12 items from 2012
Even though it remains as compelling as always, American Horror Story: Asylum is still revealing secrets at a snail’s pace. This works to the show’s favor, allowing the creators to keep their cards close to their chest while slowly reeling fans in with a payoff that will make every second of waiting worth it. Luckily, the latest episode and first of two parts, I Am Anne Frank, makes sure to give up a few more clues to ensure that we’re still paying attention. If you weren’t already, tonight’s episode will have you glued to the screen.
A new inmate (Franka Potente) is brought into Briarcliff, and she starts to cause quite a ruckus with the other inmates, and for good reason. In case the episode title didn’t give it away enough, she reveals herself to be Anne Frank, who has been thought dead for almost twenty years. »
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The new young cast members who are joining acclaimed HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones were announced last night at Comic Con in San Diego.
22 year old Thomas Brodie-Sangster (represented by Curtis Brown) will play Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright). Thomas has been acting since he was a child, with an illustrious CV including the first Nanny McPhee, Nowhere Boy and Some Dogs Bite. He recently starred in the lead role of a young boy dying of cancer in Death of a Superhero.
22 year old Ellie Kendrick (represented by Curtis Brown) will play Meera Reed, the eldest daughter of Howland Reed and a staunch Stark loyalist. Meera and her younger brother Jojen seek out Bran Stark to protect him on his hard journey north. Ellie starred as Anne Frank in the 2009 BBC adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, »
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Playing out somewhere in between Schindler’s List and The Diary of Anne Frank, Director Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness tells the tale of one man’s struggle to justify what he knows is right against the pressures of the time, his personal ambitions, and the unpredictable nature of war of weather. Unlike Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, In Darkness has no genuinely virtuous motive behind all the things Leopold Socha (played terrifically by Robert Wieckiewicz) does in his efforts to shelter Polish Jews who’ve taken to the sewers in a final desperate attempt to escape the Nazi imprisonment and slaughter. What begins as an extortive business arrangement transforms into an act of grace as the true circumstances and realities of the horrors unfolding in Poland become clearer to Socha, who devotes himself to their salvation even if it might get him killed.
- Lex Walker
Which film is the odds-on favorite to grab the Palme d’Or this year. It depends not on who you ask, but who is assigned a jury seat. We’ve decided to offer our readers a breakdown on the jury of nine.
Known For: His political edge, as well as an omnipresence in Cannes, where he’s appeared 14 times, winning awards twice.
Best Work: He won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for The Son’s Room, though many regard 1994′s Dear Diary, which won an directing prize at Cannes, to be his best.
Little known fact: Organized an estimated 200,000 protesters in 2002 to a gathering in the square in front of Rome’s San Giovanni basilica to oppose legal reforms planned by the right-wing government of Silvio Berlusconi. He was quote during the protest as saying “The Italians who voted for Berlusconi were following a dream — and they woke up in a nightmare. »
- Blake Williams
This one’s for Martha …
Nothing like a good book to get the rabble-rousers going.
In Field Of Dreams, Ray Kinsella’s wife, played by Amy Madigan, successfully shuts down the effort to ban Terence Mann’s books from the local Iowa school system. Terence Mann – played by James Earl Jones – was based on J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of Catcher In The Rye.
Catcher was published in 1951, and has pretty much stayed on “attempts to ban it” lists since its publication. In fact, it was the most censored book in America from 1961 to 1982, even though, according to Wikipedia, it was the “second most taught book in United States public schools.” It most recently reappeared on the “most challenged books” list, published by American Library Association, in 2009.
