In Selma, we see the most private moments of Dr. King with his wife, their relationship strained by his activism and the risks he is taking, and by tapes the FBI sent to Mrs. King revealing her husband's affairs. Oyelowo explained why those scenes were "a gift" to him as an actor.
Americans are skilled at that combination of complacency and despair that assumes things cannot change and that we, the people, do not have the power to change them. Yet you have to be abysmally ignorant of history, as well as of current events, not to see that our country and our world have always been changing, are in the midst of great and terrible changes, and are occasionally changed through the power of the popular will and idealistic movements.
This can be tricky, since they tend to have every gadget and gizmo you could imagine, but fear not, here is a little guide to get that person the perfect holiday gift.
Ankore roams the streets at night, looking for a wall to paint. During the day, he's a soft spoken, earnest guy from Central America who works in a factory for minimum wage; when the sun sets, he finds a wall and begins to passionately paint.
Meryl Streep is a truly amazing woman.There she was on the Academy stage after last night's screening of the new Disney musical film, INTO THE WOODS, and the 65-year old actress was looking neat and nifty, speaking wittily, after the audience had spent the previous two hours watching her play the unkempt Witch in this wondrous film.
Last night at a screening room in Beverly HiIls I attended a preview showing of Al Pacino's new film, THE HUMBLING, from Millenium Pictures, which is getting a limited Oscar release prior to its general showing in the new year.
As a historian of Cuba, as a Cuban-American, as an American citizen, I applaud President Obama's change of course on Cuba. Surprisingly, so do my 93 and 88-year old Republican parents in Miami.
I love Amazon's Transparent, which she created, and Jill's old shorts are just as good. A nuanced director with a great grasp of humanity.
The truth is it doesn't take long for the body to start losing strength, endurance and aerobic power and anaerobic capacity. In just days or weeks some of these qualities can start to decline. The adage "use it or lose it" has more scientific relevance than you may think. You work out hard and the body adapts by getting fitter, you stop and that hard work starts to deteriorate.
Governor Jerry Brown was resolute when I raised the latest disappointing round of UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru with him. "California will lead the way," he declared. "Have no doubt."
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Andrea Luna and Angela Lopez, it's a riot of song, a rhapsody of dance and movement. In short, it's a scream. It recovers and re-enacts the delightfully sinister Victorian winter solstice tradition.
It's not just about the specific projects, but also about having a strong voice in the ongoing operations of this multi-billion dollar agency.
It was criminal that personal emails were released, but since that cat was let out of the bag, and we got a look at it, kicking and spitting, it's fair enough, I think, to suggest that Sony open the back door and put it out. It certainly doesn't belong at breakfast with the President.
The bottom line is that this has become a fiscal and free speech fiasco for Sony. It sends a terrible message to this country's enemies and it sends us down a slippery slope of self-censorship and silence. When Hollywood is asked to put up or shut up, it will shut up.
It's like I live in the third world, but it's the Hollywood Hills. My little Jerry, all four pounds of him, were in the mouth of a coyote so big, my son said the beast was six-feet-tall when it stood on its hind legs to jump over our gate.