated by white society? Naturally, I decided I wasn't racist (no one ever decides they are racist, do they?) and that the black cast was in fact stronger across the board. However, I was also aware of a heightened reality present when the black cast was performing. Their roles and jokes were broader and bigger -- it was meant to be funnier. I think. Or I'm just a jerk. This was a rich vein O'Hara had opened and it was fully worth exploring for an entire play. Unfortunately... SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT Okay, there's another Big Reveal. In truth, a great work should be able to survive knowing about the "twist." You can enjoy and appreciate it even if you know something the original audience didn't. (It's a sled.) Still, it's certainly more fun not knowing, if possible. So if you're in NYC and might go to the show and kept reading past the first Spoiler Alert, for heaven's sake, stop now! On the other hand, you'll find out why the play that started out so strongly became so muddled. After the switching between casts, act one climaxed with yet another switch. As the black cast was on stage, suddenly Barbara (Tamberla Perry) shouted out "Cut!" and the stage was swarmed by cameramen and sound guys and PAs and all the other folk on a film crew. The audience, already blindsided by the brilliant ploy of swapping out casts, exploded in mirth. So this is being filmed? I assumed it was reality TV we'd be spoofing, but in fact act two revealed that we were watching the actual events of an intervention (later made famous by Barbara's best-selling triumph over addiction memoir) interspersed with a cast of black actors filming it for a movie. Act Two goes way, way down hill as we jump to the past and watch a world famous Whitney Houston-type singer and actress (played by Perry) meet with the "real" Barbara (Samantha Soule) in that same park. The self-absorbed diva is searching for authentic details and deciding whether to make the movie we've watched her film throughout act one. The energy and inventiveness that powered act one disappears and the play slowly loses steam as it plods to a close. Perry's diva is a boring stereotype that also makes no sense: she's from the ghetto but puts on a fake British accent? When authenticity is the coin of the realm in the pop world and not one she'd run from? We're supposed to seesaw back and forth as we watch these two women search for power over the other. The movie star blathers on and occasionally reveals how little Barbara means to her. Revelations pile up, each one less meaningful and interesting than the last: the memoir is faked, the diva is an addict, one or both of them is a lesbian and so on. While act one juxtaposed "real" people with cinematic portrayals that were exaggerated, in act two all we get are 'real" people who seem a lot more fake than everyone in act one. Potentially the most powerful moment -- when the diva demands the clean Barbara do some crystal meth -- becomes a throw-away moment when clearly it should have been the manipulative pivot of the entire act. How far will a diva go to demonstrate power or gain an Oscar worthy project? How far will a recovering addict go to cash in and does dignity even come into the equation? Everything here is less interesting, including the performances of the two women since their characters become more cardboard by the second. It's very confusing. On the one hand, O'Hara clearly has a fertile imagination. On the other hand, he had an absolutely brilliant concept -- switching between an all black and all white cast -- that was plenty. It should have been the sole "trick" in the show, one worthy of exploring deeply and imaginatively. It's a pity he rushed onto the next idea so quickly. I feel almost cheated that this clever and potentially penetrating gambit was squandered. On the other (other?) hand, he came up with that idea, didn't he? OLD TIMES ** out of **** ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY AT AMERICAN AIRLINES THEATRE The soufflĂ© did not rise. Truly, what else can one say about a production of Harold Pinter that doesn't work? One can see a decent production of Oscar Wilde or Horton Foote, a good performance here and there and all of it...okay, But Pinter (and Brecht and that ilk)? Their work is so ambiguous and off kilter that either it clicks or it doesn't. This one most assuredly doesn't. That isn't to say your experience at Pinter is either euphoric or nightmarish. Far from it. The three actors are to varying degrees solid, the production is certainly enjoyably risk-taking (at least visually) and unlike some truly off the rails productions that flop entirely, it's hardly an endurance test. But does it rise? Does it breathe? Sadly, no. This is the first time I've seen Pinter's Old Times so sadly I have nothing to compare it to, no way to know what power plays and intriguing shifts in balance can take place. Deely (Clive Owen) and Kate (Kelly Reilly) are at home. I use the term "home" loosely, since the set by Christine Jones depicts a striking vortex looming over them at all times while a giant slab of ice is a stand-in for a door or perhaps a window. A tad abstract, but hardly out of place for the oft-surreal Pinter. They banter about a dinner guest soon to arrive. Anna (Eve Best) is an old friend of Kate, though Kate clarifies by saying Anna was and is her only friend. She has no other friends, not really. Typically for Pinter, they are fencing with words. Anna arrives and a sexy, provocative presence she is. Anna and Deely seem to be battling each other for supremacy; which one of them is more important, more crucial to Kate (or at least the person Kate has become)? Inevitably, the somewhat passive Kate will make her own move for domination before all is said and done. Reilly is the least satisfying here and Best the most. Owen is very solidly in the middle, proving himself a strong and promising stage presence, fully at home and ready to play. One must point the finger at director Douglas Hodge. Whatever music is to be found in this Pinter play remains unheard. Whatever drama, mostly unseen. Whatever sense the scenic design and the vaguely period costumes of Constance Hoffman might have made unexplained. Whatever impact the modest visual and sonic pow of key moments delivered by Thom Yorke (music), Japhy Weideman (lighting) and sound (Clive Goodwin) unfelt. I really have no idea what Pinter is up to in this play. But I'm certain Hodge and his team haven't figured it out either. THEATER OF 2015 Honeymoon In Vegas ** The Woodsman *** Constellations ** 1/2 Taylor Mac's A 24 Decade History Of Popular Music 1930s-1950s ** 1/2 Let The Right One In ** Da no rating A Month In The Country ** 1/2 Parade in Concert at Lincoln Center ** 1/2 Hamilton at the Public *** The World Of Extreme Happiness ** 1/2 Broadway By The Year 1915-1940 ** Verite * 1/2 Fabulous! * The Mystery Of Love & Sex ** An Octoroon at Polonsky Shakespeare Center *** 1/2 Fish In The Dark * The Audience *** Josephine And I *** Posterity * 1/2 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame ** Lonesome Traveler ** On The Twentieth Century *** Radio City Music Hall's New York Spring Spectacular ** 1/2 The Heidi Chronicles * The Tallest Tree In The Forest * 1/2 Broadway By The Year: 1941-1965 *** Twelfth Night by Bedlam *** What You Will by Bedlam *** 1/2 Wolf Hall Parts I and II ** 1/2 Skylight *** Nellie McKay at 54 Below *** Ludic Proxy ** 1/2 It Shoulda Been You ** Finding Neverland ** 1/2 Hamlet w Peter Sarsgaard at CSC no stars The King And I *** Marilyn Maye -- Her Way: A Tribute To Frank Sinatra at 54 Below *** Gigi * 1/2 An American In Paris ** 1/2 Doctor Zhivago no stars Fun Home ** Living On Love * 1/2 Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation *** Airline Highway * 1/2 The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Fiasco Theatre) *** The Visit (w Chita Rivera) ** 1/2 The Sound And The Fury (ERS) ** Broadway By The Year: 1966-1990 *** The Spoils * 1/2 Ever After (at Papermill) ** Heisenberg *** 1/2 An Act Of God ** The National High School Musical Theatre Awards *** Amazing Grace * The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey ** 1/2 Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park w Rabe and Linklater) *** Hamilton *** 1/2 The Christians *** A Midsummer Night's Dream (Pearl Theatre Company) ** 1/2 Spring Awakening (w Deaf Theatre West) *** 1/2 Daddy Long Legs ** Reread Another ** Fool For Love (w Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell) ** 1/2 Barbecue (at Public) ** Old Times (w Clive Owen) ** _____________ Thanks for reading. Michael Giltz is the founder and CEO of the forthcoming website BookFilter, a book lover's best friend. Trying to decide what to read next? Head to BookFilter! Need a smart and easy gift? Head to BookFilter? Wondering what new titles came out this week in your favorite categories, like cookbooks and mystery and more? Head to BookFilter! It's a website that lets you browse for books online the way you do in a physical bookstore, provides comprehensive info on new releases every week in every category and offers passionate personal recommendations every step of the way. It's like a fall book preview or holiday gift guide -- but every week in every category. He's also the cohost of Showbiz Sandbox, a weekly pop culture podcast that reveals the industry take on entertainment news of the day and features top journalists and opinion makers as guests. It's available for free on iTunes. Visit Michael Giltz at his website and his daily blog. Download his podcast of celebrity interviews and his radio show, also called Popsurfing and also available for free on iTunes. Note: Michael Giltz is provided with free tickets to shows with the understanding that he will be writing a review. All productions are in New York City unless otherwise indicated. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    Who's Your Daddy? Reflections of a Humbled Son on Thelonious Monk's 98... - Huffington Post NEW!

