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9 items from 2010

Books: Book Review: Kate Morton: The Distant Hours

22 December 2010 10:00 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

At times, it seems like Kate Morton’s only influence is The Secret Garden. The Australian author is great at conveying a sense of slow-building gothic menace and hidden danger lurking on the edge of a crumbling old manse, and she’s good at unpacking old family secrets over the course of a long-form narrative, but her latest, The Distant Hours, features simultaneously too little and too much story, and is in desperate need of an editor. Two separate storylines form the center of The Distant Hours. In the first, a female narrator contemplates what might have caused her mother »

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On the children's menu

26 November 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Katie Mitchell made her name directing difficult, bleak drama for adults. But since the birth of her daughter, Edie, when she was 41, she has discovered a knack for madcap, fast-paced kids' shows

Katie Mitchell, theatre's harbinger of doom, "the princess of darkness", is known for being one of the most serious and uncompromising of British theatre directors. Her productions – Bruckner's Pains of Youth, say, or Euripides' Women of Troy – involve intense rehearsal periods and scour the depths of human emotion and behaviour. She enjoys using the word "rigorous" and mentioning Stanislavski and "complex psychological ideas". She is inspired by eastern European theatre, in particular the work of Pina Bausch; her favourite film is Tarkovsky's plotless The Mirror (1975); she cites Rothko as her favourite artist. So she is not necessarily the first person you would imagine directing a children's show, Beauty and the Beast (age group eight to 12), complete with insect orchestras and goldfish-swallowing, »

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A boom in children's theatre? Bah, humbug | Mike Kenny

24 November 2010 6:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A burst of Christmas pantos doesn't mean children's theatre is in good health. We urgently need more original work

So it's nearly Christmas again. I'm Ok if I keep my head down and get on with what I'm doing, but invariably someone will mention the flowering of children's theatre and I come over all "Bah, humbug". And I'm spitting feathers and dribbling bile. Again.

I'm getting so sick of people telling me there's a boom in theatre for children. Where is it? This is the time of year when theatre remembers the children's audience exists. There's panto, but, can we agree for a start that panto doesn't count, it is to theatre what karaoke is to music. I wouldn't be without it, I like a laugh as much as the next miserable old so-and-so, but everything about it says "Don't take me seriously. I want you to forget your daily lives, »

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Sara Ramirez talks lesbian visibility, Calzona and "Broadway Takes the Runway"

1 October 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

When Sara Ramirez isn't repairing broken bones or melting your heart as out doctor Callie Torres on Grey's Anatomy, she's busy looking out for your liver through the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation, a nonprofit organization in which she serves as a board member.

Created and named after the loss of her "gay husband" and best friend, Ramirez is equally passionate about liver health as she is for gay rights. Ahead of Monday's inaugural Broadway Takes the Runway: An Evening of Fashion and Song fundraiser — in which the Tony winner will take the stage and sing show tunes — caught up with Ramirez to talk about her philanthropy, gay rights and, yes, what's next for primetime's leading lesbian couple. What does it feel like to be adored by countless lesbians?

Sara Ramirez: (Laughs.) It feels awesome! Hey, look, it's love. It doesn't matter who it's from. »

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Fantasia 2010: Philip Ridley Talks Heartless

17 July 2010 10:42 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Our sincere thanks to the Fantasia Festival and Kier-La Janisse for offering up some of the excellent, exclusive materials from the festival blog for wider consumption here at Twitch.]

Fantasia is extremely proud to be hosting the North American premiere of Philip Ridley's Heartless, his first return to the big screen since The Passion of Darkly Noon in 1996. Genre fans know Ridley primarily for The Reflecting Skin - an unsettling and unconventional horror film that was universally praised as one of the best films of the 1990s - and with Heartless, he returns to the folklore-infused psychological terrain of The Reflecting Skin, and the murky physical terrain of The Krays, which he wrote in 1990. He was kind enough to offer his thoughts on some of the recurring themes in his work.

