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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 22, 1995
"Grumpier Old Men" is pretty feeble, but the charisma and charm of its stars -- who deserve so much better -- manages to sustain it.Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret and Sophia Loren! Between them they have several decades' worth of screen greatness behind them, and here they are, at the far end of illustrious careers, in a lame, motiveless sitcom that's not up to Paramount Network TV standards.A sequel to the surprisingly successful "Grumpy Old Men" of 1993, this one takes place the following summer and it mostly watches the same characters -- Matthau and Lemmon are surly neighbors who've fought mock war for years, Ann-Margret is the sculptress who's married Lemmon -- wander around in a fog looking for traces of plot.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 9, 2002
The chief selling point of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, currently at the Lyric Opera House, is the much-belated stage debut - and well-preserved, 61-year-old figure - of movie and nightclub star Ann-Margret. What you're looking at amounts to a former sex kitten now running the cathouse in this enjoyably silly 1978 Broadway musical. But is that enough reason to open your wallet? You see, while it's a treat to watch a movie star encased in shimmering Bob Mackie gowns cut down to here and up to there, you'll also notice that Ann-Margret gives a technically proficient but emotionally disengaged performance.
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By MIKE ROYKO | February 23, 1994
This brief item appeared in a Chicago newspaper gossip column:"Ann-Margret, in town to promote her book, 'Ann Margret: My Story,' was so excited when she called this office that she barely could speak. 'Can you believe,' she exclaimed, 'that my book, only out a few days, made the N.Y. Times best-seller list?' "Any writer can understand Ann-Margret's breathless excitement. Only the tiniest fraction of the thousands of books published each year land on the New York Times list.By making this most influential of all best-selling lists, Ann-Margret is assured of selling even more books, since the list has such great promotional value.
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By Mary Carole McCauley | May 2, 2002
'Best Little Whorehouse You've seen her hoofing it up in movie theaters ever since Bye, Bye Birdie. Now, you can see Ann-Margret's debut in live theater. The actress is starring in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which comes to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., on Tuesday for eight performances. Ann-Margret plays Mona Stangley, a tough but loving madam in the musical, which is based on a true story, the 1973 closing of The Chicken Ranch brothel. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | May 17, 1991
SUNDAY NIGHT'S ABC movie wears its good intentions, its big stars and a host of other characteristics on its sleeve, yet somehow it still manages to find its way through all the clutter to pack a powerful punch."
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By Mary Carole McCauley | May 2, 2002
'Best Little Whorehouse You've seen her hoofing it up in movie theaters ever since Bye, Bye Birdie. Now, you can see Ann-Margret's debut in live theater. The actress is starring in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which comes to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., on Tuesday for eight performances. Ann-Margret plays Mona Stangley, a tough but loving madam in the musical, which is based on a true story, the 1973 closing of The Chicken Ranch brothel. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 9, 2002
The chief selling point of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, currently at the Lyric Opera House, is the much-belated stage debut - and well-preserved, 61-year-old figure - of movie and nightclub star Ann-Margret. What you're looking at amounts to a former sex kitten now running the cathouse in this enjoyably silly 1978 Broadway musical. But is that enough reason to open your wallet? You see, while it's a treat to watch a movie star encased in shimmering Bob Mackie gowns cut down to here and up to there, you'll also notice that Ann-Margret gives a technically proficient but emotionally disengaged performance.
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By Mike Boehm and Mike Boehm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 30, 2002
Variety was the spice of televised life in the 1960s and '70s, and Ann-Margret was among the hottest flavors on the tube as she strutted her sex appeal and her talents as singer, dancer and actress in a number of TV specials. The titles included From Hollywood With Love, When You're Smiling, Ann-Margret Olsson (her birth name), Ann-Margret Smith (her married name) and Rhinestone Cowgirl. Variety as a televised genre may have all but vanished, but not Ann-Margret, who turned 61 on Sunday.
