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Richard Branson’s Son Warns of ‘Civil Unrest’ on British Virgin Islands Following Hurricane Irma

Richard Branson‘s son kept his social media followers informed in the wake of Hurricane Irma, warning that prisoners on the British Virgin Islands have escaped and are armed ahead of his journey back to help in the relief efforts.

Sam Branson, who rode out the storm on the family’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, posted video messages and photos from the Caribbean showing the devastation from Irma.

In a video on Sunday, Sam said, “I’ve been getting some updates on the ground out there on the British Virgin Islands and it’s really sad to say that there is a lot of civil unrest.”

He continued, “Unfortunately some of the prisoners have escaped and are now armed.”

The 32-year-old warned that those sending supply boats to aid the area should have security and get the latest information from officials for their own safety.

“I don’t want to panic anyone but it’s really important people are aware of the situation there,” Sam said. “Some areas are okay, some aren’t. Just get the right information. It’s just incredibly tragic.”

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Sam made his way to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday before sharing that he was heading back to the British Virgin Islands to help in the relief efforts.

In a blog post on Virgin.com, Sam’s sister Holly wrote that “people have been left with nothing.”

“My brother Sam is currently travelling to the BVI with supplies and aid, ranging from nappies and clothing to water purification tablets and tarpaulin for shelter,” she wrote along with a photo of the two embracing. “It’s been very hard to gain an understanding of the situation on the ground with power on the islands still down, but he will be keeping you all updated as much as possible via his Instagram account.”

The massive storm destroyed much of Richard’s private island last week as it ripped through the Caribbean earlier.

The British billionaire and Virgin Group founder, 67, also headed to Puerto Rico after hunkering down in his Necker Island wine cellar, but announced in a Monday blog post that he will soon return to the British Virgin Islands to help rebuild after the storm devastated parts of the Caribbean.

“Much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged,” Branson wrote.

“This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods. We have spent the past two days visiting team members who live on Virgin Gorda and as many people as possible, distributing aid, water and supplies.”

He added: “We have seen first-hand just how ferocious and unforgiving this storm was.”


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Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss will guest star on the upcoming Jason Alexander Audience Network comedy series “Hit the Road,” Variety has learned. Dreyfuss will play James, Alexander’s character’s father. He is described as “a gruff, grizzled dysfunctional jerk of a dad who doesn’t have a single kind word to say about his son.” Dreyfuss won… Read more »

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‘The Simpsons’ Trolls Donald Trump With A Visit From Richard Nixon’s Ghost

“The Simpsons” has marked President Donald Trump’s first 125 days in office in comic style.

In a new short posted online Friday, the cartoon version of Trump attempts to patch things up with fired former FBI Director James Comey, who’d been leading an investigation into possible ties between Trump officials and Russia.

But their White House bedroom rendezvous is interrupted by a visit from former President Richard Nixon’s ghost, who thanks Trump for bumping him up in the “best president” stakes before offering him some sage advice.

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The four stories in Russo’s new book, “Trajectory,” take on themes that include the follies of academia and the disappointment of midlife.
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In “Between Them,” the author of “The Sportswriter” imagines his mother and father, both as they seemed to him in life and who they were beyond his view.
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The Australian actors team up yet again onstage, this time in “The Present.” It can’t possibly end well, can it?
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Critic’s Notebook: Richard Rorty’s 1998 Book Suggested Election 2016 Was Coming

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Character actor Richard Jaeckel worked five decades in Hollywood alongside the industry’s biggest names. Noted for tough-guy portrayals, he appeared in such classic westerns and war films as Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The Gunfighter (1950), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), and The Dirty Dozen (1967). Bringing strength and integrity to his roles, he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Sometimes a Great Notion (1970). A World War II veteran and Merchant Marine, he was respected in the surfing and fitness communities for his ageless athleticism. His performance as Turk in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) was groundbreaking for iron-pumping actors wanting to be taken seriously for their dramatic abilities. This revealing portrait of the life of a working character actor covers Jaeckel’s noteworthy career through each of his film and television appearance, from Guadalcanal Diary (1943) to Baywatch (1994). Recollections and behind the scenes stories from those he knew and worked with offer an in-depth look at the dedication and professionalism it takes to make it in Hollywood.

