1 MARK RAVENHILL's Shopping and Fucking has arrived off-Broadway, and it's causing a minor stir. People call it "the play that dare not speak its full name" - among other euphemisms. The New York Times's censored version is Shopping and ... , though in his review, critic Ben Brantley described the missing gerund as "a form of a much-used but still widely unprintable Anglo-Saxon verb referring to carnal intercourse". The Daily News refers to the play as "Shopping and"; the New York Post goes the farthest, with "Shopping and F---ing". "Most people won't say it," a manager at the New York Theater told the E! Channel. "They'll say, 'I want Shopping and ...' We just sell the tickets," he added.
1 Titanic became the third-highest grossing movie in American history last weekend (only ET and Star Wars have earned more). As it chugs towards a possible $1 billion worldwide take and a probable Oscar sweep (not to mention an inevitable told-you-so speech from the unbearably smug James "Size does matter" Cameron), the chasm between enthusiasts and detractors continues to widen. This week, the New York Observer ran a feature headlined "New York's Streetwise Adolescents Drowning in their Titanic Tears" (do teens have nothing better to do?). Expect a glut of big, dumb movies that cost far more than they should. As Cameron predicted to Entertainment Weekly, "In another five years, $200 million movies will be no big deal."
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