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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 ...


 

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