entertainment http://wnpr.org en Inspired by Ancient Sculpture and Creation Myths, Pilobolus's "On The Nature of Things" http://wnpr.org/post/inspired-ancient-sculpture-and-creation-myths-piloboluss-nature-things <p>Emerging from the shadows carrying a lifeless naked body, a primal-like figure takes a deliberate path in slow procession to center stage. When he finally arrives at the pool of white light, he lays down the load onto a jet-black pedestal, an altar of some kind; and this, his offering to someone, somewhere.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:16:36 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 25686 at http://wnpr.org Inspired by Ancient Sculpture and Creation Myths, Pilobolus's "On The Nature of Things" At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight http://wnpr.org/post/monty-python-reunion-show-circus-makes-one-last-flight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlBUglE6Hc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Rich Preston 25593 at http://wnpr.org At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' http://wnpr.org/post/television-critics-give-big-awards-breaking-bad-orange-new-black The Television Critics Association is a funny animal. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:30:49 +0000 Linda Holmes 25580 at http://wnpr.org Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate http://wnpr.org/post/superheroes-go-mainstream-comic-cons-get-corporate Darren Tompkins attended his first comic convention (or comic con) in Roanoke, Va., back in the mid-1980s. At the time, these gatherings were only for die-hard comic fans — people who might invest in a Batman or Joker costume to wear once a year.<p>"Really, it was just a small ballroom filled with cardboard boxes," Tompkins says. "I mean, there weren't any actors or famous people or panels or anything. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:18:00 +0000 editor 25574 at http://wnpr.org As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate The Nose Ran Off The Tracks http://wnpr.org/post/nose-ran-tracks <p> We've never done this before but last night the three Nose panelists and I gathered at my house so we could all watch <em><a href="http://guardianlv.com/2014/07/snowpiercer-chris-evans-in-korean-science-fiction-thriller-reviewtrailer/">Snowpiercer</a></em>, a sci-fi summer action movie with a brain. <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowpiercer">Snowpiercer</a></em> is a meditation on leadership, climate change and socioeconomic inequality and it manages to tackle all of those topics without skimping on the bloody axe fights. It's based on a French graphic novel and it stars the actor who played Captain America in two movies and we're going to spend a lot of time today in that universe.</p><p>What with the <a href="http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/archie-death-riverdale-comic-book-spinoffs/">death of Archie</a> and the news that the new movie <a href="http://newsone.com/3039326/captain-america-black-man/"><em>Captain America</em> will have a black actor</a> and the new <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/07/18/on-the-new-female-thor-and-the-black-captain-america/">Thor will be a woman</a>. Also, on our topic list will be the viral audio of a guy trying to cancel his cable subscription against spirited resistance from a comcast rep on the other end.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:29:47 +0000 Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 25521 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Ran Off The Tracks After Thor, Marvel Announces Big Change To Captain America http://wnpr.org/post/after-thor-marvel-announces-big-change-captain-america Sam Wilson will carry Captain America's shield.<p>It's the second <a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/16/22895/its_time_for_an_all-new_captain_america">major announcement from comics publisher Marvel</a>, which also said this week that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/15/331728029/odins-beard-marvel-announces-a-new-thor-and-shes-a-woman">the new Thor will be female</a>.<p>Sam Wilson, as you might (or might not) know, is the Falcon, one of Captain America's major allies. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:42:43 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 25454 at http://wnpr.org After Thor, Marvel Announces Big Change To Captain America Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman http://wnpr.org/post/odins-beard-marvel-announces-new-thor-and-shes-woman The Mighty Thor, the Son of Odin, the God of Thunder, the comic book god with the hammer is a woman.<p>Not quite — but here's the tweet announcing the new Thor:<p>"No longer is the classic Thunder God able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, and a brand new female hero will emerge worthy of the name THOR," <a href="http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/7/15/22875/marvel_proudly_presents_thor#ixzz37YlzQMLp">Marvel said in a statement</a>.<p>The new Thor will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman.<p>"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:06:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 25329 at http://wnpr.org Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations http://wnpr.org/post/hbo-and-game-thrones-haul-most-emmy-nominations Cable network HBO has received 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, running its streak as the network with the most Emmy nods to 14 years. HBO's <em>Game of Thrones</em> got 19 nominations, one ahead of the FX miniseries <em>Fargo</em>.<p>NPR's Neda Ulaby reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"HBO also got nominated for its movie <em>The Normal Heart</em>, for its drama <em>True Detective</em> and, in a surprise, for its comedy <em>Silicon Valley</em>.<p>"Other winners included Netflix, with 31 nominations. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:56:11 +0000 Bill Chappell 25061 at http://wnpr.org HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations The Rosenthals Bring Their Bluegrass Fusion to the Elm City http://wnpr.org/post/rosenthals-bring-their-bluegrass-fusion-elm-city <p>Roots-music master Phil Rosenthal and his son, jazz trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal, gave a unique concert on Wednesday night in New Haven.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:10:43 +0000 Ray Hardman 25009 at http://wnpr.org The Rosenthals Bring Their Bluegrass Fusion to the Elm City Curtain Up: “Gypsy” Opens at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre http://wnpr.org/post/curtain-gypsy-opens-connecticut-repertory-theatre <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony and Emmy award-winning actress <a href="http://www.leslieuggams.com/" target="_blank">Leslie&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.leslieuggams.com/" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Uggams</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;stars as Rose in a production of "Gypsy" opening Thursday night at the <a href="http://crt.uconn.edu/" target="_blank">Connecticut Repertory&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://crt.uconn.edu/" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Theatre</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the professional producing arm of the drama department at the University of Connecticut.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Diane Orson 24996 at http://wnpr.org Curtain Up: “Gypsy” Opens at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre The Art of Fireworks Displays http://wnpr.org/post/art-fireworks-displays <p>Wet weather in the forecast prompted some Connecticut towns to postpone their fireworks displays. Among them is the town of Westport, which moved its event to July 7.</p><p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 09:48:22 +0000 Diane Orson 24699 at http://wnpr.org The Art of Fireworks Displays Fun Things to Do This Summer http://wnpr.org/post/fun-things-do-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our region has exploded with fun things to see and do, from new happenings to traditional events. Feed your mind and body by checking out the </span><a href="http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/site/default.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut Tourism Guide</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Your local newspaper will have lots of activities listed. And so will the wall at your local supermarket, library and post office. &nbsp;Get out and enjoy; it will your vacation state of mind.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:06:27 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 24510 at http://wnpr.org Fun Things to Do This Summer Teens Savor Hartford Comic Con, "a Divine Experience" http://wnpr.org/post/teens-savor-hartford-comic-con-divine-experience <p>Students from the <a href="http://jma.hartfordschools.org/">Journalism and Media Academy&nbsp;Magnet School</a> Satellite Campus at the <a href="http://www.cpbn.org/program/learning-lab-test">CPBN&nbsp;Learning Lab</a> in Hartford had a chance to visit <a href="http://hartfordcomiccon.com/" target="_blank">Comic Con in the capital city</a> recently. One described it as a "divine experience."</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:00:53 +0000 Heather Brandon 24399 at http://wnpr.org Teens Savor Hartford Comic Con, "a Divine Experience" Listen: My Job is to Make People Cry http://wnpr.org/post/listen-my-job-make-people-cry <p>Have you wondered what work is like for the producer of a reality television show? Rebecca Hertz, based in Los Angeles, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/naked-afraid-and-mercy-producers-0" target="_blank">has worked on a number of shows, and to hear her describe it</a>, sometimes the job is pretty harrowing.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:54:36 +0000 Heather Brandon & Patrick Skahill 24391 at http://wnpr.org Listen: My Job is to Make People Cry The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long? http://wnpr.org/post/elusive-dave-chappelle-re-emerges-how-long Just before Dave Chappelle took the stage Monday as part of a sold-out series of shows at Radio City Music Hall, a song featuring a loop of LL Cool J's famous opening line from "Mama Said Knock You Out" blasted over the sound system.