        My life began with one perplexing question: Who is daddy? Let me explain. From my earliest recollections, adults, when first meeting me, would invariably ask the question, "Do you know who your father is?" The query came from musicians and fans alike. I didn't really understand the question at first, because the answer seemed so obvious. My father was my daddy. Of course, they would follow up with statements like, "You know he's a genius," which really meant nothing to a five- or ten-year-old. They would add proclamations like, "He changed the music," and/or "His music will be here for the next 300 years." That also meant absolutely nothing to me. However, though I couldn't imagine 300 years, I could imagine one. So when told he would be a bigger name in 50 years, that did seem like a long, long time from then, so I chalked it up to nonsense, in my own toddling way. It seemed to me that in fifty years, I would be an old man -- and surely dad would've been forgotten by then. In my early teen years, having by then seen a lot of major artists come and disappear into obscurity, I was convinced these proclamations from ardent fans were pure hyperbole. But at fifteen, I began my love affair with drums. My understanding and views of music changed, and I clearly realized dad was a true badass. But so were his buddies Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and, of course, Max Roach (my teacher), and many others. I was clear on the huge influence of artists like Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, and the impact they made on western music. I figured dad was definitely in the crowd, but I also noticed that even those greatest of artisans pretty much said the same things about my dad. The author's father, mother (Nellie Monk) and sister (Boo Boo). (Photo published in Time Magazine, Feb. 1964) Now you must understand that to me, Thelonious Sphere Monk was just daddy. He took me and my sister, Boo Boo [nickname], everywhere, and taught me how to treat girls, spin tops and change my sister's diapers, among many other things -- he did all of that Mr. Mom stuff. I can't recall even one time in my life when I ever called him Thelonious, or Monk, or pop, or anything other than daddy. I was far more focused on getting a chance to play with him, than who he was to the world. My first real clue about how admired my father was as a musical innovator came on the occasion of my mother's birthday. My dad decided the family should go see Duke Ellington and his orchestra at the Rainbow Grill in the Waldorf Astoria. When we entered the packed supper club, the band was wailing. With the colorful lighting, it all looked magical. And a magical moment it was. Without hesitation, Duke Ellington stopped his orchestra abruptly, went to the microphone and said "Ladies and gentlemen, the baddest left-hand in the history of our music (obviously alluding to Thelonious' harmonic innovations) just came in -- Thelonious Monk." There was a huge roar, and I knew this was special stuff. This was Duke Ellington talking, the Duke -- the greatest jazzman I knew. Soon after that, in the summer of my nineteenth year on earth, it happened. It was 1969, the year of my enlightenment. I was still living with my parents, and practicing my drums seven or eight hours a day. I was dedicated, focused and broke. Thelonious Monk performing with Art Blakey (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns/Getty) When my dad was home from touring, he would lay his head on his headboard resting against a wall that was, maybe, eight inches thick, with me practicing right on the other side. From the day I started practicing, until I was twenty years old, he never said a word about my playing, but that's another whole story. I was in my own world. There were no listening restrictions in the Monk household, so I was listening to dad, Duke, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Supremes, and Frank Sinatra -- everything, no limits. Then along came the music industry's move from Hi-Fi to stereo. I wanted a stereo, and decided to build one myself. I went to Lafayette Electronics in downtown Manhattan and purchased parts to build a speaker, though I was not fully familiar with the needs of a stereo system, I purchased parts for only one speaker -- a profoundly knuckle-headed move. However, on that hot summer day, I chose to build that one speaker, despite my technical mistake. Once it was completed, I needed to test it, but had a dilemma. It was big, 15 inches, plus a huge wooden cabinet. I wanted to go big. I was afraid to play a loud pop record, like my new Sly and the Family Stone album or something from a Motown group, but I wanted something I could turn up so I could hear this new speaker but not blow it up. So I decided on a quiet, smaller sounding group -- a trio record by my father. I can clearly remember lying down with my ear to the speaker and pressing the button for the automatic changer to drop the record. It was a recording that featured Art Blakey on drums and the great bassist, Oscar Pettiford, filling out the trio. They were playing my father's composition, "Work." I had never heard it before. It is one of his most difficult improvisational vehicles. I could easily hear it, but it was so difficult and different that I was amazed. I was savvy enough to tell it was special, extremely special. It was so special, I couldn't stop playing the melody over and over for the next hour, and the melody was only about a minute long. I was stunned at the genius of his rhythm, his harmonics and his precision. It all came together for me that hot summer afternoon. Right then, I realized that the guy resting in the room next to me, and listening to my practicing, was, in fact, a timeless genius named Thelonious Monk, the man that changed the music -- the man everyone had been talking about all my life. My dad was Thelonious Monk. And that was my name too. And it was humbling. My life changed just like the music. He'd done it to me too. That fifty-year thing was clearly conservative, since I'm now 65, and I see the 300-year thing is truly possible, if Beethoven and Mozart are any indicators. I got scared, but I got proud, and have been so ever since. I could have been born on a hilltop in another country with nothing, but instead, I was born to Thelonious and Nellie, and given a wonderful heritage. How lucky was I. God bless you daddy. I know exactly who you are, and I will always love you! Happy Birthday! Thelonious Sphere Monk, III (T.S. Monk) is an internationally acclaimed jazz drummer, bandleader, vocalist and arts educator. The son and musical heir to his father, the legendary jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Monk. He is the co-founder and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and he also heads the Thelonious Monk Estate. Contact him at Thelonious.s.monk@aol.com. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    Love Hurts: A Mature, Brief Surmise on Moving on From Rejection and He... - Huffington Post NEW!

