Not everything from Ireland travels as well as the whiskey. Like mud-thick porridge, Shadow Dancer, another dreary, confusing conspiracy thriller about the Irish “troubles,” is one of them.
In the 1970s, when she was growing up in war-torn Belfast, a girl named Collette McVeigh sent her little brother out to buy cigarettes for their father. Read More
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Now A Major Motion Picture
It’s such a long list! And it doesn’t even include HBO, the vacuum of literature/possibly the single biggest financial backer of writing in New York City. Publishers Weekly has compiled the round-up, which includes everything from Gillian Anderson in Great Expectations to Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (which was depressing enough in picture book form, thank you very much.)
Gillian Anderson is all about Martha Gellhorn, a war reporter who covered conflicts for 60 years. As a correspondent for Collier’s Weekly, she reported on the Spanish Civil War, along with her future husband, Ernest Hemingway. Ms. Anderson read Caroline Moorehead’s 2004 biography Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life and was hooked. "Martha Gellhorn was one of Read More
Gillian Anderson, the red-headed scientist hottie from The X-Files, will replace the fogey male journalists who have hosted PBS’ signature show Masterpiece Theater for the past 37 years. Ms. Anderson is part of a major overhaul of the show, which will begin its new season on Jan. 13 by airing a bunch of Jane Austen Read More
Has Jane Pauley been taking lessons on how to win friends and influence colleagues from her famously grouchy former Today Show co-host Bryant Gumbel?
Ms. Pauley was recently called up for active publicity duty as her prime-time news magazine, Dateline NBC , celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 23.
Ms. Pauley’s contributions to the Read More
Terence Davies’ The
House of Mirth , from his own screenplay, based on the novel by Edith
Wharton, is one of several end-of-year releases that has made 2000 a better
movie-going year than anyone could have anticipated at the beginning of
December. The best movies, by and large, remain individualized productions that
seldom zoom into Read More
The Christmas countdown begins. With approximately 30 more
movies to open before the annual Dec. 31 deadline for Oscar consideration-at
least a dozen of which are scheduled to simultaneously start rolling on
projectors Dec. 22-holiday traffic at the movies is rapidly approaching
gridlock. I’m spreading the news the only way possible-as fast as I can Read More
Peter Bogdanovich’s Movie of the Week
One of the hardest-to-see, most personal, least commercial and least known of quality pictures to come from the American studio system is Leo McCarey’s profoundly touching 1937 drama (with comedy) about a loving old married couple and their thoughtless grown-up children, Make Way for Tomorrow [ Wednesday, Feb. 4, Read More