Richard Ashcroft, Mariah Carey and Wiley among winners at Ivors

Richard Ashcroft, The 1975, Wiley and Mariah Carey were among the winners honoured at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards.
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Books of The Times: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Richard Holbrooke

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Fashion Illustrator Richard Haines to Debut Show That Encapsulates His Still-budding Career

IT ALL LINES UP: Fashion illustrator Richard Haines is gearing up for the April 18 opening of his show at the Daniel Cooney gallery.
About 20 or so pieces will be displayed in the gallery, including the work of Antonio Lopez; Christian Bérard; Paul Cadmus, an artist from the Thirties and Forties who was known simply as “Eric,” and other illustrators who influenced Haines. That combination led to the exhibition’s name, “The History of Beauty,” which is really telling a bigger story about fashion and illustration. The end result is not only what it means to Haines, but what it was, and what it is, he said. “I moved to New York in the Seventies, thinking I was hoping to be an illustrator. It was really just a dying field so I spent most of my career designing clothes. Then I started a blog of illustration 10 years ago and it just took off. With social media, there is so much more image with everything that illustration is really relevant again,” Haines said. “If I said to someone 10 years ago, ‘I want to become a fashion illustrator,’ they would have said, ‘That’s insane. There’s no work.”’
Busy non-stop, Haines had a

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Richard E Grant: I won’t be taking home an Oscar

Richard E Grant may have won the Independent Spirit award for best supporting actor, but he is adamant he will not be taking home an Oscar.
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How should we read great literature from the past whose moral blind spots offend us?
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Richard James Opens First U.S. Store on Park Avenue

NEW YORK — It took over a quarter century — and a new majority owner from America — but Savile Row tailor Richard James has finally opened his first store in the U.S.
The 2,260-square-foot boutique on the corner of 57th Street and Park Avenue is only the third store for the London-based brand, which was founded by James and Sean Dixon 26 years ago. In March 2017, Dixon inked a deal to sell a majority stake in the business to one of its longtime customers, Charles S. Cohen, a billionaire real estate mogul based in New York. Dixon, who retains a minority interest in the company, had been searching for an investor to take the business to the next level and help it expand internationally. James no longer has any financial stake in the brand.
“This is our first American store,” said Dixon, whose title is managing director. “Our plan has always been to open in the States, and New York is the obvious choice.” He added that the company had been searching for a long time for the “right opportunity and time,” and Cohen’s investment — and the fact that he owns the retail component of the pre-war building — was

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Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

Once one of the BBC’s best known personalities, he introduced the first TV news bulletin in 1954.
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Richard Hammond and his family believe they were gassed before being burgled while on holiday in the southeast of France.
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Richard Bacon: ‘I was incredibly close to death’

TV presenter Richard Bacon says he came “incredibly close” to death after he was struck down by a mystery illness.
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Carrie Fisher and Richard E Grant will appear in the ninth instalment of the franchise.
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Sir Cliff Richard wins £210,000 damages from BBC

Sir Cliff Richard has won £210,000 in damages in a privacy battle with the BBC.
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Richard Bacon out of coma and tweets ‘I’m alive’

Richard Bacon has tweeted “I’m alive” after spending six days in a medically-induced coma.
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Richard Bacon ‘getting better’ after being placed in coma

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Richard Swift: The Black Keys and Shins musician dead at 41

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Richard Greenberg, Title Designer of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix,’ Dies at 71

Oscar-nominated title designer Richard Greenberg, who lent his artistry to classic films and franchises like “Superman,” “Alien,” and “The Matrix” died of appendicitis on June 16 his New York home. He was 71. Greenberg received multiple award nominations for his creative work throughout his career, including a visual effects Oscar-nomination in 1988 for “Predator” and […]

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Cliff Richard ‘violated and betrayed’ after police raid

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5 Women Accuse the Architect Richard Meier of Sexual Harassment

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Prince William Hands Richard James a Queen’s Honor

