January 29, 2014 |
As a reporter covering Hollywood for the New York Times, Bernard Weinraub was amused whenever producers or studio executives were unable to remember the names of the screenwriters of their latest films. "They would actually say, 'I'm not sure,' or 'A couple of people.' Very few of them actually knew who wrote the movie," Weinraub said. "It always cracked me up. It's such a collaborative process. Obviously, that never happens in the theater. " So when Weinraub retired from journalism in 2005 and began a second career as a playwright, he thought he would wield more clout than Hollywood screenwriters.
December 27, 2013 |
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Taraji P. Henson | Actress She may not be a household name, but Taraji P. Henson has notched quite a few milestones in her young career. Nominated for both an Oscar ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and an Emmy (Lifetime's "Taken From Me"), Henson has garnered attention for her portrayal of detective Joss Carter on the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest.
December 5, 2013 |
The Pasadena Playhouse announced Thursday that Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will star in the world premiere of “Above the Fold.” Written by former New York Times correspondent Bernard Weinraub, "Above the Fold" is set in a journalism world in transition, amid a shift from print to digital storytelling. Jane, the character to be played by Henson, is an African American newspaper reporter covering three white fraternity boys accused of raping an African American woman at a Southern university.
November 5, 2013 |
Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts. Closures were up 42% over the previous year, according to the Guardian. The companies that folded included the 26-year-old healthcare publisher Panos London, and Evans Brothers, which published popular children's book author Enid Blyton for 30 years. During 2012, e-book sales in Britain rose by 134% to more than $346 million. While print sales still dominate the bottom line in Britain with more than $4.6 billion in sales, that total was a 1% drop from the year before.
October 11, 2013 |
The folding bike is riding the cycling commuter wave, and the clever engineering is making it quicker than ever to carry on a subway or in a car trunk. Now found in some regular bike shops as well as specialty urban-transportation stores, better designs are helping the bikes shrug off a nerdy-professor stereotype of being ugly, tiny-wheeled, poor-riding machines. Breakthrough models come with chainless belt drives, electric engines and even recumbent formats. Most sport 20-inch wheels to make the bikes compact when folded, with elegant frames that hinge and lock at mid-frame.
September 30, 2013 |
Seattle, Denver, Kansas City and New England remained unblemished. The rest of the NFL remained unbelievable. Cleveland beat Cincinnati? The Browns were supposed to be cooked a couple weeks ago when they traded running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis and promoted third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer to starter. Now, they've won consecutive games and just knocked off the best team in the AFC North. Pittsburgh is winless? Yes, the Steelers lost in London to Minnesota, 34-27.