Effectively combining comedy and pathos is no easy task, and few directors were as adept at it as Billy Wilder. One would think after "Double Indemnity," "Sunset Boulevard," "Sabrina" and "Some Like it Hot," he would have been running on empty once the 1960s rolled around.
Perhaps inspired by the recent primary elections, News-Gazette readers have selected "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" — the 1963 comedy about a horde of bungling characters all scrambling for the same prize — for the June screening in The News-Gazette Film Series. You can catch the frantic action and all-star cast at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on June 25 at the Virginia Theatre.
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DANVILLE — When Dick Van Dyke returned to Danville High School in 2004 to be honored as a distinguished alumnus, his arrival was so low-key that it took most in the large welcoming party by surprise.
Favorite summertime songs are easy. Favorite summertime movies? Oy.
There's no question that Pixar Animation radically changed the way big-screen cartoons were created as well as what audiences should expect from them.
SULLIVAN — Guy Little remembers how he was told, when he started the Little Theatre on the Square here nearly 60 years ago, that it just couldn't be done.
"Guy, this will never work in Sullivan," the owner of a bistro in the Moultrie County seat told him.
"Two years later he told me, 'You've made me a rich man,'" Little recently said.
Other than his contemporary George Stevens, no one was more eclectic than director Howard Hawks in turning any script into a classic. Consider his resume: "Red River" (western), "Only Angels Have Wings" (adventure), "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (musical), "The Big Sleep" (mystery), "Sgt. York" (bio-pic), "Scarface" (gangster). This film, however, is one of his overlooked comedies.