JAMES’ DAY: Savile Row tailor Richard James swung by Buckingham Palace on Friday to collection his Queen’s honor for services to men’s fashion. He received the OBE, or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, from Prince William, and wore the gold cross-shaped medal on the front pocket of his peacock-blue jacket.
“Prince William was delightful, and he remembered me, which was very sweet,” said James who’d visited Kensington Palace years ago to alter some suits that he’d made for the prince. He didn’t make as much fuss about his own suit. “It’s off the peg,” he said during a celebratory Champagne tea at his store on 29 Savile Row. The soggy snowstorm outside did nothing to dampen the mood inside, as James was pulled in multiple directions by friends and well-wishers.
The past 12 months have been major for James, who last year marked the brand’s 25th anniversary and sold the company to one of his clients, Charles S. Cohen, the American multibillionaire. Later this year, Cohen plans to open the first Richard James store in New York, on Park Avenue and 57th Street.
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Queen Elizabeth Attends Richard Quinn Show at London Fashion Week

THE QUEEN AT QUINN: Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at emerging designer Richard Quinn’s runway show on Tuesday afternoon as part of a visit to London Fashion Week and to present Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
She wore a duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket embellished with Swarovski crystals. It was designed by Angela Kelly, her longtime dressmaker.

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The Queen visited LFW’s Designer Showrooms to view the collections and then attended Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

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The award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be handed annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality, while demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies, according to the British Fashion Council.
Born and raised in Eltham, southeast London, Richard Quinn holds a B.A. and M.A. from Central Saint Martins. He graduated from the M.A. program in 2016, and launched his line that year.

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Richard Quinn RTW Fall 2018

The stakes were high at Richard Quinn’s fall 2018 catwalk presentation. The up-and-coming designer showed his new collection to an audience that included the Queen of England, who was there to award him the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, in recognition of his creative talent and contribution to the fashion community.
Even though he was only given a few days’ notice of the royal’s attendance, Quinn lived up to the expectations.
He maintained his focused vision, shining the spotlight on his impressive printwork and flair for standout, dramatic silhouettes.
An array of abstracted floral prints — all created in-house at the designer’s print studio in Peckham — were mashed up on loose halterneck dresses, delicately pleated chiffon skirts and oversize bomber jackets, to create a visual feast of color and pattern.
Quinn explored new territory, too, with a series of silk-satin layered pieces featuring spliced scarf prints that were paired with matching head scarves — a wink to the Queen’s style — and dramatic gowns done in metallic foil. Elsewhere, models in gigantic helmets made their way down the runway wearing tougher, biker-inspired jackets and slim pants featuring zips galore.
“I was thinking of old-school couture shows, the Muglers of the world.

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Alexandra Shulman, Richard James Named in Queen’s New Year Honors List

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Queen Elizabeth II has unveiled her annual New Year Honors list, with members from the fashion and entertainment industries set to receive royal recognition in 2018.
Alexandra Shulman; Savile Row tailor Richard James; Nicholas Wheeler, founder of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts; Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb, and The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr are among the 1,123 names on the list.
Shulman, the former British Vogue editor in chief who stepped down from her role earlier this year, will receive a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, for her services to the industry.
Shulman was the longest-serving editor of the magazine, working at the publication for 25 years. She was given an OBE, or Order of the British Empire honor, 13 years ago.
James will be awarded an Order of the British Empire, or OBE, for his contribution to fashion. He celebrated the label’s 25th anniversary this year. The brand, which was sold last year to Charles S. Cohen, will in February open its first U.S. stand-alone store on Park Avenue in New York.
Wheeler, who launched a multichannel retail business specializing in men’s shirting and apparel, will receive an Order of the British Empire for his service to retail.
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Richard Hammond: My leg is shorter after crash

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The King, Richard Petty goes 1-on-1 with NASCAR.com to talk about his biggest achievements at NASCAR's highest level.

Richard Petty — the original NASCAR seven-time champion and all-time Cup Series wins leader — is celebrating his 80th birthday on Sunday.



