5 items from 2016
Oliver Stone didn’t know that “JFK” would define him as it has when the towering political thriller hit theaters on Dec. 20, 1991. But in short order it proved to be at once a source of great pride for the filmmaker — the kind of achievement only possible on a hot streak like the one Stone was enjoying in the late-’80s and early-’90s — and something of an albatross.
“It was a hot potato from the get-go, much hotter than I thought,” Stone says now, reflecting on the film’s 25th anniversary. “I didn’t realize it would hit the central nerve core of the establishment … And it did take its toll. I think it’s changed the perception of me forever. Many now dismiss me as a filmmaker who is political and only into conspiracy theories. It labeled me and I was staggered. I wish, in a way, it had just died off. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Fifty-three years later, granddaughter Alexandra Zapruder adds a fresh narrative to an old tragedy with the release of Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film. The book, out last month, delves into the story of her grandfather, who was traumatized after making a home movie that serves as the only complete record of Kennedy’s death. Twenty-Six Seconds also fleshes out the complex situation in which the Zapruder family found itself after the assassination.
In this post-internet world, the sensationalist documentary genre feels less shocking and more level-headed
Widely despised in their day and little remembered now, “mondo” films have a peculiar legacy. Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, these so-called documentaries collected together shocking documents of sex, death and violence from around the world. Today they can seem almost quaint, but at a time when even Abraham Zapruder’s infamous home video of JFK’s assassination was little seen, they engendered plenty of intrigue – and outrage.
The British Board Of Film Censors took a dim view of the genre, initially banning and later censoring its first entry, 1962’s Mondo Cane. The notorious 1978 compilation Faces Of Death (warning, contains grim footage), meanwhile, wound up on the British government’s infamous list of prohibited “video nasties”. Even the genre’s most (grudgingly) critically respected work, 1982’s The Killing Of America, wasn’t submitted »
- Charlie Lyne
Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve watched the season finale of “11.22.63,” titled “The Day in Question.”
After three years of prep work, Jake Epping has finally come to “The Day in Question,” Nov. 22. Surely hoping he would have already dealt with the issue, Jake and Sadie are racing against the clock to get to the book depository by 12:30, where the first shot will be fired.
Time has been harassing Jake from the start, but it’s now or never and no punches are pulled on the time-traveller. The two run into a police barricade that Jake knows for a fact wasn’t there the first time these events went down. They abandon their car and run through the crowd, where ghosts from their pasts are waiting. Jake runs into Frank Dunning first, but brushes him off easily. It’s seeing Bill sitting on a park bench »
- Jacob Bryant
ABC announced this season's Dancing with the Stars cast live on Good Morning America. The hit series returned for Season 22 With a Live Premiere on Monday, March 21, 8:00-10:01 p.m. The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance with a lineup of celebrity dancers that includes a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a Peabody Award winner, a Ufc fighter, and Super Bowl 50's Mvp, just to name a few.
As announced this morning, the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are: Mischa Barton with Artem Chigvintsev. Antonio Brown with Sharna Burgess. Nyle Dimarco with Peta Murgatroyd. Kim Fields with Sasha Farber. Doug Flutie with Karina Smirnoff. Marla Maples with Tony Dovolani. Von Miller with Witney Carson. Wanya Morris with Lindsay Arnold. Geraldo Rivera with Edyta Sliwinska. Jodie Sweetin with Keo Motsepe. »
5 items from 2016
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