Posts Tagged ‘Roger Ebert’

This Year’s AFI DOCS Slate: Muppets, Indie Rockers, and Nostalgia

The worlds of make-believe and rock 'n' roll are on full display at this year's AFI DOCS. In addition to the previously announced opening and closing night films honoring American icons Hal Holbrook (above) and Roger Ebert, the annual documentary celebration highlights sports from football to Quidditch, high-profile criminals, and one very fancy cat.
Many of the [...]

AFI DOCS Chooses Holbrook/Twain and Life Itself as Bookends

The festival formerly known as Silverdocs will open and close with biographies of two (or, depending on how you look at it, three) men who've made lifelong contributions to the arts. The world premiere of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, a Scott Teems-directed film about actor Hal Holbrook of "Mark Twain Tonight!," will kick off the festival at [...]

Arts Roundup: Emmy Edition

The Kennedy Center Honors win an Emmy [Post]
The National Museum of American History names a temporary director after John Gray's heart attack last week [Post]
Former Post television critic Tom Shales is headed to Roger Ebert's blog [Poynter]
Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess reflects on his company's 20 years [Washingtonian]
What would theaters look like if they borrowed [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck, by Roger Ebert.
It must really hurt to have a movie shredded by Roger Ebert. I mean, as an artist, you can always stake out an "I don't care what critics think" position. Certainly, [...]

This Week in Repertory Film: Bridge Over Troubled Water, For the Love of Movies

In the 40 years since Simon & Garfunkel released their final—and seminal—studio album Bridge Over Troubled Water, the singers' solo careers could not have been more divergent. Paul Simon, before settling in to his current incarnation as a Baby-Boomer nostalgia act, had more success than most reggae and afropop artists in popularizing those genres. (Remember, Vampire [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘I Am Sick of Arts Roundup’s Fat Fucking Face’ Edition

Next month's Done&Done Festival has a lineup, the organizers announced. The two-weekend event, which will "celebrate the continuing ascent of NY and DC’s underground music scenes," includes six D.C. bands (Exactly, Last Tide, Laughing Man, Loose Lips, Ra Ra Rasputin, and Rosy Likes Red) and six from New York, including one D.C. ex-pat, Byrds of [...]

Arts Roundup: Courtney Love Still Messed Up, Jay Leno Still Screwed, Sky Still Blue Edition

Good morning (or night), hungover Fat Tuesday-celebrating readers.
*The 30th annual Brit Awards aired last night, garnering awards for Oasis, Jay-Z, Robbie Williams, Florence and the Machine, and Lily Allen. The night's biggest winner was American favorite Lady Gaga who scooped up all three awards she was nominated for: Best International Newcomer, Best International Female, and [...]

Arts Roundup: Roman Polanski, Huma Bhabha, and the “‘My Way’ Killings”

Morning, readers.
*The Berlin Film Festival is set to kick off on February 12. Roman Polanski, who will not be attending, will nonetheless submit The Ghost Writer for consideration. The Telegraph reports that Polanski was "delighted" with a recent screening at his chalet in Gstaad, where he is currently enjoying house arrest. Personally, I prefer the [...]

Arts Roundup: Oscar Noms; Sundance Shrinkage; Ann Powers

Morning, readers.
*Today: Oscar nominations! They're in. Like as not, we'll have a spot of blog commentary from Tricia Olszewski, who's filing dispatches from sunny SoCal. They say it's 70 out there this a.m.; Tricia should maybe bring her editor along next time. just informed me that she canceled her L.A. trip and is, in fact, [...]

Arts Roundup: I Just Don’t Feel Like Ranting Edition

Good morning! Nothing has pissed me off today! (OK, one thing has: The Washington Post Style section seems to have resumed its coverage of the Salahis. Two articles so far this week! The one from yesterday—argh!—is about how the story won't go away.) So I'll skip the usual morning ramblings and move on to what [...]