Your Entertainment Outlook 10/14/15

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On January 17, PBS will launch Civil War medical drama Mercy Street.  The show was originally conceived as a docudrama, but as the project grew, PBS settled on a series set in Alexandria, VA that will take place at a general hospital.
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Yesterday Tolkien scholars Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond published The Art of the Lord of the Rings.  This book includes a number of maps and sketches that J.R.R. Tolkien used to build the world of Middle-Earth and will shed a new light on Tolkien’s mythology for avid LOTR fans.
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Disney recently announced that 14-year-old Auli’i Cravalho will voice the titular character in their upcoming animated film Moana.  Click the link to see an introduction video and some footage from Cravalho’s audition.
The BreadwinnerCartoon Saloon, the animation studio that brought up Song of the Sea and Secret of Kells, will be bringing us The Breadwinner in 2017.  This adaptation of the YA novel by Deborah Ellis will tell the story of an Afghan girl who must disguise herself as a boy in order to work and earn money for her family.
Do you have strong stances about Shakespeare’s language?  It turns out, so do a lot of other people.  On October 6, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner wrote a piece for The New Yorker explaining the history of reactions to Shakespeare’s language and discusses what we should do with it now.
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Good news for Studio Ghibli fans.  Retailer Wizards of the West has released a clothing line with patterns inspired by some of the studio’s most beloved films.  The garments are unisex and options are limited, but plans to release prints based on Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle are in the works.

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