Glen Campbell’s daughter carries on his legacy

Written by Mesfin Fekadu,
AP music writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:46

Glen Campbell’s daughter says that although she can’t have a typical conversation with her father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, she’s able to speak to him through music.

“When you sit there and play a guitar right in front of him, it really seems to reach him,” Ashley Campbell said in a recent interview. “So I try to do that as often as I can.”

Film highlights art from Works Progress Administration

Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:44

Eighty years after the federal Works Progress Administration put unemployed artists to work creating sculptures and murals for post offices and courthouses comes this reminder from film maker Michael Maglaras: Look around.

Much of the art is still there and has as much meaning now as it did during the Great Depression, says Maglaras, whose documentary “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” will be released May 15.

Dunham, Kohan, Wiig, Kaling talk 'women in Hollywood'

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:22

Lena Dunham dreams of the day when a man might say, "It's impossible to get into Hollywood. It's an old women's network."

The creative force behind HBO's "Girls" shared the stage with "The Mindy Project" creator Mindy Kaling, "Bridesmaids" star and co-writer Kristen Wiig and "Orange Is the New Black" show-runner Jenji Kohan for a discussion on women in Hollywood this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

Welles centennial celebrated in Madison, Kenosha

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 04:17

Orson Welles. — Photo: UW-Madison Cinematheque

A century ago, on May 6, 1915, Kenosha found itself the birthplace of one of the greatest film directors of all time: Orson Welles.

Oscars: Who will win ... and who should win

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:04

Michael Keaton, right, is heavily favored to win best actor for his role as Riggan Thomas in 'Birdman.' The film is also a frontrunner for Best Picture and Best Director.

Ahead of Sunday's 87th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that could be a nail biter.

What makes an Oscarcast click? Will it click this year?

AP Television Writer
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:18

The Academy Awards show is on Feb. 22 on ABC. —

What are TV viewers seeking from their annual Oscar fix? The same thing they want from movies: drama, comedy, sex, slapstick, glamour and romance.

UWM French film festival prompts cultural dialogue

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:50

Director Jean-Pierre Thorn. — Photo: Courtesy Fabienne Bullot

Fabienne Bullot knew she had found a city of kindred spirits when she left the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival screening of Earth. The visiting assistant professor of French at UWM had been pleased, shortly after her arrival in Milwaukee, to learn Milwaukee Film would be screening Ukrainian film director Alexander Dovzhenko’s silent Soviet-era film about the process of collectivism, with live musical accompaniment by postrock band Group of the Altos. But she was more pleased when the film received a thunderous standing ovation.

Academy Awards nominees, the list

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:47

The Academy Awards will be held Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center, and broadcast live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET.

The nominees, announced on Jan. 15, include:

Oscar spotlight shines attention on diversity issue in Hollywood

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film write
Friday, 20 February 2015 06:23

Lupita Nyong’o at last year’s Oscars. —Photo:

It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong’o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called “dark beauty.”

Fifty shades of disappointed

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP film writer
Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:28

Curious? The posters for Fifty Shades of Grey coyly ask.

New documentary a powerful portrait of Nina Simone

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 26 January 2015 09:43

Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again — still enigmatic but more easily understood — in the new documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

A classically trained pianist, accidental singer, passionate activist and often-lost soul, Nina Simone's many facets are illuminated in the film by director Liz Garbus, whose first film played at Sundance 16 years ago.

Nominees for the worst films of the year are …

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:04

The nominations are out for the 35th annual Razzie awards to the worst films of the year.

The nominees include…