        "I can't make you love me when you don't, " Bonnie Raitt sings. "How am I supposed to live without you," Michael Bolton swoons. "Nothing compares to you," Sinead O' Connor laments. "Love is a battlefield," Pat Benetar told us. Finally, "love hurts," Nazareth informs us. Love does hurt, as they say; or it can hurt, literally and figuratively. Some of us know this better than others. Some of us know it only too well, sadly. One individual we all know and love knows it extremely well. She has been known to kiss a frog or two. In fact, she recently told me when I met her in California, "I don't expect much from frogs anymore." Meanwhile, the press has reported that on at least three separate incidents, she attempted to coerce her partner into a relationship, beating him when he refused. Other times she reacted with violence and rage when he broke up with her, or when he was simply hugging a friend, talking to another woman, or even just standing too close to them. She denies all of these, of course. If a bad childhood is synonymous with poor choices, her background didn't help in her love choices. She grew up in a small town in Iowa; her father died when she was young, and her mother wasn't that nice to her. She had to enter beauty contests to survive, as many attractive single women do nowadays. She had a lot of vulnerability which she had to hide, because of her need to be a superstar and the competition. She had to grow up hard and fast and tough. Think Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and others and one has the correct picture. Meanwhile, with respect to love, she has been in and out of this same relationship with the same individual from 1978 to 2015. That's almost 37 years of love hurting. Indeed, if breaking up is hard to do this lady knows all about it and heartache firsthand. Here then are words of wisdom from her when we sat together this month and I asked for her take on how to walk away graciously from a relationship gone bad. Here is her mature and brief response on how to think and move forward positively and graciously as a woman when our hearts are broken by men we love who no longer love us. She told me on the topic of love hurts, in a French accent: "Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs." -- Miss Piggy That's all she would say, before she stormed off. She has obviously forgiven and healed nicely. Is it wine for the swine time maybe?! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    EXCLUSIVE: Tony The Tiger Victim Of Food Terrorist Plot? - Huffington Post NEW!

