Digging deep into the Faves mailbag ... hey, wait, there's a letter in here!
Before heading off on vacation last week, I received a wonderful pre-Easter treat via snail mail — a hand-written letter from reader Angela Proctor of Farmer City, who had nothing but nice things to say about this column (thank you, Angela!).
Yes, there's singing and dancing in Lloyd Bacon's seminal American musical, but there's also a dark undercurrent. Producer/director Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) is hired to put on a lavish Broadway musical, which may not go on when its star suffers a serious injury. Then chorus girl Peggy Sawyer, chosen to fill in, dazzles everyone and becomes an overnight sensation.
These days, dozens of television/cable shows stand ready, even desperate, to give you the latest news/dirt about your favorite or not-so-favorite celebrity. And online, you can find scandalous stories, nude photos and insulting rants by or about them instantaneously and, as often as not, posted by the very people they're about.
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What do dyed eggs and chocolate rabbits have to do with a church holiday celebrating resurrection?
You got me. And yet somehow, we can't seem to have Easter without them.
With the exception of the recent "Star Wars" release, no film has generated a sense of anticipation like Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice." Every press release, on-set picture and trailer has served to simultaneously build excitement among fans as well as sow the seeds of doubt, what with the specter of the flawed "Man of Steel" hanging over the production.
CHAMPAIGN — The final slate for the 18th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival includes a documentary on ex-fighters from the Middle East trying to find peace, Lily Tomlin starring in "Grandma" and a silent film that caused an uproar on its release.
There's also a documentary about activist nuns and a well-regarded biopic about the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.
Though 1939 saw the release of the most classic films in history, only one can be credited with saving an entire genre: John Ford's masterpiece. At the time, Westerns were seldom the subject of feature films, usually produced as B-movies or serials.