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'Corruption' - Je Suis Charlie

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 22, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Corruption

By: Dominic Richardson

 

The ANIMATOR: journalist and artist in technicolor costume (similar to Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy)

PAPERBOY: her son, dressed in jester costume (like a miniature version of Edward Scissorhands with an unusual and surprising speech pattern

CAPTAIN RHETORIC: lawyer dressed in dark suit and cape (similar in personality to Robin Williams’ Theodore Roosevelt)

SETTING: A colorful underground lair. PAPERBOY sits in the stage right chair at the circular breakfast table. CAPTAIN RHETORIC sits blindfolded with hands tied behind his back to the stage left chair. ANIMATOR stands at the head of the table reaching left to remove the blindfold.

ANIMATOR

How does it feel to see the world for the first time today?

(No response.)

Oh, c’mon. Tell me, I’m dying to know.

(No response.)

Don’t be alarmed by the colors here. You should be impressed. Look at the walls. Do you know how many different shades of paint I have to mix to create these colors? Lots. You won’t find colors like this anywhere else in the world.

PAPERBOY

Mother, I want to eat. It’s been a long morning. The first delivery. Five o’clock a.m. Dark outside. There were people, Mother. Grownups. With big square signs with sticks attached to them. Scary. They were marching in circles and chanting “Jesus Christ Jesus Christ wore no crown of DY-NA-MITE.”

ANIMATOR

Do you hear that, Captain? The world above ground is as colorful as it is down here thanks to my Underground Newspaper. They need me to bring color…

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Visual Art by RC deWinter

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 25, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

RC deWinter creates art in a variety of categories, ranging from digital photography to poetry. The artist constructs pieces for interior design in addition to works on canvas and film. In the photograph, L'élégance du Fruits Faux,deWinter uses digital techniques to draw emphasis to the contents of still art through the use of shading and texture to depict crystallization. Poems entitled Imprecation and WomanRoots were recently published in Pink Panther Magazine; the artist’s writing appears in numerous outlets in print and digital form including The New York Times and UNO A Poetry Anthology. Several of her art pieces were licensed by ABC as set decoration for soap opera Desperate Housewives; others appear in theatres, museums and galleries.

Commission RC deWinter

View artist’s page on Redbubble. Observe more creations and contact the artist…

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To think I almost gave up

Posted by Craig W. Chase on February 24, 2015 at 2:48am 1 Comment

Rewind back to 2010, I was alone. I had lost everything. I'm not going into major details, but lets just say that any divorce can be messy. I had no job, the bank was coming to repo my red Chevy Cobalt 2dr sport, I had lost my house, left a lot of things behind in another state, and was living back in my old bedroom at my parents house that seemed no bigger than a somewhat wealthy person's bathroom. It's small, trust me.

As some may know from first hand experience, depression can be hard, at the time I wasn't sure how I was going to make it. I remember I drank a lot, I mean A LOT. I can remember getting into some drunken argument with my dad and walking all the way to the convenience store in broad daylight that was about 2 miles away, then walking back home holding a fresh pack of cigarettes. Probably lucky I didn't get a public intox charge that day. I had to make a choice. Either keep feeling sorry for myself, hurting myself, or do what I had to do to get back on my feet. My kids needed me to get strong again. I needed to love myself again.

This is about the time where my creativity had saved me. I started getting back into writing and art. I actually wrote a book called "Seekers of the Jelile Scrolls". I think at the time, it gave me something to keep my mind off of some of the crazy stuff that was going on in my life. This is the turning point of things. You see, me becoming an artist was but wasn't an accident. I had always loved drawing. I would actually get into trouble several occasions when I was young for doodling.

As I wrote the book, I got towards the end drafting the final chapter. I began to think how I was going to make the cover. I always heard books are judged by their covers. I ended up making the cover with a free program that I still use today. I started working on a second follow up novel, but the more I wrote, the more I wanted to draw. It's like an itch that you need to…

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Humanity in the Art of Lupita Fernandez Soberon

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 23, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

The art of Lupita Fernandez Soberon has a spiritual and physical connection with the artist-who derives inspiration from real life experiences and cultural expression. Creations exhibit numerous visual styles and explore concepts of self perception, role in society and spirituality. The artist draws creative emphasis through depicting figures examining moments in which humans connect with others, nature and God; works depict the universality in the path toward enlightenment.

