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‘Bella’ Theater Review: The Wild West Has Rarely Been This Wild

‘Bella’ Theater Review: The Wild West Has Rarely Been This Wild
Tall tales can be fun precisely because they explode the boundaries of logic. And so it is with Kirsten Childs’ new musical “Bella: An American Tall Tale,” which opened Monday at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons in a sumptuously staged production. The Bella of the title is one Isabella Patterson, a native of antebellum Mississippi who bears some resemblance to both Josephine Baker and the so-called Hottentot Venus, a real-life woman of African descent who toured Europe circuses in the 19th century thanks to her plus-size posterior. Our Bella, played with infectious and giggly ebullience by Ashley D. Kelley, dubs herself “Big.
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‘Nightly Show’s’ Larry Wilmore on Jon Stewart: He’s ‘Really Not That Funny’ (Video)

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‘Nightly Show’s’ Larry Wilmore on Jon Stewart: He’s ‘Really Not That Funny’ (Video)
“The Nightly Show’s” Larry Wilmore is all about honesty in interviews … kind of. On the “Today” show Thursday, Wilmore was asked to “Keep It 100″ the way he does guests during that eponymous segment on his show. “Today” co-host Willie Geist asked Wilmore who’s funnier and more talented: Stephen Colbert or “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart. “Jon’s really not that funny. People don’t know he’s kind of curmudgeony,” Wilmore said jokingly. “It comes out seeming funny on TV, but if you sat right here, you’re like, ‘I don’t get it.'” Also read:
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Seth MacFarlane accused of stealing 'Ted' idea from comic strip

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"Ted" has received fairly positive reviews ahead of its opening in theaters on Friday (June 29), and it made more than $2 million at the box office in midnight screenings. So, it's good day for first-time feature director, co-writer and voice of Ted Seth MacFarlane, right?

Well, yeah, it is. But MacFarlane is also being accused of poaching the idea for "Ted" from a comic strip called "Imagine This."

The strip, which Lucas Turnbloom has been drawing since 2008, follows the life of a not-very-ambitious guy named Darin and Clovis, his talking, booze-hound childhood teddy bear. The premise of "Ted," which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, is pretty much the same, and certain scenes -- including one of Wahlberg's John and Ted eating cereal out of the box while slumped on a couch -- mimic panels in "Imagine This."

"Many cartoonists, myself included, hope that their strips might someday be developed into
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'Thor 2' hires writer of 'Saving Private Ryan' to prep the film for 2013

'Thor 2' hires writer of 'Saving Private Ryan' to prep the film for 2013
Robert Rodat, eh? He is, of course, best known for his screenplay for "Saving Private Ryan," which was fairly heavily doctored by several other heavy hitters brought on once Spielberg was officially making the film.  That's the way it works, though.  No matter who did what, if you're the guy with the name on the movie, you're the one who gets the bounce. The thing is, Rodat's a good writer, and that's true of his other work as well.  I quite like "Tall Tale," a fantasy picture that deals with some of the legendary characters of the American west, and I...
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Jeremiah Chechik interview: Diabolique, Chuck, and what went wrong with The Avengers

Why did the 1997 movie take on The Avengers go so wrong? What’s it like to direct Sharon Stone? And how do you recover when your movie is slammed by the critics?

In part one of our interview with Jeremiah Chechik, he talked about working with John Hughes, being noticed by Kubrick and Spielberg, and making the wonderful Benny & Joon.

Here, he takes us through working with movie stars, on both Diabolique, and on Warner Bros' big-screen take on The Avengers. Incidentally, we should point out that this interview was conducted before the recent stories about Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis on the set of Cop Out surfaced.

Without further ado...

I interviewed Kevin Smith last year, and talked about working with Bruce Wills on Cop Out. The interesting thing talking to him was it was very clear that the mechanics of making the movie had changed as soon as
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Review: 'Bone: Tall Tales"

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Bone: Tall Tales

By Jeff Smith with Tom Sniegoski

128 pages, Scholastic Graphix, $10.99 (paperback), $22.99 (hardcover)

Scholastic’s Graphix imprint is wisely repackaging all the Bone material, turning it into a uniform library for the young adult readers who can’t get enough of the denizens of Boneville. The latest such entry is Tall Tales, which is the color edition of 2000’s Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails: The Adventures of Big Johnson Bone, Frontier Hero, which in turn collected a 1999 miniseries. The key differences are that “RIblet” is not included here while a story produced for the late, lamented Disney Adventures magazine is added along with some new material.

