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Tootsie, The Godfather, A Woman Under the Influence, Cinema Paradiso, To Kill a Mockingbird, Annie Hall and Boogie Nights make the top ten in a new poll of actors asked to name the best movies of all time. Writing for the Daily Beast, Nick Schager argues that "there may be no greater pairing" of director and actor right now than that of Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss. Also in today's roundup: Tom Cruise Week at Grantland, Christopher Nolan new short on Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, a Vittorio De Sica season, the latest on what Richard Linklater's up to—and more. » - David Hudson »
With the release of Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, fans of To Kill a Mockingbird are being forced to reconcile a new, crankier, more racist iteration of Atticus Finch with the earlier character they love so much — if, indeed, these two versions can be reconciled at all. So which Atticus is the real Atticus? For guidance, Lee readers should look to fans of comic books and science fiction and fantasy literature, for whom debating the legitimacy of various versions of the same character — not to mention scrutinizing the tiniest details in a larger fictive universe — is all part of the hallowed task of determining what counts as “canon.” And in these realms of pop culture, canon is everything.The notion of canon as an officially sanctioned body of work originated with perhaps the most high-stakes example of canon-building in human history: decisions by Roman Catholic church »
- Adam Sternbergh
Robert Duvall has a few inviolable rules when he's making a movie: If there's a horse to be ridden, he will ride it; if there is a dance to be danced, he will dance it, and if there is a song to be sung, he will sing it.
"Those three things I am going to do myself without a double, unless it's a dangerous stunt," the legendary actor tells Rolling Stone Country.
So when the script for his new film, Wild Horses, called for him to sing the western standard, »
On Monday, HarperCollins announced that Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman — the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird — has sold over 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first week, making it the fastest-selling book in the company's history. "First week sales of Go Set a Watchman have far exceeded our expectations," said Brian Murray, president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers in a statement. They have since ordered multiple reprints, and there are now 3.3 million books ready to dash everyone's visions of Atticus Finch. No doubt publishers are waiting with bated breath as to whether a third book will emerge from Harper Lee's safe-deposit box. »
- E. Alex Jung
“Go Set a Watchman,” the second novel from “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, has sold a million copies, publisher HarperCollins said Monday. The book’s portrayal of protagonist Atticus Finch as disparaging blacks and opposing segregation shocked many critics and fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The very existence of “Go Set a Watchman” was stunning since the author, now 89, had earlier said the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel would be her only book. But “Go Set a Watchman,” which was actually written before “To Kill a Mockingbird” and is set 20 years later in the same Alabama community, has »
- Todd Cunningham
New York (AP) — Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for To Kill a Mockingbird and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. But Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is still a million seller. HarperCollins announced Monday that Go Set a Watchman has already sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, a figure which includes first-week sales and months of pre-orders. The publisher stunned the world in February when it revealed that a second novel was coming from Lee, who had long insisted that To Kill a Mockingbird would be her only
- The Associated Press
In 1962, Mary Badham was a nine-year-old girl plucked from among 200 contenders by Universal Studios to star as Scout opposite Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch in the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Mockingbird would go on to earn eight Oscar nominations, including best picture (it lost to Lawrence of Arabia), best actor for Peck, who won, and best supporting actress for Badham (she lost to 16-year-old Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker). “When the film came out in 1962, I got an Oscar nomination,” says Badham today. “I don’t think my brother
- Bill Higgins
Tourists come to Monroeville, Alabama, for one reason: to visit the real-life model of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Maycomb and the birthplace and current residence of its author, Harper Lee. Invariably, they come to the well-preserved county courthouse, which looks a lot like the place where Atticus Finch defends a black man falsely accused of rape, and they visit a stone wall, next to a shake-and-burger shack, that used to separate the houses where Lee and her childhood friend Truman Capote (Mockingbird’s “Scout” Finch and Dill Harris) played and plotted.Mockingbird’s Maycomb was a throwback, a '30s backwater rendered by a New York transplant in the late '50s. On the other hand, the Maycomb of Go Set a Watchman, Mockingbird’s first draft, was contemporaneous, the sketch of a writer suspended between her racially stratified hometown and her adopted liberal refuge. For reasons as muddled »
- Boris Kachka
“Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.” These lines are delivered near the end of Harper Lee’s new lost-and-found book Go Set a Watchman, and they neatly explain why the book might have been better off lost.Instead, to hear the publishers tell it, she traded the contemporary setting of Watchman, circa 1955, for the 1930s, and in writing To Kill a Mockingbird was able to tell a story of simple moral clarity. If it was the clarity of a white savior, well, that’s the best you could find, or invent, in 1930s Alabama, when desegregation wasn’t yet on the horizon. Seeing the present, in the form of a novel, wasn’t a trick she’d mastered. And even if she had, »
- Christian Lorentzen
Title: Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Director: Mary McDonagh Murphy Genre: Documentary The director of the documentary ‘Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird’ continues her exploration of the literary production of the Pulitzer Prize winner. Murphy’s new film, ‘Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman,’ examines the facts and speculation surrounding Lee’s second publication, that arrives after fifty-five years after ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ ‘Go Set A Watchman’ was written before Lee’s beloved masterpiece, despite the story depicts the later lives of the Finch family – lawyer Atticus, his daughter, Scout, his son, Jem and their maid, Calpurnia. Whereas ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is narrated in first [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Reese Witherspoon is making a new thriller about the aftermath of a teenage girl's rape in Connecticut.
