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Bond Musical

James Bond’s Newest Weapon May Be Jazz Hands

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Will the next James Bond be Idris Elba, Damien Lewis or Joel Grey? Will the next Bond girl be Léa Seydoux…or Bernadette Peters? But really. Imagine Bernadette Peters — or better yet, Carol Channing — singing Madonna’s “Die Another Day.” Such fantasies would have formerly been nonsensical (and sure, still are), but you’ll soon be able to add speculation on the casting of a musical theatre James Bond to the mix of already abundant cinematic Bond casting rumors.
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J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ — a Play Detailing the “Untold Part” of the Story

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Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.K. pub date of the first Harry Potter book. To celebrate, J.K. Rowling, who’s currently in the midst of working on the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and potentially Ezra Miller), just announced an upcoming stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will explore the “untold part” of the wizard’s young life. 
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Michael C. Hall Cast as Thomas Newton in Bowie’s ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’ Off Broadway Adaptation

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As many know, Dexter and Six Feet Under‘s Michael C. Hall is also a renowned musical theater actor, who most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Hedwig in the Angry Inch, and in the past was praised for his portrayal of the emcee in Cabaret. It’s now been announced that he’ll continue his career of uncharacteristically nuanced identity-themed musicals in the off-Broadway adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth, titled Lazarus.
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Why Are So Many Fictional Utopias as Terrifying as Dystopias?

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I’ve never been good with numbers, but it’s not hard to determine that if you combined the history of utopian and dystopian art in a single equation, your end result would be certain doom. Despite utopia’s definition as “an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect,” both are completely bleak as portrayed across the arts. Dystopias are incredibly common centerpieces in all forms of art — and they’re rarely created with an optimistic ending in mind. More often than not, a dystopian scenario involves an attempted rebellion that is quashed by the seamless evils of The System in place, asserting that uprisings are futile and that insurgents are ultimately indoctrinated or killed. When they succeed, it’s only a matter of time before they create a mirror society to that which they were fighting.
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How Shakespeare’s Heroines Evolved From One-Dimensional to Feminist

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It’s the Bard’s birthday! Some celebrate the day by inserting “thee”s and “forsooth”s into their speech, and others by gathering Shakespeare’s quips and aphorisms. But there’s another way to honor his legacy, and that is to take a look at his treatment of women, which might be very instructive to some of our more boorish and misogynist culture creators today. Shakespeare was once just like them, but he evolved into something far greater.
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