October 5, 2012 |
CHARISMATIC, imperious and quick-witted, Diana Vreeland ruled in the world of couture and cutting-edge culture for more than 50 years as the editor of Harper's Bazaar , then Vogue , from which she was unceremoniously fired in 1971. Remarkably, much of that sizzling sensibility was caught on film and has been stylishly stitched together with her personal history in the scrumptious new documentary "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. " Her story, as much a portrait of an early-day feminist as that of a fashion maven, traces a career that got its start in the '20s and was winding down just as the second wave of the women's movement was gaining traction, ushered in by Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique in 1963.
September 7, 2012 |
WONDER WHERE the old-fashioned heart and humor at the core of Paul McCartney's music came from? Answers can clearly be found in his recent foray album into jazz-tinged American pop standards, "Kisses on the Bottom," featuring ditties like "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive. " This is music McCartney was spoon-fed as a Liverpool lad, "especially at New Year's Eve parties at Uncle Joe or Aunt Jan's where they'd roll the carpet back, get the piano out and sing all these songs," he recalled.
September 2, 2012
Movies Chicken With Plums Following the destruction of his beloved violin, a renowned musician confines himself to bed and awaits death while looking back at his life and imagining the future. French with subtitles. For a Good Time, Call . . . See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Little White Lies See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Samsara See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Unforgivable A novelist falls for and moves in with his real estate agent, then becomes obsessed with her daily whereabouts.
August 18, 2012 |
The film director Ron Howard and his frequent producer partner Brian Grazer will be shooting a documentary when the Made in America music festival takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, the New York Post reported. Grazer told the Post he was producing the film with hip-hop exec Steve Stoute and artist Jay-Z. "It is going to be born through Jay-Z's perspective," Grazer said. "He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan. " Budweiser marketing vice president Paul Chibe will share executive producer credit with Jay-Z, according to Advertising Age. Budweiser is sponsoring the event.
August 16, 2012 |
NEW YORK had Max's Kansas City and CBGB's. Los Angeles boasted the Roxy. Liverpool, England, had its Cavern Club. Here in Philadelphia, the pre-eminent rock 'n' roll club for many moons was J.C. Dobbs, a long chute of a room and hangout on the "hippest street in town," a/k/a lower South Street. Hot and happening from 1975 to 1996, Dobbs was the place where local heroes such as Wilmington's George Thorogood and Robert Hazard were discovered, where bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Oasis, Green Day and Rage Against the Machine kick-started a buzz, and solo talents like Sarah McLachlan and Beck first faced and conquered a Philly contingent.
August 15, 2012 |
Here's Alison Klayman's advice for people making documentaries in China: Change the film in your camera. Frequently. If not constantly. That way, if the cops grab your equipment, you won't lose valuable footage. She learned that lesson early in the process of creating Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry , her acclaimed, feature-length documentary about the outspoken artist-dissident. It's Klayman's first movie. Only 27, she directed, filmed, and produced the work, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won a special jury prize there.
August 9, 2012
Robert Hughes, 74, the eloquent, combative art critic and historian who lived with operatic flair and wrote with a sense of authority that owed more to Zola or Ruskin than to his own century, died Monday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He died after a long illness, said his wife, Doris Downes. With a Hemingwayesque build and the distinctively rounded vowels of his native Australia, Mr. Hughes became as familiar a presence on TV as in print, over three decades for Time magazine, where he was chief art critic and often a traditionalist scourge in an era when art movements fractured into unrecognizability.
August 3, 2012 |
How did Philadelphia become home to one of the art world's richest splendors, a collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modernist masterpieces so deep that it borders on overwhelming? It is the legacy of one of the city's more confounding native sons, the imperious altruist Albert C. Barnes. His character and his signal achievement are fascinatingly detailed in The Barnes Collection, a documentary produced and directed by Glenn Holsten for WHYY TV12. In one sense, you can't really miss when making a film about Barnes.
July 27, 2012 |
Carol Alt subsisted on "an apple here, a carrot there. " Paulina Porizkova remembers teenage girls routinely propositioned, in vile ways, by powerful men. "What people called sexual harassment," she says, "we called compliments. " Ah, the life of a supermodel. It wasn't all champagne, clubbing, and cocaine, though there was plenty of that, as detailed in HBO's warm and chatty documentary, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now . Candid interviews with a who's who of American beauties from the 1950s through the '80s offer a peek behind the runways and photo spreads that idealized (not to say manufactured)
July 18, 2012 |
I'M A SUCKER for a love story. I just never thought I'd see one on "Frontline. " The weekly PBS documentary showcase rivals only "60 Minutes" in its Very Important Coverage of news and public affairs. The last thing you'd expect while watching "Frontline" is to reach for a Kleenex while pressing your hand to your heart and sniffling, "I LOVE these guys…" But if you watch Tuesday night's "Frontline" premiere of "Fast Times at West Philly High," I promise that you, too, will be tearful and smitten.