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Deirdre Quinn, Richard Richman Honored by Foundation Fighting Blindness

“It’s not always the case that causes and organizations that we champion and support carry a direct affect in our own lives, but this honor does carry a special meaning.”
That was Deirdre Quinn, founder and chief executive officer of the Lafayette 148 brand, after she received the Visionary Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, at a benefit for the organization at The Plaza in Manhattan on Tuesday evening. Richard Richman, the chairman and founder of The Richman Group, considered the seventh largest apartment complex owner in the U.S., also received the foundation’s Visionary Award.
“I have an uncle who is blind,” Quinn told the crowd of 260, who raised roughly $ 425,000 for the foundation. “I visit him frequently. We sit at the window and I ask him, ‘Can you see the trees?’ And he tells me he can see the shadows.
“It’s just incredible to think about how difficult it is for people with blindness. It’s such an honor to be here and such an honor to be part of a wonderful organization.”
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Richard Ford On His New Memoir And The Challenge Of Writing About The South

The preteens and teenagers in Richard Ford’s fiction are captivated ― if perplexed ― by their parents’ choices. A 15-year-old drifts around in search of his twin after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank. An even younger boy witnesses a domestic spat just before his mother flees from his life.

Like his protagonists, Ford is taken with the task of understanding his parents. His most recent book, Between Them, is not a fictional exploration of that particular family dynamic, but a pair of memoirs, one dedicated to his father, who died when Ford was 16, and one to his mother.

“Hardly an hour goes by on any day that I do not think something about my father,” he writes of Parker Ford, a hardworking traveling salesman forced to stay still after a major heart attack. Of his mother, Edna Akin, he writes, “The act of considering my mother’s life is an act of love.” 

Of the pair and his relationship with them: “Our parents intimately link us, closeted as we are in our own lives, to a thing we’re not, forging a joined separateness and a useful mystery, so that even together with them we are also alone.”

This sort of matter-of-fact observation is what Ford has come to be known for, and accounts for his categorization as a writer of “dirty realism,” alongside Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff and Cormac McCarthy. The style lends itself well to memoiristic writing, where analysis of one’s own life runs the risk of slipping into sentimentality. That’s not the case for Ford; by describing the details of his parents’ lives, and describing what he failed to ever learn about them, he gracefully pays them tribute.

Below, the author discusses the challenges of memoir-writing and his own Southern upbringing:

Is this your story, your parent’s story, or something of both?

Their story. It’s their story. It’s not my story at all. I mean, I get to tell it because I’m the only one who knows it. I’m the only person left alive who knew my parents. And so it’s inescapable if I want to testify to their experience that I be the person who tells it. I wasn’t obsessively trying to keep myself out of it, but I never imagined it as being my story, or that their importance as two people owed itself to me in any way.

How did the writing process differ for you, between writing fiction and writing these short memoirs?

Well, it was sort of a sensate difference, in that it seems starker to write about my parents because it all depended on the factual rudiments of their lives. So it seemed a little grainier, whereas writing fiction for me, which I’ve done for most of my life, has kind of a plushness to it, as if underneath the surface there’s a volume. And with any kind of nonfiction writing that depends on facts entirely, there is not that plushness. Even when I was provisionally commenting on things that [my parents] did ― supposing this or supposing that ― it still seemed fastened to the mast of the book’s factual underpinning.

You’ve talked about writing and word choice as a mode of discovery ― the meaning of a sentence may change based on a desired tone or sound. How did this function for you when writing about true things rather than made-up ones?

That’s a good question, because you still do ― one still does ― write a sentence, and you come to a point at which you need a verb, or you need even an adjective. In a piece of fiction, you can choose a word without any investment in its content. Only an investment in its effect, or where it might lead the sentence. With a piece of nonfiction you still have a choice. But you have to say about the word and its use, “Is this accurate?” Accuracy is not a phenomenon in writing fiction in the same way that it is a phenomenon in writing memoir or writing nonfiction.

There are some kinds of accuracies in fiction that obtain. If you’re writing about Great Falls, Montana, you can’t say the Missouri River runs south there. There is that sort of geographical accuracy, but even that can be subject to all kinds of fantastical whims. But still, I think, that the Missouri River runs north there is kind of inescapable.

I remember one time I wrote a story for The New Yorker, and I put the address of the YWCA, and let’s say that I said that the YWCA was at 613 2nd Street NW. And the fact checker for The New Yorker called me and said, you know, the YWCA is actually at 132 2nd Street S, and I said, “That’s fine, but it doesn’t have enough syllables.” And they said, “Well, no, this is where it is.” I said, “No, just go away.”

