8 items from 2016
The awards evoked several standing ovations by the more than 500 union members attending at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Former SAG VP Mike Farrell presented Fairchild with her award and former SAG president Alan Rosenberg made the presentation to Johnson.
Johnson, who was a key figure in pushing for diversity in show business during the past two decades, noted in her acceptance that she is the first African-American recipient of the honor. “I will continue to talk about diversity, no matter how uncomfortable those conversations may be,” she added.
“She’s ensured that diversity has become an integral part of our industry,” Rosenberg noted.
Johnson recalled a key moment during the six-month 2000 commercials strike when the union »
- Dave McNary
Nearly a decade ago the movies gave us two different, equally well-etched portraits of Nelle Harper Lee, played by Catherine Keener in “Capote” (2006) and by Sandra Bullock in “Infamous” (2007). In both films Lee emerges a picture of sturdy, soft-spoken grace as she accompanies her childhood friend Truman Capote to Kansas, where he is researching his future true-crime masterwork, “In Cold Blood.”
Her role in the process proves far more important than either she or the fluttery, self-absorbed Capote lets on: She is there to grease the wheels of his investigation, to inoculate the locals against their prejudices toward this East Coast outsider, and to nudge open doors that might otherwise be slammed in his face. By standing alongside Truman (and, when necessary, putting him in his place), she builds a bridge between him and the townsfolk — and also, crucially, between him and the audience. Her quiet, homespun goodness vouches for »
- Justin Chang
The world has lost one of its most important literary and cultural figures with the death of author Nelle Harper Lee. There’s very little to say about the importance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” that hasn’t already been said, both today specifically and in the nearly fifty six years since the novel’s publication. Having attended both high school and college in Georgia, I saw firsthand how much the novel rattled the consciousness of the deep South to its core. It’s still banned and its literary merits are still contested in many places in the South, demonstrating how much weight and resonance the novel still carries—we often turn away from truths that are too ugly to face.
Though her impact in the realm of literature is clear, she also helped »
- Kieran Scarlett
Harper Lee, the Alabama-born novelist whose Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller To Kill a Mockingbird has been a mainstay of American educational reading lists since its publication in 1960, died in her Monroeville home on Friday. She was 89. By several accounts, Lee had been in failing health for some time, and while there were those who questioned her state of mind in her final years, Wayne Flynt, an Alabama author-historian and friend of Lee's for more than a decade, recently told The New York Times: "I don't think that anybody that says she's demented has been to see her in the last 10 years. »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
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, »
- Carmel Dagan
Welcome to HumanSide. This time around I'll be letting you in on some amazing Chicago-based movie happenings, including the Music Box Theatre 70 Mm Film Festival, the Roger Ebert Film Festival and a pair of great screenings from the Chicago Cinema Society. I also share some thoughts about the Blu-ray releases of Takashi Miike's Over Your Dead Body, Trumbo, Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, The Vincent Price Collection III and the Criterion Collection release of In Cold Blood. Finally, special guest Patrick MacDonald of HollywoodChicago.com and I interview writer/director Robert Eggers about his new horror movie The Witch....
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Jean Simmons is the original frustrated Mad Housewife who runs away from a 'dream marriage' in search of something more fulfilling. Uncompromising, adult, and making use of an interesting cast. Plus, the soundtrack uses Michel Legrand's incomparable song "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" The Happy Ending Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 112 min. / Ship Date January 19, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones, Teresa Wright, Nanette Fabray, Bobby Darin, Kathy Fields, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, Lloyd Bridges, Karen Steele, Erin Moran. Cinematography Conrad Hall Original Music Michel Legrand, lyrics Alan & Marilyn Bergman Produced, Written and Directed by Richard Brooks
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I looked at some of the poster artwork for The Happy Ending, and yes indeed, one of the main styles is indeed like the cover of this disc -- a photo of a rusty garbage »
- Glenn Erickson
The film version of Gillian Flynn’s cold-case chiller finds Theron’s unconvincingly downbeat massacre survivor facing her past
The success of Gillian Flynn’s mystery novel Gone Girl, filmed with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, has now given us this middling screen adaptation of her cold-case thriller Dark Places. There are moments of macabre horror here, and interesting nods to Capote’s In Cold Blood, as well as America’s satanic abuse scare and the Robin Hood Hills case. It also, incidentally, brings in a child molestation sub-plot accompanied by Joan Jett’s cover of Gary Glitter’s Do You Wanna Touch Me on the soundtrack: it’s difficult to tell if the provocation is deliberate. All in all, its contrivances might have been indulged more satisfyingly in a TV miniseries.
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- Peter Bradshaw
8 items from 2016
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