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  • Gillette's Career As Great As His Castle

    Gillette's Career As Great As His Castle
    In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there wasn't a bigger star on the stage than William Gillette. Today the Hartford native is primarily known for writing one of the many stage adaptations of "Sherlock Holmes" and for his great 1919 stone castle...
  • Mark Twain Loved The Stage, But Struggled As A Playwright

    Mark Twain Loved The Stage, But Struggled As A Playwright
    Mark Twain loved the theater. He also wanted to make a buck off of it, too. But his history with the stage was as spotty as his other entrepreneurial schemes. The only play that was a success was one based on the 1873 novel "The Gilded Age: A Tale...
  • Surviving The Puritans, Theater Thrives In Connecticut

    Surviving The Puritans, Theater Thrives In Connecticut
    The Puritans just didn't have much fun. Until late in the 18th century, there wasn't much in the way of public entertainment for The Hartford Courant to cover, and certainly nothing in the way of theater. Oh, there was the time just before the...
  • Hallmark Channel announces first-ever 'Kitten Bowl'

    Hallmark Channel announces first-ever 'Kitten Bowl'
    Watch out, "Puppy Bowl," there's a new cuddly show vying for the eyeballs of animal loving sports fans on Super Bowl Sunday. It's Hallmark Channel's "Kitten Bowl," hosted by Howard Stern's wife, Beth Stern, and featuring John Sterling, the official...
  • Egyptian Theatre gets Looney with 'Chuck Jones 101'

    Egyptian Theatre gets Looney with 'Chuck Jones 101'
    Linda Jones considered herself "incredibly lucky" to have had a father like Chuck Jones, the Oscar-winning animation director of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies fame. "He was probably the best father anybody could have," said Linda Jones,...
  • Carol Burnett awarded Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    The stars shone bright on the red carpet in Washington D.C. on Sunday night as Carol Burnett was awarded the elite Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. Some of comedy's most popular names appeared onstage to sing Burnett's...
  • 'Slave' and 'Gravity' lead director, cinematography fields

     'Slave' and 'Gravity' lead director, cinematography fields
    "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" became the best picture front-runners after flooring audiences at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and little has changed in the ensuing weeks. Naturally, then, given their estimable craft, both movies are also...
  • 'Orange Is the New Black' is Netflix's most watched original series

    Netflix reported its quarterly earnings on Monday along with another interesting nugget of information: Its prison-based comedy-drama series "Orange Is the New Black" will be its most-watched original series by the end of the year, surpassing its Emmy-...
  • Turning to Mark Twain and Coen brothers to translate Salarrue

    Turning to Mark Twain and Coen brothers to translate Salarrue
    When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen...
  • Congress: The joke's on us

    Congress: The joke's on us
    In 1942, the popular detective fiction writer Rex Stout published a book about Congress featuring "the silliest, stupidest and most dangerous statements that have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American people." The book's...
  • Scientists get schooled at Calaveras County frog-jumping contest

    Scientists get schooled at Calaveras County frog-jumping contest
    Scientists have long thought that bullfrogs generally can’t jump more than a meter. Turns out they were wrong -- which they learned only after leaving the lab and heading to California to witness a county fair contest inspired by one of Mark Twain&...