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The State Theater in Detroit is showing "Boogie Nights" for free
this evening with a student ID. Check out the almost completely
Oscar-snubbed film starring Mark Wahlberg, and Academy Award
nominees Burt Reynolds (Best Supporting Actor) and Julianne
Moore (Best Supporting-Actress) tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m.
For more information call (313) 961-5450.

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* Check out Breaking Records, with reviews of the most
recently release CDs. Tomorrow will feature Madonna's latest
album, "Ray of Light."
Monday
March 9, 1998

Talent doesn't fade in
predictable 'Twilight'

Old, fat Dice isn't worth the price

By Bryan Lark
Daily Arts Editor
Twilight, also called the magic hour,
hias long been rumored to possess spe-
cial seductive powers. "Twilight,' also
once called "The Magic Hour" until
Magic Johnson trademarked the title

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for his upcoming
talk show, pos-
sesses similar
powers to seduce
the audience into
believing that it is
being enthralled
by a brilliant, con-
voluted film noir.
"Twilight"
actually is
enthralling, but
brilliant and con-
voluted may be

going too far in
describing this simple mystery that is
only redeemed by the talents of its
dream cast.
Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and
Gene Hackman - not to mention
James Garner and Stockard Channing
in supporting roles -make "Twilight"
a beguiling two hours; temporarily
eclipsing the predictable noir yarn with
their tasty acting gusto, until the film
falls apart in its anti-climactic climax.
But it is a pleasure just to sit back
and enjoy watching Paul Newman sink
his teeth into the role of Harry Ross, an
ex-cop and sometime private eye. In
the opening scene, Newman, shows off
his still-cool hand
as Ross stakes "
out jailbait Mel
Ames (Reese
Witherspoon)
and her dim-wit-
ted lover Jeff
(LievSchreiber)
as they enjoy a
clothing-free get-
away in Mexico.
Getting shot bye
the girl in the
process of c
retrieving Mel for Paul Newman sedu
her parents, Ross don in "Twilight," hi
still manages to as "Newman's Own

show the youngsters a thing or two
about coolness with a wink and a witty
one-liner, even as the bullet wound
bleeds.
After that amusing prologue, the
action jumps ahead two years with a
down-and-out Ross envying and living
off of the acting Ames family led by
Ross' best friend and fading action
hero Jack (Hackman) and former
screen siren Catherine (Sarandon).
Jack, who is dying of cancer, sends
Ross on an errand that sends the plot
and Harry's life into turmoil as he finds
an angry almost-dead man, some
incriminating evidence about Catherine
and persecution at the hands of his sus-
picious old partner Verna (Channing).
The remainder of the mystery
revolves around a series of whodun-
nits, while the trio of principles wax
poetic about reaching the twilight of
their lives and Harry and Catherine
rekindle an old love - a tense, hot-
blooded affair that provides the film
with its best scenes.
"Twilight" would be a significantly
better film if it allowed Newman and
Sarandon to further work their magic
on each other and the audience instead
of layering on plot twists that are sup-
posed to echo Raymond Chandler but
instead seem contrived and obvious.
As a film noir, "Twilight"should have
stayed ,in the dark, but as an emotional
character study examining the effects of
age, fame and wealth on three compli-
cated souls framed by beautiful L.A.-at-
dusk imagery, it
succeeds on the
. persistent cool-
ness of its stars
and their acting
prowess, with
Newman chief
N among thema.
With the power
to seduce with a
x glance or an
action, Newman's
own talent saves
tesy of Paramount Pictures the dramatically
es Susan Saran- beguiling but oth-
ping to take her erwise magicless
"Twilight."

By Reilly Brennan
Daily Arts Writer
I was in the 5th grade when my friend
Zack let me borrow an Andrew Dice
Clay tape and at the time, I laughed my
ass off. Looking back, I think it was for
two reasons that I was in tears: He
swore (a lot) and he talked about female
body parts.
I still love a good, crass joke, but
when I went down to the State Theatre
in Detroit to see Dice perform on Feb.
27, 1 realized I am no longer a 12-year-
old boy and Dice is clearly past his
prime, or should I say, climax.
The New York native never lost his
accent or his quick tongue, but some-
where in between the mid-'80s and the
present he lost his focus and got mixed
up with such debacles as "The Brain
Smasher" (a movie that you're guaran-
teed to see on HBO at 3 a.m. a few
nights each month), whose only
redeeming value is that it starred Teri
Hatcher, and "The Adventures of Ford
Fairlane," a huge flop.
Apparently, Dice tried an image
change a few years back and wanted to
be called "Andrew Clay" sans Dice.
It could be said that the man has
attempted a renaissance of sorts, com-
plete with the old "Dice" nickname and
all new jokes about your mom, your
wife and his penis.
The State Theatre is a good place for

Dice Clay
State Theater
Feb. 27, 1998

few hours in
between the time
for which the
show was billed
and the time Dice
actually greeted
us with his pres-
ence - about an

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Andrew Dice Clay smoked at his State Theater show on Feb. 27, but didn't engage
in much more of his trademark bad boy act.

a Dice show - it's classy, but can
quickly be converted into a hedonistic
playground for a WRiF-sponsored
event. Drew & Mike hyped the perfor-
mance on their morning radio show all
week, so it was no surprise that the
sounds of Rush filled my ears and a guy
two rows ahead of me yelled, "Biiitch!"
at a passing woman.
Buxom waitresses, serving $5 shots
to an aggregate of men and women in
leather jackets and cheap cologne, were
most likely aspiring understudies for
Teri Weigel. They
smiled as they
were greeted with
jeers and chants
by Dice-
Andrew wannabes for a

I I hour.
When he final-
ly did take the stage, the place went
crazy. I have never seen a comedian
received with such a frenzy. This could
have been attributed to readiness of the
crowd to see at least something after
paying $30 a seat, paying $5 a shot and
having to sit through a warm-up come-
dian that was no better than the guys sit-
ting behind me smoking a bowl.
Granted, he was funny at times. His
ability to rip apart an audience is beyond
anything I've ever seen, including any
old Def Comedy Jam that lambastes the
one white guy in the front row.
In a recent phone interview, Dice
made himself clear that there is no other
like him.
"The way I look at it," Clay said.
"There are white comedians, black
comedians and then you got Dice. And,
nothing sends a woman home with a
smile on her face better than Dice.
Well, women were laughing. I felt
awkward going to this event with a
female photographer, as this was the
ultimate guys night out in Detroit. The
truth is, I saw the photographer crack a
laugh a few times.

The act lasted 45 minutes at most and
this was the biggest beef I had with the
night. It consisted of about 30 minutes
of Dice improv, which wasn't bad, but
the nearly-packed audience was waiting
for a quality Dice punch line followed
by the characteristic, "Oh!"
Eventually, Dice pulled out probably
his 15th cigarette, lit it and smoked it
with his arm behind his head. This
marked the beginning of the classic and
long-awaited nursery rhymes. But in a
moment where the man could have
shined, Dice spat out the oldies, one
after another, like I was listening to the
tape Zack gave me in 5th grade.

After closing with an interesting take
on "My Favorite Things," a song from
"The Sound of Music," he dropped the
microphone and left, just 45 minutes
after taking the stage.
People made comments under their
breath as they left of the high ticket
prices and the sub-par performance.
Dice told me that he's a success
because of "the spontaneity of the show.
That's the beauty of me."
Friday night it seemed that the crowd
was cheated out of something, not only
$30 apiece, but the Dice they all knew
and loved was an old fat man with few
new jokes and little spontaneity.

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thankfully - wenteth away.

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