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‘Knives Out’: Rian Johnson Solves the Case of the Modern A-List Whodunit

‘Knives Out’: Rian Johnson Solves the Case of the Modern A-List Whodunit
You start with a corpse. A murder has been committed — maybe it’s at a country estate, or on a train, or during a cruise headed to some exotic locale. If the victim is powerful, rich, and possibly hated for a variety of reasons, all the better. You need suspects, each with a motive for wanting said person six feet under. Lastly, and this is important: You’ve gotta have a sleuth. Preferably someone eccentric, with a quirk or a tic; bonus points if you can make the brainiac seem innocent or easily underestimated.
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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The
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DVD/Blu-ray Deals: Alien Anthology, The Wizard Of Oz, Over 800 Blu-rays Under $10, and More

Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you've been waiting to own Alien Anthology and Prometheus, Amazon has them on sale as a bundle for under $20! Details below. Alien Anthology and Prometheus Bundle [Blu-ray] - $19.98 (78% off) The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD) - $52.99 (50% off) Up to 72% Off Musicals Including Rodgers & Hammerstein and Shirley Temple Up to 69% Off Select BBC Mysteries Like State of Play, Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries, Wallander, and more Up to 70% Off Top Sellers Up to 73% Off Select BBC Titles Over 800 Blu-rays Under $10 Over 3,000 TV Shows Under $20

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Sherlock Holmes: the original fandom

Feature Anastasia Klimchynskaya 30 Jan 2014 - 07:00

The BBC's Sherlock has a legion of fans - but Sherlock Holmes has always been a cultural phenomenon...

After almost two years of waiting (which is almost as long as John Watson had to wait for the return of his supposedly dead best friend), the BBC chose to announce the series three premiere date for Sherlock... by driving a hearse around London during rush hour. Eschewing the traditional channels of interviews, Twitter, and the media, they chose to rely solely on the fans’ dedication to the show to find said car and spread the news.

It worked.

In fact, now that the third season of Sherlock has just passed, that’s probably old news, but it’s nevertheless telling of the hype that surrounds Sherlock. Fans turned up for the (albeit pre-announced) event, and the news went viral. For that kind of publicity, a
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Rebecca Eaton Talks 'Mystery' and the Return of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey

Lord Peter Wimsey solved his first murder in 1923, made his debut on live television in 1947 and his television series debut on Masterpiece Theatre in 1972, and has just bounded into the 21st century in an Acorn Media DVD of that 1972-1975 television series starring Ian Carmichael. Dorothy L. Sayers wrote 11 novels and several short stories starring the First World War-wounded aristocrat, first class cricketer, and elegant pianist with lingering shell shock and a taste for cocktails. Sayers once described Lord Peter as a mixture of Fred Astaire and Bertie Wooster, the blissfully unaware protagonist of a series of comic novels who has to be guided through life by his butler, Jeeves. Although Wimsey calls himself “an ass” quite often, Bunter, his valvet, doesn’t need to point him in the right direction, although Bunter does save his life several times, including pulling him out of a bog in the first DVD episode,
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Five-Year Engagement,’ ‘The Raven’ and ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to The Five-Year Engagement, The Raven and The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Jason Segel co-stars with Emily Blunt in a comedy he penned with Nicholas Stoller that follows the bumpy journey of one couple from the proposal to the wedding day. Chris Pratt & Alison Brie co-star.

Longing for some R-rated rom-coms:

Then She Found Me (2007) Helen Hunt stars as a woman whose husband (Matthew Broderick) walks out when she decides to adopt. Then she discovers the identity of her biological mother (Bette Midler) and meets the man of her dreams (Colin Firth, major upgrade.) But things get tricky when she discovers she’s pregnant with her husband’s baby.

Frankie and Johnny (1991) Scarface co-stars Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer re-team for this
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DVD Playhouse--february 2010

DVD Playhouse—February 2010

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Allen Gardner

Hunger (Criterion) Harrowing true story of imprisoned Ira member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and his 1981 hunger strike protesting the British government’s refusal to recognize him, and other Ira members as political prisoners. Director Steve McQueen delivers the story with true filmmaking panache, mixing startling imagery that blends both stunning beauty and stomach-churning horror. Fassbender is absolutely brilliant in the lead. Not for the faint-of-heart, but not to be missed or, particularly, ignored. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with McQueen and Fassbender; Short documentary; 1981 episode of BBC series “Panorama” that covers the Ira hunger strike; Trailer. Widescreen. DTS-hd audio on Blu-ray.

