THE MAN AT THE MIC: Most actors playing the lead in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio would be content to just perfect the ungodly amount of dialogue they have to learn for the show. But Elias Taylorson wanted his experience with Upstart Productions’ staging of the play to be more immersive. To that end, he also produced a 20-minute documentary on radio talk show host Alan Berg, which is being shown each night after the performance. Berg’s death was mined for some of the play’s material. Taylorson talks about his dual roles in the show with Lawson Taitte on dallasnews.com.
MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT): A battle with a lot of money at stake is beginning in Houston this week. Up for grabs is about $250 million that the Museum of Fine Arts Houston says oil tycoon Alfred C. Glassell Jr. left to the museum in his will. But one of his daughters, Curry Glassell, is trying to keep some of that money in the family. She claims that the museum took advantage of her father late in life, convincing him to leave more money to the institution. She wants one of her father’s other wills to be honored. If you need further proof that big bucks are riding on this case, the museum has hired Joe Jamail to represent it. Jamail represented Pennzoil in its landmark court battle with Texaco and received a fee of $335 million in winning the case. You can read more about what’s sure to be a bloody court battle from Bloomberg News.
‘TRUE GRIT’ REDUX: Are you a girl between the ages of 12 and 16? Or, more likely, do you know one? Fort Worth Weekly passes along the news that Paramount Pictures will hold auditions for the lead in a remake of True Grit, to be directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. In the original film starring John Wayne, a 14-year-old girl seeks out a couple of U.S. Marshals to avenge her father’s death. Casting will be held on Nov. 14 at Billy Bob’s. That gives you a little over a week to rent the original and study up.