These are some of the books I remember being on the curriculum when I was in school, along some that I missed because »
- Mindy Newell
Writing about Emma Thompson possibly reprising her role as human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce made me remember comments I've read about the 1993 Academy Awards. In early 1994, Thompson was nominated for two Oscars: as Best Actress for James Ivory's social/psychological drama The Remains of the Day (photo) and as Best Supporting Actress for Jim Sheridan's family melodrama / political & prison drama In the Name of the Father. That same year, Holly Hunter was another double nominee — the first (and to date only) time two performers have been in the running in two acting categories in the same year. Hunter was up for the Best Actress Oscar for Jane Campion's The Piano (photo) and as Best Supporting Actress for Sydney Pollack's The Firm. She eventually won for The Piano; she and Thompson lost in the Best Supporting Actress category to The Piano's Anna Paquin. Some have claimed »
- Andre Soares
It’s The Diary of Anne Frank, only with sewers. And it’s more about the hidee than the hiders. This is the true story of sewer inspector and small-time criminal Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943 agrees to hide a small band of Jews in the dank underground tunnels of the city of Lvov, in exchange for a not-so-small fee, of course. That’s okay because all Jews are rich, and anyway they’re not even grateful for what Socha is doing for them, so fair’s fair... or so he believes. Will he learn the errors of his bigotries and discover that Jews are people too? In Darkness, a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, is elegantly presented, chock full of moments of dreadful suspense in a horrible milieu in which everyone is ready to take advantage of anyone at a moment’s notice, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In Darkness was one of the recent Best Foreign Film nominees at the Academy Awards ( Iran took home Oscar for A Seperation ). It tells another tale of European Jews being helped to evade the forces of Nazi Germany, a story related in previous films like The Diary Of Anne Frank to Schindler’S List. Darkness proves to be a worthy addition to these dramas. It’s no dry history lesson, but an involving, suspenseful thriller that has as many nail-biting moments as the last three or four big-budget action extravaganzas. You’ll leave the theatre having learned something and perhaps feeling invigorated. When you think about what these folks had to go through, the air outside the exit doors may smell just a little sweeter than when you went in.
The main focus of the story is Leopold Socha, a sewer worker in Lvov ( former Poland ). He and his co-worker »
- Jim Batts
Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Two Moon Junction Zalman King Dies Pt.1: Mickey Rourke-Kim Basinger Sex Drama Nine 1/2 Weeks Though much of the media coverage on the film focused on the Sherilyn Fenn-Richard Tyson sex scenes and a full-frontal nude shot of Fenn, the most interesting aspect of Two Moon Junction was its highly eclectic cast, which included Oscar winners Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and Burl Ives (The Big Country), Oscar nominee Juanita Moore (Imitation of Life), plus Little Darlings' Kristy McNichol, The Diary of Anne Frank's Millie Perkins, Fantasy Island's Hervé Villechaize, Endless Love's Martin Hewitt, TV star Don Galloway, and Milla Jovovich of the future Resident Alien movies. But despite the cast and the sex, Two Moon Junction bombed domestically, earning a paltry $1.54 million. Compared to Two Moon Junction, the $7 million-budgeted Wild Orchid (1990) was a megahit. »
- Andre Soares
What… too soon?
Disney’s Anne Frank is an animated film released by Disney in the spring of 1989. It is very, very loosely based on The Diary of Anne Frank, but takes a lot of liberties with the source material, adding a talking animal sidekick, a Nazi necromancer Femme Fatale, and a Happily Ever After ending.
Despite Disney’s assurances that they understood the sensitivity of the source material, it was critically panned for its handling of the Holocaust, particularly the ending, where Anne liberates Auschwitz. It was a Box Office Bomb and was largely buried by Disney. Since Vindicated by Video.
C’mon– you know Disney would do a live action version if they could cast Lea Michele in the lead.
via Disney’s Anne Frank – Television Tropes & Idioms. (Warning: TV Tropes Link. Do Not Click If You Have Anything Else To Do For The Next Two Hours.)
- Glenn Hauman
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- Andre Soares
Chicago – The year was 1959, and the film was “The Diary of Anne Frank,” based on the 1955 Pulitzer Prize winning stage play, which in turn was adapted from the famous diaries of a young girl hiding from Nazi occupiers in WWII Holland. Two actresses, Millie Perkins (Anne) and Diane Baker (her sister Margot), made their movie debuts in this renowned film.
The director of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the celebrated George Stevens, led a nationwide search for the lead teenage actress to portray Anne, after Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood and Susan Strasberg (Anne in the original play) passed on the role. The film won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Shelley Winters), Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, and was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.
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12 items from 2012
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