Adam (20th Century Fox) Quirky romantic comedy about an eccentric, borderline Asperger’s Syndrome, astronomy buff (Hugh Dancy) who is drawn out of his self-imposed shell by a beautiful and sympathetic neighbor (Rose Byrne). Charming film with engaging performances by the two leads,
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Mystery Writers Paretsky, Chercover, Hyzy Appear At MYSTERY3 Benefit 4/16

Chicago mystery writers Sara Paretsky, Sean Chercover and Julie Hyzy will appear at Lifeline Theatre's 26th Anniversary Benefit, called "Mystery3" (or "Mystery Cubed"), to sign copies of their books and meet with their fans during a special VIP champagne reception. The evening also includes a live performance of a classic Dorothy L. Sayers short story "The Man With No Face" by the Lifeline ensemble, featuring three fascinating new endings for this Lord Peter Wimsey mystery penned by Paretsky, Chercover and Hyzy, each in their own signature styles.
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Busman's Honeymoon Concludes Lifeline Theater's Season

Lifeline Theatre concludes its 26th anniversary MainStage season with the world premiere adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers' "Busman's Honeymoon," adapted by Lifeline ensemble member Frances Limoncelli, and directed by Lifeline ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist. Wedding bells have finally rung for amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and novelist Harriet Vane. But their quiet, country honeymoon becomes a farce full of eccentric locals, exploding chimneys and even a body found in the wine cellar. This inauspicious beginning begs the question - when life gets in the way, can love persevere? Lifeline ensemble members Peter Greenberg and Jenifer Tyler reprise their roles as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane in this sequel to "Gaudy Night," which premiered at Lifeline Theatre in 2006. The show runs about two and a half hours with one intermission, and copies of the book will be on sale in the lobby.
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Lifeline Theatre Announces New Marketing and Education Directors

Lifeline Theatre continues its 26th anniversary season by welcoming new Marketing Director Robert Kauzlaric as of December 22, 2008, and new Director of Education Lea Pinsky as of March 2, 2009. Kauzlaric and Pinsky will team up with Artistic Director Dorothy Milne and Operations Manager Erica Foster to shepherd the organization through its 2008-2009 season, which continues with two world premiere stage adaptations ? the KidSeries show "Flight of the Dodo" (running December 20, 2008 ? February 22, 2009), and the MainStage production "Mariette in Ecstasy" (running February 13 ? April 5, 2009). Tickets, including group discounts and Rogers Park Theatre Flex Passes (for multi-theatre and restaurant discounts), are available at 773-761-4477. Lifeline's previous Director of Marketing and Education Coordinator, Frances Limoncelli, recently joined Amble Resorts as Marketing Director, though she continues as member of Lifeline's artistic ensemble, and will adapt Lifeline's world premiere adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers' "Busman's Honeymoon," which runs May 1 ? June 21, 2009.
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Writers Paretsky, Chercover, Hyzy Participate In MYSTERY3

Chicago mystery writers Sara Paretsky, Sean Chercover and Julie Hyzy will appear at Lifeline Theatre's 26th Anniversary Benefit, called "Mystery3" (or "Mystery Cubed"), to sign copies of their books and meet with their fans during a special VIP champagne reception. The evening also includes a live performance of a classic Dorothy L. Sayers short story by the Lifeline ensemble, featuring three fascinating new endings for this Lord Peter Wimsey mystery penned by Paretsky, Chercover and Hyzy, each in their own signature styles. Classic Chicago food will be provided by Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, and dessert by Eli's Cheesecake. The evening will also feature a "very mysterious" silent auction.
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Busman's Honeymoon At Lifeline Begins Previews On 5/1

Lifeline Theatre concludes its 26th anniversary MainStage season with the world premiere adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers' "Busman's Honeymoon," adapted by Lifeline ensemble member Frances Limoncelli, and directed by Lifeline ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist. Wedding bells have finally rung for amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and novelist Harriet Vane. But their quiet, country honeymoon becomes a farce full of eccentric locals, exploding chimneys and even a body found in the wine cellar. This inauspicious beginning begs the question - when life gets in the way, can love persevere? Lifeline ensemble members Peter Greenberg and Jenifer Tyler reprise their roles as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane in this sequel to "Gaudy Night," which premiered at Lifeline Theatre in 2006. The show runs about two and a half hours with one intermission, and copies of the book will be on sale in the lobby.
See full article at BroadwayWorld.com »

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