Louisiana Purchase (1941)
HBO’s six hour miniseries will be based on Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose’s book that focuses on America’s first contact with the land and people west of the Mississippi River. Affleck will be playing Lewis and Schoenaerts will be Clark, the explorers who led a team to explore the recent Louisiana Purchase in the very early 19th Century. John Curran, who helmed The Painted Veil, is set to direct the series from a script by himself, Edward Norton,
Boondocks Fantasy is billed as “urban fantasy” that takes place in rural or isolated areas. That’s honestly what it says in the introduction. I think a couple of brain cells popped when I read that, because I know what urban means, and I know how utterly nonsensical that explanation really is. It’s so clear that politicians could have written it.
Thomas Jefferson’s life was replete with so many inconsistencies that they border on hypocrisy. He was an abolitionist who owned slaves. He supported states’ rights but he ran for President and won. He praised living an agrarian lifestyle but he admittedly loved his time living in Paris. He was a private man but he went into politics. He was a member of the upper class but always referred to himself as a common man.
[#26-30] [#21-25] [#16-20] [#11-15] [#6-10] [#1-5]
30. Creedence Car Crash
"The Big Lebowski" (1998)
Directed by Joel Coen
White Russians may be the Dude's poison, but it is a simple joint that nearly proves to be his
I’m certainly not a theater buff, and thus don’t have a large pool of knowledge to pull from, so as opposed to my usual film review style, I instead went with a 10-point breakdown of my reactions to the play, which you can read below:
1 – Mos Def’s is by far the weakest performance. He certainly has the cred. But this particular piece wasn’t suited for him. He stuck out and not because he was a standout.
Norton and Curran previously worked together on a film called The Painted Veil, Curran then went on to direct a film called Stone. Nether one of the films was very successful.
This will make for a great miniseries on HBO! I always thought of how awesome and hard it would have been for this group of explorers to head out into unknown territory not knowing what to expect. What a great adventure that must have been!
Norton recently revealed the news to the Av Club,
…we’re trying to make this big—HBO is doing all these historical miniseries, which I think they’ve done an amazing job with a couple of them. We’re trying to produce
- First, if you needed more of a reason to see Broadway’s hottest musical, here’s another one… Ms. Patti Labelle has joined the cast of the award-winning (won three 2010 Tony Awards) Fela! on Broadway.
The musical, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones is the story of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died in 1997.
Ms Patti, a legend herself, joins the cast as Kuti’s mother, Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti. She will begin performances tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14, and will continue through Saturday, July 2, 2011, which is when the show is scheduled to end its run.
For showtimes and tickets, visit www.felaonbroadway.com.
- Second, tickets are now on sale for the upcoming production of A Free Man of Color,
I often imagine what it would be like sitting in on an American geography or history class. What are the textbooks like? Did America invent oxygen or did they just discover it? Did they fight the World Wars alone or did they have the smallest bit of help?
While making the film, the Bp oil disaster occurred, leading Spike Lee to return to include it’s affects on the people of New Orleans. At the Television Critics Association Press Tour to talk about the upcoming August 23rd and 24th premiere, Spike Lee showed just how passionate he was about this matter and how telling this story has affected his life. Check out what he had to say after
Thespian Jeffrey Wright will be bringing his Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning acting skills to Broadway once again, this fall, to star in the world premiere of John Guare’s epic stage drama A Free Man of Color, which is set in New Orleans, in the year 1801, and centers on Jacques Cornet (played by Wright), “a new world Don Juan and the wealthiest inhabitant of this sexually charged and racially progressive city. Jacques thinks all is well in his paradise until history intervenes, setting off a chain of events which no one, much less this free man of color, realizes is about to splinter the world.”
Of course, said chain of events would more than likely be the Louisiana Purchase.
Actors of note joining Wright will be Mos Def (who also co-starred with Jeffrey in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Tony Award-winning play Topdog/Underdog), Nicole Beharie
This movie is brilliantly designed in that the characters are concisely and efficiently illustrated. These characters are clearly defined from the beginning, and their costumes tell us exactly who they are from the moment we meet them.
In this sense, they are archetypes, strongly drawn and easily recognized. For a movie as wacky and all over the place as The Big Lebowski, the visual simplicity of these characters helps the audience to stay engaged.
Example: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski. Here is what he wears when we first meet him:
He’s in public, wearing a bathrobe, buying half and half, paying with a check, so he can make some more White Russians. His costume says it all: unemployed, slacker, loser. He looks as though he has long ago thrown in the towel. Throughout the film, The Dude
Room with Manny if you're a "sophisticated" man interested in fire safety and picking up girls with virgin Mai Tais. Perfect the art of swimming, running and rowing if you're a relative of Gloria and wish to enter this country. Don't exercise too much with a bad back. Always warn your father-in-law, when lying face down across his front on a hammock, that it's just your wallet in your front pocket. Never dress your Vietnamese baby in jungle print when visiting local wild life. It's never too late to be romantic, even on a vacation with your children and in-laws.
Indeed, while all other bullet points referenced hilarious incidents from our favorite televised vacation in years, the final one was yet another example of what separates this sitcom from others on TV.
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.