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Fifteen years is an eternity in what Gore Vidal once called “the United States of Amnesia.” So why resurrect the ancient history of George W. Bush in the brave new age of Donald Trump? The answer is simple enough. Because the Trump administration is already happily recycling some of those Bush-era war crimes along ...
According to Gore Vidal, who had a hand in the film's screenplay, the crew of Ben-Hur (which I wrote about recently) nicknamed Heston “the big cornpone.” Taylor is a very different character from the kind Heston was known for. He starts out as a misanthrope, waxing philosophical in astronaut voice-over ...

The song “Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer” is from the political satire “A Visit to a Small Planet” by Gore Vidal, who originally wrote it as a TV script reflecting the Cold War. The comedy was staged in 1963 at the Carthage Junior-Senior High School a year after a bunch of local thespians got together and ...
Fifteen years is an eternity in what Gore Vidal once called “the United States of Amnesia.” So why resurrect the ancient history of George W. Bush in the brave new age of Donald Trump? The answer is simple enough: because the Trump administration is already happily recycling some of those Bush-era ...
The line between truth and deception was blurred as audiences got a glimpse of two candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960. But it's not a lie that the Dragon Theatre Company put on a sensational production of Gore Vidal's “The Best Man” Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, at the HHS ...
Gore, Spacey's biopic about the American author Gore Vidal, was cancelled by Netflix, who also had season six of House of Cards rewritten to excise Spacey's President Francis Underwood. Most dramatically, Ridley Scott removed Spacey from the film All the Money in the World, in which he played oil ...

"Best of Enemies" (2016): Gore Vidal and William Buckley duke it out in historic footage that set the stage for every other show you see on cable news. "Tower" (2017): Animation has rarely been as somberly applied as it is in this re-creation of the 1966 shootings by a sniper at the University of Texas.
Other Facts:Bachmann, a conservative Republican, worked for Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign. Has said that she switched parties while reading Gore Vidal's novel, "Burr." Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, own a mental health care practice. Through the years, the Bachmann family has helped care for 23 ...
We'll reach into the archives for parts of interviews Lee conducted with writer Gore Vidal and former Utah Poet Laureate Ken Brewer. We'll also hear a portion of a special broadcast on the history of Capitol Reef National Park. We'll talk about the history of Access Utah and the public affairs programs that ...
That was a show that the network behaved very much like a great network, they decided not to air it because the chicken dribbles said, "Nobody gives a shit what ... " I'm trying to remember the name of the Vice President. Anyway,'nobody wants to know what Ali and... Gore Vidal(!) have to say about Vietnam ...
The Best Man by Gore Vidal is set during a fictional American election in 1960. Two gifted candidates seek their party's nomination. Secretary Russell is a chilly but experienced political hack whose marriage is a sham. Senator Cantwell, a more attractive character, is an impulsive charmer married to a ...
In 1960, Gore Vidal wrote a question in the form of a play: can principle ever survive politics? It's as relevant as ever, of course. But what makes Simon Evans's terrifically performed revival fly is that it is brimful of the wit for which Gore — the man who once said “any American who is prepared to run for ...
A good old-fashioned play about good old-fashioned politics. Gore Vidal's 1960s satire is based around the Democratic convention where in reality JFK won his nomination. Each of Vidal's contenders — Martin Shaw's patrician, womanising front runner versus Jeff Fahy's angry younger slugger — has a ...
Is it possible to get too much of American politics? With Donald Trump's daily tweets invading our digital space, a new Kevin-Spacey-free House of Cards on the, well, cards, and new films set in Watergate times, it might be that few will have any appetite for this revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 play set during a ...
Is it possible to get too much of American politics? With Donald Trump's daily tweets invading our digital space, a new Kevin-Spacey-free House of Cards on the, well, cards, and new films set in Watergate times, it might be that few will have any appetite for this revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 play set during a ...
'I am not Prince Hamlet' … Martin Shaw as William Russell and Maureen Lipman as Mrs Gamadge in The Best Man by Gore Vidal. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian. It has taken Gore Vidal's highly entertaining drama about US presidential politics, premiered on Broadway in 1960, a long time ...
This time, rather than stomping and braying as he did in the Gore Vidal play, Middleton conveys rage, pain, even humor without ever rising from his chair. With just his voice and his eyes, seated at a table “reading” his life's sorrows from the pages of his brother's apocryphal screenplay, Middleton makes ...