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The Eighth Collaborates With Richard Phillips on Underwear Collection

UNDERWEAR AS ART: The Eighth, a men’s luxury underwear brand, has worked with New York artist Richard Phillips on two limited-edition slim boxer styles made from silk twill.
The underwear, which will retail for $ 175, features prints inspired by two of Phillips’ works, Weed II and Engine. One style is printed with a faded weed fauna print and the other is covered with engine imagery.
Phillips said he was impressed by The Eighth’s combination of design, material and the brand’s quality of imagery, which aligns with the precision required in automotive and hydroponic engineering.
The styles will be unveiled at a cocktail reception at The Webster on Collins Avenue during Miami Art Basel on Dec. 3 and will be available for purchase exclusively at the boutique.
At the same event, The Eighth will preview another collaboration with artist Jim Torok. The brand’s sand-washed, silk charmeuse slim boxer will retail for $ 175 and boasts bold bolts of blue that were referenced from Torok’s Some Days piece. These styles will also be sold at The Webster in Miami in December and on The Eighth’s e-commerce site starting in January.
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Mike Epps Talks ‘Soaking’ Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.   

The late comedian will be played by Mike Epps. According to Epps, the all-star cast — which includes Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson – is scheduled to begin filming in March 2016. 

“We start prepping in January, and start shooting in March,” he said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “Eddie Murphy’s playing my father, Oprah Winfrey’s playing my grandmother, Kate Hudson’s playing my girl, and I’m playing Richard Pryor.”

Epps went on to share how preparing for the role of Pryor, who died in 2005, has required him to delve into the many layers of the late comedy legend.

“Right now, I’m just really soaking it up. I’m just a sponge right now,” he said. “Just doing a lot research on the history of Richard Pryor. Trying to figure out the things that I need to figure out to play certain scenes. How I need to feel. What state of mind I need to be in, because this guy was a roller coaster, man. It wasn’t easy. [He was] close to something that’s scientific — broken down into a whole lot of different ways.”

As the 44-year-old actor gears up for the iconic role, he is also busy promoting season 2 of Starz’s original series, “Survivor’s Remorse.” The comedy series, which is produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and follows the life of a young professional basketball star, Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T. Usher), as he navigates his newfound fame, wealth, and personal relationships.

While the show addresses relevant topics surrounding the lives of professional athletes, Epps — who plays Calloway’s uncle, Julius — says the show isn’t just relatable to people in the world of sports.  

“The whole show itself is relatable to anybody that’s in show business because it’s ‘survivor’s remorse,’” he said. “So the whole thing about money, family, and friends, and love and all that — it all ties in together.”

“Survivor’s Remorse” premieres Saturday August 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Mike Epps Talks ‘Soaking’ Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.   

The late comedian will be played by Mike Epps. According to Epps, the all-star cast — which includes Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson – is scheduled to begin filming in March 2016. 

“We start prepping in January, and start shooting in March,” he said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “Eddie Murphy’s playing my father, Oprah Winfrey’s playing my grandmother, Kate Hudson’s playing my girl, and I’m playing Richard Pryor.”

Epps went on to share how preparing for the role of Pryor, who died in 2005, has required him to delve into the many layers of the late comedy legend.

“Right now, I’m just really soaking it up. I’m just a sponge right now,” he said. “Just doing a lot research on the history of Richard Pryor. Trying to figure out the things that I need to figure out to play certain scenes. How I need to feel. What state of mind I need to be in, because this guy was a roller coaster, man. It wasn’t easy. [He was] close to something that’s scientific — broken down into a whole lot of different ways.”