<p><em>Don't call it a comeback!</em><p>You could take it as a suggestion that Chappelle had never really gone anywhere. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:11:15 +0000 Gene Demby 24397 at http://wnpr.org The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long? The Evolution of Game Shows http://wnpr.org/post/evolution-game-shows <p>What's become of game shows in America? Since their television debut in 1938 we've seen everything from microwave ovens to million dollar payouts awarded to lucky contestants. Now, in a television culture increasingly captivated by reality T.V., we see traditional game shows being crowded out by reality competition shows at an alarming rate. What will become of the time-honored genre? Are we witnessing the end of an era or will a new generation of Trebeks and Sajaks emerge to save the day? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:56:22 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Chion Wolf & Colin McEnroe & Josh Nilaya 24324 at http://wnpr.org The Evolution of Game Shows Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series http://wnpr.org/post/texas-politics-be-lone-star-new-hbo-series Between Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Wendy Davis, Texas politicians in recent years have lived up to their state's reputation for producing larger-than-life characters.<p>That makes the Texas political scene a natural for the Hollywood treatment.<p>HBO has given <em>God Save Texas,</em> a drama about the state's often raucous political culture, the green light for development. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Gregory Barber 23730 at http://wnpr.org Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series Listen to a Beatboxer Explain How He Jams With the Hartford Symphony Orchestra http://wnpr.org/post/listen-beatboxer-explain-how-he-jams-hartford-symphony-orchestra <p>Beatboxer Shodekeh has&nbsp;the skills to improvise along with a symphony. How does he do it?</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:15:43 +0000 Heather Brandon & Patrick Skahill 23583 at http://wnpr.org Listen to a Beatboxer Explain How He Jams With the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Hartford Stage Closes 50th Anniversary Season with 2013 Tony Award Winner http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-stage-closes-50th-anniversary-season-2013-tony-award-winner <p>You might say Hartford Stage has Tony fever. Not only did the musical "A Gentlemen's Guide To Love and Murder," which was developed and produced by Hartford Stage, win big at last Sunday's Tony Awards, but also the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">2013 Tony winner for best play is currently running at the theater.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:26:44 +0000 Ray Hardman 23526 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Stage Closes 50th Anniversary Season with 2013 Tony Award Winner Multi-Media Spectacle Inside Stony Creek Quarry http://wnpr.org/post/multi-media-spectacle-inside-stony-creek-quarry <p>A multi-media spectacle of light, music, theater and dance begins performances next week inside the Stony Creek quarry along Connecticut’s shoreline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:49:57 +0000 Diane Orson 23503 at http://wnpr.org Multi-Media Spectacle Inside Stony Creek Quarry An Epic, Multimedia Outdoor Spectacle: Terra Tractus 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/epic-multimedia-outdoor-spectacle-terra-tractus-2014 <p>An epic meditation, multimedia outdoor spectacle with lasers, dance, drums, music, sculpture, water, fire, science, technology, climbers, shadows, and projections:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Witness the geological, climatic anthropological history of the Stony Creek Quarry as it evolves through ancient history to our projected future.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 23291 at http://wnpr.org An Epic, Multimedia Outdoor Spectacle: Terra Tractus 2014 Jerry Adler and Richard Kline Let The Sunshine In http://wnpr.org/post/jerry-adler-and-richard-kline-let-sunshine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Klein and Jerry Adler are veteran actors and directors on stage, television, and film. You might know Klein as Dallas on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Three's Company</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Adler as "</span>Hesh<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Sopranos</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. On this show, they'll visit the </span>WNPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> studios to tell their stories, and reminisce with Colin about his years as Ed the Handyman on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Charles In Charge</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>That's not true, Colin wasn't in <em>Charles In Charge</em>, but we'll explore the nuances of theater acting, the history of their time on television, and get a sneak peek at their latest work together, <a href="http://crt.uconn.edu/shows/the-sunshine-boys/" target="_blank">"The Sunshine Boys" at the Jorgensen Theater at UConn.