June 6, 2013
A Brooklyn man tries to square a checkered past with a grim future in the intimate and observational "Welcome to Pine Hill. " An offshoot of writer-direct-editor Keith Miller's short film "Prince/William," the feature mixes real-life situations and characters with fictionalized narrative threads to create a highly authentic slice-of-life drama. First-time actor Shannon Harper, who Miller initially met on a New York street in a dispute over a dog (that incident, documented in the short, also opens "Pine Hill")
November 23, 2012 |
Australian bestselling author Bryce Courtenay died late Thursday, his publisher has announced. The 79-year-old author succumbed to stomach cancer two weeks after the publication of his last novel, "Jack of Diamonds. " Courtenay was born in South Africa in 1933 and brought up partly in an orphanage. He studied in London and moved to Australia in 1958, where he went to work in advertising. Thirty years later, when he was 55, he published his blockbuster debut novel, "The Power of One. " The book, about an orphan boy with enormous dreams, earned him a $1 million advance and garnered glowing reviews.
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November 23, 2012 |
Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay, whose debut novel, "The Power of One," was made into a popular 1992 movie starring Morgan Freeman, has died. He was 79. Courtenay died Thursday at his home in Canberra, Australia, according to his publisher, Penguin Group Australia. The cause was stomach cancer. The South African-born Courtenay launched his fiction-writing career at age 50 and considered his first novels "practice books. " But "The Power of One," the powerful story of a young boy's difficult journey to adulthood under the shadow of South Africa's apartheid regime, was an instant success when it was published in 1989.
September 17, 2012 |
Cancer has become the leading cause of death among U.S. Latinos, nosing past heart disease in 2009, researchers at the American Cancer Society reported Monday. For most demographic groups - and for the country as a whole - heart disease is the top killer, claiming a total of 599,413 American lives in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 567,628 Americans died of cancer. Among Latinos that year, the rankings were reversed: 29,935 died of cancer and 29,611 of heart disease, according to a study in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
November 8, 2011 |
It will be an even 20 for Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, who announced Tuesday that they're expecting their 20th child. The Duggars, stars of their own TLC show, are a source of fascination for some people, since super-sized families aren't the norm the way they were about a century ago. Michelle Duggar, you'll recall, didn't have such an easy time around with her last pregnancy in 2009. Daughter Josie was delivered early when it was discovered that Michelle had preeclampsia and gall bladder problems (Josie is now doing fine)
October 21, 2011 |
"Norman" is one of those intimate indies that makes an excellent case for micro-economics in filmmaking, with director Jonathan Segal wringing every bit of emotional purity and ironic humor that he can out of this teen coming-of-age in a life surrounded by death story. Dan Byrd, whose nice turn in "Easy A" last year began pushing him outside his "Cougar Town" comedy series comfort zone, stars as Norman, a complex kid with a lot of extra baggage piled on top of the normal high school angst.