As the 44-year-old actor gears up for the iconic role, he is also busy promoting season 2 of Starz’s original series, “Survivor’s Remorse.” The comedy series, which is produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and follows the life of a young professional basketball star, Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T. Usher), as he navigates his newfound fame, wealth, and personal relationships.

While the show addresses relevant topics surrounding the lives of professional athletes, Epps — who plays Calloway’s uncle, Julius — says the show isn’t just relatable to people in the world of sports.  

“The whole show itself is relatable to anybody that’s in show business because it’s ‘survivor’s remorse,’” he said. “So the whole thing about money, family, and friends, and love and all that — it all ties in together.”

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family By Richard Carlson (Paperback)

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family By Richard Carlson (Paperback)


Overview “While it’s easy to allow little things to take over our lives, there are things we can do to make life around the house less stressful,” writes Richard Carlson in Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family: Simple Ways to Keep Daily Responsibilities and Household Chores from Taking Over Your Life. In this collection of 98 brief essays, Carlson (author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. And It’s All Small Stuff) meditates on small, but meaningful ways to avoid being overwhelmed by life, particularly family life. From Number 8: Make Peace with Bickering, to Number 14: Encourage Boredom in Your Children, to Number 72: Stop Exaggerating Your Workload, Carlson’s messages serve as reminders for truisms most readers already know but have lost sight of in the bustle of daily life. Carlson’s “ways” may be simple, but simplicity is not stupid-his book offers vital injections of wisdom. -Ericka Lutz Product details Isbn-13: 9780786883370, 978-0786883370 Author: Richard Carlson Publisher: Hyperion Publication date: 1998-06-30 About Wordery Wordery is one of the UK’s largest online booksellers. With millions of satisfied customers who enjoy low prices on a huge range of books, we offer a reliable and trusted service and consistently receive excellent feedback. We offer a huge range of over 8 million books; bestsellers, children’s books, cheap paperbacks, baby books, special edition hardbacks and textbooks. All our books are dispatched from the UK. Wordery offers Free Delivery on all UK orders, and competitively priced international delivery. #HappyReading

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A Companion to Richard M. Nixon

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This companion offers an overview of Richard M. Nixon’s life, presidency, and legacy, as well as a detailed look at the evolution and current state, of Nixon scholarship. Examines the central arguments and scholarly debates that surround his term in office Explores Nixon’s legacy and the historical significance of his years as president Covers the full range of topics, from his campaigns for Congress, to his career as Vice-President, to his presidency and Watergate Makes extensive use of the recent paper and electronic releases from the Nixon Presidential Materials Project

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Artist Richard Prince Sells Instagram Photos That Aren’t His For $90K

Did you know someone could resell your Instagram pictures for $ 90,000?

Richard Prince, an established artist who plays with authorship and appropriation, made waves at the Frieze Art Fair a couple of weeks ago with his Instagram paintings.

Prince took screenshots of gorgeous Instagram pictures uploaded by models, celebrities and artists, and added creepy comments underneath, like, “Enjoyed the ride today. Let’s do it again. Richard.” Then he printed the images on canvas. Last fall, he exhibited them at the Gagosian Gallery, where they sold for $ 90,000 each.

He took photos of Sky Ferreira, Pamela Anderson and porn stars, as well as Doe Deere, the CEO of Lime Crime. Last week, she Instagrammed a picture from the Frieze exhibition.

You’d think the original Instagrammers could sue Prince for copyright infringement. But because Prince edited the photos to include his own comments, the works count as original pieces of art.

Not everybody agrees Prince’s appropriation is artistically valid. Los Angeles-based artist Audrey Wollen, whose reinterpretation of Diego Velázquez’s “The Rokeby Venus” was reprinted, told i-D last fall that she was “really angry” he’d taken her work.

“What Prince is doing is colonising and profiting off a territory of the internet that was created by a community of young girls,” she told the outlet.

A critic at ArtNet laid into Prince after the Gagosian show too, writing that it had “thin offerings for anyone who is in possession of a brain.”