The artist demonstrates expressionism and intricate detail in each piece; figures are given an personal identity that reflects momentary beliefs toward philosophical ideas within individuals, families and communities. Soberon tells collective stories-showing audiences what's on their hearts and minds-through the aligning of visual expressions with various forms of symmetrical design.

In the above portrait Soberon explores the ideology behind the composition of the human body. On the surface it appears to be a realistic portrayal of a figure; however, the artist uses a clever device to make the audience see how there is a supernatural force behind human creation by expressing a missing body part as a puzzle piece. The figure's expression and visual device symbolizes a creator behind all human composition, who intentionally puts…

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Researchers Examine Lost Shakespeare Play

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 11, 2015 at 12:10pm 0 Comments



The most influential writer in literary history, William Shakespeare, has been the subject of much debate for centuries. From critics examining biographical facts to questioning the author’s true identity, the subject of authorship remains a popular research topic concerning Shakespeare’s revered literary cannon.

New research from academics at the University of Texas ‘strongly’ suggests Shakespeare collaborated with John Fletcher to produce an original manuscript entitled Cardenio, which English playwright Lewis Theobald later adapted into the 18th-century stage play Double Falshood; or, The Distrest Lovers.

In multiple writings, Theobald discloses his script was based on three unnamed, lost works by Shakespeare.

The academic team published findings in the journal Psychological Science; authors Ryan Boyd and James Pennebaker used computer algorithms to sort linguistic patterns within the play for comparative analysis with Shakespeare’s literary works.

“Honestly, I was surprised to see such a strong signal for Shakespeare showing through in the results,” Boyd expressed. “Going into the research without any real background knowledge, I had just kind of assumed that it was going to be a pretty cut and dry case of a fake Shakespeare play, which would have been really interesting in and of itself.”

While textual analysis found linguistic and thematic commonalities- results remain inconclusive. Critics assert the potential of revisions to Theobald’s play as an unknown variable, which could suggest other editor’s revisions contributing to Double Falsehood appearing more Shakespearian over…

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'Furious 7' Movie Review

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 4, 2015 at 4:30am 0 Comments



Like the previous installments of the franchise, Furious 7 moves from scene to scene with tenacity, seamlessly transiting between interpersonal character interactions and energetic live-action. The production’s primary emphasis involves bringing a stunning visual experience to audiences through its unique cinematography.



Since the debut of the original movie in 2001, The Fast and Furious has evolved into a global phenomenon. After the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious, Universal Pictures recruited director Justin Lin to produce an independent spin-off with stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker-entitled Furious: Tokyo Drift. However, Lin handed the reins to James Wan for production on Furious 7. Despite the change in direction, the film showcases the high-flying action sequences that made the predecessors box office hits.



The new film takes storytelling in a different direction. The fifth and sixth films featured extensive plotlines for the ensemble cast; the latest primarily focuses on Dominic Toretto’s journey to protect his ‘family’ and rekindle lost love.

Fans of the franchise wondered how the production team would finish the project due to the tragic death of Paul Walker. Wan and writer Chris Morgan depicted the actor’s exit from the franchise in compelling fashion, with both entertainment value and extraordinary class; they created an extremely moving tribute throughout the film-particularly before the ending credits.

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana…

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'My Feelings Matter'

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 16, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

 



 

 

 

My Feelings Matter

By: Dominic Richardson

An adaptation of ‘When Should You Tell? Dealing with Abuse’

 

 

 

 

  

Character List:

 

Narrator: Mason as a high school student

Mason: student in middle school

Coach/Mason’s Dad: baseball coach/ Mason’s dad

Mrs. Bright: Director of the Child Safety Program

Kevin: kid in educational video

 

 

 

 

My Feelings Matter

(Lights up on a young man sitting on a stool in front of a video camera.)

Narrator:

Hi, my name is Mason. And this is my story. A story about feelings. Do you pay attention to your feelings? It’s easy when you feel happy. Like when you get a new bike or pair of shoes. Of course, everyone loves those kinds of feelings. But sometimes there are scary feelings. Scary feelings that hurt people. Once I had a scary feeling and someone made me promise not to tell anyone. Keeping it a secret made me feel bad. I didn’t know what to do.

