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Assigned high school reading definitely involved some snoozy titles - we're looking at you, Beowulf - but some of the books we discovered during class became favorites we've reread again and again. There were the go-to, coming-of-age crowd-pleasers like Catcher in the Rye, the poignant novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, and the classics we couldn't put down like Lord of the Flies and The Great Gatsby. Highlighting well-known titles plus a handful that may surprise you, our editors have shared which high school books they loved most. To get in the back-to-school spirit, take a look and add a few titles to your list of must reads! »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Since its release 30 years ago, "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.
Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate Back to the Future Day (October 21), here are 30 things you need to know about Marty McFly's first trip through time.
"Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy" is available to own now on Blu-ray & DVD.
1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time. »
- Gary Susman
At some point, Tom Hanks appointed himself the official chronicler of America in the late '50s and early '60s, with occasional digressions to earlier eras in case of world wars. I am perfectly fine with that, and I particularly like it when he and Steven Spielberg collaborate on these things. I am especially fond of "Catch Me If You Can," and while I expected something more on the "Munich"/"Saving Private Ryan" end of the scale, I was pleased to see that "Spies" is not a thriller so much as an ode to both American diplomacy and the tradition of moral movie fathers along the lines of Atticus Finch. In fact, there's a good deal of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in the script credited to Matt Charman and Joel & Ethan Coen. Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer who is asked to do his patriotic duty »
- Drew McWeeny
The new film from Steven Spielberg has a very old-fashioned feel to it. Some of that is obviously the result of the true spy drama Bridge of Spies being set more than half a century ago, but Spielberg also clearly meant to evoke a lot of classic movies of that time period. His casting of Tom Hanks, the closest actor today to a Spencer Tracy or Gregory Peck, in the lead was a necessity. As real-life lawyer and negotiator James B. Donovan, Hanks recalls the stature and conviction of characters played by Tracy in Inherit the Wind and Judgment at Nuremberg and Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird. The latter comes through blatantly in the first half of the film, as Donovan defends a Russian spy in a case that's reminiscent of Atticus Finch representing a...
- Christopher Campbell
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg re-team for Bridge of Spies, about a famous trade-off of captured spies between the Soviets and the United States during the Cold War. While Hanks portrayed James Donovan, the lawyer who facilitated the trade, Mark Rylance played captured Soviet spy Rudolph Abel, Austin Stowell played Gary Powers, and Will Rogers played the American graduate student caught in the crosshairs, Frederic Pryor. As it turns out, though, Spielberg wasn.t the first person to try and bring this story to life. During the press conference for Bridge of Spies during the New York Film Festival, the filmmaker relayed the tale of how Gregory Peck, renowned actor of films like Roman Holiday and To Kill A Mockingbird, tried to get this movie made. Spielberg said, I was meeting with the Donovan family . I was meeting with the two daughters and the son . this morning. And I found »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this phenomenal Friday? Big Hero 6 gets an alternate ending, Straight Outta Compton's Jason Mitchell portrays the first black person in a Nancy Meyers movie and everything wrong with Interstellar, featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson. But first, just in time for Halloween, we have a 10-foot tall Hulkbuster costume from Avengers: Age of Ultron and every Jean-Claude Van Damme kill ever! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Every Jean-Claude Van Damme Kill
Youtuber Benjamin Combes has taken it upon himself to comb through Jean-Claude Van Damme's extensive filmography and find every single kill scene for one epic 30-minute video. Can you guess how many movie kills his characters have been »
Lucy (represented by A&J Management) made her screen debut as young April in the Emmy-award winning Dustbin Baby and has gone on to appear in various TV roles including Eastenders, Little Crackers, The Poison Tree and Dani's Castle. She also played Scout in the Regent's Park Open Air Production of To Kill A Mockingbird.
The Kennedys is a six-part aspirational family comedy loosely based on actress, writer and TV presenter Emma Kennedy's memoirs ‘The Tent, The Bucket and Me.’ Each episode is introduced by Emma Kennedy, played by Lucy, a 10-year-old Star Wars obsessed tom-boy who is happy to tag along with her much-loved parents, Brenda and Tony Kennedy played by Katherine Parkinson and Dan Skinner.
The Kennedy family have »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
Over the weekend, horror cinema lost one of its most influential filmmakers, with Wes Craven passing away at the age of 76. After a career of making audiences scream and haunting their dreams, the director's legacy won't soon be forgotten. For a man who would memorably push the buttons of moviegoers, many might be surprised to learn that Craven was raised in a strictly Baptist household, where excepting Disney productions, movies were forbidden and considered sinful. It was only after he went to college and managed to catch "To Kill A Mockingbird" that he realized the power that movies contained. Later, when he started working as a professor, it was watching European films from the mid-'60s at his local arthouse that found Craven taken with the form. Read More: Interview: Wes Craven Says The Changing Pace Of Technology Attracted Him to 'Scream 4' The filmmaker left academia and embarked on his journey, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Horizon looks at Ocd – A Monster In My Mind, Dr Richard Clay presents A Brief History Of Graffiti and reflections on a classic novel in Hey, Boo: Harper Lee And To Kill A Mockingbird. Plus: Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy The Strain returns and moody French cop drama Witnesses concludes
There were nine in the tent and the little one said, “But the oven didn’t get hot enough. It wasn’t my fault. I’ll gouge you with this croquembouche …” It’s dessert week and the signature challenge is puddingy scourge, the creme brulee. The technical challenge, a spanische windtorte, is literally something Mary Berry made up to induce panic and the groping for English-to-foreign dictionaries. She’s not as nice as she looks. The end game is cheesecake Jenga: not just baking but balancing baking. Fiends. Julia Raeside
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- Julia Raeside, John Robinson, Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Paul Howlett
“One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them; just standin’ on the Radley porch was enough. The summer that had begun so long ago had ended, and another summer had taken its place, and a fall, and Boo Radley had come out.”
To Kill A Mockingbird plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) Saturday, August 8th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series
Come to the Hi-Pointe Saturday and see Atticus Finch before he became a racist! Harper Lee’s new book Go Set a Watchman – written in the 1950s but only now being published – is turning out to be a hugely controversial. In Watchman, we discover that Atticus Finch, the heroic father figure from Lee’s beloved 1960 Southern novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is a bigot who attends Kkk meetings! »
- Tom Stockman
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
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