December 7, 2012 |
The Lakers saw the movie "Lincoln" together Thursday evening, a film that elicited mixed reactions from the players. Tweeted Pau Gasol: "We've watched "Lincoln"! Very good movie! It describes one of the most important moments in the history of the USA. Highly recommended!" Jordan Hill was not as impressed. "I fell asleep 8 times," he tweeted. Regardless of whether the movie was a hit, it's positive that the team is doing activities together, a move that will further augment their chemistry on and off the court.
January 10, 2013 |
Only in Hollywood could a tiny, low-budget tale of a little girl named Hushpuppy who lives in the bayou take on a historical epic by master filmmaker Steven Spielberg about the 16th president's struggle to end slavery and the Civil War. But “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Lincoln” will both be vying for best picture and best director at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, after Thursday morning's Oscar nominations saw some shocking omissions,...
February 11, 2008 |
Bouncing down an empty country road, past browning cotton fields lined with signs advertising church services and cheap guns, historian John A. Lupton hunches over a minivan's steering wheel and ignores his aching back. He has been traveling for six days -- covering five states and more than 1,400 miles -- in a mentally exhilarating and physically exhausting pursuit of anything handwritten by Abraham Lincoln, as well as documents addressed to him: a frayed envelope the president addressed to a Confederate sympathizer; a dirty sheet of paper filled with the grumblings of a cotton farmer; a faded journal entry with notes about property rights that Lincoln scrawled in the margins.
October 2, 2012
Re "Suspicious voter forms easily traced in Florida," Sept. 30 How ironic that the party responsible for removing many barriers to voting used in the South after Reconstruction to prevent poor African Americans and poor whites from voting is resurrecting them in the form of voter ID laws, again to disenfranchise African Americans, the poor and the elderly, whom the GOP presumes vote mostly for Democrats. The cost of providing certified copies of birth certificates or naturalization papers, passports, driver's licenses or other form of identification will be a burden to many of these citizens.
November 9, 2012 |
Given that Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln" combines one of Hollywood's biggest directors and one of America's greatest heroes, it's not hard to imagine the result being an epic, reverential portrait of the 16th president. Instead, however, Spielberg, screenwriter Tony Kushner and star Daniel Day-Lewis have treated Lincoln as more man than myth and focused on the political wrangling he orchestrated to end the Civil War and pass the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. The decision seems to have been a shrewd one, as critics are nearly unanimous in praising the film.
October 9, 2012 |
Steven Spielberg's long-gestating "Lincoln" finally arrived last night at the New York Film Festival, and as with any blessed event, the debut prompted a level of excitement not seen since ... well ... the last time Spielberg made a much-hyped, awards-season movie. Or as Matt Dentler, former producer of the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival, put it in a tweet: "'LINCOLN is Steven Spielberg's best film since 'WAR HORSE'!!" Our own Steven Zeitchik, covering the festival, saw the movie last night, writing that it "got off to a strong if not spectacular awards-season start," playing to an "appreciative if not overwhelmingly loud festival audience," which sounds like a solid, if not ringing, endorsement to us. PHOTOS: Celebrities by the Times The headline writers at the Hollywood Reporter eschewed that sort of measured approach, trumpeting that last night's screening "turns the Oscar race upside-down ," which means either A)