(Lights up on Mason in a baseball uniform practicing with Coach)

Narrator:

It all started when Coach came over to play catch. Coach came over every week to help me get ready for the season, and we had a lot of fun. But one day things were different.…

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Netflix Confirms 'House of Cards' Season 4

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 3, 2015 at 12:08pm 0 Comments


Groundbreaking original series “House of Cards” will return for a fourth season, according to Netflix.

After receiving nine nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013, “House of Cards” became the first original online-only web television series to obtain major notoriety from leading associations in the entertainment industry.

Actors and members of the production team have since collected three Primetime Emmys, two Golden Globes, as well as honors from Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild.

The political drama, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will return with all-new episodes in 2016; production will begin this summer.

Disney to make Live-Action 'Mulan'

Posted by Dominic Richardson on March 31, 2015 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Transferring popular animated films into live-action versions has become a new strategy for Disney over the last few years. With the box office successes of “Alice and Wonderland” and “Cinderella”, as well as the buzz around the upcoming release of “Beauty and the Beast”, the company plans to add 1998’s “Mulan” to the growing list of new adaptations.

Screenwriters Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek developed the script based on the original, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The animated version of “Mulan” earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” has a release date of March 17, 2017; the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Audra McDonald. Tim Burton has signed on to direct a live-action version of “Dumbo” based on a screenplay penned by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Brothers Grimm).

Lionsgate and Comic-Con to Release Video Streaming Service

Posted by Dominic Richardson on April 9, 2015 at 9:23pm 0 Comments


As the number of mobile users continue to increase each year, more studios are choosing to develop video streaming technology as a way of connecting today's audiences with pop culture.

The latest partnership between Lionsgate and Comic-Con International will introduce a new video streaming service into the market by the end of the year.

According to Los Angeles Times, the companies were holding discussion on the deal for approximately two years, and plan to distribute a subscription-based final product.

The online channel is set to feature video content from Comic-Con's archives and select works from Lionsgate and partner studios.

The companies seek to leverage the growing popularity of Comic-Con's annual convention, which drew more than 130,000 attendees to San Diego last year, showcasing popular upcoming television and film releases in addition to the latest comics.

Movies

Could The Walking Dead Get A Movie? Here's What Andrew Lincoln Says


The Walking Dead is certainly one of the more popular shows currently showing on cable, having built a huge fanbase since its debut on AMC back in 2010. But could that success be transferred to the big screen? If it were up to series star Andrew Lincoln, he would jump at the opportunity in a heartbeat. Inquirer recently had the chance to sit down with the actor - who plays group leader and former sheriff Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead - and it was during this chat that Lincoln discussed how enthusiastic he would be to see the acclaimed zombie ...
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Rush Hour And Face Off Come Together In Ridiculous Spoof Starring P. Diddy


Have you ever imagined a mishmash of Rush Hour and Face/Off that is held together by the cinematic glue that is P. Diddy? I'm going to guess no. But that hasn't stopped the good people over at Funny Or Die from creating a film that combines that devilish trifecta. And it makes for one of the most confusing fake trailers of all time. P. Diddy and Byung-Hun Lee are right: why exactly do they need to change faces? Ah, well – even though it's preposterous, contrived and doesn't make a jot of sense, I for one would still pay good ...
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Has Found A New Shredder


The Shredder has been the main adversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for decades, and it was no different in their 2014 film. Although William Fichtner's Eric Sacks was originally reported to be the film's Shredder, viewers soon discovered that it was another individual who held the identity. Tohoru Masamune played the villain in the reboot, but when the Turtles and their supporting cast return in 2016's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, a new actor will be wearing the gigantic metal samurai armor. Variety is reporting that actor Brian Tee will succeed Masamune as Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. Tee ...
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Vanilla Ice Reminds Us Adam Sandler's Western Isn't Supposed To Be Dances With Wolves


The recent furor over Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6, which resulted in a group of Native American quitting his movie, is obviously a sensitive issue. But there's no need to worry anymore, because Vanilla Ice has joined the debate, and insisted that the film isn't meant to be taken seriously - before then pulling poor old Kevin Costner into this entire fiasco. TMZ recently stopped Vanilla Ice, who is one of Adam Sandler's co-stars in the western, and questioned him about the recent issues with the comedy's production that have already threatened to eclipse the film. Ice was asked if the ...
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Independence Day 2 Adds It Follows Star As The Female Lead, Get The Details


