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Jackson Lears is a formidable, compellingly original cultural and intellectual historian. In "No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920," Lears skillfully delineated the role of aesthetic radicals -- notably...
CHINLE, Ariz. -- An 800-foot pillar of red sandstone looms at the east end of Canyon de Chelly in the heart of the Navajo Nation. It is called Spider Rock, for Spider Woman, who taught the Navajo to weave, thereby helping to bring about one of the most...
This Friday at 4 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner will pay a visit to one of his favorite Chicago haunts. In the spirit of the movie “Lincoln,” which Kushner wrote and which revels in the...
Liz Smith"SHE'S a bang bang boogie!" said Jamie Foxx, the dynamite star of "Django Unchained," of the one and only Beyonce. We'd already written our accolade to the Queen of the Super Bowl, but I couldn't resist this quote. THE OTHER day this column went off the...
Tags: Jamie Foxx, Movies, Skyfall (movie), Lillian Gish, Liz Smith
It's one of the most iconic movies in American cinema history, despite its running time of less than one minute. In the film, four animated concession items — a candy bar, some popcorn, a box of candy and a soft drink — march up a movie...
One hundred and one years ago, D.W. Griffith gave us "The Musketeers of Pig Alley," often credited as the first gangster film, and once sound came in, nothing hooked movie audiences during the early 1930s more reliably than Edward G. Robinson or James...
VarietyMGM, the fabled Hollywood studio that's made some folks piles of money and cost others their shirts, that's been in and out of the public market and Kirk Kerkorian's pocket for decades and that's had half a dozen CEOs in about as many years, is heading...
Hollywood doesn't make very many films about itself, let alone paeans to its ancient history. So how can we explain two such titles opening simultaneously — on the very same day — last month? I swore I wouldn't use the hack phrase “...
A brutal attack in the dead of night—the recurring nightmare of Henry (Rick Gomez), a successful novelist with a loving wife (Vinessa Shaw). After a farewell party thrown by his publisher (Bryan Cranston), Henry goes into isolation at his remote...
Gayle Anderson was live in North Hollywood at the "WESTERN COSTUME COMPANY HALLOWEEN STORE." Western Costume is one of the oldest motion picture businesses in Hollywood, WESTERN COSTUME COMPANY was founded by L.L. Burns in 1912 as a source for costumes...
Tags: Inventories, Holidays, Judy Garland, Lillian Gish, Buster Keaton
D. W. Griffith's overpowering 31/2 -hour epic, "Intolerance," gets the perfect showcase Saturday, 95 years after its premiere — a screening with live, original music during an event exploring, yes, intolerance. The Maryland Institute College of Art...
This was the decade when the frontier town of Fort Lauderdale became the center of the region's burgeoning commerce. Its early and naive efforts at mercantilism involved the exploitation and destruction of what is now recognized as a vital environmental...
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