I was raised by two people, and they each had a view of things and a view of me, and I had a view of them which was not always consonant. I felt like if I tried to make everything completely add up, it would renounce something true about the book.
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These two memoirs have some redundancies and also some contradictions. Why did you choose to include them?

I was raised by two people, and they each had a view of things and a view of me, and I had a view of them which was not always consonant. I felt like if I tried to make everything completely add up, it would renounce something true about the book.

Books are written by human beings. I knew that I was leaving some things inconsistent, and I was willing to do that for the sake of a certain kind of accuracy. But also, I wasn’t there. I was there after 1944, but I wasn’t there before that.

Entire paragraphs of this book are composed of strings of questions, without answers. Why did you choose to do this?

Regarding my father, since his absence was predominant in my life, it was to try to penetrate those absences, rather than just saying, “I don’t know,” which wouldn’t make much of a story. I thought that the questioning strategy for the narrator ― me ― was in and of itself interesting.

It reminds me of some of your stories.

And in Canada also. I think it’s just something that ― in the end of “Rock Springs,” when the narrator says, “Would you think he was anybody like you?” you want to give that question over to the reader in an almost conversational way.

I do it because there are certain stories in my past, that I didn’t write, but Frank O’Connor did, that seem to me to be touching and alluring, because they represent, in their first-person interrogative style, a certain kind of human impulse to understand what is otherwise not understandable. There’s a way, when you answer the questions that you pose, of gaining dominion over your life, and demonstrating that dominion. I guess that’s why.

How has your Southern upbringing influenced your approach to writing?

Well, I grew up down the street from Eudora Welty. I started off with the assumption that one could be a writer. You could be from where I was from and be a writer. It was something that was supported in the community.

I think also, because I grew up in a racist society, in which we were constantly being told that what wasn’t true was true, that I had a natural and have a natural skepticism about what I receive, and what I’m told. And that causes me to try to provide explanations for things that I don’t believe, and that’s a way in which fiction can operate. Fiction can be a kind of imaginative explanation of something, when the discrepancy between apparent fact and truth is too wide to believe.

Fiction can be a kind of imaginative explanation of something, when the discrepancy between apparent fact and truth is too wide to believe.
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Even though you’re from the South, you tend to set your stories elsewhere.

Well, because everybody had written about everything I knew before I got there, and had done it better than I was going to be able to do it. If I had just let myself become a writer of the South, about Southern topics, for Southern readers, I wasn’t ever going to be a great writer, and that’s what I wanted to be. And I still do. And I had to be able to have a subject over which I was the world’s greatest expert. I was not going to be the world’s greatest expert about the South. First of all, I didn’t like the South very much, and second of all, I liked the literature that I knew about the South immoderately. Faulkner, Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy. I thought that stuff was just great. Why did there need to be another one of them, which was all I was going to be able to be?

How has your parents’ life on the road impacted you as a writer?

I know in the book I call them transients. And in a sense they were people who didn’t, until I was born, stay in one place very long. And so I’m on a constant quest for some new experience that I could come to know and maybe use. I just never have been comfortable feeling, “This is my home and, by god, I have to stay here.”

And my parents ― my parents were both in their own way fleeing certain circumstances that obviously didn’t make them very happy. Without being miserable and malcontents, and they weren’t because they found each other at a very early age and immediately started making each other wildly happy. So when I think about where I reside, I think I reside wherever my wife is.

Do you think you’ll write more memoirs in the future, or are you more likely to return to fiction for now?

I don’t think I have anything else to write in a memoiristic way. I’ve written a few essays that are kind of memoiristic. My agent, who was very taken by the character of my grandfather really would like me to write a book about him, but I don’t know what I would write. He was a force of nature sort of guy, and did as best he could to ― he was a rakish guy, a real-chaser-after women.

And I’m certainly not going to write any autobiographies. As close as this memoir comes to autobiography, that’s close enough for me.

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Richard Simmons Sues National Enquirer Over Reports He Transitioned

Richard Simmons is suing the National Enquirer, Radar Online and American Media, Inc. for their “cruel” coverage of false claims.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court and accuses the defendants of libel and invasion of privacy-false light, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publications allegedly used Mauro Oliveira ― a former assistant who has apparently stalked, harassed and blackmailed Simmons ― as their source for stories about the “real reason he disappeared” between June 2016 and March 2017.

