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Keaton Should’ve Gotten a Break For ‘Founder’

Keaton Should’ve Gotten a Break For ‘Founder’

You ever watch a performance and wonder, “why weren’t they nominated for that?” That’s how I felt after watching Michael Keaton’s explosive and dynamic performance as Ray Kroc in The Founder.  This dude becomes Ray Kroc and within seconds you forget you are watching an actor, you are just watching a person. Keaton falls into […]

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And The Oscars Will Go To . . .

And The Oscars Will Go To . . .

The Academy Awards will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, airing on ABC, and finally all of the speculation will be over in regard to who will walk away with the coveted statues. So who will win? Here are this critic’s humble picks. And the Oscar goes to… BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or […]

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The Real Backbone of an Arts Mecca is People Like DeWilde

The Real Backbone of an Arts Mecca is People Like DeWilde

A theatrical event can’t happen without an important component: the audience. And Paul DeWilde has spent years in the audience cheering on local shows and local talent. A regular at nearly every theater in town, he’s become a friend to many and supporter to far more. For Mr. DeWilde, his journey began at the now […]

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And The Oscar Nominees Will Be…

And The Oscar Nominees Will Be…

Oscar nominations will be announced January 24th and this day has always been (and still is) a little like Christmas morning for me. I love the hype, the excitement, the politics… I hate that I love it, but man oh man do I love show business. It’s totally cool to get stoked about this kind […]

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It’s Sad To See The Curtain Close On The Circus

It’s Sad To See The Curtain Close On The Circus

P.T. Barnum once said, “Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.” Sadly, the circus can no longer draw a crowd. On Saturday night, Feld Entertainment announced that the famed Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus would shutter forever in May. And while this is a merely drop in the bucket of things truly affecting our […]

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Golden Globes Offered Worlds Of Entertainment

Golden Globes Offered Worlds Of Entertainment

By Tristan Tapscott The Golden Globes are well known for being, to quote Ricky Gervais, “a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker” and it typically lives up to the hype. This year? Not so much. The tone still had that air of who-the-fuck-cares but was low key, somber and all over the place. […]

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And so it begins… Tristan Tapscott’s column on the local theater scene

We begin. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. Quad City Music Guild. Playcrafters Barn Theatre. QC Theatre Workshop. New Ground Theatre. Prenzie Players. Genesius Guild. Center for Living. Richmond Hill Players. Opera Quad Cities. Ballet Quad Cities. Bottoms Up Burlesque. Countryside Community Theatre. The After Hour. Circa ’21 Speakeasy. The Blacklist. Backroom Comedy Theatre. My Verona Productions. […]

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