MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 30

Plan to meet for dessert afterward, but this is a weekend for families to split up among the multiplex auditoriums: There’s a 3-D action fantasy for the kids, a rom-com for the ladies, and a gross-out comedy for the guys.    Maleficent Angelina Jolie is the chief attraction here-as the “evil” queen who cast that shuteye curse on Sleeping Beauty, she gives a brainy, heartfelt performance in a movie that mostly sacrifices nuance for bombast. Director Robert Stromberg visually quotes …

Bob Newhart: TV’s Favorite Shrink Returns On DVD

When Bob Newhart decided to do a sitcom after more than a decade of standup comedy, he had one nagging worry: “I didn’t know if people would accept me as a psychologist,” he says. In fact, he adds, he wasn’t sure audiences in 1972 would be comfortable with the whole concept of psychology. “At that time, people didn’t really accept psychologists,” he says “They’d say, ‘Why are you going to talk to a psychologist? Talk to Mrs. Murphy, she knows …

The “Overweight Sensation” That Was Allan Sherman

I may be a goyische shiksa, but I know from Yiddish. That fact has flummoxed more than one Jewish friend in my life. “Where did you learn to say ‘Gotenyu’ ['for God's sake']?” someone will ask. The simple answer: I learned it from one of my oldest friends and mentors - a self-professed “Brooklyn boy” whose ancestors fled Russian pogroms to make their fortunes in America. My Brooklyn friend was born in 1948 – two generations too late for shtetl-speak, but right on time for …

Bob Newhart Is a Hit on ‘Big Bang Theory’

Bob Newhart’s fans have been waiting for this one – his first appearance on The Big Bang Theory Thursday night (May 2).  Duly promoted as befits a sweeps-sized casting coup, Newhart has come aboard TV’s highest-rated sitcom for at least three episodes, playing a “Mr. Wizard”- style kiddie science show host who’s a childhood idol of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki).  When Sheldon learns that “Professor Proton” is available for appearances, he giddily books him for an engagement at …