Review: Tallulah

Tallulah is a fascinating character study of broken people and how they deal with their responsibilities and relationships. It features a neglected baby, a homeless woman, and a lonely writer. Continue reading “Review: Tallulah”

Watch This: Trailer for Tallulah

Tallulah, a Netflix movie, stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney in a motherhood themed story about a homeless woman and a kidnapped baby.  Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Tallulah”

Orange is the New Black: The Mentally Ill

For the first 3 seasons of Orange is the New Black, two of our favorite characters are obviously mentally ill. At the end of season 3, two more mentally ill inmates join the cast. None of these women belong in a prison. The alternative provided, called simply Psych on OITNB, is apparently worse than the prison. Spoilers ahead, beware. Continue reading “Orange is the New Black: The Mentally Ill”

Orange is the New Black’s Damning Portrait of For-Profit Prisons

There are a lot of things wrong with the United States of America. The broken justice (injustice) system is one of the worst. In season 4 of Orange is the New Black, the for-profit aspect of that brokenness is explored in damning detail. Litchfield, a minimum security women’s prison, is turned into a battlefield with corporate greed directing the battle. There are spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen all of season 4. Continue reading “Orange is the New Black’s Damning Portrait of For-Profit Prisons”

Orange is the New Black: Musings and Observations

Season 4 of Orange is the New Black is on everyone’s mind now. I’ve barely had time to watch it all. This post collects some random observations and stray musings on season 4. It is not meant to be a review of the season, but there are some spoilers.  Continue reading “Orange is the New Black: Musings and Observations”

Welcome to Litchfield: OITNB Releases First Season 4 Trailer

Orange is the New Black season begins June 17 on Netflix. There may be some crazy surprises in store.

According to information released at the Television Critics Association press tour, the new season will deal with race, politics and prison overcrowding. Continue reading “Welcome to Litchfield: OITNB Releases First Season 4 Trailer”

The Old Ain’t Dead Top 10 of 2015

Old Ain’t Dead just me, watching whatever looks good. To me. I don’t watch everything. I don’t have a “best of 2015” list because I don’t have a clue as to what most of 2015 had to offer, much less what the best of all that would be.

Yet here we are, at the end of the year, and a top 10 list is in order. So how about an Old Ain’t Dead top 10 for 2015? I present my favorites in no particular order.

I admit to being a little fast and loose with the 2015 part. Some of these things were made before 2015, but I saw them in 2015. Just go with it.

I cheated just a bit, too, because at the end I threw in a few extra mentions of things too good to ignore.

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The Wiz LIVE Announces Cast

NBC will air The Wiz LIVE! in December and the casting announcements so far have been inspiring.

Dorothy will be newcomer Shanice Williams. Here’s a video of her audition.

Williams will be on stage with Mary J. Blige as Evillene, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Amber Riley as Addaperle, and Stephanie Mills as Auntie Em. Also featured will be Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley and Cirque du Soleil. Kenny Leon is the director.

Staging a musical live on television is an undertaking in itself, but adding Cirque du Soleil to the action should make for both spectacular challenges and spectacular action.

Many of those in the cast made their reputations as singers, but we aren’t used to seeing Uzo Aduba sing. Check this out:

Maybe Crazy Eyes stands frozen on stage when asked to sing in Orange is the New Black, but Uzo Aduba can belt out an aria on demand.

I’ve never been in a position in my life where I could see Broadway shows. The Wiz is one that has always been on my wish list. Actually, any musical would make my wish list.

In past years, NBC brought us Peter Pan LIVE and The Sound of Music LIVE. Now we have this holiday treat to look forward to. I intend to follow the yellow brick road.