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Imagining Ahab Imagining Ahab Relatives of Frank William "Billy" …

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Relatives of Frank William "Billy" Tyne, who captained the ill-fated Andrea Gail and went down with six of his crew during the brutal 1991 storm off New England, are thundering mad at George Clooney’s portrayal of their kin. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla., against Warner Bros., Tyne’s family claims [&hellip
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‘Round the Town with Burke and Hare, the Original Body Snatchers

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

In Val Lewton’s 1945 The Body Snatcher (which the old-movie cable stations have been showing a bit lately for obvious reasons) there’s a scene in which Boris Karloff tells Bela Lugosi the story of the mass murderers William Burke and William Hare who, between November 1827 and November 1828, sold the bodies of 16 of [&hellip
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Why’s Stephen Sondheim Kicking Around Julie Taymor?

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Listen, beyond the fifth cataract the Nile heads directly towards Khartoum. –Radames, in the Elton John-Tim Rice Aida One of the strangest conversations I ever had was one in which Gerald Schoenfeld, the chair of the Shubert Organization, tried to convince me that Andrew Lloyd Webber was the saving hope of the American theater. It [&hellip
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True Malkovich

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The write-up appeared on the front page of the "Styles" section the Sunday after the opening–right under an article by Ginia Bellafante about vintage clothing. ("That Rarity, a Sizzling Opening Night Party," the headline ran.) There was a photograph of Sam Shepard cavorting at Laura Belle with the two hip young stars of the production, [&hellip
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Remaking the “Classics”

Written by Mimi Kramer on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Then came "highbrow" culture–Masterpiece Theater, Merchant-Ivory, Miramax. Here the idea was to invent new ways of milking literature, either for profit or from a misplaced yearning after cultivation. Lately, the amount of time between remakes appears to be dwindling. Video catalogs currently list six different versions of Jane Eyre (1934, 1944, 1970, 1983, 1996 and [&hellip
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