Thanks to her performances in the acclaimed horror films The Guest and It Follows, Maika Monroe has found herself on Hollywood's radar in a big way... so it was only a matter of time before a big upcoming blockbuster recruited her. Lo and behold, we now have the official news that the up-and-coming actress has landed the lead female role in Roland Emmerich's upcoming Independence Day 2. The official announcement was actually made by Emmerich himself, who is currently in pre-production on the movie and Tweeted out this special message this afternoon: I have another addition to announce. The beautiful & talented ...
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Art

Nepali Architectural Treasures Destroyed In Earthquake

nepali architecture Some of the country’s most important – and beloved – buildings sustained terrible damage (and a few were relatively lucky under the circumstances). Here are some of the badly-affected sites, with before and after photos.

Ai Weiwei’s In Alcatraz (Well, His Art Is, At Least)

ai-weiwei-show-alcatraz The trickster artist and Chinese dissident is actually imprisoned in his house in Beijing – so who better for a show at the island prison? “To a site often flattened into a caricature as the onetime home of mobster Al Capone, Ai has layered on a contemporary meditation on political imprisonment, freedom of speech and […]

Can L.A.’s Small Theaters Afford To Pay Their Actors Better? Can They Afford Not To?

la theaters Charles McNulty: “Producers have built flourishing shoestring operations on the backs of virtually unpaid actors. If the majority of performers aren’t complaining, why should their union interfere? … That’s not the way I see it. I believe that the union is concerned about the future of Los Angeles theater, recognizing that institutional growth over the […]

Detroit Symphony Staffers Help Bring Sacramento Philharmonic Back From The Dead

sacramento phil logo “After a year in the dark, the Sacramento Philharmonic has announced an aggressive return to performing, with a seven-concert season for 2015-16. The return of the 18-year-old orchestra to the concert stage has been largely engineered by a consultancy team composed mostly of staffers from the Detroit Symphony.”

Sitting In On UPenn’s Notorious ‘Wasting Time On The Internet’ Seminar

seminar “There’s something wonderful about this dogged insistence on having nothing whatsoever to show for your time in class, especially given the cultural rage for productivity. … But: With the approval of the UPenn English Department, Goldsmith’s crafted a creative writing course that fails to generate any writing, one that to some extent paints basic college […]

Music

Watch Michael Strahan Join Bell Biv DeVoe on "Poison" in 'Lip Sync Battle' Preview (Video)


The 'Live!' co-host will face off against the 'Today' show's Hoda Kotb in this week's episode.

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Cher Backing Son Chaz Bono's Former Bandmate for Political Office


The singer recently hosted a fundraiser for West Hollywood City Council candidate Heidi Shink.

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In "Slants" Case, Appeals Court Will Reconsider Opinion on "Disparaging" Trademarks


The Federal Circuit chose to wipe out an opinion issued last week regarding an Asian-American band.

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Webby Awards: Netflix, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Funny or Die and Vice Media Among Winners


'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' stars Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess were also honored along with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Tinder.

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Originals

Love Won't Wait - ACT I

Love Won’t Wait

By Dominic Richardson

Miss Wells – exited to host and see her sons on Thanksgiving (had Meryl Streep in mind when writing dialogue)

Lola  - maid newly hired by…

DreamWorks' 'Home' - Movie Review

‘Home’ tells the story of the Boov-who narrowly escape the clutches of the evil Gorg- as they abandon their planet in pursuit of Earth. The plot centers on Oh, who does not fit in and always makes a comedy of errors. Upon arrival, the…

Portable Stage Will Suit for You

The Smart Stage is RK's portable stage authority. We are here to help you to choose the right stage system for your needs and budget. 
There are a lot of stage choice out there and our staging experts are here to educate you about the best choice available to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for portable stages, mobile stages, folding stage. With wheels, modular stages, aluminum stages, height-adjustable…

E. Marie Roper: Art, Patriotism and 2008 Inauguration

'Patriotism is Blind' captures the excitement surrounding the presidential election in 2008. The setting depicts a time in which many expressed ideas concerning the future of the country-people were socially active and filled with patriotism.…

 
 
 

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