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Who Staged a Months-Long Performance Piece Just for Rick Moody?

23 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If you happened to have stumbled, two Septembers ago, on a troupe of nearly 100 synchronized dancers wearing jesters’ caps in Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons, maybe you wondered, in that split second before rushing on to jury duty, Who’s that stuff even for? You now have your answer. It was for Rick Moody.The arts collective known as Odyssey Works stages multilayered, weekend-long art happenings, each of them designed for an audience of one. In late 2013, that “audience” was the author best known for The Ice Storm. Moody was its most famous subject to date, and the piece, titled When I Left the House It Was Still Dark, was its largest and most complex. For the first time, it wasn’t a weekend but three months of encounters, all meticulously arranged in collusion with Moody’s friends and relatives. Picture a cross between the Macbeth-meets-Myst extravaganza Sleep No More and »

- Boris Kachka

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James Schamus: 'The job is an ego crushing ass-kick to the soul. I love it!'

29 January 2014 2:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Think of all the great films you've seen in the past 15 years – chances are James Schamus was behind them. The Hollywood player talks about big gambles, snobbery – and getting fired

I meet James Schamus the morning the Oscar nominations are announced, news of which he received with mixed emotions: cheering for the success of Dallas Buyers Club, a film he stewarded as head of Focus Pictures, and which garnered six nominations; and swallowing the somewhat bitter pill of it coming three months after he was unceremoniously fired. "We're going out with a bang." He grins.

We are in a Dominican restaurant around the corner from Schamus's office in New York, which he hired after leaving Focus. For the first time in almost 25 years, the 54-year-old is answering his own phone and has a staff of zero. Renting the office, which his creative partner, Ang Lee, helped him find, was an »

- Emma Brockes

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