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11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Jan. 18-24

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ In this dark comedy set in 1934 Ireland the town is abuzz when a Hollywood film crew arrives to shoot a documentary and is impressed when the local outcast lands a role… or does he? When:  8 p.m Friday, Jan. 18, Saturday, Jan. 19, Tuesday, Jan. 22, Wednesday, Jan. 23 and other dates through March 11. Where: Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale. Tickets: $15-$35. Information: 818-506-1983, antaeus.org. ‘Rod Serling’s ...
Tags: Hollywood, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ireland, Agatha Christie, Michael, Southern California, Rod Serling, Carl Perkins, Fontana, San Bernardino County, Osage County, Nile River, Waltons


Amazon Prime Video February 2019 Movie and TV Titles Announced

Amazon Prime Video February 2019 movie and TV titles announced We have a list of new Amazon February titles coming to Amazon Prime Video next month, which you can check out below! February brings seven Prime Original series and two Prime Original movies exclusively available for Prime members to stream or download at no additional cost to their membership. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefr...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, UK, TV, Hollywood, Texas, London, Movies, Abc, John Oliver, Disney, Amazon Prime, Marseille, Arizona, Shanghai, Showtime


CS Interview: Paul Wernick on Wayne, Clue & State of the Deadpool Union

BEGIN SLIDESHOW CS Interview: Paul Wernick on Wayne, Clue & State of the Deadpool Union YouTube Originals just premiered all ten episodes of their action comedy series Wayne, and ComingSoon.net got to chat with one of the show’s producers, Deadpool writer Paul Wernick about the show, the new Pirates of the Caribbean film, the remake of Clue that he’s writing, and the current state of the Deadpool union. Check out the interview below! RELATED: Wayne Trailer for New YouTube Series From Dea...
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Today in History for January 12th

Highlights of Today in History: Congress authorizes military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait; Soviet forces begin large offensive against Nazi Germany; First woman elected to U.S. Senate; Writer Agatha Christie dies; 'All in the Family' debuts on CBS.            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, Germany, Iraq, Ap, Cbs, Agatha Christie, Kuwait


The Books That Samuel Beckett Read and Really Liked (1941-1956)

Samuel Beckett, Pic, 1" by Roger Pic. Via Wikimedia Commons Clad in a black turtleneck and with a shock of white hair, Samuel Beckett was a gaunt, gloomy high priest of modernism. After the 1955 premiere of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot (watch him stage a performance here), Kenneth Tynan quipped, ''It has no plot, no climax, no denouement; no beginning, no middle and no end.'' From there, Beckett’s work only got more austere, bleak and despairing. His 1969 play Breath, for instance,...
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‘State Like Sleep’ Star Michael Shannon Discusses Christopher Walken, Working With Rian Johnson on ‘Knives Out,’ and the 2018 Movie Everyone Should See

Michael Shannon is one of those actors that constantly reminds us there’s no such thing as small parts. No matter the size of the role, his presence will leave an impression, with his sole scene in Loving being one example. Every second matters when Shannon is on screen. The actor, who was last seen on AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl, now stars in Meredith Danluck‘s feature directorial debut, State Like Sleep, an intimate neo-noir with dreamlike sequences. Katherine Waterston plays a photographer...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Interviews, Amc, Thriller, Christopher-Walken, Meredith, Edward, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Katherine, Shannon, Rian, Katherine-Waterston, Ramin Bahrani


10 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Jan. 11-17

LOS ANGELES COUNTY  ‘Linda Vista’ Tracy Letts (“August Osage County”) penned this tragicomic tale of a divorced 50-year-old and his search for sex and/or love. When: Through Feb. 17. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. (No 2:30 performance Saturday, Jan. 12) Where: Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Tickets: $30-$105 (subject to change) Information: 213-628-2772 ‘Wicked’ The mega-popular musical that tells the backstory of “The Wizard of Oz”...
Tags: America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Robert Louis Stevenson, Agatha Christie, Michael, Southern California, San Bernardino, Osage County, Redlands, Waltons, Treme, Bellflower, Grand Ave Los Angeles, Alfred Uhry


'The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle' Is a Stellar Mystery Yarn

