Movies / TV

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 off the coast of Cape Cod in …

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 understood. Even many fans of the jazz artist and civil rights radical don’t know what …

Sequels and Remakes of Old Films Predominate in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 23, 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 …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 17-23

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men series finale — One of television’s most acclaimed dramas wraps up its mesmerizing run and we’re worried. After watching Betty (January Jones) receive some devastating news last week, we just can’t handle another emotional gut punch along those lines. As for Don Draper (Jon …

Capsule Reviews of Films in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 16, 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 …

Corinth Resident Steps In to Lead Vermont PBS at a Pivotal Time

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Holly Groschner took on the job of president and CEO of Vermont PBS in February, she couldn’t have predicted the position the station would find itself in just a few months later, when the state’s budget woes …

Cannes 2015 Again Blends High and Low

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jewel thieves lurking along the French Riviera: what a glamorous, movie-friendly cliche. It’s a bit of a shock when millions of dollars in diamonds are swiped, at gunpoint, for real. Earlier this month, armed thieves made off with …

‘Avengers’ Sequel Stays Atop Box Office

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Los Angeles — It was a cold weekend for the comedy Hot Pursuit as the superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron maintained its mighty grip on the box office, adding an estimated $77.2 million in the U.S. and Canada for one of the highest second-weekend grosses of all …

A Rough Start for a Great Star

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Los Angeles — Before she became royalty Queen Latifah was a troubled teen far from the kingdom she dreamed of. At 17 she found herself stranded one night in New York, with no money to get home to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 10-16

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Don’t Miss Bessie — Queen Latifah makes a royal impression in this portrait of the legendary Roaring ’20s blues singer Bessie Smith. Directed by Dee Rees, the film offers an intimate look at the tenacious woman whose powerful voice took her from anonymity in the rough-and-tumble world of …

‘Adaline’ Tops Current Romances

Saturday, May 9, 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 …

Remembering Legendary Filmmaker Orson Welles at 100

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago today in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn’t take long before he shed George and Kenosha to …