Shaw is about to star in the West End production of Gore Vidal's political drama The Best Man, which opens at the Playhouse Theatre on March 6. The play was written 60 years ago and has never been staged in the West End. Shaw said The Best Man provided a “vicarious satisfaction” for audiences today, ...
Compared to the rest of his oeuvre, Gore Vidal's 1968 novel seems misbegotten, like racing stripes on a limousine. His reputation was built on tart criticism and erudite, patrician historical novels about Washington, D.C., not a comic romp about a transgender woman hellbent on using L.A. as a launchpad for ...
Gore Vidal , the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles , where he moved in 2003 after years of living in Ravello, Italy . He was 86.
In 1971, Gore Vidal wrote a scathing essay on Norman Mailer for The New York Review of Books. “The Patriarchalists have been conditioned to think of women as, at best, breeders of sons, at worst, objects to be poked, humiliated and killed,” Vidal wrote. “There has been from Henry Miller to Norman Mailer ...
Raquel Welch played a fiery Catalysis expert who famously spanked her co-star in the American comedy film based on Gore Vidal's 1968 novel. The 77-year-old actress didn't refrain from getting what she wanted in the film, which was a career in Hollywood and her uncle's fortune. In the movie, Raquel's ...
“Between the lines,” he said over the phone, “that was kind of homophobic.” In the grim cultural years following 9/11, the Scissor Sisters' brand of hyper-curated, cheeky exuberance could be misread as gaudy. Shears met Gore Vidal in 2012, just weeks before the icon of discourse died. “The thing he said ...
50 years ago, "Myra Breckinridge," Gore Vidal's novel about an ambitious, secretly transgender woman who moves to Hollywood, became a huge bestseller. In it, Myra observes that young men are "quite totalitarian-minded, even for Americans, and I am convinced that any attractive television personality ...
Compared to the rest of his oeuvre, Gore Vidal's 1968 novel seems misbegotten, like racing stripes on a limousine. His reputation was built on tart criticism and erudite, patrician historical novels about Washington, D.C., not a comic romp about a transgender woman hellbent on using L.A. as a launchpad for ...
"To quote an equally celebrated Los Angeles author, Gore Vidal, Rechy is 'one of the few original American writers of the last century," Turan said. Edim, the winner of the Innovator's Award, founded the book club and digital platform Well-Read Black Girl in 2015, with the goal of honoring black women ...
Maureen Lipman is to star in the West End premiere of Gore Vidal's drama, The Best Man, which opens later this month. She joins an all-star cast, which also includes Martin Shaw, Glynis Barber and Honeysuckle Weeks. The play, which is a political drama, will be staged at the Playhouse Theatre.
Gender roles were made to be subverted — Gore Vidal knew this when he wrote Myra Breckinridge, which was first published fifty years ago today. To mark that occasion, LitHub has assembled a list of fifteen books that turn gender stereotypes on their heads, exploring these issues through a variety of ...
Gore Vidal believed the essay would out-live other forms because it provided a unique platform for the voice. Still, it can never be more than a partial representation of the full personality. Smith is comfortable with this reality. It might be supposed, probably has been in fact, that social media might "like" the ...
Andersen has a penchant for literary scripts – the last show I'd seen that he directed was Gore Vidal's brittle and intriguing Cold War era period piece Visit to a Small Planet at Lakewood – and Antigone fits that bill. It's also more than a bit Brechtian, a dialectic that builds an argument and a counterargument ...
Netflix alone has cut other roles and cancelled entire shows (including a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey), while Amazon has its own trouble. This doesn't include allegations against executives, either. House of Cards is the most prominent example, however, and many will be watching to see how (and if) ...
(Photo: Emma Holland PR) The West End premiere production of Gore Vidal's iconic play The Best Man has set dates for its engagement at the Playhouse Theatre following an acclaimed U.K. tour. Previews will begin on February 24 with an opening slated for March 5. Martin Shaw and Jeff Fahey star in ...
Not only did Netflix drop Kevin Spacey from House of Cards in what perhaps was supposed to be its most important season to date in terms of bringing the story to its close, the streaming giant also canceled Spacey's Gore Vidal biopic titled Gore. Netflix disclosed its $39 million loss with the fourth-quarter ...
The company temporarily halted production of House of Cards to write out Spacey's character and decided not to release the film Gore, which starred the actor as writer Gore Vidal. Revenue rose almost a third to about $3.3bn in the fourth quarter, while profits were $186m - almost three times the figure for ...
The Best Man is a long, talky peek behind the scenes of a presidential primary in 1960 Philadelphia. If audiences attending the Compass Players' performance were voting for one of the two candidates in Gore Vidal's preachy play, rather than being entertained by them, it's likely that Matthew Cary's Joseph ...
Multi-faceted writer and Hollywood person Gore Vidal was the main draw at the 2008 Galle Literary Festival. He stayed reclusive until he had his session on the last day of the festival. The fame of his name was accompanied by the dubious fame of the fact his luggage had got lost en route to Colombo and ...
Gore Vidal was a keen observer of American politics (himself the grandson of a United States Senator and twice a candidate for higher office) with little tolerance for the system's corruption. In his 1960 play THE BEST MAN, he skewers the people and the practices that then threatened the integrity of the ...
This astonishing matriarch — who married the sexy “Black Jack” Bouvier and then the impotent Hugh Auchincloss; who impregnated herself with Hugh's sperm (using a spoon to do so, in his stepson Gore Vidal's account) and thus conceived two children — is by no means unknown, although Taraborrelli ...
Kevin Spacey stars in the title role of the Gore Vidal film with Stuhlbarg co-starring as the late writer's longtime partner, Howard Austen.
... announcing that if House of Cards continues, it will be without him. The streaming service also shelved his already completed Gore Vidal ...
Netflix also shelved a nearly completed Gore Vidal biopic in which Mr. Spacey played the lead role, one involving a relationship with a young ...
The company also scuttled its Gore Vidal biopic, with Spacey starring as the author. In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp said Spacey ...
... of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” which he had starred in, the shelving of a biopic “Gore,” starring Spacey as writer Gore Vidal and losing ...
Netflix said it had also scrapped a biopic of US writer Gore Vidal, produced by Spacey, that had completed filming and was due for release in ...
The decision affects both House of Cards and the previously reported Gore Vidal biopic. Filming for the sixth and final season of House of ...
He has two upcoming movies in post-production, “Billionaire Boys Club” and the title role in “Gore,” playing Gore Vidal, also for Netflix.
Netflix has not commented on plans for a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey that is currently in production. Also Tuesday, CBS said it is "looking ...
Gore, a Netflix film in which Spacey plays Gore Vidal, is still set for release next year. Michael Oreskes, senior vp of news and editorial director ...
The network has not commented on plans for a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey that is currently in production. The pause in production ...
Another project in the works, Gore, a Netflix original film in which Spacey plays author Gore Vidal, is still on the calendar for 2018. Netflix, which ...


 

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