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Digging at the Roots

26 April 2012 3:07 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Clybourne Park Walter Kerr Theatre, NY

Writing a prequel/sequel to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun sounds like a chancy and potentially gimmicky proposition, bordering on infringing upon the merits of another author, but playwright Bruce Norris has cleared the inherent hurdles and written a masterpiece with Clybourne Park. Making its Broadway début at the Walter Kerr with a cast and production that do it every bit of justice, this is easily one of the greatest original plays to hit New York City in the last decade.

Writing no heroes and few clear-cut villains, Norris has created one of the most honest and galvanizing plays about the current state of racial tension. Unlike so many others, he does not look to shock with epithets and extreme versions of racism to lend weight to his words, but rather works subtly, even-handedly distributing comedy and drama, using each to »

- C. Jefferson Thom

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Whoops! Celine Dion Accidentally Flashes Crowd in Jamaica

28 January 2012 7:06 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Taking Chances with her wardrobe proved not to be the best bet for Celine Dion. The superstar singer gave fans a little more than they bargained for when she took the stage in a short dress…and accidentally flashed them during her performance at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Jamaica Friday night, E! News has learned exclusively.   "The short gold dress was Balmain....was that short enough?" Dion said with a laugh when "The Trend," a fashion series on Zappos Couture, asked Celine about her fashion choices. "Because normally when people are level the length is fine. But people were like this (looks up).... So it was like I didn't think of the people »

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Berlinale 2012. Full Generation Lineup

12 January 2012 7:36 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Comes a Bright Day

"With another twelve world premieres and three international premieres, Generation’s feature-length film program is now complete," the Berlinale's announced today. "A total of 58 short and full-length films from 32 countries have been selected for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions." Straight from the release, then, with descriptions from the festival:

Generation 14plus

Comes a Bright Day (Great Britain, by Simon Aboud) – Against the backdrop of an armed robbery at a London jewellers, much more is at stake than money. Where diamonds are involved, love is not far. Cast: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Spall and others. World Premiere. Site.

Lal Gece (Night of Silence, Turkey, by Reis Çelik) – When the groom lifts the bride’s veil, he is looking into the face of a 14-year-old girl. As tradition has it, a night in the bridal chamber seals the marriage. Cast: Ilyas Salman, Dilan Aksüt and others. »

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