None The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is Stuart Turton's debut novel, but one wouldn't know it's a debut, as it's incredibly polished and self-assured, and an utterly delightful yarn. When you learn that Turton is primarily a travel journalist, the ease and flow of the narrative make that much more sense. We open with an unnamed protagonist who has been shorn of his memories, stumbling in the woods around the mouldering English estate Blackheath sometime in the early 20th century, danger ...
Tags: Music, Review, Book Review, Aiden, Paris, Mystery, Agatha Christie, Turton, Hercule Poirot, Blackheath, Sourcebooks, Hardcastle, Stuart Turton, EVELYN HARDCASTLE, The 7 12 deaths of evelyn hardcastle


Scott Baker Wallace, avid collector of Agatha Christie

Scott Baker Wallace, devoted collector of Agatha Christie books and objects Meet Scott Baker Wallace from Victoria in Australia. Scott is a devoted collector of Agatha Christie books and also other objects associated with her detective stories. In our latest podcast, Scott describes his adventures in collecting and the places he’s visited along the way. Christie wrote 66 novels, 14 short stories and the world’s longest running stage play. More than a billion copies of her books have b...
Tags: Books, Australia, Uncategorized, Victoria, Agatha Christie, Christie, Scott, Scott Baker Wallace


Appointment with Death

I was a big fan of Peter Ustinov’s Poirot, and I’m a bit surprised that I didn’t really remember much about this movie — I’m assuming I saw it though. It’s about what you’d expect from these Agatha Christie adaptations, which is to say that they’re not terrific, but are still quite enjoyable to watch. The setting here is nice (Palestine), and it’s got quite the cast (including Carrie Fisher), but the one thing that marred the film for me is the awful soundtrack — it’s unfortunately very 80s, wh...
Tags: Travel, Movies, 1988, Carrie Fisher, Agatha Christie, Peter Ustinov, Poirot, Debaser, Appointment With Death


Original radio star Dame June Whitfield dies aged 93

Dame June Whitfield, who started her broadcasting career in the 1950s on the radio, has died at the age of 93. June’s first break was a lead role in the radio comedy Take It From Here from 1953, but she quickly moved to television and will be remembered for her roles in Happy Ever After in the 70s and Terry and June in the 80s. Dame June also played a regular character in Last of the Summer Wine and Edina Monsoon’s mother in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. On the radio in recent years, June p...
Tags: People, Radio, Rip, Terry, Agatha Christie, Bbc Radio 4, BBC Radio, Rutherford, Margaret Rutherford, DBE, June Whitfield, Edina Monsoon, Dame June Whitfield, Andy Merriman


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 28-Jan. 4

    New Year’s Eve revelers rang in 2018 in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)     There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Rose Parade Floats Decorating Viewing Days: Watch floats being decorated with bark, flowers, fruit, grasses, seeds and vegetables: 11 a.m.-5 p....
Tags: Events, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Comedy, Museum, Music, New Year's Eve, Rose Parade, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


The ABC Murders gets mixed views ahead of finale 

While the BBC's tradition of airing an Agatha Christie drama over Christmas is a...
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‘The ABC Murders’ Trailer: John Malkovich is Hercule Poirot in the Agatha Christie Murder Mystery Series

Kenneth Branagh brought Agatha Christie’s iconic detective Hercule Poirot to life on the big screen again in a new adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express last year, and he had an eye towards creating an Agatha Christie universe. But in 2019, another Agatha Christie adaptation puts John Malkovich in the detective’s shoes, this time for a series based on the classic novel The ABC Murders, and the first trailer has just arrived. Watch The ABC Murders trailer below. The ABC Murders Trailer ...
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Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 21-28

      MUSYCA Children’s Choir, located in the San Fernando Valley, in 2017 at the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration: Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman and actor Brian White host ...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Christmas, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, New Year's Eve, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Lionsgate Lands Rian Johnson’s Crime Drama Knives Out

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Lionsgate lands Rian Johnson’s crime drama Knives Out Lionsgate will be partnering with MRC to distribute Rian Johnson’s (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) crime drama Knives Out, Deadline has confirmed. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standAloneSizeMapping = googletag.sizeMappi...
Tags: Movies, Lionsgate, Danny Boyle, Johnson, Peter Jackson, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Mrc, ComingSoon, Movie News, Media Rights Capital, Raul Castillo, Joe Drake, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween


Does Becoming A More Expert Reader Increase Pleasure Of Reading?

