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Movies, Documentaries and Museum Exhibits
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SOURCE: NYT (8-3-07)
Now he has returned, as the focus of an unabashedly nostalgic but visually delightful retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on tour from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. Few of the 60 paintings and dozen drawings gathered here have been shown together since his last retrospective in the mid-1960s, so this Ranney showcase has the effect of a minor revelation.
Though Ranney was best known for his frontier scenes, they constitute less than a third of his meager output of about 150 works. A virtue of this exhibition is that it fills in the career blanks, with several bays of terrific hunting and sporting pictures, historical and rural...
SOURCE: Andrew O'Hehir at Salon.com (8-2-07)
I don't want to get dragged into some facile compare-and-contrast, or the sort of wonky taxonomy that reveals film snobbery at its most unpleasant. You can't imagine contemporary cinema without both Bergman and Antonioni any more than you can imagine the history of the American republic without both Adams and Jefferson. (Unlike the second and third presidents, the two filmmakers liked and respected one another.) As different as...
SOURCE: USA Today (8-1-07)
"I loved Ken Nolan's script," Scott says. "But we discovered Bobby De Niro had started on The Good Shepherd," and Warner Bros. had another spy project. "All three were similar takes on the CIA."
Now a $40 million, six-hour miniseries adapted by Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and directed by Mikael Salomon, The Company premieres on cable's TNT Sunday (8 ET/PT) in a format that enables "one to tell and flush out history in grander form," says Scott, who was to direct the theatrical release but was an executive producer on the TV project. "It's almost better as a giant miniseries."
The Company spans the post-World War II start of the CIA through five decades of Cold War...
SOURCE: NYT (8-1-07)
By the end of the day, no one had given him a shot, and the label’s founder Jim Stewart felt guilty. Mr. Stewart was simply that kind of guy. The task of hearing out the eager aspirant fell begrudgingly to Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. & the MGs, one of the label’s popular bands. As Mr. Cropper tells it in “Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story,” a “Great Performances” documentary tonight on PBS: “He started singing ‘These Arms of Mine,’ and I know my hair lifted out about three inches. I couldn’t believe this guy’s voice.” It belonged to Otis Redding.