You've been hailed as a cinematic visionary by countless film critics and yet film is a medium you turn to infrequently. Why is that?

Well, the kind of films I've been interested in making are not very easy to get off the ground. They don't fit into a neat box or category. »

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Clint Eastwood to be a part of ‘Summer Under the Stars’

15 June 2010 11:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news » The dog days of summer are the best time of the year for movie fans as they turn on the air conditioning and park themselves on the couch for the latest edition of Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) ultimate movie star showcase: Summer Under The Stars.

Now in its eighth year, the August festival dedicates each of its 31 days to one of Hollywood’s most enduring actors and actresses. This year’s roster is set to include such stars as Steve McQueen (Aug. 3), Ingrid Bergman (Aug. 6), Errol Flynn (Aug. 7), Bob Hope (Aug. 8), Walter Matthau (Aug. 11), Maureen O’Hara (on her 90th birthday, Aug. 17), Katharine Hepburn (Aug. 20), Paul Newman (Aug. 21), Lauren Bacall (Aug. 25), Olivia de Havilland (Aug. 27), Peter O’Toole (Aug. 28), Henry Fonda (Aug. 29) and Clint Eastwood (Aug. 31). Assembled from the network’s library of more than 5,000 films, this one-of-a-kind festival is an opportunity for viewers to enjoy a varied »


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Interview: Approach to Acting with John Lynch

22 April 2010 6:17 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

In the run up to his Acting Masterclass as part of the Belfast Film Festival, Irish film and television actor John Lynch caught up with Iftn to talk acting methodology, having more patience with writers and making a film with footballing legend Eric Cantona. Northern Irish actor John Lynch has barely stopped acting since receiving a BAFTA nomination for his haunting performance in the 1983 Irish film 'Cal'. Since then, he has built on his early success appearing in many Irish films including 'In The Name of the Father', 'Lassie', 'Best' and 'Some Mother's Son'. He has also starred in international projects such as 'Sliding Doors', alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, and 'The Secret Garden' with Maggie Smith. »

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Summer Training Listings

25 February 2010 8:19 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

CALIFORNIALa Jolla PlayhouseP.O. Box 12039La Jolla, CA 92039(858) 550-1070, fax (858) 550-1075information@ljp.orgwww.lajollaplayhouse.orgChristopher Ashley, artistic directorEquity Lort B contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house and through independent casting directors by invitation only. Send pix and resumes to above address, attn: Casting. See website for more information. Internships availableSeason: June - September. Shows: "Surf Report" (June); "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" (September); "Ruined" (November); "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (July); "Notes From the Underground" (September)Marin Shakespeare CompanyP.O. Box 4053San Rafael, CA 94913(415) 499-4485, fax (415) 499-1492management@marinshakespeare.orgwww.marinshakespeare.orgRobert S. Currier, artistic director; Lesley Currier, managing directorEquity Loa referenced to Lort contractNon-EquityCasting: Casts productions in-house. Send pix and resumes to Robert Currier. Please see website for specific audition dates and information.Internships and/or apprenticeships available.Season: July - September. Shows: "Travesties" (July 2-Aug. 15); "The Taming of the Shrew" (July 16-Sep. 26); "Antony and Cleopatra" (Aug. 20-Sep. 25)Pcpa Theaterfest800 S. »

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Spotlight on Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and Other Books to Movies

17 February 2010 7:27 PM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

ReelzChannel is putting the spotlight on kids books that have made the leap from the page to the big screen. Tune in Friday, February 19, at 6Pm Et/ 3Pm Pt to see how some of today's most beloved book series have been transformed into hit movies.

ReelzChannel is on DirecTV (channel 238) and Dish Network (channel 299), as well as on your cable system. From A to Z, here's the full list of books we'll be taking a look at:

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

The Apple Dumpling Gang by Jack Bickham (1971)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)

– Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (1978)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (series debuted in 2007)

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (1970)

– Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (series debuted in 1997)

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell »

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