        Is someone kidding around with beloved breakfast cereal mascot Tony the Tiger with a series of viral videos showing him helping a sex worker, a suicide bomber and a police officer who savagely beats a female suspect?Or is a food terrorist trying to commit a cereal killing by making Tony look bad?Kellogg Co. said it had nothing to do with what it called "offensive" videos posted this week showing its Frosted Flakes mascot behaving badly. Evidence uncovered by The Huffington Post suggests a well-known food activist, Jani Leinonen, may be involved.The latest video shows a battered woman named Anna seated inside a California cafe. "Last night I experienced the worst physical abuse of my life, for no reason," reads a description of the video at tonyisback.com. "I feel so humiliated, betrayed, my whole body is aching. I am angry but I have not found the courage to fight back. I was so lost, but Tony came and encouraged me to go ahead with my plan to show people."Tony the Tiger, in the video, encourages Anna to go through with her "plan" by eating a bowl of sugary Frosted Flakes -- "They're grrrrreat," he says in his trademark shout.After eating a bit of the cereal, Anna stands up and shows she has a bomb strapped to her chest, which detonates as the video ends.Actress Gina Ferranti shared a video still shot from the film on Instagram, The Huffington Post's investigation shows. Ferranti lists the role on her acting resume, which identifies the director and production company responsible for "Tony."Neither Ferranti nor her agent replied to HuffPost's inquiries.  A photo posted by Gina (@ginanyactress) on Oct 7, 2015 at 4:13pm PDTFerranti's resume identifies the "Tony" director as Jani Leinonen, an artist from Finland who has been linked to a group of health-food activists called the Food Liberation Army.The organization was responsible for the Jan. 31, 2010, theft of a life-size Ronald McDonald statue from a McDonald's fast food restaurant in central Helsinki, according to NPR.org. The kidnappers threatened to decapitate Ronald unless McDonald's answered questions about the quality of its food and its work ethics. Finnish police identified Leinonen as a suspect and  jailed him for 30 hours, according to a report on the art news website we-make-money-not-art.com.  Leinonen didn't respond to a request for comment from HuffPost on Friday.In her resume, Ferranti identified the company that filmed "Tony" as Route 1, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides production services. Route 1's website says the company has worked with a number of well-known corporations, including Kellogg. Route 1's show reel includes two commercials for Kellogg's Special K products. Route 1 recently shared a photo on its Facebook page that shows its "amazing crew" with Jani Leinonen at the Malibu Pier."Thank you Tero, Jani, Anti, and Jani #2 for trusting us with your amazing project," the post reads. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Thank you Tero, Jani, Anti, and Jani #2 for trusting us with your amazing project.... and thanks to our amazing crew for your support!Posted by Route 1 on Sunday, May 24, 2015Route 1 didn't respond to multiple requests for comment from HuffPost on Friday.A Kellogg spokesperson, who replied to questions without providing a name, said Friday that the company has no relationship with Leinonen, but didn't say whether it had worked with Route 1."As a company grounded in the values of integrity and respect, we recognize people’s right to creative expression," the Kellogg spokesperson said in an email. "We also believe these videos are offensive and make light of serious issues that deserve real dialogue. Tony is a beloved icon and we will protect the integrity of our brands and our characters."  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    The Passion Of Nicki Minaj - Huffington Post NEW!

