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Theater review: 'A Man's Man,' 2 stars

Justin Vivian Bond and Stephen Spinella in "Man

(Credit: Justin Vivian Bond and Stephen Spinella in "Man is Man" (Richard Termine))

Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company — which has taken a lead role in recent years in reviving the too- long neglected plays of 20th century political playwright Bertolt Brecht, including classics like “Galileo” and “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” — may have overreached in bringing back “A Man’s a Man,” an early Brecht farce that is far inferior in quality.

Of course, this isn’t the first Brecht...

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KKB Talk: Chatting with hospitality king Yosi Benvenisti

Yosi Benvenisti (BOUNCE SPORTING CLUB)

(Credit: Yosi Benvenisti (Bounce Sporting Club))

Thirty-something hospitality king Yosi Benvenisti is no stranger to the nightlife business.

The Chelsea Bounce Sporting Club is one of two sports bars aspiring to be a lounge that Yosi spearheaded with Vero and The Bandit Group. (There is also another location for those uptowners who refuse to go beneath 57th Street.)

Apart from its great food, Bounce Sporting Club is chic enough for...

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Where celebrities are partying during Super Bowl weekend

Alessandra Ambrosio (Getty Images/Craig Barritt)

(Credit: Alessandra Ambrosio (Getty Images/Craig Barritt))

It's game on for celebrities this Super Bowl weekend.

Big names from Jay Z to Alec Baldwin to Kate Upton will be out and about in New York this weekend, celebrating and performing at a gaggle of soirees before the big game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Jay Z isn't performing during the Super Bowl's halftime show (that gig went to Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers), but he's getting...

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Usher in the Year of the Horse in NYC

Flushing Lunar New Year

(Credit: Traditional performers dance in the Flushing Chinese New Year Parade. (Getty Images))

Fireworks, food and fun will take over the city at the celebration for the 2014 Lunar New Year -- the Year of the Horse -- which gallops into the city Friday.

Asian-American groups predict the festivities, which run through Feb. 14, will draw huge crowds from all over the world to the city.

Chinatown will hold its 15th annual New Year parade, which starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday and other...

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Movie review: '12 O'Clock Boys,' 3 stars

Baltimore teen Pug in "12 O'Clock Boys."

(Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories)

The documentary "12 O'Clock Boys" is centered on the subculture of Baltimore's urban dirt bikers who ride through the streets popping wheelies and pulling other stunts, much to the chagrin of the police.

Lofty Nathan's film is filled with loving images of these cyclists making their way across the city, but the movie's interest really lies elsewhere.

Nathan's real focus is the story...

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Canadian police charge Justin Bieber with assaulting limo driver

Justin Bieber arrives at a Toronto police station

(Credit: Justin Bieber arrives at a Toronto police station on Jan. 29, 2014. (Warren Toda/EPA))

Canadian police charged Justin Bieber on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto in December, the latest in a string of legal troubles for the young pop star.

The alleged incident happened in the early hours of Dec. 30, when the limousine picked up six people including Bieber, 19, outside a Toronto nightclub, police said in a statement.

Bieber allegedly struck the limousine...

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Movie review: 'That Awkward Moment,' 1 star

From left: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and

(Credit: From left: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Zac Efron (Focus Features/Nicole Rivelli))

The first minutes of a movie are usually a time of great hope and potential. Even if a film arrives enmeshed in bad buzz or with otherwise dubious credentials, there's always the chance of a surprise.

That brief bright moment before the fall into despair never happens in "That Awkward Moment." It's a total cinematic dead zone, deeply troubled from the get-go.

This romantic comedy for...

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Movie review: 'Labor Day,' 1.5 stars

From left: Gattlin Griffith, Josh Brolin and Kate

(Credit: From left: Gattlin Griffith, Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet (Paramount Pictures/Dale Robinette))

Even the great filmmakers have a project or two that history looks back on with an emphatic shrug. "Labor Day," a profoundly silly, weepy movie, seems destined to be director Jason Reitman's "Topaz" (Alfred Hitchcock) or "1941" (Steven Spielberg), an aberration in an otherwise successful and accomplished career.

There's no other way to rationalize Reitman's work writing and directing this...

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Blu-ray and DVD releases: 'Rush,' 'Last Vegas'

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl in "Rush"

(Credit: Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures)

'Rush'

Perhaps the greatest thing about Ron Howard's superb film "Rush" is that he made someone with zero interest in auto racing sit on the edge of his seat in rapt attention. Based on a true story, Chris Hemsworth plays British Formula One racer James Hunt and Daniel Brühl portrays Austrian driver Niki Lauda, who were rivals in the mid- 1970s. The film focuses on the 1976 season in which...

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Theater review: 'Intimacy' -- 3 stars

Austin Cauldwell and Dea Julien in "Intimacy" by

(Credit: Austin Cauldwell and Déa Julien in "Intimacy." (Monique Carboni))

In the kinky and ultra- liberated world of "Intimacy," the latest work by controversial playwright Thomas Bradshaw, parents give constructive criticism to their 18-year-old daughter on her performance in a porn movie, and a teenage girl doesn't mind when her father starts making out with her boyfriend.

In the tradition of David Mamet and Neil LaBute, Bradshaw has achieved notoriety in a short...

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