Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner of “Angels in America” fame wrote the new movie “Lincoln,” filling roughly 145 of its 149 minutes with dialogue.
In four scenes, maybe, characters are actually doing, rather than saying, something.
Yet Steven Spielberg, one of America's best directors, makes the movie come alive; watching it is like eavesdropping on history. Read More
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to date pro footballer-Jesus conduit Tim Tebow, well ponder no more: It involves some gentle hand-holding and a wholesome game of bowling.
D-list actress Camilla Belle was recently seen doing both with the squeaky-clean Jets quarterback when the pair were spotted at a Jacksonville, Fla., complex this week. Read More
Honestly, Abe, they done you wrong.
The 16th president, the man who kept the Union together and freed the slaves, deserves better than to be turned into a not especially charismatic action hero in a mundane 3-D mash-up movie that’s an uneasy mix of history, horror and special effects. Read More
With bipartisanship out of favor today, modern audiences likely will be amazed, entertained and instructed by “The Rivalry,” a play about the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas — who were both opponents and friends.
Norman Corwin’s drama, in an L.A. Theatreworks presentation, comes to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Sunday in a production directed by Shannon Cochran featuring Robert Parsons as Lincoln and Josh Clark as Douglas. Read More
As the season of presidential politics 2012 unfolds, I’m struck by similarities between today and the tumultuous period in our history that led up to the election of Abraham Lincoln and then on to the Civil War.
So much so that I’m finding it a little eerie that this year we are observing the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. Read More
Robert Redford’s Civil War court drama “The Conspirator” has a unique distinction. Although it deals with a true event from history, it maintains suspense about the outcome to the very end — with a kick to the stomach. In exploring a mystery of history, it ends up illuminating both the past and present. Read More
"Within the Reagan household, and perhaps in Ronald Reagan's heart," his definitive biographer Lou Cannon writes, "there was an early sense that he was a child of destiny." Certainly there was not much in his family background to suggest that. The 40th president was born one hundred years ago on February 6 in the second floor of a gritty-looking building in Tampico, Illinois. Read More
It's time to blow the whistle on two erroneous statements that opponents and proponents of the health care legislation being jammed through Congress have been making. Republicans have been saying that never before has Congress passed such an unpopular bill with such important ramifications by such a narrow majority. Barack Obama has been saying that passage of the bill will mean that the health care issue will be settled once and for all. Read More