Movies / TV

Best known for his portrayal of Martin Luther King in "Selma," David Oyelowo stars in HBO's shattering thriller, "Nightingale." (Photo courtesy HBO/TNS)

Actor David Oyelowo Searches for ‘Brave, Meaningful Work’

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Six months before he floored audiences with his thrilling portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo had another movie, Nightingale, premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It’s all Oyelowo, a one-man show about an Army veteran fighting a losing battle with the voices in his head. HBO picked up the film after Plan B, the production company run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner that co-financed Selma, signed on as a partner. It turned out to be a memorable reunion, as Oyelowo recently said in an interview. Q: What were your expectations for Nightingale after it premiered …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for July 5-11

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Shark Week — It’s time once again to sink our teeth into television’s longest-running summer event. Now in its 28th year, this fin-tastic celebration of the mysterious creatures of the deep will feature 19 hours of original programming — the most ever. It all kicks off with Shark Trek, a documentary that follows a marine biologist as he tags great whites …

ABT Names First Black Female Principal Dancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company’s 75-year history. Copeland, 32, …

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little …

‘San Andreas’: Go for The Rock, Stay for the Special Effects

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Film About Norwich’s One-Room Schools Raises Money to Save One

Friday, June 26, 2015

The former Root District School in Norwich is tucked off to the side of Union Village Road near the junction of Goodrich Four Corners Road. Built in 1937, it hasn’t been used as a school since 1945, but …

‘Titanic’ Composer Horner Dead at 61

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Los Angeles — From the swelling-sea songs of Titanic to the space symphonies of Apollo 13 to the bagpipes of Braveheart, James Horner’s singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies. It showed in the two Oscars he won and the 10 he …

Around the Remote: Picks for June 21-27

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Don’t Miss True Detective — Talk about a wildly difficult task: How do you deliver a fresh crime mystery that can live up to last year’s sensational saga? A new cast, which includes Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, will give it a go as …

‘Still Dreaming’

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Charlotte Fairchild was a razzle-dazzle entertainer, ready to break into song and dance at the drop of a hat, not surprising given her appearances o n Broadway in the original productions of Damn Yankees , 42nd Street and …

Movie Review: ‘Inside Out’ Is an Animated Masterpiece

Saturday, June 20, 2015

After the premiere of Up at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Pixar chief John Lasseter explained the studio’s nearly foolproof approach to creating animated stories that both enchant and endure: Whenever possible, he said, he and his colleagues …

In ‘Mad Max,’ Director Is the Star

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

‘Jurassic World’ Slays Box Office Records

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Los Angeles — Dinosaurs are anything but extinct at the box office. Jurassic World, the fourth film in the series, became the highest global opener of all time with a staggering $511.8 million in its first days in …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for June 14-20

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Don’t Miss Game of Thrones — Season 5 of the epic fantasy has been the bloodiest and most controversial thus far. This week, it comes to an end as we wonder just how high the body count will go. Meanwhile, if you were Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), wouldn’t you …