</a></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23061 at http://wnpr.org Jerry Adler and Richard Kline Let The Sunshine In The Connecticut Ghostbusters Inspect WNPR http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-ghostbusters-inspect-wnpr <p>Before Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/geek-chic-how-comic-con-became-pop-culture-phenomenon" target="_blank"><em>Colin McEnroe Show</em> on Comic Con culture</a>, we invited our guests, the Connecticut Ghostbusters John Kantor and Eric Gunther, to take a tour of the 6th floor offices at Connecticut Public Broadcasting.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:41:18 +0000 Chion Wolf 22668 at http://wnpr.org The Connecticut Ghostbusters Inspect WNPR ESPN Opens New Digital Center In Bristol http://wnpr.org/post/espn-opens-new-digital-center-bristol <p>Sports media giant ESPN has opened its new digital media center on its Bristol campus.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:17:43 +0000 Harriet Jones 22179 at http://wnpr.org ESPN Opens New Digital Center In Bristol Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again' http://wnpr.org/post/louis-ck-his-louie-hiatus-i-wanted-show-feel-new-again Louis C.K. is now commonly acknowledged as one of the greatest comics of his generation. His celebrated FX series, <em>Louie,</em> started its fourth season a couple weeks ago, after a 19-month hiatus.<p>Louis C.K. created, writes, directs and stars in the series as a standup comic named Louie, who, like Louis C.K., is the divorced father of two young girls and shares custody with their mother. Last year, Louis C.K. also had prominent roles in two films: Woody Allen's <em>Blue Jasmine</em> and David O. Russell's <em>American Hustle</em>.<p>Louis C.K. Mon, 19 May 2014 19:19:00 +0000 editor 22120 at http://wnpr.org Louis C.K. On His 'Louie' Hiatus: 'I Wanted The Show To Feel New Again' This Fall, TV Looks Much More Diverse: Now Don't Screw It Up http://wnpr.org/post/fall-tv-looks-much-more-diverse-now-dont-screw-it For those of us who have spent time arguing for increased ethnic and cultural diversity on television, the last seven days have felt like a fantasy fever dream.<p>This week, the big broadcast networks announced their schedules for the 2014-15 TV season during the industry's "upfront" presentations to advertisers. And there are 10 new series featuring non-white characters and/or show creators – numbers we haven't seen since the days when everybody was trying to clone <em>The Cosby Show</em>.<p>But don't think this change is about altruism or fairness. Fri, 16 May 2014 18:05:26 +0000 Eric Deggans 21971 at http://wnpr.org This Fall, TV Looks Much More Diverse: Now Don't Screw It Up Goodspeed's Fan Friendly "Damn Yankees" http://wnpr.org/post/goodspeeds-fan-friendly-damn-yankees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You could make the case that America’s obsession with sports really took hold thanks to baseball in the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. When Broadway producer/director/writer George Abbott turned to "Damn Yankees"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">as his next musical in 1955, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.</span></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:18:58 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 21703 at http://wnpr.org Goodspeed's Fan Friendly "Damn Yankees" Shakespeare Theater in Stratford Looking For New Management http://wnpr.org/post/shakespeare-theater-stratford-looking-new-management <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">If you want to manage a once-popular theater that has hosted stars like Katharine Hepburn and James Earl Jones, the town of Stratford wants to hear from you.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:58:14 +0000 Alan Yu 21577 at http://wnpr.org Shakespeare Theater in Stratford Looking For New Management NPR's Eric Deggans on the Changing Face of Television http://wnpr.org/post/nprs-eric-deggans-changing-face-television <p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:34:28 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 21684 at http://wnpr.org NPR's Eric Deggans on the Changing Face of Television Breaking Things Up: 'Senior Black Correspondent' Gets Colbert Slot http://wnpr.org/post/senior-black-correspondent-named-successor-colbert It's not often the gods of TV hand you almost exactly what you ask for.<p>So it's time to praise Comedy Central for trying something different in late night, handing Stephen Colbert's time slot to the guy who plays <em>The Daily Show</em>'s "senior black correspondent," Larry Wilmore.<p>Not only did they break up the long line of white guy hosts in late night TV with this hire, they did it with a show that seems likely to talk a lot about race, gender and social issues. Sat, 10 May 2014 14:43:51 +0000 Eric Deggans 21615 at http://wnpr.org Breaking Things Up: 'Senior Black Correspondent' Gets Colbert Slot