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New Trailer: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ With Chri…

BRUCE FRETTS Photo Chris Pratt and friend in a scene from the trailer for the “Jurassic World” sequel. “I know why we’re here,” the dinosaur trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) tells former park manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the new trailer for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” It’s not just because the film’s 2015 predecessor grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide. As Mr. Pratt’s character explains, they are on “a rescue op to save the dinosaurs from an island that’s about to explode. What could go wrong?” To helpRead More


Creating a Lost World, From the Fossils Out

RACHEL POSER Photo A dinosaur painting by Konstantin Konstantinovich Flyorov. Credit Borrissiak Paleontological Institute RAS PALEOARTVisions of the Prehistoric PastBy Zoë LescazeIllustrated. 292 pp. Taschen. $100. In the summer of 1854, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins created the world’s first sculptures of dinosaurs for an exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace Park. On opening day, 40,000 people came to see Hawkins’s prehistoric menagerie — 33 concrete beasts arranged on grassy islands in the lake. There they were, those “terrible lizards” so familiar to us today but almost entirely unknown to Hawkins’s contemporaries. ChildrenRead More


A Theater Visionary ‘Nourished by the World’

LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES Into the Woods The Théâtre du Soleil has spent most of its 53 years on the eastern edge of Paris, in a park called the Bois de Vincennes, where its sprawling theater is in the Cartoucherie, a former munitions factory. It is a striking corner of the city, with none of the regimented elegance of central Paris. Though the landscape is planned, the woods have been allowed to grow wild, and the grass is shaggy. “In a way, it’s been difficult to keep it like this,” said Ms.Read More


In the World of Comedy, Improv May Now Be More Importan…

JASON ZINOMAN Wasson cinematically dashes from era to era, from the Broadway success of Nichols and May to the emergence of the original “Saturday Night Live” cast to the golden age of Chicago improvisation when Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were all cutting their teeth. What mars this book, however, is not its overreaching claims or narrative ambition, but its fuzzy conceptual framework. It’s like a lively scene with great jokes but no direction. Improv comedy is not merely comics making things up on the spot,Read More


New Trailer: ‘All the Money in the World,’ Now With Chr…

BRUCE FRETTS Photo Christopher Plummer in a scene from the trailer for “All the Money in the World.” It was a race against time: In 1973, the oil heir John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome, and his mother scrambled to save him before the deadline for ransom passed. It’s also been a sprint to the finish for “All the Money in the World,” planned for a Dec. 22 release. After the film had already been shot, sexual misconduct accusations were made against Kevin Spacey, and the director RidleyRead More


Making (and Seeing) Dance in the Politicized World

SIOBHAN BURKE Yet the political dimensions of dance seem especially pointed right now, at a time of heightened discussion about the privileges afforded some bodies and the risks that burden others. However overt or subliminal, intended or accidental, these dimensions rise to the surface, whereas at another time they may have rested beneath it. I wondered how choreographers were thinking about the politics of their work and if, in the year since the presidential election, their creative approaches had shifted at all. So I spoke to a few who haveRead More


Yuletide Cheer Arrives at the Wizarding World of Harry …

As the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder, that can only mean that the most wonderful time of the year is upon us. A new, magical holiday tradition has arrived in Southern California that wizards and muggles alike can enjoy. Universal Studios Hollywood transformed the Hogwarts castle into a winter wonderland in anticipation of “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Running from Nov. 24, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, the magical land just is a little bit merrier as the roofs of Hogsmeade are lined withRead More


Writers of the World, Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose b…

J. HOBERMAN Photo René Lefèvre and Nadia Sibirskaïa in Jean Renoir’s digitally restored “The Crime of Monsieur Lange.” Credit via Film Forum Perhaps the most delightful of Jean Renoir’s films, “The Crime of Monsieur Lange” is a defense of murder — on political grounds. The movie is so jaunty that it could easily be reconceived as a musical comedy, albeit one that could never have been made in Hollywood, even before the Production Code. Indeed, “Monsieur Lange,” which was released in France in 1936, would have to wait 28 yearsRead More


Frank Corsaro, Director Who Shook Up Opera World, Dies …

NEIL GENZLINGER “On the whole the production has been gimmicked too much,” Harold C. Schonberg of The New York Times wrote in his review of Mr. Corsaro’s production of “The Makropoulos Affair” at City Opera in 1970, which included sexually explicit film footage. The opera, he wrote, would have been better served “with more attention to the composer’s ideas and less to the director’s.” Mr. Corsaro, though, was happy to raise eyebrows. “It’s all an effort to break up the prevailing timid approach to opera production,” he said in anRead More