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6 items from 2013

John F Kennedy assassination: 50 years of conspiracy in fiction and film

1 November 2013 5:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The assassination of JFK and the conspiracy theories that followed have proved irresistible to writers and artists, from Oliver Stone to Stephen King

Mark Lawson on the 10 best books inspired by JFK

The grassy knoll. The book depository. Any further description of the location is superfluous. We know where we are, and when. Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963: the scene of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. History assumes mythic proportions when its very familiarity requires no further explanation or scene-setting; when it provides instead a well-signposted point of departure for artistic creativity. The matter of Dallas has been as resonant in the fiction and film of the past half century as the story of the  Trojan war was in the literature of classical antiquity. Only Hitler and the Nazis rival its influence on the modern imagination.

Yet the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination will not be marked by consensus. »

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Tina Fey Loves Carol Burnett So Much, It’s ‘Just Shy of Creepy’

21 October 2013 9:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nobody doesn’t love Carol Burnett. That was the takeaway from the Kennedy Center’s Oct. 20 ceremony honoring Burnett with its 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for significant impact to American comedy.

Tina Fey opened the proceedings by declaring that her love for Burnett “is just shy of creepy,” adding her own ambitions in sketch comedy were kindled by “The Burnett Show,” which ran on CBS from 1967-78.

Tim Conway deadpanned that he and Vicki Lawrence — both co-stars of Burnett’s on her show — spend their lives traveling to events honoring Burnett. “This is our sixth city this week!” he cracked.

The affair, taped for broadcast on PBS Nov. 24, followed its time-honored format of tributes from a gaggle of comics and other prominent admirers, interspersed with vintage video clips. The event raised a record $1.8 million for the D.C. center’s artistic and educational programs, said chairman David M. Rubenstein. »

- Paul Harris

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Regional Legit Review: ‘All the Way’ Starring Bryan Cranston

23 September 2013 8:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The conflict of a divided soul — personal, political and national — sears onstage in A.R.T.’s sprawling, heady and thoroughly gripping drama “All the Way,” starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as President Lyndon B. Johnson. In this production that already has Broadway buzz, Cranston gives a dazzling, far-ranging and moving perf as the accidental president who took office following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Robert Schenkkan doesn’t shrink from the collision of power and personality at this seismic moment of American history, filling his incident-packed narrative to the bursting point — and then some.

The play starts on the plane trip from Dallas after the shooting and continues to Johnson’s landslide election in 1964 over Republican challenger Barry Goldwater.  And with Schenkkan, a Pulitzer winner for “The Kentucky Cycle,” telling his story with Texas-sized ambition, what a wild 11-month journey it is.

Cranston, who is expert at »

- Frank Rizzo

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Imagining What Each of the 39 Producers on 'The Butler' Did

20 August 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

That's right — "Lee Daniels' The Butler" has 39 credited producers to its name, and it isn't just Lee Daniels 39 times. We're not sure if this is a record, but we are sure that it's a lot of f**king producers.

So what, exactly, did each producer do for the movie? In a NextMovie exclusive, we've obtained a verified* list of the various roles each producer filled during the production of the film. Needless to say, each was wholly necessary to the quality of the end result.

*Note: By "verified" we mean "not verified."

Horatio Bacon: Responsible for convincing director Lee Daniels to not film the movie in 3D.

Julia Barry: Responsible with supplying the production office with the proper Nerf guns for anticipated downtime.

Len Blavatnik: Responsible for assaulting any "nerd" who insists on putting another "s" after the apostrophe in the film's title.

Charles Sauveur Bonan: »

- Nick Blake

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Busy Philipps's Quirky Baby Name & Other Things We Love About Her

12 July 2013 11:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It didn't take long for everyone to bug out after Busy Philipps revealed the name of her second daughter, Cricket Pearl. And while we agree it's quirky, we also think it's cute - especially since it seems as if she and husband Marc Silverstein aren't settling for mundane monikers any time soon. The couple are also parents to Birdie Leigh, 4½. So as people continue to chirp about Philipps's choice, we're giving you four more reasons we can't get enough of the always-entertaining actress. 1. She's a nature lover - at least when playing the name game BIrdie - named after Lady Bird Johnson »

- Anya Leon

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Taylor Mead's Ass, or Arse You Like It

12 July 2013 9:46 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

It's a Monday night with occasional downpours, but the steamy weather and the chance to view Andy Warhol's rarely screened tribute to the underground legend, poet, and actor Taylor Meade's posterior has the crowd, composed mainly of artsy gayboys, both young and old, lining up en masse in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art.

 A murmur of true excitement, amidst the chatter about organic art exhibits and mild flirtations, greets the ear as the flip-floppers are ushered into the Sculpture Garden. Instantly, stylized composure is disposed of as there's a mad rush for seats with an unobstructed view. Those who lose out on the "Musical Chairs Grab" wind up sitting on steps, which actually proffer a better sight line.

This highly social event, by the way, was organized into being by several bright-eyed cultural-mavens-in-the-making. Sophie Cavoulacos, the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Film (Moma), has »

- Brandon Judell

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