April 10, 2014 |
WHO KNEW that wealthy Wall Street types were so sensitive? According to TheWrap.com, an unhappy broker has filed a $25 million defamation suit against the producers of "The Wolf of Wall Street. " Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Productions are asking a New York federal judge to dismiss the suit by Andrew "Wigwam" Greene , a former employee of Stratton Oakmont, noting that just because the character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff has a receding hairline doesn't mean it was inspired by him. Greene said in his February filing that the character of Nicky is clearly based on him due to jokes about the character's toupee and certain biographical details.
August 23, 2013
We only have to look back over the past 50 years, five eventful decades filled with anger and jubilation, riot and reconciliation, trespass and redemption. The struggle that started well before the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. looked out upon the National Mall and said "I have a dream" was marked with legendary words. Words of triumph. Words of fury. Words of defiance. Words like those written by the great American Langston Hughes. This was a fierce yet simple voice that spoke on behalf of the silent millions who saw their dreams deferred if not dashed on the rocks of a racist reality.
May 20, 2013
BALTIMORE - Benjamin Lipsitz, a lawyer who defended the man who tried to kill George Wallace, died May 10. He was 94. Lipsitz was chosen to defend Arthur Bremer, accused of shooting Wallace, a Democratic presidential candidate, and three others, including a Secret Service agent, at a Laurel, Md., shopping center on May 15, 1972. Bremer called his lawyer "my only friend. " With his daughter, Eleanor J. Lipsitz, as co-counsel, he conducted a strong defense in Prince George's Circuit Court.
January 20, 2013
James Hood, 70, one of the first two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama a half-century ago in defiance of racial segregation, died Thursday. Then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace made his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" in a failed effort to prevent Mr. Hood and Vivian Malone from registering for classes in 1963. Mr. Hood and Malone were accompanied by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach when Wallace confronted them. Wallace backed down later that day and Mr. Hood and Malone registered.
July 31, 2009 |
It's amoment of darkness and doom: A doctor sits opposite Adam Sandler's Funny People character, the big star George Simmons, and tells him, "I can't predict how this will play out, but I feel we have a rough road ahead. " The famous funnyman - played by the famous funnyman - has a rare type of leukemia. There are experimental drugs, but the odds are not in George's favor. And so Judd Apatow's long and winding, often wildly funny and sometimes mawkish movie begins. For a while, it's hard to predict how things will play out, and there's the feeling - especially deep in that second hour - that the rough road ahead is right under foot.
October 14, 2008
John McCain is no George Wallace. But John McCain may be desperate. How else do you explain McCain's having let his campaign wander down roads that have raised comparisons to a dead bigot whose very name is synonymous with racist politics? This is the same McCain who lost the 2000 Republican primary in South Carolina in part because he criticized, then waffled, on the appropriateness of flying the Confederate flag over the state Capitol. Eight years ago, McCain blamed then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush's campaign for stoking up resentment among those South Carolinians who saw the Stars and Bars as part of their proud heritage.
September 4, 2007 |
The man who tried to assassinate George Wallace will soon be free after spending 35 years in a Maryland prison. Arthur Bremer could be released before December because of time earned for good behavior. The announcement last week ignited a flood of memories for me. Wallace was shot in a suburb near Washington while running for president in 1972. About three months later, the racist governor of Alabama was brought to a Birmingham hospital where I had a summer job. Spain Rehabilitation Center was known nationally for its work with spinal-cord-injury victims.
November 29, 2006 |
FIFTY-TWO years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Three years later, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus sought to defy the court's ruling by calling out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock's Central High School. To enforce obedience to the law of the land, President Dwight Eisenhower federalized the guard, ordered them back to their armories and sent in federal troops. A few years later, in 1962, George Wallace was elected governor of Alabama by the largest popular vote in state history with the defiant declaration: "I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say, segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.
January 4, 2005
WITH Congress debating whether to relax the rules that would punish representatives for accepting bribes and having sex with pages, it's easy to disparage politicians. But some of them in that chamber were giants, serving the country with distinction. We just lost two: former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and Congressman Robert Matsui. Both were champions for the rights of minorities and progressive politics. In a hall filled with puffed shirts, these two mattered. Chisholm, of New York, was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, but refused to let her color dictate her decisions.
August 20, 2004 |
Just as Olympians train to prepare for an event, so voters train to prepare for the November election. From the satirical to the reverential, "Acting Presidential," a compelling movie program at International House today and Saturday, offers a variety of perspectives on past candidates and chief execs. Millhouse (1971, 8 tonight), Emile de Antonio's scathing compilation film of Richard Nixon speeches and TV interviews, lets its subject hoist himself on his own petard. Preceding de Antonio's political vaudeville is LBJ (1967)