August 7, 2009 |
NEW YORK, Aug. 6 -- Of all the roles Marion Barry has played in his years on the public stage -- activist, council member, mayor, convict, redeemed soul, mayor again, council member again -- perhaps none was more unlikely than the one he found himself in today: film celebrity. Yet there he was, at a cocktail party at HBO's midtown Manhattan headquarters, the center of attention, the subject and star of a new documentary about his many incarnations, appropriately titled "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.
April 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Once upon a time, there was an 11-year-old Hungarian girl, with blond curls and big dark eyes and a beautiful singing voice and a singer mother who taught her how to use it. She was discovered, as such girls often are, and toured as a child prodigy; and she had staying power, which such girls often do not. At 17 she landed a role in a hit show written by one of the biggest names in show business. A great opera conductor tried to secure her services, but so did the film studios, and she became a movie star —...
June 18, 2012 |
Hopscotching between 1960s Italy and contemporary Hollywood, Jess Walter's " Beautiful Ruins " is a novel about memory, nostalgia and ephemera. A young man named Pasquale manages his family's hotel, Adequate View, in Porto Vergogna, Italy. A starlet named Dee Moray arrives in a boat. She's supposedly dying of cancer, and she changes Pasquale's life. Falling in love with Dee, worshiping her with a pure chivalric heart, he never forgets her. Fifty years later, Pasquale comes looking for Dee in Hollywood.
February 8, 2008
See today's Weekend section for Quick Take reviews of new films and comprehensive coverage of the movies now showing in area theaters. For past film reviews and articles, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/movies . Also opening today: Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights -- Hollywood to the Heartland (R, 100 minutes). The movie star shepherds a troupe of four traveling comics across the country.
April 3, 2012 |
Today, the Major League Baseball season gets underway with the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals playing the Miami Marlins in the Florida team's new ballpark. The Washington Nationals start their season Thursday with a game in Chicago against the Cubs. To get you in the mood for the season, here are some baseball books that bring out all the excitement and beauty of the game: the thwack of the bat, the smell of a freshly mowed infield and a ball that is going, going . . .
April 17, 2008
At first, jokes, gags and slapstick kept the audience laughing last weekend at Wootton High School, but then the mood turned dark as the school's production of "My Favorite Year" tackled father abandonment and alcoholism. Wootton took a risk by choosing the musical, which closed on Broadway after fewer than 40 performances. The Broadway show was based on a Mel Brooks-produced film of the same name starring Peter O'Toole as an alcoholic movie star and Mark Linn-Baker as the upstart...