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15 Things We Learned From the 'De Palma' Documentary

15 Things We Learned From the 'De Palma' Documentary
The setup to De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's engrossing new documentary about the life and career of controversial filmmaker Brian De Palma (opening in theaters on June 10th), couldn't be simpler: The 75-year-old director dissects most of his films and shares analyses and behind-the-scenes anecdotes in between clips. Forget talking-head testimonials from collaborators, flashy visuals or dramatic reenactments. You just get the man himself, looking back and holding court in all his verbose, insightful glory.

And that is more than enough. Known primarily for his obsession with voyeurism,
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Paratheatre: Plays Without Stages

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The following article accompanies the audiovisual essay Paratheatre - Plays Without Stages (From I to IV) by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López and commissioned by Chris Luscri for the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival premiere of Jacques Rivette's 1971 magnum opus Out 1 - Noli me tangere.

In Jacques Rivette’s monumental Out 1 (1971), we see two theatrical works perpetually in progress — until, due to the force of many factors both internal and external, both projects collapse. Yet what we witness are not, in any conventional or normative sense, rehearsals. They are more like what Jerzy Grotwoski called paratheatre: playing without a stage, without an audience ever in mind or in attendance, playing for the sake of playing itself, for the process of working it out and working it through.

Every critical commentary on Out 1 (and its double, Out 1: Spectre from 1974) refers to the prominent place in it of theatre — a prominent place it enjoys,
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Casting news for Atlantis series 2

News Louisa Mellor 4 Apr 2014 - 06:55

Amy Manson and Vincent Regan will respectively play Medea and Dion in Atlantis series 2...

Now filming is series 2 of BBC Saturday night adventure series, Atlantis, due a return to our screens this autumn.

With new episodes come new legends and new characters to enact them. One of those new characters has been confirmed by the BBC as Medea, the woman who - according to Euripides at least - murdered her children as revenge for being left by her husband. We're not sure that the family-friendly Atlantis will tackle that part of her story...

Playing Medea is Amy Manson (below, Being HumanOutcasts), whom you may remember as the actress who reportedly made it to the final stages of The CW's Wonder Woman casting before the project was killed.

Joining Manson will be 300's Vincent Regan (below) in the role of Dion, whose precognitive daughters
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The myths behind Atlantis

Feature Juliette Harrisson 24 Sep 2013 - 07:00

A beginner's guide to the myths behind new adventure show, Atlantis, starting this Saturday on BBC One...

If there’s one thing we know about BBC One’s forthcoming Saturday night drama Atlantis, it’s that the characters we see week to week on the show won’t necessarily bear a lot of resemblance to their mythological Greek forebears. We can only assume that they will, nevertheless, have one or two things in common; we can at least confirm that Medusa will still end up with snakes for hair. And so, to whet your appetite for all things Atlantean, cast your eyes over our quick idiots’ guide to Atlantis’ main characters and their mythological counterparts.

The first rule of Greek mythology is that there are dozens of different versions of every story and numerous different tales attached to every hero or heroine, with no
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Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, and Frances Fisher star in the poignant period drama ‘Any Day Now’

HollywoodNews.com: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, and Frances Fisher star in the poignant period drama Any Day Now, written, produced and directed by filmmaker Travis Fine (The Space Between). The film recently completed principal photography in Los Angeles and is currently in post-production. Produced by Kristine Hostetter Fine (The Space Between) and Chip Hourihan (Frozen River), the film is executive produced by Anne O’Shea (The Kids Are Alright) and Maxine Makover (The Space Between.

Set in the 1970s and inspired by a true story, the film chronicles a gay couple who take in a teenage boy with Down Syndrome who has been abandoned by his drug addicted mother. As the teen discovers the strong bonds of family for the first time in his life, disapproving authorities step in to tear the boy from the only stable environment he has ever known. As the gay men fight to adopt this extraordinary special needs child,
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Cyclops: A Rock Opera

Is this your first Satyr play? You're probably not alone. Euripides' "Cyclops" is apparently the only surviving example of this most raucous and bawdy style of Greek comedy. And if "Cyclops: A Rock Opera" isn't exactly what you expected from a modern adaptation, well, who knows what that old tragedian Euripides might say? Psittacus Productions gives us a fast-and-furious rock 'n' roll take on an almost forgotten form in which style trumps substance. Who needs story when you've got a live band on stage composed of horny half-men, half-goats and a chorus of frenzied maidens in lingerie?Louis Butelli, Chas LiBretto, and Robert Richmond share credit for directing and "freely" adapting "Cyclops: A Rock Opera," which is constructed around a one-night-only performance of a band called "The Satyrs." An energized Butelli is the lead singer, clad—as are all the band's members—in marvelously furry chaps and given to bleating and stamping his hoof,
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