Daniel Rover Singer's play A Perfect Likeness, in which he imagines a meeting between Dickens and Lewis Carroll, is playing at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, California. From the description: "Bruce Ladd portrays Dickens as a worldly, gregarious, opium using bon vivant whose foul language offends the fussy, quirky, uptight young Dodgson/Carroll played by Daniel J. Roberts."
Wait, what? Frankly, that does not sound like Dickens. Certainly the man had his faults -- but opium? Foul language? Why would you make up new faults instead of using the ones that he actually had?
. . . and I don't know about you, but I'm suddenly feeling ancient! Disney is releasing a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition of this beloved special. The website Big Picture Big Sound reviews it here.
Sometime back I posted about Spineless Classics, which offers posters with the text of a novel, including some of Dickens's novels, printed on them. The site Litographs goes them one better -- you can get the text of A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, or Great Expectations on a T-shirt or a tote bag, as well as a poster. Wear a Dickens novel as you run errands, and you'll never be bored again while waiting in line!
Playing in 86 theaters, GE made about $85,200, according to Movie City News. As I said before, from a period movie with almost zero promotional budget, opening against a big superhero movie, not much was to be expected. I would have thought that a distributor who took the trouble to pick up the movie and show it in theaters would have devoted at least a few dollars to advertising it, but then I don't get to make these decisions! Anyway, I haven't heard whether it will expand and be given a chance in a somewhat larger market, but I hope so.
Dickensblog reader Thom Thomas posted the following offer in our Facebook group, and I promised to post it here:
"My name is Thom Thomas and I have written two novels that continue the story of the Cratchits, Scrooge, Fred and others. Please look on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for comments about my books. You can also read excerpts at the sites. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of …give or take a pebble. or …give or take a shilling. or a set please look at the special offer I am making to the members of The Dickensblog.
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