The Enquirer and Radar Online claimed Simmons underwent gender confirmation surgery, which his rep called a “complete fabrication,” in a series of “cruel and malicious” articles. 

“The National Enquirer and Radar Online have cheaply and crassly commercialized and sensationalized an issue that ought to be treated with respect and sensitivity,” the suit says. “Principles of freedom of speech and press may protect their prerogative to mock and degrade the LGBTQ community. But freedom to speak is not freedom to defame. Mr. Simmons, like every person in this nation, has a legal right to insist that he not be portrayed as someone he is not. Even the most ardent supporter of sexual autonomy and LGBTQ rights is entitled to be portrayed in a manner that is truthful.”

People magazine spoke with AMI about the filing. 

“We stand by our reporting about him, all of which was based on solid sourcing and material evidence,” the company responded. “Should he choose to proceed with his lawsuit, we will defend it vigorously, and we look forward to the public vindication of our reports.”

Simmons stepped out of the spotlight back in 2014, which has led to much speculation about his absence, an LAPD drop-by and even a podcast titled “Missing Richard Simmons.” In April, the exercise guru released his first public statement in three years, insisting he was never “missing” and that he had been dealing with some health concerns. 

“This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it,” he said. “We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it’s just bigger than we are.”

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Before He Disappeared, Richard Simmons Was A Beacon Of Hope To Thousands Of Fans

Upon hearing the name “Richard Simmons,” you’re likely reminded of a handful of things: the hair, the outfits, the dancing.

Yet none of these associations ― these bits of iconography connected to Simmons and his exercise legacy ― speak to the multifaceted and goodhearted person Simmons truly is.

Dan Taberski’s podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, is attempting to change that.

“Missing Richard Simmons” launched earlier this month, asking viewers a simple question: What happened to Richard Simmons? The exercise sensation has seemingly fallen off the face of the earth in the last few years, abandoning his workout classes, devotees and, most unfortunately, his friends. The public intrigue behind this question, percolating for the past three years, has driven the podcast to the top of iTunes’ charts.

Taberski, as he explains in the podcast, was friendly with Simmons ― he regularly attended his Los Angeles classes and has, on occasion, visited Simmons’ home. After a bit of digging, Taberski found that potentially thousands of others had established similar relationships.

In short, Simmons was this bubbly, friendly guy who would prolong going to the hospital for an injury just to take a photo with a fan. He’d make daily calls to someone he’d met one time, who lived across the country, just to check in on them. He’d drive elderly fans to classes when they couldn’t make the trip at night.

So, how does someone who gives the world so much goodness decide to make a complete 180 and disappear? I talked to Taberski on the phone about his endeavor to find Simmons and what drove him to embark on this podcast.

“I think there’s a lot of answers to that,” Taberski explained. “I am extremely worried. I am concerned. I do think something’s going on. I don’t know what it is. I don’t mean to get grim here ― I’m hoping everything’s great. I’m hoping at the end of this process Richard and I reconnect and get to talk and he gets to go live the life he wants. I hope the hundreds of people who loved him and are his friends and don’t understand what’s going on, that they get an answer too. I hope that’s what happens.”

He took a pause before elaborating further.

“There are countless stories of celebrities who just want to be left alone,” he added, “and people have thought there’s something wrong [when there’s not]. But then there are others where you hear about the horrible ending that they’ve had. I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen to him … He’s not just retired. He’s not just taking time off. He’s not still working behind the scenes to continue the work he’s been doing for the past 40 years. That’s all been abandoned and [his management and publicist] are not acknowledging that. There’s something scary about this that I think is worth pursuing.”

The thing about Simmons that Taberski kept coming back to in our discussion was his empathy. Simmons had seemingly boundless amounts of it. According to Taberski, Simmons would wake up at 4 a.m., spending his morning calling up to 50 people a day who “were isolated, alone and lived in the middle of nowhere.” They might have been experiencing problems with their weight, health, self-esteem or levels of happiness. Simmons would listen to their stories and “give to them just empathy ― for free!”

“He did that for a decade,” Taberski said. “He helped thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people with that empathy.”

One can imagine how much effort it takes to be present for so many individuals; how much energy it must take to forge those bonds. In light of this, I asked Taberski if he felt that Richard owed us (the podcast listeners, his friends, etc.) his presence now.