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December 30, 1994
George Coleman, 35, a vice president and executive editor at G.P. Putnam's Sons, died Saturday at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York of progressive multifocal leukoencephylopathy, a rare neurological disorder associated with AIDS. In his five years with Putnam's, he worked on such best sellers as "Ann-Margret:My Story"; "The Haldeman Diaries," H. R. Haldeman; "In the Absence of Angels," the autobiography of AIDS spokeswoman Elizabeth Glaser, and on the novels of Dale Brown and Jack Higgins.
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By Stephen Hunter | April 9, 1992
"Newsies" is a rare live-action musical, turning on a strike by newsboys against Joseph Pulitzer at the turn of the century. Robert Duvall has a turn as Pulitzer and Ann-Margret, looking about 16, shows up, but the show belongs to the Newsies. Rated PG."Exposure" ,10 is an erotic thriller starring Peter Coyote and Amanda Pays. It was not screened for critics. Rated R."Stephen King's Sleepwalkers" is a horror thriller from a story penned by the man himself. It stars Brian Kruse. It was not screened.
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By Mike Boehm and Mike Boehm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 30, 2002
Variety was the spice of televised life in the 1960s and '70s, and Ann-Margret was among the hottest flavors on the tube as she strutted her sex appeal and her talents as singer, dancer and actress in a number of TV specials. The titles included From Hollywood With Love, When You're Smiling, Ann-Margret Olsson (her birth name), Ann-Margret Smith (her married name) and Rhinestone Cowgirl. Variety as a televised genre may have all but vanished, but not Ann-Margret, who turned 61 on Sunday.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 22, 1995
"Grumpier Old Men" is pretty feeble, but the charisma and charm of its stars -- who deserve so much better -- manages to sustain it.Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret and Sophia Loren! Between them they have several decades' worth of screen greatness behind them, and here they are, at the far end of illustrious careers, in a lame, motiveless sitcom that's not up to Paramount Network TV standards.A sequel to the surprisingly successful "Grumpy Old Men" of 1993, this one takes place the following summer and it mostly watches the same characters -- Matthau and Lemmon are surly neighbors who've fought mock war for years, Ann-Margret is the sculptress who's married Lemmon -- wander around in a fog looking for traces of plot.
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By MIKE ROYKO | February 23, 1994
This brief item appeared in a Chicago newspaper gossip column:"Ann-Margret, in town to promote her book, 'Ann Margret: My Story,' was so excited when she called this office that she barely could speak. 'Can you believe,' she exclaimed, 'that my book, only out a few days, made the N.Y. Times best-seller list?' "Any writer can understand Ann-Margret's breathless excitement. Only the tiniest fraction of the thousands of books published each year land on the New York Times list.By making this most influential of all best-selling lists, Ann-Margret is assured of selling even more books, since the list has such great promotional value.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | May 17, 1991
SUNDAY NIGHT'S ABC movie wears its good intentions, its big stars and a host of other characteristics on its sleeve, yet somehow it still manages to find its way through all the clutter to pack a powerful punch."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 28, 1995
Calling Rodgers and Hammerstein's "State Fair" a "new" musical might be stretching things a bit, but it is new to the stage. Written as a film in 1945, it was subsequently re-made for the screen (starring Ann-Margret and Bobby Darin) in 1962 with additional Rodgers songs. The stage version, which begins performances at Washington's Kennedy Center on Tuesday, incorporates music from both films and stars John Davidson, Kathryn Crosby, Donna McKechnie and Andrea McArdle.Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 28. Tickets are $40-$60.
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By New York Daily News | October 18, 1990
NEW YORK -- The tiny Kaufman Theater will soon host the play version of a landmark movie about the coming-of-age sex lives of two men two decades ago -- "Carnal Knowledge" by Jules Feiffer (who had originally written it as a play). Its stars, this time around, are Judd Nelson, Jon Cryer, Justine Bateman and Janine Turner (in roles played by Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen and Ann-Margret).The director is Martin Charnin. "Knowledge" is due to open Nov. 15.)Charnin, asked why the show was in such a small theater, said, "This is a close-up play; it's an experience that has to be seen as though you were eavesdropping on people's lives.
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