        The world’s biggest female rap superstar has meticulously craftedher own image -- and maintained it with uncompromising control -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    Financial News
    Two dead in Jerusalem as Palestinian-Israeli violence rages on - Reuters 1 hour ago

        JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Saturday, one of whom had stabbed two Israelis, police said, in a further wave of violence that has raised concerns about a new Palestinian uprising.

    Twin bombs kill at least 20 in Turkish capital Ankara - Reuters 1 hour ago

        ANKARA (Reuters) - Twin explosions outside the main train station in the Turkish capital Ankara killed at least 20 people on Saturday as hundreds gathered for a peace rally, in what government officials described as a terrorist attack.

    Isolated North Korea says ready for war with U.S. as it marks annivers... - Reuters 2 hours ago

        PYONGYANG (Reuters) - Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war started by the United States.

    Palestinian militant killed in Jerusalem clash as violence rages on - Reuters 2 hours ago

        JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during late night clashes in an East Jerusalem refugee camp on Saturday, a spokeswoman said, in a further wave of violence that has raised concerns about a new Palestinian uprising.

    Isolated North Korea marks anniversary as China calls for stronger tie... - Reuters 3 hours ago

        PYONGYANG (Reuters) - Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un and a senior Chinese official who had delivered President Xi Jinping's call for stronger ties.

    Health News
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        WASHINGTON (AP) -- The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle-cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder....

    US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website - AP NEW!

        WASHINGTON (AP) -- Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government's health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears....

    Johnson & Johnson starts Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone - AP NEW!

        NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Johnson & Johnson has begun clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone....

    British nurse who contracted Ebola hospitalized again - AP 1 hour ago

        LONDON (AP) -- London's Royal Free Hospital says a nurse who recovered from Ebola last year is being treated for an unusual late complication of the infection....

