6 items from 2013
Directed by Richard Donner
High school pals and cartoonists Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the character of Superman to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938. Ever since, the history of the widely considered national cultural icon continues to be awe-inspiring. Superman premiered in Action Comics #1 of the same year, a time when Americans were in desperate need a hero; and ever since, Superman has appeared in a variety of animated and live action movies and television series. The Man of Steel has also appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, and even video games throughout the years, and with the success of his adventures, Superman helped to shape the superhero genre and establish its command within American pop culture. An animated cartoon of Superman appeared in 1941, and in 1942, a Superman novel was published. A Columbia »
- Ricky da Conceição
The film industry usually only has eyes for younger actresses, but a new report indicates that nine out of 10 top earners are over the age of 37
In 1962, a 21-year-old named Nora Ephron interviewed for a job at Newsweek. She said she wanted to be a writer. She was quickly assured that women did not become writers at Newsweek, and was offered a job sorting the mail for $55 a week. How things have changed.
In 1990, Ephron was Oscar-nominated for writing When Harry Met Sally. In it, Meg Ryan's Sally has an existential freak out. "And I'm gonna be Forty!" she wails. "When?" asks Billy Crystal's Harry, baffled. Through her sobs, she manages to articulate: "Some day!" For Sally, 40 is a bleak deadline, the end of all promise. How things have changed.
This week, the Hollywood Reporter magazine has run a cover story trumpeting the "revenge of the over-40 actress »
- Catherine Bray
“Walter, you’re wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way”
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star in one of the fastest-talking screwball comedies–make that movies–ever made. His Girl Friday is a clever script teeming with fab dialogue, delivered by a top-notch cast, and captured by one of the best directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age; Howard Hawks. You can see His Girl Friday this Saturday morning (May 10th) at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, May 10th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117.
Admission is only $5.
The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson from a man to a woman, transforming the story into a scintillating battle of the sexes. Rosalind Russell plays Hildy, about to foresake »
- Tom Stockman
A former member of the revolutionary militant group the Weather Underground goes on the run after a journalist outs him in The Company You Keep, a political thriller directed by Robert Redford and based on Neil Gordon’s novel. It’s a film that touches on the costs of political commitment, specifically the fervent activism of young college kids in the ’60s who, swept up in the revolutionary moment, took actions that they pay for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, it’s not as thought-provoking, or as political, as it sounds. Since Redford doesn’t have the guts to either condemn or applaud the Weather Underground radicals, The Company You Keep basically boils down to one long, boring chase. There’s a subject here for a good movie, perhaps even a great one, but this isn’t it.
- Tom Stockman
Those are just facts, and at its essence, this is a play about facts. Any piece about newspapers and a true newspaperman is about facts.
"Lucky Guy," which has already been extended to July 3, regularly causes pedestrian gridlock on 44th St. when the audience lets out at the Broadhurst Theatre and people queue up to see Hanks.
The play captures a great time in newspapers. It was such a great time and it is so well replicated on stage that it's hard to divorce that and see just the play. Even though this is Ephron's final play and Hanks' first Broadway appearance, it is not an excellent play. It is, though, incredible fun, particularly for those of us lucky enough to have lived some of it.
For newspaper reporters, it »
Review Louisa Mellor 1 Apr 2013 - 22:00
The press is the real villain in Broadchurch's moral-heavy fifth instalment. Here's Louisa's review...
This review contains spoilers.
Since green boy Olly sent that first investigation-compromising Tweet, Broadchurch has narrowed its eyes at the press and waited for it to start claiming its own victims. Jack Marshall was the first of those, the discovery of his body the visual equivalent of an Aesop’s moral about looking before you leap to conclusions.
Jack’s demise was a demonstration of the press' ability to hollow out a person’s life, shove a hand in, and puppeteer around what’s left to tell whichever story sells. The front page narrative cast him in turn as creepy Jack, hugger of young boys, then saucy Jack, wedder of child brides, and now what? Suicide Jack, who must have had something to hide? Experience tells us he’ll »
6 items from 2013
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