8 items from 2013
“Afternoon of a Faun,” Nancy Buirski’s documentary on famed ’50s prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, has a lot going for it: extraordinary footage of the exquisite dancer in signature roles created for her by master choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins; a romantic triangle involving those artistic giants; full-blown tragedy as Le Clercq is struck down by polio in her prime; and enough terrible ironies to fill several documentaries. Questionable emphases sometimes skew the film’s proportions, but between the beauty of the dance imagery and the lyricism of passages culled from Le Clercq’s personal letters, “Faun” often soars.
Buirski opens and closes her film with excerpts from the titular Debussy pas de deux, choreographed by Robbins and featuring Le Clercq and partner Jacques d’Amboise. The soft-focus kinescope footage, shot from a particularly felicitous camera angle, highlights the elegant, articulated movement, coltish grace and gestural wit that »
- Ronnie Scheib
Dexter Morgan has been hiding in plain sight for eight seasons on Showtime, and throughout those years, a handful of people have challenged our antihero — but most didn’t live to tell the tale.
At last week’s PaleyFest farewell to Dexter, we asked the show’s cast and producer to name their favorite foes for the serial-killer-with-a-code. We heard one name quite a few times — the Dexter cast is still getting over the damage done by John Lithgow’s Arthur Mitchell, a.k.a. The Trinity Killer, in season 4 — but a few answers might surprise you (is Dexter’s ultimate antagonist actually Deb? »
- Katie Atkinson
Dexter, Season 8, Episode 5, ‘This Little Piggy’
Written By Scott Reynolds
Directed By Romeo Tirone
Airs Sundays, 8pm on Showtime
Just like an inherently destructive loved one; infuriating you, disappointing you, breaking your heart, only keeping the bond alive with rare flashes of nostalgic familiarity, then finally sucking you back in when the exit door looks inevitable with the palpable suggestion that things, finally, will be as great as they can be. Such is the existence of the loyal fan, forever questioning whether that connection you share with a material that once seemed life affirming is an irrationally emotional one. It is apt that last night’s episode of Dexter vaguely centered on the significance of family, because at times this show seems, appropriately enough, like the proverbial black sheep.
After the intellectually confusing previous installment, ‘This Little Piggy’ had a severe weight of expectation on it shoulders and for the most part, »
- Scott Patterson
“So You Think You Can Dance” judges Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman hosted a gala and performance to celebrate dance and benefit the Dizzy Feet Foundation on July 27 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at La’s Music Center.
“It’s not about becoming the next Baryshnikov, it’s literally about coming together, having a community, understanding creativity, developing self-confidence,” Shankman said. “You don’t get that when you’re studying history or sitting in front of a computer.”
However, as far as the “dizzy feet” term goes, Shankman wasn’t quite so sure what that meant.
“Nigel Lythgoe came up with it and I just didn’t question it,” he said, laughing.
“It was the one thing that kept me out of trouble,” she said. »
- Alex Stedman
"Glee" stars Darren Criss and Jenna Ushkowitz are joining Christina Applegate, Minnie Driver, Jenna Elfman, and Anna Kendrick at the third annual "Celebration of Dance" Gala on July 27, the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the Music Center announced on Wednesday. Applegate will present the Dff Inspiration Award to Chita Rivera, while "Pitch Perfect" star Kendrick will present Lionsgate's president of production, Erik Feig, with the Dff Impact Award. Also read: Cory Monteith Died of Heroin, Alcohol, Coroner Says Arthur Mitchell, dancer and founder of the ground-breaking Dance Theatre of Harlem, will be the second »
- Greg Gilman
Dexter, Season 8, Episode 2, ‘Every Silver Lining’
Written By Manny Coto
Directed By Michael C. Hall
Airs Sundays, 8pm on Showtime
Via an old Vcr tape recorded onto a DVD, we see a concerned Harry Morgan in full uniform at an office belonging to a renowned neuropsychiatrist, sharing details that go far deeper than personal. His ten year old adopted son is continuing to show terrifyingly monstrous tendencies, fascination with death and bloodshed, and every attempt he has made to shock him out of his murderous reverie has backfired on him. The shrink in question, as you would expect, is Dr. Evelyn Vogel, who has become Harry’s one and only confidant on the subject of a crisis dominating and destroying his life, and the boy they speak of is Dexter. While Dex and Vogel watch this old video tape, we watch a show taking a hugely risky gambit in its final lap; the retcon. »
- Scott Patterson
This upcoming Sunday, Jun 30th, Showtime's 'Dexter' returns for its 8th and final season! And one of the things I’ve always loved about the show is the time it takes to set up its key story threads for the entire season; meaning it usually takes a good 3-4 episodes before I get a feel for the overall direction they’re heading in. And with that, there are often interested side stories that seem prominent at first but then never pan out. Now, I’m sure there are plenty of plot threads you’re all wondering about – whatever happened to Lumen? Is Jordan Chase presumed dead, or in hiding? Whatever happened to that hottie Masuka started dating while setting up Dexter’s bachelor party? Inquiring minds want to know. But for right now, here are 6 of my personal curiosities. With the final season fast approaching, might some of »
- Rob Galluzzo
The teaser trailer for Dexter’s eight season is an ominous reminder of just how many people have met their end in the show’s seven season run. All the names are there: those of Dexter’s victims and more consequential names like Arthur Mitchell, James Doakes, Rita Bennett and, the latest, Maria Laguerta.
But how many more will be added to that list? And, more importantly, will (and should) Dexter Morgan join the ranks of the dead prior to the Season 8 bow, which will presumably be its last?
The irony with anti-hero drama has always been that we (as viewers) fall in love with an incredibly conflicted character, who typically has committed unspeakable acts. We get a vicarious thrill in watching them do what most of us could never even fathom doing (of course, I’m assuming that none of you work for Miami Metro while moonlighting as a »
- Sean Bell
8 items from 2013
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