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        LONDON (AP) -- London's Royal Free Hospital says a nurse who recovered from Ebola last year is being treated for an unusual late complication of the infection....

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    First Phase of Monoliths Topped Out at Kentucky Lock Addition - WKMS NEW!

        Work has completed on the first wave of construction on a new navigational lock at Kentucky Dam.Crews on Wednesday topped out the last of nine massive concrete monoliths that will make up the walls of the new lock. Those nine were part of a $97 million contract awarded in 2010. A remaining 52 monoliths need to be built, but work hasn’t been contracted yet due to sluggish funding.

    After 20 hours missing in Red River Gorge, two boys are found unhurt - Kentucky.com NEW!

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    Science News
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        Exercise and stop smoking to improve depression after a heart attack, the European Society of Cardiology urged today on World Mental Health Day.

    Facing ban on orca breeding, SeaWorld contemplates next move - AP NEW!

        SAN DIEGO (AP) -- SeaWorld says denying orcas' their ability to breed is cruel, but it's unclear whether the corporation will fight such a ban at its California park and risk further hurting attendance....

    Geneticists reconstruct population history of New York City - EurekaAlert NEW!

        By combining genetic data, ancestry information, and electronic health records, scientists are able to identify neighborhood-level patterns of migration in the New York City area, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. In addition to supplementing historical and census data, these sorts of findings can inform biomedical and public health efforts in New York and other locations, the study authors said.

    New study provides key insights into aspirin's disease-fighting abilit... - EurekaAlert NEW!

        Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found a new explanation for how aspirin works in the body to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Aspirin's active form, salicylic acid, blocks a protein called HMGB1, which triggers inflammation in damaged tissues. The new findings may explain the disease-preventing effects of a low-dose aspirin regimen and offer hope that more effective aspirin-like drugs may be developed for a wide variety of diseases.

    Scripps experts present at 2015 TCT scientific symposium - EurekaAlert NEW!

        From new methods for preventing stroke, to non-surgical treatment of heart valve defects and learning from complicated cases, Scripps Health cardiology experts will share leading edge techniques for improving heart care during the 27th Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics.

    Sports News
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        South Korea's Bae Sang-Moon and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama wrote themselves into Presidents Cup folklore Saturday with a thumping fourball victory for the International team. Only twice before has a match ended after fewer holes in Presidents Cup history.

    Bae, Matsuyama storm to victory as cup remains on knife edge - Yahoo Sports 1 hour ago

        South Korea's Bae Sang-Moon and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama wrote themselves into Presidents Cup folklore Saturday with a thumping fourball victory for the International team. Only twice before has a match ended after fewer holes in Presidents Cup history. David Frost beat Kenny Perry of the US 7 and 6 in 1996, while another Korean, K.J. Choi, partnered Adam Scott to a 7 and 6 victory over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in 2011.

    Dodgers and Kershaw stunned by the Mets 3-1 - Yahoo Sports 3 hours ago

        The New York Mets extended the postseason woes of Clayton Kershaw and stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of their National League Division Series on Friday. Second baseman Daniel Murphy homered and Jacob deGrom struck out a career-high 13, sparking the Mets to a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers before a sellout crowd of 54,428 at Dodger Stadium. DeGrom limited the Dodgers to five hits and walked one in seven innings.

    Mets' deGrom banishes nerves to emerge winner - Yahoo Sports 3 hours ago

        Jacob deGrom was a bag of nerves as he sat in the locker room before Friday's Game One against the Los Angeles Dodgers but the New York Mets pitcher emerged a winner hours later after his first ever postseason start. The long-haired 27-year-old outlasted his opposite number, three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, as he allowed just five hits in seven scoreless innings before New York wrapped up a 3-1 win at Dodger Stadium. DeGrom, who pitched to a 14-8 record and a 2.60 ERA during the regular season, tied the Mets' record in the postseason with 13 strikeouts to give his team a much needed confidence boost in their best-of-five National League Division Series.

    Up next: Saturday's MLB schedule, TV listings - CBS Sports 4 hours ago

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    Technology News
    It Doesn’t Matter Which A9 Chip Your iPhone Has. Get Over It - Wired NEW!

