February 15, 2013 |
It is unfair to compare a relatively anonymous, low-budget film to a high-end Hollywood production such as Steven Spielberg's Oscar showpiece "Lincoln," but someone decided to release "Saving Lincoln" at this time, which means, well, they asked for it. The film purports to be about the friendship between Lincoln and Ward Hill Lamon, a friend and colleague from Lincoln's days of Illinois lawyering who went with him to Washington to function as...
February 2, 2013 |
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - When Ron Artest first came to town I ignored him, wanting nothing to do with a wacko. "A lot of people do that," Artest says. I thought he was just a thug. "I tell people who call me a thug you're calling the right person a thug," he says. "I was raised to be a thug. " Others insist he's a sweetheart, although Ron Artest and sweetheart don't really seem to go together. But here we are in a Detroit suburb, the wacko thug more sensitive, insightful and sweet than advertised.
January 31, 2013 |
Casting Philip Seymour Hoffman in the role of Lancaster Dodd in "The Master" was surely a no-brainer for director Paul Thomas Anderson, who has been friends with the Oscar-winning actor for 17 years and has cast him in five of his films (including a small role in Anderson's debut feature, "Hard Eight"). And Hoffman himself is effusive when talking about his good friend, who hired him for the first time in 10 years for "The Master. " "We met when I was like, 25," says Hoffman. "We talked a lot and became fast friends, and we've been friends ever since.
January 27, 2013 |
Sprawled out on the floor of a New England home, surrounded by yellowing photographs and a flag that once rode in the presidential motorcade, appraiser Dan Meader leafed through history. A folder labeled “Texas Trip” piqued his attention. He opened it and found documents dated the week John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas' Dealey Plaza in 1963. He scanned the notes taken by Kennedy special assistant David Powers. “Three shots,” he read, and then, “I carried my president onto the Air Force One in the casket.” He got goose bumps.
January 19, 2013 |
Everyone deserves life with dignity in their final years, whether you dug ditches or played tennis on the world's most famous stages. Gertrude "Gussy" Moran did the latter. She also got that deserved dignity because of the extraordinary kindness of a woman possibly as quirky as Moran was herself — this other woman wears a $15,000 Rolex that she painted purple with nail polish to hide the gold. We shall call her Lovey Jurgens, because that's what she will allow us to call her. Nothing else.
December 27, 2012 |
Known for being “scrupulously unsentimental,” writer Susanna Sonnenberg has turned her sharp eye toward female friendships in the candid memoir “She Matters: A Life in Friendships.” The book, which comes to shelves Jan. 8, describes the missteps, delights, betrayals, and lasting psychological effects of friendships between women. Sonnenberg is no stranger to astutely examining her most intimate relationships: “She Matters” follows “Her Last Death,” the acclaimed memoir that delved deep into Sonnenberg's relationship with her charismatic and destructive mother. We had the pleasure of chatting with Sonnenberg about the process and challenges of writing an intimate memoir - as well as the emotional significance of the intense bonds between women. This is the second memoir you have written -- what drives your impulse toward memoir?
November 8, 2012 |
One of the year's most arresting, heartfelt indies, Sean Baker's "Starlet" trains the flat, harsh San Fernando Valley sun on a pair of checked-out lives testing new interpersonal waters: a fizzy young porn actress and the cranky octogenarian widow she befriends. Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel, exudes airy curiosity as young Jane, whose discovery of a stash of cash in a thermos purchased from a yard sale drives her to acts of charity toward its original owner, suburban shut-in Sadie (newcomer Besedka Johnson, whose feisty, affecting turn earned her Special Jury Recognition at SXSW this year)
November 4, 2012 |
Set in the deep recesses of the San Fernando Valley, the film "Starlet" explores an unlikely friendship between a twentysomething girl and an eightysomething woman. After young Jane (Dree Hemingway) buys an old thermos at a yard sale - she thinks it will make a nice vase - she discovers a large amount of cash inside it. Rather than return the money, she begins to insert herself into the life of the woman who sold it to her, offering the elderly Sadie (Besedka Johnson) rides to the market or going with her to bingo.
October 24, 2012 |
There's something shambling and unassuming about "The Flat," a home-movie quality to much of its footage. But it's not just any home that's being examined, and that makes all the difference. Israel's top-grossing documentary of last year as well as the winner of that country's best documentary award, "The Flat" succeeds by being wide-ranging as well as particular. It tells an out-of-the-ordinary personal story and examines broad historical issues of societal memory and selective amnesia, of what is hidden between generations and what is revealed.
October 4, 2012 |
Chris Brown has confronted wide speculation about the status of his relationship with Rihanna by dumping girlfriend Karrueche Tran. That's one way to, uh, clarify what's been happening with Brown and RiRi, as months and months of increased time spent together - and finally a reported makeout session in New York on Monday - have had fans and the industry buzzing. "I have decided to be single to focus on my career," Brown said in a statement via his publicist (CNN noted his thoughts came unsolicited)