Does one kind of literature afford a more refined pleasure than another kind? Can we compare the pleasure induced by Virginia Woolf with, say, that induced by Agatha Christie? Is “Casey at the Bat” potentially less (more) enjoyable than Keats’s “Ode to Autumn”? Is the pleasure of reading Henry James similar to that of reading George Eliot? At what point does a story’s eloquence or lack of it begin to affect people in the same way? – American Scholar
Tags: Art, Words, Agatha Christie, Henry James, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Keats, Winter 2018


December's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month: The Art of Misdiagnosis by Gayle Brandeis As Good as Gone by Larry Watson Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine by Kevin Wilson A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie Countdown City by Ben Winters The Clocks by Agatha Christie The Flaneur by Edmund White Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell Hard Times by Studs Terkel Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami The Iliad: A New Translati...
Tags: Music, England, Berlin, David, Stevie Nicks, Agatha Christie, Locust, Lucy, Lagos, Kevin Wilson, Kurt Vonnegut, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Ben, Kevin Mitnick, Larry Brown, Randall Munroe


Things to do in Harrogate to Relax and Recharge

  When I first started looking for things to do in Harrogate, it was out of a dull sense of duty: I had to go there for work. But then I uncovered a world of intrigue, relaxation and reinvention in this pretty Yorkshire town. Introducing Harrogate Harrogate hit the headlines in the 19th century with its strong subterranean sulphur springs and attracted everyone from Agatha Christie on the run to the Tsars of Russia a mere fortnight before their assassination. Today, the wealth of the era shin...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, London, Russia, Unesco, Britain, Italy, Yorkshire, Bristol, Victoria, Leeds, Channel Four, Agatha Christie, Waterloo, Harrogate


‘Doctor Who’ Delivers Throwbacks With a Timely Edge in ‘Kerblam!’

Doctor Who may very well travel in time and space, what with the shocking timeliness of its latest episode, “Kerblam!” The seventh episode of season 11 delivers a sharp critique of Amazon while tossing in several fun nods to David Tennant and Matt Smith’s eras, in a story that itself plays like a spirited throwback to Doctor Who of yesteryear. An Amazon Coincidence Season 11 has been experiencing some growing pains, through no fault of Jodie Whittaker, who remains an effervescent constant...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, New York City, Doctor Who, Sci-fi, Features, Graham, David Tennant, Khan, Bbc America, Agatha Christie, Matt Smith, Russell T Davies, Mack, Ryan, Northern Virginia


Knives Out Adds Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson and Raul Castillo

Knives Out adds Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson and Raul Castillo Deadline reports that Rian Johnson’s ensemble detective mystery Knives Out has just expanded its already star-studded cast with the additions of Another Period‘s Riki Lindhome, Vice Principals‘ Edi Patterson and Seven Seconds‘ Raúl Castillo. RELATED: Christopher Plummer in Talks to Join Rian Johnson’s Knives Out Johnson’s upcoming feature has already amassed an impressive cast including Daniel Craig (Spectre), Chris Evans (Ave...
Tags: Movies, Danny Boyle, Johnson, Peter Jackson, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, ComingSoon, Movie News, Riki Lindhome, Media Rights Capital, Raul Castillo, Edi Patterson, Knives Out, Looper Craig


The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen About Unfortunate Inheritances

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we’re thankful we don’t have wealthy relatives as we take a look at movies about the untimely deaths that come before and after inheritances!) Inheritances are something I’ll never have to actually deal with, sadly, but I still love seeing them used on plot set-ups in movies. They’re a great way to bring disparate characters together ...
Tags: Movies, Scotland, Spain, Features, John, Francisco Franco, Sherlock, Agatha Christie, Arnold, Bombay, James Wan, Castle Freak, Jamie Farr, Featured Stories Sidebar, Phil Hartman, The Best Movies You Haven't Seen


Books of The Times: Sinister Doings at a Luxury Spa? Must Be a New Liane Moriarty Novel

In a setup that calls to mind Agatha Christie, the title characters of “Nine Perfect Strangers” convene at a remote resort with a rather severe proprietress.
Tags: News, The Times, Agatha Christie, Moriarty, Books and Literature, Liane, Nine Perfect Strangers (Book