The movie will be based on a novel due for release in 2017 and written by Wendy Walker, Deadline reports.
Meanwhile, Witherspoon is to play Tinker Bell in forthcoming Disney film Tink.
The announcement that HarperCollins would publish Go Set a Watchman, a follow-up to the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird, proved controversial from the beginning. Criticism mainly stemmed from cries of “elder abuse,” alleging that Lee’s age and health prohibited consent to publish. Originally assumed to be a sequel, Watchman was revealed to be an early draft of what would become To Kill a Mockingbird; the original story was reworked to become the American classic only after an agent suggested a shift in focus to the adolescent Scout instead of the young woman portrayed in Watchman. The first chapter of Go Set a
- Annie Quigley
Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the first draft of what turned into her much-beloved To Kill a Mockingbird, was released today. Ever since Michiko Kakutani used her review to tell the world that Harper Lee’s beloved Atticus was perhaps more complicated than we always believed, most people’s attention has focused on the jarring idea that this paragon of racial tolerance was actually a bigot. But what else are critics saying about this highly anticipated novel? Though the reviews have been mixed, one overarching theme that many critics have zeroed in on is that there is a lot to learn from the novel, as both a writer and a reader."Students of writing will find 'Watchman' fascinating for these reasons: How did a lumpy tale about a young woman’s grief over her discovery of her father’s bigoted views evolve into a classic coming-of-age story about »
- Ellie Shanahan
Pixar have ruined Woody. One of the greatest animated characters of all time, and they’ve just destroyed his legacy.
In the original version of Toy Story, the cowboy doll wasn’t the intelligent, well-meaning – if flawed – leader of a gang of children’s toys, with all the likeability Tom Hanks’ voice provides, but a maniacal dictator who would do anything to maintain his position. So when Buzz Lightyear shows up, he goes psycho – instead of struggling to adjust to change and reacting in an immediately regrettable fashion as in the finished film, he actively tries to make the spaceman’s life a misery, attempting to maliciously orchestrate the demise of Andy’s new favourite.
If hearing that isn’t bad enough, you can actually view the footage for yourself, although I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t want your impression of the iconic character to be forever tainted. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Go Set a Watchman, the much anticipated second novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, leaves critics searching for comparisons and contradictions with American classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set A Watchman Reviews Penned as Lee’s original manuscript, Go Set a Watchman is set in the 1950s, when Jean Louise (Scout) heads back home […]
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- Chelsea Regan
Say it isn't so! Atticus Finch, the hero of Harper Lee's classic 1960s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has some disturbing character traits in the author's highly anticipated follow-up, Go Set a Watchman. The southern lawyer, who defended a black man in a rape trial in the original, quickly became a hero and role model to many who read the beloved novel. But in Go Set a Watchman, which is set several decades later, a 26-year-old Scout (now Jean Louise) returns home to Alabama and has to [...] »
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At the time I read To Kill A Mockingbird, I was living with my mother in Milwaukee. I would not have had any money to buy it, so I would undoubtedly have chosen it from the library. I was one of those kids who would go to the library every two weeks, withdraw five books, read the five books, and return them. It was a librarian who said, “If you like reading that kind of book, I think you will like reading this book.”
So I picked up To Kill A Mockingbird. »
- Oprah Winfrey
Well, now we know why Harper Lee sat on this one for 55 years. Though the debate has only just begun as to what sort of man we can now consider Atticus Finch to be, and deeper, more probative readings will surely find nuances that don't fit into the cries of "Atticus Finch is a racist!"... Those are the exact five words whizzing around the Internet right now. And if you listen closely, you can hear your 14-year-old self sobbing and setting your tattered copy of To Kill a Mockingbird on fire. Or that may be the Twitterverse collectively groaning in disbelief (and being rather clever, hilarious and pointed while they're at it). Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited and »
It's been almost six months since the monumental announcement that a previously unknown Harper Lee book would be published, but now the release date is finally (almost) here. Go Set a Watchman, which Lee wrote prior to To Kill a Mockingbird but was rejected by publishers, will hit shelves this Tuesday. The story follows Jean Louise Finch as she returns to Alabama to visit her ailing father—her famous Pulitzer prize-winning novel was written as a prequel of sorts to the original tale. While it will still be a couple of days before Harper Lee fans can read the whole book (or, even better, listen to the audio version narrated by none other than Reese Witherspoon), The Wall Street »
Warning: Spoilers ahead Harper Lee released the first chapter of her highly-anticipated new novel “Go Set a Watchman” on Friday. The novel marks the first new work by Lee since “To Kill a Mockingbird” was originally published in 1960. It picks up 20 years after the events of the first book, in which Jean Louise “Scout” Finch returns to Maycomb, Alabama from New York to visit her father Atticus. The chapter begins with Jean Louise travelling by train back to Maycomb County. She goes through a brief history of the area, describing it as “a gerrymander some seventy miles long and spreading thirty miles. »
- Joe Otterson
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