        The latest Apple uproar really isn't worth it. The post It Doesn’t Matter Which A9 Chip Your iPhone Has. Get Over It appeared first on WIRED.

    Jazz producer Larry Rosen, co-founder of GRP label, dies - AP NEW!

        NEW YORK (AP) -- Larry Rosen, one of the most influential and tech-savvy modern jazz producers who co-founded GRP Records with pianist Dave Grusin, died Friday, his publicist said. He was 75....

    PCWorld's October Digital Edition: Intel Skylake - PC World NEW!

        The onslaught of tech information is relentless. Stay on top of the latest with PCWorld’s Digital Edition. Available as single copies or as a yearlong subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Enhanced Edition for Android, iOS, and Kindle, as well as in a Replica Edition.The Enhanced Edition includes videos and other interactive features—all designed for consuming on your tablet. The Replica Edition is a PDF-like version that’s enabled for your mobile device’s touchscreen.In the October issueWe deep dive into Skylake’s 48 new CPUs, compare best browsers of 2015, and share our best Windows 10 tips and tricks. Plus, read our reviews on the AMD Radeon R9 Nano and 380.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

    Asus GX700 deep-dive: Here's what's inside the world's first water-coo... - PC World NEW!

        Asus' GX700 gaming laptop sure turned a lot of heads when it was introduced at the IFA trade show, but the reason wasn't the hardware—or at least, it wasn't the type of hardware that people usually fawn over.Sure, the GX700 has an overclockable, quad-core Skylake Core i7-6820HK CPU, Nvidia’s bad-ass GeForce GTX 980, a buttery-smooth G-Sync panel, and up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, but the real story on this laptop is the water-cooling.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

    Asus' gamer-centric RT-AC88U packs more ethernet ports than any other ... - PC World NEW!

        Asus announced a slew of products designed to appeal to gamers this afternoon, but the one that interests me the most is the new RT-AC88U router. It’s a dual-band model that Asus claims will deliver up to 2.1Gbps of throughput on the 5GHz band and 1Gbps on the 2.4GHz band. But more noteworthy, this is the first consumer-oriented 802.11ac router to deliver more than four ethernet ports: The RT-AC88U has an eight-port gigabit switch.The rest of the specs are more in line with what’s been available for several years now. There’s one USB 3.0 port for sharing storage over your network, and one USB 2.0 port for sharing a printer or scanner. Asus says the USB 3.0 port will be 20 percent faster than what’s been available in previous-generation routers “to achieve read speeds in excess of 100MB/s.” The Linksys WRT1900AC router I just reviewed delivered read speeds of nearly 90MB/s.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

    US News
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        Meteorologist Chris Sowers says expect a refreshing, fall-like weekend!

    9 workers hurt in partial bridge collapse, authorities say - Yahoo 1 hour ago

        CORONA, Calif. (AP) — At least nine construction workers were injured Friday night after a partial bridge collapse at the 91 freeway undercrossing, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

    Judge's ruling upends Florida's political landscape - Yahoo 3 hours ago

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    Witness reportedly says French train hero was protecting woman during ... - Fox News 3 hours ago

        Spencer Stone, one of three Americans hailed a hero in the French train attack in August, had his condition upgraded from serious to fair Friday and could get out of bed after being attacked outside a California bar.

    Rain to fall as South Carolina recovers from massive flood - AP 3 hours ago

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    World News
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        Uncertainty over Catalonia's political future is set to hurt the independence-minded Spanish region's public finances after an international agency lowered its credit rating.

    N. Korea parades missiles, drones in anniversary celebration - AP NEW!

        PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership....

    At least 30 killed, 126 injured in bomb blasts at peace rally in Turki... - Fox News 1 hour ago

        Turkey's Interior Ministry says two bomb explosions apparently targeting a peace rally in the capital Ankara has killed 30 people and injured 126 others.

    China starts operating 2 lighthouses on disputed South China Sea reefs... - Fox News 1 hour ago

        China has started to operate two lighthouses on a reef on a disputed island chain in the South China Sea, a state news agency reported, amid rising concerns among the U.S. and China’s neighbors about Beijing’s maritime intentions.

    30 killed, 126 injured in Ankara bomb attacks - AP 1 hour ago

        ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's Interior Ministry says two bomb explosions apparently targeting a peace rally in the capital Ankara has killed 30 people and injured 126 others....

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