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  • King Lear - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010

    One of the first important distinctions to be made about this version of King Lear is that it is not the same version directed by Peter Brook in 1971. Brook was responsible for the staging of this 1953 version, but it was Andrew McCullough who put it to film. Orson Welles portrays the titular character, one of the most memorable and important characters from the Shakespearean canon. The story begins with the famous request Lear makes of his daughters: to express how much they love him. In exchange, Lear will divide his land and power amongst them based on the extent of their answers. Cordelia (Natasha Parry), the youngest and the one whom Lear loves the most, answers very modestly -- yet honestly --and incurs the wrath of Lear, who not only withholds his gift to her, but banishes her as well. Lear divides his lands and power between the two older daughters, Goneril (Beatrice Straight) and Regan (Margaret Phillips), who intend to take swift and complete control of their father's power almost instantaneously. Lear is reduced to an angry, bitter man who realizes too late what has happened. After a series of indignities are inflicted upon him by his daughters, he retreats into a storm, vowing revenge. This film is an above-average adaptation with a very capable cast and a well-staged presentation. The subplot of Gloucester and his sons has been removed, however, presumably in interests of time conservation, but it doesn't seriously hinder the story. ~ Ryan Shriver, All Movie Guide
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    Roundup: Palm Springs hails Meryl Streep as an Icon

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Dec 19, 2013

    Also: Variety's Directors to Watch, and who's out to get Lana del Rey?
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    Music Power Rankings: Who comes out on top - U2, Eminem or Lady GaGa?

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Jul 23, 2010

    They all have a great week, but they aren't the only ones
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    Roundup: Schoonmaker's NSFW moments in editing 'Wolf of Wall Street'

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

    Also: Inside the LAFCA vote, and Hollywood's most overpaid actors
  • LeVar Burton’s 'Reading Rainbow' campaign easily beats its $1 million goal in 1 day

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    LeVar Burton’s 'Reading Rainbow' campaign easily beats its $1 million goal A female contestant is making “Jeopardy!” history, but is getting scant media attention “The Goldbergs” creator: MTV doesn’t want us to celebrate its ‘80s past
  • Paula Deen breaks down on 'Today': 'I is What I Is'

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013

    Paula Deen breaks down on "Today": "I is What I Is", "Veronica Mars" movie adds Ken Marino and Martin Starr, "Laverne & Shirley" reuniting on Nick's "Sam & Cat", "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" appears to be canceled
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    10 stories you might have missed: Chris Pine's follow up to 'Star Trek' is in trouble edition

    Type: Gallery | Date: Friday, Jul 3, 2009

    First it was Brad Pitt's "Moneyball," which Columbia Pictures put the brakes ...
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    3 things you didn't know about Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios

    Type: Article | Date: Friday, Apr 4, 2014

    A fascinating look behind the scenes at Marvel Studios
  • How 'Game of Thrones' achieved that gruesome special effects shot

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Jun 2, 2014

    How 'Game of Thrones' achieved that gruesome special effects shot Yvonne Strahovski: “Chuck” was cartoonish compared to “24” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead” and “Pretty Little Liars” were Twitter’s top 3 TV shows last season
  • Study: 'Girls' only shows nudity 3% of the time

    Type: Post | Date: Sunday, Jan 12, 2014

    Study: 'Girls' only shows nudity 3% of the time Happy 60th birthday, Howard Stern! The Weather Channel claims a public safety crisis will result if it's pulled from DirecTV