Some artists, though, appreciate the exposure. Stacy Leigh, whose photo series of sex dolls was featured on The Huffington Post last week, commented on Instagram that Prince “knows a good thing when he see’s it” [sic].

Prince had reposted one of her images on his Instagram, which has since been taken down. When another user asked if he printed her image for the exhibition, Leigh replied, “I wish he would!!! I would be honored.”

Missy Suicide, the founder of pinup girl website Suicide Girls, had a photo taken of the site’s main Instagram account, as well as those of her models.

“I’m not holding a grudge,” she told The Huffington Post. In fact, she noted that it seemed natural Prince was drawn to the Suicide Girls, which has 3 million Instagram followers. “Our girls’ portraits are the most compelling on Instagram, so of course he found ours,” she said.

Nor is she critical of his work. “He’s starting a conversation about what we put out there in the public, and it’s definitely an interesting conversation to start having,” she said. Missy’s just surprised people paid $ 90,000 for the images.

To bring his work down to a more affordable price point, Suicide Girls is turning the reproduction tables back on Prince by reproducing and selling their own reproductions of his reproductions. The profits will be donated to charity.

“We’re just happy to make his art accessible to the kinds of people that he’s featuring,” she said. Ironically, the Gagosian press release warns that “All images are subject to copyright.”

The Gagosian Gallery and Richard Prince did not respond to requests for comment.

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Richard Branson Becomes A Human Bowling Ball During Chicago Bulls Game

Meet the world’s most valuable bowling ball.

Billionaire businessman and noted thrill-seeker Richard Branson became a human bowling ball on Wednesday night as part of a stunt during a game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

Branson, who was in the Windy City for the opening of his first Virgin Hotel, allowed Benny the Bull to put him into a slingshot contraption:

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Branson was launched at a set of oversized pins:

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Took aim:

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And managed to knock down two of the six pins:

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Branson hit a foam wall on the other side, then came up smiling and waving to the crowd:

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“Glad he’s walking away there,” one of the announcers joked after mentioning that Branson declined a safety helmet for the stunt. “That could’ve been ugly.”

The Bulls beat the Hawks, 91-85.

The NBA playoffs get under way this weekend, with Chicago taking on the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday and the Hawks facing the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.

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Keisha’s underhandedness works on the judge, who awards her nearly everything. In addition to the house and substantial alimony, she receives half of Richard’s share of C-Sports Now.

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The 5 Sexiest Things About Richard Gere

Happy birthday, Richard Gere! Not only can we not believe the hunky actor is 65 today, it’s hard to imagine that it’s been nearly 25 years since he made us swoon in “Pretty Woman.”

Still dapper and debonaire, the milestone birthday finds the award-winning actor with several upcoming movies lined up. He may be a household name for earlier films like “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “First Knight,” (and for being married to supermodel Cindy Crawford in the early ’90s) but Gere still very much has a Hollywood presence, with recent hits in films like “Arbitrage” and “Nights in Rodanthe.”

With those looks, that talent, and that star quality, we’re sure our favorite silver fox isn’t going anywhere. Here are just five of the many reasons we absolutely adore Edward — er, Richard:
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Word is out that the casting net is circling to find someone to play the late, great Richard Pryor in a biopic. Hopefully, the focus will be on finding someone who can capture not only Richard’s stand-up skills but his richly humanizing personal life. As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget.

I had no idea what I was doing back then. I was naïve and gullible, and while English was my second language, I spoke it like it was my third or fourth. I loved comedy and opened the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard with a little help from friends. At the time, the comics were on strike because they were not being paid for their work in the other existing clubs. It was my plan to split half of the proceeds from the door with the comics. What I didn’t expect was that by the end of the evening, a superstar comic would end up paying me.

Paul Mooney was the emcee for the night and brought up Tom Dreesen, George Miller, Falstaff, Brent Jordan, and other talented acts. I was doing my best to be the cashier, host, and waiter for the crowd and was running around like crazy, barely able to pay any attention to the show.

