FS: It was a really weird thing to happen, but a lot of art or anything that you make is a clash of two ideas. Two ideas fuse and something good comes of it or something terrible comes of it. You don’t know. But I had been asked to go to the Schaubühne in Berlin by Peter Stein to do The Waste Land with some German actors who were going to do it in German. So I learned it in English, so I would know it. And when I came back, Deborah said she had been asked to do something, not in a theater, but in a different space, and had I any texts that would be any use in a different space? I said, “I’ve just done The Waste Land.” So the Brussels festival took it on, and we first did it in a little discotheque, where I just got out of the audience, and just stood up and did The Waste Land. And then it was invited all over the world. It was invited to Ireland, to the Dublin Theatre Festival, where we played it in a munitions factory. We went to Canada, in Toronto: We … [Read more...] about Fiona Shaw on
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Here’s my ideal superhero movie: We open on a busy city street. An unattended little girl steps out into the road. A truck barrels down on her… and she’s gone, whisked away by a mysterious red blur. We follow the blur as it moves through the city, foiling bank robberies, stopping disasters, and doing it all at lightning speed. Finally, it comes to a stop in an alley behind a police station. The figure reaches up to pull off its iconic red mask, revealing Big-era Tom Hanks as The Flash. With all due respect to The CW’s Grant Gustin (who’s great) and Warner Bros.’ Ezra Miller (who’ll probably be fine), I can’t imagine anyone capturing the geeky, cheerful charm of Barry Allen better than a late-’80s, early-’90s Hanks. Of all the big superheroes, The Flash is the one who’s always seemed like he’s having the most fun while he’s at it, and that’s something the Hanks of yesteryear could basically do in his … [Read more...] about What’s your “if only they were younger” dream casting?
The addition of 21st century hip-hop to the story of the story of an 18th century founding father is not the only way in which Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has been innovative. More so than perhaps any other Broadway musical of the past, the show has been warmly embraced by the fandom community and cross-pollinated with any number of other film and television properties, ranging from Star Wars to Parks And Recreation. Writer Natalie Zutter discusses what makes this particular musical so different from all the others in a Tor piece called “Why Hamilton Is The Perfect Mashup For Every Fandom.” The very fact that the non-sci-fi Hamilton merits coverage at a science-fiction-themed website is an indication of the show’s widespread popularity. Zutter reports that there are people who are familiar with the musical only through its many crossovers with other franchises. … [Read more...] about Read This: Why
Kin Two brothers are on the run from a vicious criminal. Their only protection? A mysterious, possibly alien, weapon. Based on a 2015 short film, Kin stars James Franco as the villain, Jack Reynor is one of the brothers, Dennis Quaid as the father, and Zoë Kravitz as the woman who ends up on the run with them. It’s a very cool premise with a very cool cast but it’s too soon to know much more than that. (Aug. 31) … [Read more...] about io9’s Guide to All the Movies You Should Give a Damn About in 2018
The new trailer for Fantastic Beasts is here, and we finally actually get to see what’s going on in this movie beyond “Eddie Redmayne doing his best Matt Smith impression, oh also there are monsters.” First we get a taste of Newt Scamander’s... eccentricities as an Englishman in a foreign land, but then we get the real meat: the threat of a deadly war breaking out between the Wizards in hiding and the muggles (err, sorry, No-Majes) of New York. … [Read more...] about Magical Creatures and Cultural Differences Abound In the New
Supposedly one major original trilogy character is going to die in The Force Awakens; I won’t say who all the options that have been floated around, just in case this is true. I will say we’re in no danger of seeing Luke murder Han in cold blood. The story was that an enraged Luke will kill Han while he tries to protect Kylo Ren, although this rumor came before we knew Kylo Ren’s identity or even that he had a crazy lightsaber. There is no way that Lucasfilm turns the franchise’s biggest hero into its biggest villain. Not only would it clearly be done for solely shock value, it would actually taint the original trilogy even more than the prequels did. There’s never going to be a Harry Potter sequel where Harry Potter shoots down Ron Weasley, nor is there going to be a Spider-Man comic or movie where Peter Parker slits Aunt May’s throat, and there’s no chance of Luke murdering his best friend Han. … [Read more...] about The 13 Craziest Goddamn Rumors About