Additionally, the versatile Tom Sniegoski penned three of the four tales collected here with Smith handling the honors for the framing sequence and the first story. Essentially, Smiley and Bartleby take Ring, Bingo and Todd camping and tell stories around the campfire. So, the
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Ghost Star Patrick Swayze Dies

Patrick Swayze was a charming cinematic rogue who starred as Sam Wheat in the romantic fantasy Ghost (1990). He portrayed the murdered lover of Demi Moore, who was able to communicate with his wife through a psychic, played by Whoopi Goldberg in an Oscar-winning performance.

Swayze was born in Houston, Texas, on April 18, 1952. His mother was choreographer Patsy Swayze, and Patrick trained as a dancer in the early 1970s. He made his film debut in the roller-disco flick Skatetown, U.S.A. in 1979.

Swayze earned honorary membership in `the Brat Pack’ with his role as Rob Lowe and C. Thomas Howell’s older brother in the 1983 film The Outsiders. He starred as Jed Eckert, leader of the Wolverines, the young freedom fighters who battled Soviet invaders in John Milius’ 1984 Cold War classic Red Dawn.

He was featured in an episode of Steven Spielberg’s fantasy television series Amazing Stories. He was
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Patrick Swayze passes away at 57

After a public battle with pancreatic cancer, actor Patrick Swayze passed away earlier today.

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said Annett Wolf, Swayze's publicist in a short statement released to the press. Swayze was married to his wife Lisa Niemi for 34 years.

Swayze got his start back in 1979 starring in the disco comedy Skatetown U.S.A. A trained dancer, he used his athleticism to further his acting jobs. In 1982 he was one of many rising young stars in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of The Outsiders. Swayze followed it up with a supporting role in the American war action film Uncommon Valor (1983) and a bigger, more memorable part in John Milius' Red Dawn (1984) playing the older brother of Charlie Sheen's character. After starring in the North & South epic mini-series Swayze
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Patrick Swayze Dies at 57

Another one of our great 80s icons passed away. This time, it's Patrick Swayze, the actor who danced his way into our hearts. He died Monday after a long, painful fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Our condolences go out to Swayze's family :sad

Here's the rest of the article from Yahoo News:

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.

Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.

He had kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting "The Beast," an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. It drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when
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Petit Tall Tale A Twin Wower

Nearly seven years after 9/11, it's ironic, and oddly comforting, that the criminal most closely associated with the World Trade Center is arguably a French tightrope walker who inched his way between the towers more than 1,300 feet in the air.

Philip Petit was arrested for his 1974 feat and still describes himself as a criminal, but was sentenced to community service - a walk over Belvedere Lake in Central Park.

He was a huge celebrity, a hero, and the Port Authority, which owned the towers, considered his walk a publicity coup for a pair of enormous, ugly buildings that had trouble attracting tenants.

Petit
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Fantasia 2006 Complete preview : Asian Films

  • A Bittersweet Life South Korea, Dir: Kim Ji-Woon, 2005 Montreal Premiere  + In a country increasingly known for producing stylish genre films, South Koreaâ€.s Kim Ji-Woon has quickly emerged as one of the very brightest talents. His bleak comedy debut, The Quiet Family, won attention worldwide before being remade by Takashi MiikeTakashi Miike
[/link] as The Happiness of the Katakuris. From there, Kim moved on to wrestling picture The Foul King, before cementing his reputation as one of the worldâ€.s premiere visual talents with the stunning atmospheric horror A Tale of Two Sisters. Kimâ€.s latest is a stunning visual film, flawlessly composed, beautifully shot, and filled with scenes of shockingly coldhearted violence. It is the heroic bloodshed film gone arthouse, a John Woo film as executed by the bastard child of Wong Kar Wai and Park Chan Wook.  A Chinese Tall Tale Hong Kong, Dir:Jeff Lau, 2005 Canadian Premiere  + The
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