To my surprise, Mooney introduced Richard Pryor as a surprise guest, and suddenly I joined the audience in giving my full, undivided attention to the stage. I could not believe that on my opening night, the greatest living stand-up comedian was on my stage! Richard did over 40 minutes that night, and although I did not have the best sound system or any air conditioning, Richard delivered a captivating set and came off the stage soaked in sweat.

Most of the audience that night were guests of the comics and did not have to pay the door charge. At the end of the night, I opened a shoebox that was serving as a cash register and divided the money by the number of comedians who performed. It came to roughly $ 3 and some change per comic.

Richard was still there, talking with Paul. I ran up to Richard and proudly thanked him, saying, “Here is a cut of the door.” I handed him three $ 1 bills and some coins. He looked at me in a strange way, as if there was something wrong. Paul caught the look and told Richard that I was the first person to open a club and pay the comics by splitting the door with the comedians, and that this was a historic night. Richard smiled, reached into his pocket and pulled out a roll of $ 100 bills. He then wrote on one of the bills, “You need this for your rent, boy. 1979, Richard Pryor.”

At the time, I had never seen a $ 100 bill before and did not believe it was real money. Without any hesitation I looked up at Richard and said, “How did you print this?” Confused by my reaction, Richard asked Paul if there was something wrong with me as Paul gently shooed me away.

Still confused about the bill, I went next door and showed the cashier the piece of paper. I asked him, “Do they make $ 100 bills in America? Is this real?” The cashier gave me the same look that Richard gave me and answered, “Of course they do. It’s real.” He opened his cash register and lifted the drawer to reveal a couple of $ 100 bills, all looking the same as mine. Suddenly, I felt terrible. Did I insult Richard Pryor, the greatest comedian in the world, by insinuating that he was a counterfeiter?

I ran back to the Laugh Factory and saw Richard surrounded by all the comedians, including Paul. I yelled, “Richard! Richard! I’m so sorry.” He looked at me again, but this time he looked a bit aggravated, and before he could speak, I said, “Richard, I know in America they make a $ 1 bill, a $ 5 bill, a $ 10 bill, and a $ 20 bill, but I’m sorry, I really didn’t know that in America they make $ 100 bills. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” I then offered to give him his money back and told him, “This is a lot of money. I can’t take this.”

The great Richard Pryor reached into his pocket and gave me a couple more $ 100 bills. He then put his arm around me and said, “The printing machine is still working.” I don’t know what it was about him, but when he put his arm around me, I felt safe and protected. I could see from looking into his eyes that there was a kindness, warmth, and generosity that I had never seen before. He then looked at everyone and said, “Hollywood is going to eat this dumb motherf***er alive! We all need to keep an eye on him.”

And keep an eye on me he did. He came by the club many times after that. He would pick me up at the club after hours and drive me in his Mercedes down Sunset Boulevard. He would have me sit in the back and introduced me to people on the street as “a prince from Arabia.” He liked to call the people on the street “night lizards,” and he loved pranking them. We spent hours laughing the night away.

As I got to know Richard, I saw that the only thing bigger than his talent was his heart. He loved helping people, and he loved animals. To this day his wife Jennifer continues to honor Richard’s love for animals with her charitable foundation Pryor’s Planet, a nonprofit animal rescue shelter. And he truly loved helping children. When I started my comedy camp for underprivileged children in 1984, Richard would drop in during the summers when he was in town. He would help kids ease their pain by showing how it could be transformed into humor, and he believed laughter could be healing. Richard himself had a traumatic childhood, and he was a living example of how pain could be converted into something hilarious and therapeutic. He told me often that he had “many demons,” and some of those finally cut his life short, but I truly believe he still did more good in his short time than anyone else I have ever known.