“We’re not owed anything. Straight up,” Taberski replied. “Richard Simmons owes us nothing … I have a feeling that Richard Simmons is isolated and alone and needs some empathy. I think, and how I see this project, this is a chance for us to return that favor. Sometimes, that requires being a little pushy, but sometimes the best friends are the pushy ones. It comes from love. And I hope he sees it that way.”

Taberski explained that Simmons’ intense relationships with people are what help make the podcast so much deeper than just finding out what he’s been up to.

“This isn’t just Richard Simmons’ story,” he said. “This isn’t a story about a celebrity and the fans who miss him. This is also about people who know him and miss him. This is their story, too.”

Taberski said that just as Simmons gave so much to these people, they gave something to him in return. And the general concern for Richard is one that stems from “sheer love, respect and confusion.”

“There’s not a vindictiveness, no one’s like, ‘That asshole!’ It comes from a complicated place, but it comes from a place where people really feel for him and want him to be OK,” Taberski said. “I just want to understand. I feel like what I’m doing is what I hope I’d do for any friend. If they’re doing something weird, you push it a little bit to make sure they’re OK. I envy his ability to connect with people … I really think he’s a superhero in that sense. It astounds me how giving he is to other beings.”

According to Taberski, the podcast is currently planning to roll out only six episodes, despite his ability to talk about Simmons “until he turns blue.” And he wants everyone to know that his plea to Simmons at the end of each episode to reach out and get in touch with him is genuine.

“There’s no secret like, ‘We know how it ends!’ and we’re just playing coy. This is an open investigation. And ‘investigation’ sounds so serious. But this is an open-ended project,” he said. “I want this to create enough of a ripple that it moves Richard to respond. Just a phone call or something. I’m trying to get his attention. That’s the end goal right now. We don’t know how it ends.”

When I asked Taberski if he’s hoping for a Richard Simmons renaissance at the end of all of this, he said that no, he wasn’t. Instead, he’s hoping for Richard to find peace.

“I don’t feel like [Richard] has it now,” he concluded. “I don’t feel like anyone who knows him has it now. It’s a sinking feeling that I’m just not quite willing to put aside yet.”

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(Unlocking the Masters). The life and music of Richard Strauss (1864-1949) span what was arguably the most turbulent period in human history, encompassing the Franco-Prussian War, the unification of Germany, and two world wars. He was one of the very last composers to have started his career in service to the old European aristocracy, but near the end of his life, the continent lay in shambles, and he faced financial ruin even as he remained Germany’s greatest living composer. Virtually from the day they were written, Strauss’s tone poems from the late nineteenth century works such as Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Also Sprach Zarathustra, and Death and Transfiguration have been repertory standards. So have the operas Salome, Elektra, and Der Rosenkavalier. And yet a tremendous quantity of very good music, both early and late, has only recently come to the attention of musicians and music lovers alike. This “owner’s manual,” accompanied by a full-length CD, surveys all the major works with orchestra: symphonies, concertos, tone poems, operas, ballets, suites, and songs. Many of them will be new even to listeners familiar with the popular pieces, part of a vast legacy of immaculately crafted, beautiful music that deserves to be rediscovered and treasured.

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Major-General Sir Richard Hannay, KCB, OBE, DSO, Legion of Honour, is a fictional character created by Scottish novelist John Buchan. In his autobiography, Memory Hold-the-Door, Buchan suggests that the character is based, in part, on Edmund Ironside, from Edinburgh, a spy during the Second Boer War. Hannay appears as a major character in five novels, all of which are included here: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) Greenmantle (1916) Mr Standfast (1919) The Three Hostages (1924) The Island of Sheep (1936) We are also including the two books in which he appears as a minor character: The Courts of the Morning (1929) Sick Heart River (1940) If you enjoy this ebook, don’t forget to search your favorite ebook store for “Wildside Press Megapack” to see more of the 200+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction – and much, much more!

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Richard Ginori has appointed Giovanni Giunchedi chief executive officer. He reports to Jean-Francois Palus, Kering Group managing director, and succeeds Karlheinz Hofer, who joined the company last April.
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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.
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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.”

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

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

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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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Searching for Richard Pryor

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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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