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Magic To Do

George Heymont | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new documentaries show how acting affects different types of personalities. One focuses on an unusual group of Chinese students involved in a musical theatre project in Hong Kong. The other pays tribute to one of the greatest talents (and egos) in the history of film and theatre.

These Stunning Vintage Car Photos Will Make You Feel The Wind In Your Hair

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Catania | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

"A chariot can be made that moves at an unimaginable speed without horses," the philosopher Roger Bacon predicted in the 13th century. Another six...

The Time a UFO Invaded Los Angeles: UFO Diary Recreates the Great LA Air Raid of 1942

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 04.27.2015 | Weird News
Jason Apuzzo

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of The Battle of Los Angeles, also known as The Great LA Air Raid, one of the most mysterious incidents of World War II -- and one of the most colorful tales in all of UFO lore. It's also a tale we couldn't resist turning into a movie.

Popcorn Preview: Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Leslie Sisman | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) Director: Chuck Workman Genre: Documentary (94 minutes) "A magician is just an actor."...

Howard Fineman

The War Of Glenn Beck's Worlds

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

DALLAS -– "I don't expect anybody to believe I've had a change of heart," Glenn Beck told me. "I don't know if I would." Have you had a change of...

Orson Welles's Othello

Francis Levy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Is it possible the famed death procession at the finale of Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957) was influenced by the prologue to Orson Welles's Othell...

1936, The Spanish Civil War: They Checked in at the Hotel Florida

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.22.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The Hotel Florida, like the mythical Hotel California in the song by The Eagles, is one of those places where "you can check in but you can never leave." Or so it seemed for the foreigners who used it as their home base in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.

Jodorowsky's Dune

Francis Levy | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Was Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune, "the greatest movie never made?" The South African director Richard Stanley makes that claim in Frank Pavich's documentary about the ill fated project, currently playing at Film Forum.

Rare 'Citizen Kane' Memorabilia Up For Auction

AP | TERRY TANG | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment

PHOENIX (AP) — The youngest daughter of director and writer Orson Welles is giving film buffs a chance to buy some of his personal possessions, incl...

You Can Own Orson Welles' Personal 'Citizen Kane' Script

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 02.27.2014 | Entertainment

LONDON (AP) — Orson Welles' personal draft script for "Citizen Kane" is up for sale — from the collection of an American almost as wealthy as the ...

The Return of Rex Ryan (Orson Welles Redux?)

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 02.27.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

The die is cast. Rex Ryan will remain the coach of the New York Jets. Owner Woody Johnson made the right call. After all, this was a team that traded ...

The Way We Are: A Conversation with Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Chatting with Artifact's Jared Leto, and an Angels Sing Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

When did Alan and Marilyn Bergman become such an establishment in the world of music? Find out here.

Surviving the Transition From Stage to Screen

George Heymont | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Many a play has been adapted for the silver screen. Some benefit from the ability to expand the action to more locations; others (like Jack Goes Boating) implode under the added weight.

First Person Account of 1938 Martian Invasion

Tyler Moss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tyler Moss

It's a quiet night in the small central-Illinois city of Jacksonville on October 30, 1938. Lou Lemmons, a 19-year-old-waitress at Winston's Cafe, is...

The War of the Worlds: Could It Happen Again? It Does... All the Time.

David Ropeik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
David Ropeik

It is so easy now to mock the millions who freaked out at the "War of the Worlds," the Halloween radio play 75 years ago this week about an invasion by Martian monsters.

Long-Lost Orson Welles Film Sets NY Premiere

AP | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A long-lost silent Orson Welles film making its debut in the Italian city where it was found will have its...

Orson Welles' Timeless Take on American Politics

Dan Siegel | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Dan Siegel

Orson Welles' observations on American and world politics, even 30 years later, are relevant for our times.

Lost Orson Welles Film To Finally Make Debut

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment

MILAN — A long-lost Orson Welles film that was believed destroyed in a 1970 fire has been discovered in a northern Italian warehouse and will fi...

Spike Lee to Spielberg: A-List Directors Try Kickstarter

Dan Mirvish | Posted 09.22.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Mirvish

I've argued that the rise of high-profile Kickstarter campaigns is already shifting the paradigm of how movies are funded, and that's probably a good thing. But with filmmakers getting financing directly from their fans, won't the Hollywood studios lose their raison d'etre?

Orson Welles On Dating Marilyn Monroe (NEW BOOK)

Posted 07.19.2013 | Books

My Lunches With Orson, edited by Peter Biskind ($28, Metropolitan) is a book containing transcripts of a series of lunchtime conversations between Ors...

First Nighter: Blitzstein's 1937 "Cradle Will Rock" Rocks 2013 Encores! Off-Center

David Finkle | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The cast of the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Marc Blitzstein's once highly controversial first musical The Cradle Will Rock are dressed i...

When It Comes to Redheads, Color Me Smitten

Mary Novaria | Posted 08.22.2013 | Arts
Mary Novaria

I've got paintings of redheads on my walls and seek out gifts and cards with photos and drawings of those luscious locks. So naturally, I took notice when I saw the ad on the back of an LA city bus -- a fetching, red-haired woman named Tanna Frederick was starring in a play called The Rainmaker.

The Big Showdown: Citizen Kane vs. The Godfather

Mark Juddery | Posted 09.25.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

Every 10 years, leading film critics around the world choose a list of top films. While the Top 10 changes, one thing has long remained unchanged: Citizen Kane is the greatest film ever. But The Godfather is doing some creeping of its own.

What Makes Rubens Great?

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Q: What makes Flemish painter, diplomat, and scholar Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) great? A: lots of things. Today, I'd like to compare two of his pai...

When A Composer Loves Another Composer

Daron Hagen | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Daron Hagen

Marc Blitzstein's musical DNA -- strict adherence to economy of means, a passion for combining words and music, the belief that music can promote social justice, an abhorrence of pretension -- are woven inextricably into the music I compose.