To me, Richard Pryor represents what much of stand-up comedy is today. In a sense, he truly became immortal because the comedy community still speaks of him as if he just walked on stage last night. It is important to remember that his comedy was about social change and explaining the ugly that was in us all. He spoke about racism like no one else did. He took the poison out of the “N” word, made light of our inner demons, and made it OK to laugh at ourselves.

I think there are a few comedians working today who could portray Richard in a movie. I have seen glimpses of his essence in Dave Chappelle, Mike Epps, Tony Rock, Jerrod Carmichael, Katt Williams, Kevin Hart and a few others. I just hope that the casting process includes meetings with Paul Mooney and Eddie Murphy, comics who knew Richard very well. I’ve read that Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans are vying for the chance to play him. Whoever does eventually play him has the chance to bring Richard Pryor to a whole new generation of people, people who may have never seen a comic who could make them laugh, cry and then laugh again all during the same set. As Richard once said, “I can’t just say the words, do a lot of one-liners. I love each person I play; I have to be that person. I have to do him true.”
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First Nighter: Athol Fugard’s “Shadow…,” Richard Maxwell’s “Isolde”

Although Athol Fugard turns 82 in June and his protagonist in The Shadow of the Hummingbird–having its world premiere at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre–is already 84, the two-year difference in ages doesn’t keep the deeply charming and charmingly deep 60-minute exercise from instantly registering as autobiographical.

That it begins with the grandfatherly Oupa (Fugard) reading passages that the program identifies as Paula Fourie’s extracts from the author’s own notebooks does nothing to suggest otherwise.

Entering an upstage door in Eugene Lee’s highly credible notion of an octogenarian’s cluttered study, Oupa’s first words as he goes about locating those books are “Where are my eyes?” He’s merely looking for his glasses, but with that query Fugard deftly lets us know the play will be about seeing.

And it is, because not too long after Oupa finds the spectacles and reads several passages in them, young grandson Boba (either Aidan McMillan or Dermot McMillan) arrives for what is apparently a standard visit during which an impromptu and loving tutorial takes place.

This lesson initially seems as if it will center on birds. Not too surprising, since a poster of bird species is tacked on the door through which Oupa came. The specific bird is the one mentioned in the title. More specifically, it’s a hummingbird that comes by Oupa’s house often, casting its shadow on that upstage wall and, as Oupa sees it, challenges him to capture that shadow. (The clever lighting designer is Michael Chybowski.)

Fugard being Fugard, the impossible act invoked turns into something bigger. It becomes Oupa’s way of introducing Boba to the intricacies of Plato’s teachings and, in particular, the famous myth of the cave. For those who’ve forgotten their Philosophy 101, that’s the tale in which people trapped in a cave looking at a wall on which shadows are thrown come to believe in the shadows’ reality, only to be baffled at first when released into the world outside the cave and confronted with the actual entities casting the shadows.

Fugard gets his biggest laugh when, finishing the story, Boba looks unimpressed and says, “Mr. Plato’s story isn’t very good.” At that, Oupa sets about explaining why it is and what it means by asking Boba questions and getting the enlightening answers from Boba that he’s looking for. What he’s doing is quickly recognized by anyone who’s ever taken a philosophy course as the Socratic method of teaching. Oupa is playing Socrates–as Socrates brought Plato’s insights to his students.

And Fugard does it with such warmth and familial regard that the notion of didactics only crosses an observer’s mind for its absence. The 82-year-old playwright isn’t finished there, however. He takes the idea of reality, illusion and the ability to see the difference even farther by making Oupa’s passion to catch the shadow into something beyond reality and illusion. He builds it into an appreciation of that uniquely human attribute, the imagination.

How he does it isn’t going to be revealed here since it involves how he ends his play. It’s sufficient to say that while The Shadow of the Hummingbird is brief enough to be considered an anecdote, its evocations–definitely as directed by Gordon Edelstein and played by the bearded Fugard and adept young friend–are a delightful example of big gifts coming in small packages.
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Playwright-director Richard Maxwell has built a reputation on approaching theater in non-tradition ways that more often than not look decidedly non-theatrical. When you’ve done things differently for 15 years, as he now has, a totally untried way to be different with a new project is to revert to the traditional.

