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Critic's Appraisal: 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' a Screen Masterpiece

20 February 2016 1:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In 1997, Movieline magazine hosted a 35th anniversary screening of To Kill a Mockingbird, with an amazing array of talent there to discuss the film: actors Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Brock Peters, Phillip Alford and Mary Badham (the latter two of whom played the children, Jem and Scout), screenwriter Horton Foote, producer Alan J. Pakula and director Robert Mulligan. One person missing from that reunion was the reclusive author of the novel, Harper Lee, who died Friday at the age of 89. Lee came back into the news last year with the publication of an earlier version of Mockingbird, Go

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Today in Movie Culture: Shia Labeouf's New Art Project, Deadpool's New Sidekick and More

19 February 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Performance Art of the Day: Watch Shia Labeouf's latest performance art project, #Elevate, live while it's happening. Or skim through the video, in which he hangs out in an elevator in Oxford for 24 hours, when it's done.   Superhero Movie Parody of the Day: Watch James Corden pitch various Deadpool sidekick ideas to Ryan Reynolds on The Late Late Show:   Movie Comparisons of the Day: Couch Tomato presents all the reasons that all comic book origin movies are the same:   Vintage Image of the Day: Harper Lee, who has passed away at age 89, with young Mary Badham on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird in 1962:   Oscar...

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Harper Lee: ‘Mockingbird’ Actors, Writers Mourn ‘One of America’s Most Beloved Authors’

19 February 2016 12:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood is mourning the loss of Harper Lee, who died on Friday in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. She was 89. The legendary author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was remembered by the stars of the classic 1962 film adaptation of her bestselling novel, as well as other actors, screenwriters and authors.

Robert Duvall, who played the mysterious Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird” — his bigscreen debut — praised the late author’s body of work in a statement.

Harper Lee was a fine person and a wonderful writer,” he said. “‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was a masterpiece. I was privileged to be in the film version adapted to the screen by her good friend Horton Foote. I only hope that the film did justice to the book. She will be fondly remembered by many.”

Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout, Atticus Finch’s (played by Gregory Peck) daughter in the film, »

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Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author, Dies at 89

19 February 2016 7:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harper Lee, author of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one of the greatest literary successes of the last century and the basis for a classic 1962 film of the same name, has died, the city clerk’s office in her hometown of Monroeville confirmed. She was 89.

To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960), the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in an Alabama town in the 1930s who defends a black man accused of killing a white man, and his daughter Scout Finch, won the Pulitzer Prize and has sold 30 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. It has never been out of print since its initial publication.

Claudia Durst Johnson’s critical study “To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries” quotes a study that found that “To Kill a Mockingbird” “has been consistently one of the ten most frequently required books in secondary schools since its publication in 1960” — this despite the numerous efforts, »

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