‘Knives Out’ Still Adding Great Cast Members, Like Christopher Plummer

Oh, you thought Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out was done casting? Think again! The already stacked cast of Johnson’s mystery thriller just added yet another noteworthy name: Christopher Plummer. Like most of the roles in the film, next to nothing is known about who Plummer is playing. But the veteran actor joins a cast that includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Ana de Armas. More on the Knives Out cast below. The Ho...
Tags: Movies, Casting, Daniel-Craig, Kevin Spacey, Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Ridley Scott, Jamie Lee Curtis, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Hercule Poirot, Branagh, Orient Express, Spacey, Dolores Claiborne


Christopher Plummer in Talks to Join Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

Christopher Plummer in talks to join Rian Johnson’s Knives Out According to The Hollywood Reporter, veteran actor Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, Waterloo, The Insider) is currently in talks to join in the star-studded cast of Rian Johnson’s forthcoming murder mystery Knives Out. Production began on the film last week. Plummer is a multi-awarded veteran actor best known for portraying the role of Captain von Trapp in the 1965 musical film The Sound of Music opposite Julie Andrews. He a...
Tags: Movies, Danny Boyle, Johnson, Peter Jackson, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Julie Andrews, Golden Globe, Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Plummer, Plummer, Von Trapp, Don Johnson, ComingSoon, Movie News


Production Updates: Cameras Roll on Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ as Toni Collete Joins Cast; ‘Call of Duty’ Could Film Next Year

Here’s some quick news regarding two very different productions. While taking a break from a galaxy far, far away, Rian Johnson is making the star-studded mystery movie Knives Out. Shooting has just begun on the film, as evident from a tweet from Johnson himself. And that’s not all! Hereditary‘s Toni Collette has just joined the cast. On the opposite end of the spectrum, word comes that the Call of Duty movie, adapted from the video game series, might start production as soon as 2019 (which isn...
Tags: Movies, Casting, Call Of Duty, Daniel Craig, Johnson, Tom Hardy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Craig, Video Game, Christie, Chris Pine, Collette, Fitzgerald, Toni-Collette


Rian Johnson’s All-Star Mystery Knives Out Begins Shooting

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Rian Johnson’s all-star mystery Knives Out begins shooting Rian Johnson has confirmed on Twitter that his upcoming murder mystery Knives Out has begun shooting. Check out the first production photo in the gallery below! The site Wicked Local reports that the film is shooting in the Boston suburb of Maynard, Massachusetts under the fake title “Morning Bell.” According to the article the production transformed the former site of Gruber Bros. Furniture Store into a laundromat...
Tags: Movies, Boston, Johnson, Peter Jackson, Chris Evans, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Movie News, Media Rights Capital, Maynard Massachusetts, Daniel Craig Spectre, Gruber Bros Furniture Store, Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween Star Wars


Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ Cast Gets Even Better, Adds Jamie Lee Curtis

Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out cast was already off the charts, and now it just got even better. Fresh off her blockbuster success in the new Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis is joining the mystery thriller that stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, and Ana de Armas. Let the Curtis-aissance begin! Variety has the news about Curtis joining the Knives Out cast, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Curtis has kept a mostly low profile in feature films over the last...
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Jamie Lee Curtis Signs On For Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

Jamie Lee Curtis signs on for Rian Johnson’s Knives Out Variety has brought word that Jamie Lee Curtis, who is currently marveling at the success of the latest entry in her star-making Halloween franchise, has signed on to join the all-star ensemble cast for Rian Johnson’s upcoming murder mystery Knives Out. RELATED: Knives Out Adds Don Johnson to its Already Impressive Cast Johnson’s upcoming feature has already amassed an impressive cast including Daniel Craig (Spectre) Chris Evans (Aveng...
Tags: Movies, Fox, Johnson, Kristen Bell, Peter Jackson, Ryan Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson, Michael Shannon, Veronica Mars, Curtis, Don Johnson, ComingSoon, Movie News, Media Rights Capital


Ngaio Marsh - Her Life in Crime ~ Joanne Drayton

I mentioned I'd had a birthday recently. It was one of 'those' birthdays, the one that is halfway between two big ones. I had a lovely day, spoke to all my chicks and had lovely gifts from them...birdfeeders and enough fat balls to feed the village from the Gamekeeper, a bright yellow notebook (for winter cheer) and pen holder from the Kayaker, and a parcel from Offspringette in New Zealand that included Ngaio Marsh Her Life in Crime by Joanne Drayton. I don't know about you but if someone gives...
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