That’s what he seems to be doing with Isolde, his latest New York City Players production at Abrons Art Center. He appears to be presenting nothing other than a play in a recognizable mode. Isolde (Tory Vazquez) is an actress first seen having trouble running lines with contractor husband Patrick (Jim Fletcher). Worried she’s lost the thesping knack, she retreats into concentrating on building a house across the lake from her current abode and engages architect Massimo (Gary Wilmes) for the assignment.

Impressed with his design (it hangs invisibly on the invisible fourth wall of Sascha van Riel’s very basic set), she falls for Massimo’s high-flown architect’s rhetoric–although Patrick remains pragmatically underwhelmed. Massimo affects her so thoroughly that she falls for him (and he for her). In no time, she’s ready to enjoy sado-masochistic sex with him.

As the months go by and no new-home ground-breaking occurs due to Massimo’s insisting he needs to know more about the couple, Patrick tries calling Massimo’s increasingly obvious bluff and enlists family friend Uncle Jerry (Brian Mendes) in his campaign.

Things come to a head when suddenly Maxwell has the four players show up in ancient garb to play out a short, tragic scene drawn from the Tristan-Isolde saga. Just as suddenly, they revert to present day and the present Isolde’s continuing trouble learning lines.

Because Maxwell has deliberately begged for comparison of the old and new Isolde plights and because this is Maxwell to begin with, a viewer may suspect there’s more to the enterprise than meets the eye. Maybe the house-building action is really the play the actress is having difficulty getting down. Maybe the boat mentioned in the play’s lines relates in some way to the lake across which Isolde and Patrick are planning their dream house. Maybe an actress playing an actress is Maxwell fooling around with the problem of deciding what’s real in life and what isn’t.

More likely, none of the above is in Maxwell’s thoughts. What certainly and baldly is is a play about an unhappy woman who falls for a man who’s hardly a Tristan figure and who turns out to be no more than the windbag her loving husband declares he is. So if with Isolde, what you see is what you get, then what you get is a mildly intriguing drama not especially enhanced either by the clichés embedded in it or the deliberately flat playing adorning it.
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‘Goonies 2’ Is Happening According To Richard Donner

Goonies never say die, and neither do sequel rumors. While discussing the state of Hollywood superhero movies with a paparazzo from TMZ, director Richard Donner let slip that he was making a sequel to “Goonies,” the 1985 adventure film produced by Steven Spielberg.

“We’re doing a sequel,” Donner said while signing autographs for some lucky fans. According to the director, discussions are ongoing with the film’s original cast, which included Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman and Sean Astin.

This isn’t the first time a “Goonies” sequel has been mentioned by Donner. Back in 2010, he told Collider that it was difficult to find a storyline for the second film, which is why he had planned to turn the beloved feature into a musical.

“I don’t think there’d be a sequel. I wouldn’t remake it. If anything it’d be something new and fresh. Hopefully we’re doing this as a musical on Broadway,” Donner said.

In 2011, Donner discussed that Broadway musical in an interview with Movieline. “We’re really trying extraordinarily hard to get it made. It’s a tough road — Broadway is another world totally — and hopefully, probably around September, we’ll be talking a lot more positively,” he said. “We have Tim Long doing the book, and it’s quite good. The process on Broadway is another world. But if we’re going there with ‘Goonies’ — which has such a great following, a great life — it has got to be the right thing. Hopefully we’ll be presenting it to you in the spring of the following year.”

Donner never did get to present the “Goonies” musical, but that didn’t stop the cast from speculating about future “Goonies” installments.

“It will happen,” Astin said in 2012 when asked about a possible “Goonies” sequel by IGN. “I’m 1000 percent certain there will be a sequel. I will bet my children on it.”

[via TMZ]
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