Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute To Royal Shakespeare Company Co-Founder John Barton

Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute To Royal Shakespeare Company Co-Founder John Barton

A slew of Hollywood stars including Patrick Stewart, Kim Cattrall and David Suchet have paid tribute to Royal Shakespeare Company co-founder John Barton, who has died aged 89. Brit Barton, who co-founded the theatre group with Peter Hall in 1960, was described as “simply one of the greatest influences in the acting of Shakespeare of the last century” with performances of plays including The War Of The Roses, Hollow Crown and The Merchant of Venice. He is widely considered…Read full story

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Sony Pictures Television Sets Up UK-Based Non-Scripted Label Human

Sony Pictures Television Sets Up UK-Based Non-Scripted Label Human

Sony Pictures Television has launched a new non-scripted UK production company, Human, fronted by former Twofour and NBC Universal exec Alan Brown. The Hollywood studio has set up Human to create high-end international content based around Sony Pictures Entertainment’s existing intellectual property and formats as well as to create original factual entertainment shows. Brown joins the Golden Square-based studio from Natural, a production label set up by ITV-owned Twofour…Read full story

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Spoonerisms / Sixing up mounds

Spoonerisms / Sixing up mounds

One of my linguistics professors in grad school had a strange sense of humor that appealed to me greatly. He didn’t see a need to divide work and pleasure; exams regularly contained jokes, puns, and strange juxtapositions, and every class session was filled with laughter. When this professor needed to make up a word in an imaginary language to use as an example, he wouldn’t give it a common meaning like “mother” or “tree”; he’d instead gloss the word as “flagpole sitter,” “hubcap thief,” or something similarly odd. He constantly…

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