Cleverly assembled to tell a complex true story from a hugely engaging perspective, this documentary can't help but spark a sense of righteous rage in the audience. The film outlines a series of deeply unjust events involving a group of true believers who had their finest achievement stolen from them by greedy neighbours and meddling politicians. Honestly, who knew palaeontology was such a cut-throat business?
It was the summer of 1990 in the Badlands of South Dakota when palaeontologist Susan Hendrickson discovered the fossilised remains of a T-rex, the thirteenth discovered and by far the most complete. None of the previous 12 were more than 40 percent complete, while this one, nicknamed "Sue", is about 80 percent. With her colleagues Peter and Neal Larson and Terry Wentz, Susan purchased the rights to Sue for a record $5,000 from the landowner, then the team spend a year getting the fossil ready to exhibit at their local museum. But before they finished, the FBI raided their lab and confiscated Sue, and seven years of legal arguments followed. Even worse, the prosecutors drummed up unnecessary criminal charges against the palaeontologists.
Clearly all of this is about money. When Sue was ultimately auctioned off, she brought $7.6 million to the cash-grabbing landowners and their lawyers. Meanwhile, the ragtag fossil-hunters had their lives completely derailed by legal action and even jail time. Director Todd Douglas Miller lets these people tell their story with quite a lot of detail, unveiling the plot chronologically through stills and home movies, plus some gorgeously shot new footage and re-enactments. Through it all, it's clear that these palaeontologists were excavating for the love of it, and for the benefit of their small-town community. In fact, Peter felt so strongly about Sue that he kept watch over the container she was stored in for all those years, even talking to it.
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Herbert and Dorothy Vogel were just a regular American couple with the former having been a postal worker and the latter a librarian. Though, there was something intriguing about them; they spent their days collecting interesting pieces of modern art out of their modest wages, and in 1992, became renowned in the art world for their exceptional generosity when they donated thousands of art pieces to National Gallery of Art, wishing to make their collection available to the public free of charge. In 2008, they announced that they would launch a gift project along with the Gallery called The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States in a bid to donate 50 pieces of art to 50 different states - as no one gallery in the country could possibly house so much at once. Sadly, in 2012, Dorothy announced that their collection was now closed following the passing of her husband.
This wonderful documentary follows on from the previous film 'Herb & Dorothy' released in 2008, updating the world on one of the largest collections of art in America. Megumi Sasaki returns as director in 'Herb & Dorothy 50x50' and it's set for release on September 13th 2013.
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Dallas has been renewed for a third season, set to air in early 2014.
TNT has picked up Dallas for a third season, ordering 15 episodes of the show that it hopes to premiere in early 2014. It was unclear whether the network would continue with the rebooted series following the death of Larry Hagman (J.R Ewing) though an average of 3.8 million for its second season was enough to get the green-light, from USA Today.
"Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven story lines, clever twists and turns and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations," TNT program chief Michael Wright said in a statement announcing the third season, "Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character, J.R. Ewing, this year, Dallas has many more stories to tell and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.'s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted."
Hagman, whose creation J.R is one of the most enduring characters in U.S. television history, died during the filming of the second season. The show acknowledged the character's passing with a memorial during the season. The rebooted shows features stars from the original series, including Patrick Duffy as J.R's brother Bobby and Linda Gray as his ex-wife Sue Ellen. New additions to the cast include Josh Henderson, former Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe and Jordana Brewster.
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Larry Hagman and his co-stars drew nearly 7 million viewers for TNT's Dallas reboot this summer. The cable series - in which Hagman once again played Texas oilman J.R. Ewing - was scheduled to return for a second season on January 28, 2013, though questions have been raised about the future of the show following the actor's death aged 81 on Friday (November 23, 2012).
A source close to Dallas who insisted on anonymity told the Associated Press that Hagman's death makes things difficult for the show to continue. It is known that Hagman had completed filming on several episodes before his death, though season two is yet to be wrapped up, giving producers a headache. The sources acknowledged that show bosses have yet to establish how they would address J.R's departure from the show, which widely revolved around Ewing's presence. The show's writers have already begun work to try give the legendary character a fitting send-off.
Following its June debut, Dallas scored the No.1 scripted series premiere on cable television in 2012. As well as original stars Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, the reboot welcomed Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing and Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing III.
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Following the sad news of Dallas star Larry Hagman’s death, Channel 5 have released a statement confirming that the show will continue without him, BBC News report.
Hagman starred as JR Ewing in the original Dallas show, which ran from 1978 – 1991. When the show was reprised this year, Hagman stepped up and reprised the role.
When he began filming the re-booted series, it was known that he was suffering from cancer but he assured fans that it was a treatable form of the disease. However, he passed away on Friday (November 23, 2012), at the age of 81, as a result of the illness. He had filmed six of the 15 shows for the show’s second season. A statement from the UK broadcaster Channel 5 revealed “Dallas is midway in production on season two and this sad news will be incorporated into the storyline.” Season two is currently scheduled to premiere in the USA on January 28, 2013, on the TNT network.
And true, in Dallas's early seasons J.R. is in full flower, doing enough shady dealing and backstabbing to keep his large family in a constant case of chaos and to keep the entire oil industry unstable. His lovely wife, the former beauty queen Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), deals with him by drinking and by matching his affairs tit for tat.
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