A new documentary seeks to tell the story of Mexican-American child actors who appeared in the 1956 blockbuster movie “Giant” but later could only view it in segregated theaters.
“Children of Giant” goes to the West Texas town where director George Stevens and his Hollywood crew set up shop to shoot one of the first, major films to openly tackle racism.
Vin Diesel says that the latest "Fast & Furious" film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it’s an action flick and it’s a sequel. The 47-year-old actor has appeared in virtually all of the "Fast & Furious" films, whose plots are built around fast cars.
Imagine an antique shop in the afternoon. Sunlight diffuses through shelves of colorful glass vases and goblets, compotes and all sorts of glittering vessels arranged carefully by hue. Each piece is distinguished by its particularities, its sinuous contours and decorative flourishes, but when seen as a whole arrangement they join and multiply. They overlap and refract, not so much as a kaleidoscope but more like a dream recorded in echoing waves of paint and time.
It’s been almost a century since the Scopes “Monkey” Trial so famously fictionalized in "Inherit the Wind," yet the battle over teaching evolution and/or creationism in schools still rages on. But while the central question may have remained the same, the cultural landscape has changed since the 1925 trial that challenged a state law against the teaching of evolution, or that 1955 play that revived its themes and conflicts.
Adam Rome’s "The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation" tells the story of how the first Earth Day in 1970 proved a transformative, monumental event.
And Wisconsin figures prominently in the story.
Few characters in 20th-century literature have quite as much intellectual and comic clout as Reginald Jeeves, better known as the personal valet, or “gentleman’s gentleman,” to hapless, dim-witted Bertram Wilberforce “Bertie” Wooster. As one of the last of the idle rich in England’s post-Edwardian era, Wooster has little to do other than get himself into trouble and then rely on Jeeves to get him out of it again.
"Shotgun Lovesongs," Wisconsin native Nickolas Butler’s debut novel, has become a breakout success for the author since its publication in March. The book tells the story of five friends who came of age in a tiny Wisconsin town. They reunite for a wedding and must confront each other’s adult selves.
Think of humanity’s earliest forms of art, and the average expert may point to the Paleolithic painting of a dun horse in the Lascaux Caves in southwestern France as a prominent example. Glenn Edgerton, artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, suggests we look elsewhere.
Everything old is new again, and one of the latest waves in healthy eating dates back to a time when people depended on fermentation to preserve their food.