Lynnette Porter is currently writing a book about Vincent Van Gogh as portrayed in popular films, print biographies, television, and public art exhibitions. She is the author of two performance biographies: Benedict Cumberbatch, Transition Completed: Films, Fame, Fans and Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition (MX Publishing, 2014 and 2013, respectively). Other recent books include The Doctor Who Franchise (McFarland, 2013) and Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century (McFarland, 2012). Dr. Porter is a professor in the Humanities and Communication Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Carole E. Barrowman’s Authorial Journey to Hollow Earth | 1 Feb 2012 // 4:00 PM
Hollow Earth isn’t just any book. It may be the Next Big Thing in young adult (YA) literature. It’s cover proclaims that “Imagination can be a dangerous thing,” but fans of John and Carole E. Barrowman are more than willing to take that risk.
Sherlockians, Whovians, Woodies: Summer is the Season for Cinematic Tourists | 26 Jul 2011 // 5:00 PM
Each summer they descend upon London en masse. Who are these cinematic tourists, and why do they travel thousands of miles to see where real or fictitious people enacted the stories that captured fans’ imagination?
What Does a Zombie Gorilla Sound Like? | 28 Aug 2013 // 6:30 PM
With a microphone, a laptop, and hundreds of voices in his throat, voice actor Bill Karalius can become anything from a Cajun crawdad to a zombie gorilla to a world-saving ghost hunter.
Crowd-Funding a Crowd Pleaser: The Feature Future of 'Cleaning Up' | 7 Aug 2013 // 6:30 PM
Crowd funding through Kickstarter or Indiegogo may be trendy, but filmmakers Thomas and Simon Guerrier are taking an atypical approach to funding a feature-length version of Cleaning Up.
Rock’s Bad Boy Mick Jagger Is Not Bad Enough for 'Ned Kelly' | 4 Aug 2015 // 9:10 PM
Tony Richardson’s 1970 Down Under biopic Ned Kelly provides lovingly filmed scenery--including the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger--but, in this version of the folk legend, bad boy Ned seldom seems to be the “wild colonial boy”.
'1776' Is Both a Window Into the Past and a Mirror to the Present | 2 Jun 2015 // 9:10 PM
The American Revolution gets told in musical form in 1776, which reminds us that the past is not quite so different from the present as we like to pretend.
Controversial Film, Enlightening Trailer: DreamWorks’ 'The Fifth Estate' | 18 Jul 2013 // 1:55 AM
Just like Julian Assange and Wikileaks, DreamWorks' The Fifth Estate is sure to generate controversy, but its first trailer entertains as well as enlightens.