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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Lepard’s second ‘Life’

Williamston Theatre revives a holiday hit

by James Sanford
I started writing a stage version of It s a Wonderful Life, and I brought it to Tony, Lepard said. He said, This is great but we d need 18 people to play all these parts. So he went looking for another script, and that s when he found this one.
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Tuesday, November 22,2011

Too good for kids

'Muppets' and 'Hugo' prove 'family entertainment' can be fun for all ages

by James Sanford
For parents who regularly endure Justin Bieber videos and “Hannah Montana” repeats, the idea of “kid-friendly” entertainment can be hard to face. But what happens when you inject a touch of class and sophistication into a film that would seen to be designed for younger viewers? You get movies like “The Muppets” and “Hugo.” Happy holidays, everybody.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Screening room

Looking back on the career of a four-legged legend

by James Sanford
Prints of two of Rinty’s blockbusters,   "Jaws of Steel" and "Clash of the Wolves," were discovered a few years ago in the cabinet of a movie theater in South Africa. Orlean brought the 1925 "Clash" (released at the peak of the star’s career) on tour with.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

The cinematic ‘Story’

Restored Oscar-winning 1961 film screens tonight

by James Sanford
For non-singer and non-dancer Natalie Wood, making West Side Story was such a grueling experience that she almost bowed out of the production. She felt bullied by director Robert Wise. She also had qualms about her inexperienced co-star, Richard Beymer, whom she tried to have fired.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Go ’West’

Touring cast freshens up classic ’West Side Story’

by James Sanford
Translating Stephen Sondheim lyrics into Spanish sounds like an experiment destined to end in disaster. But, for the most part, the slightly revised West Side Story at Wharton Center works extremely well, even though the show ultimately clicks because of the way it honors the original material, not because of the tweaking.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way

Kevin McKillip lassos a legend in a one-man show at Stormfield Theatre

by James Sanford
(First Folio Theatre), which I m a member of in Chicago, came to me and said, We d like you to do a one-man show, McKillip said. I said, Wonderful. Can I see the script? The surprising reply: We don t have one yet. We were hoping you could write it.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Screening room

A bombed Johnny Depp bombs with moviegoers

by James Sanford
If you re Angelina Jolie, you can get the financing to direct In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, featuring such major box office magnets as Goran Kostic, Zana Marjanovic and Dolya Gavanski. (Well, perhaps they re box office magnets somewhere.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Screening Room

‘Gattaca’: Looking back at a vision of the future

by James Sanford
New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol built his career on thoughtful dramas with science-fiction elements, such as Jim Carrey’s “The Truman Show,” in which a man spends his entire life on TV (when the movie was released in 1998,...
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Tony Bennett: At 85, he's still winning over young fans

His chart-topping ‘Duets II’ CD includes teamings with Lady Gaga, John Mayer and the late Amy Winehouse

by James Sanford
“Do you have his new CD yet?” one asked her friends. “It’s so great!” another chirped. “I can’t wait to see him. Did you get tickets already?” If the face on the poster had belonged to Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber or Eminem, there wouldn’t have been anything startling about the situation.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

'I know what the hell side is'

As a teen, Patty Duke won an Oscar, had a TV series and starred on Broadway; away from the spotlight, she was battling the onset of bi-polar disorder

by James Sanford
One of the many difficulties in treating bi-polar disorder is that there is no single drug that works perfectly for everyone; it can take a lot of trial and error to determine what combination of medications works effectively for a patient.
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