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J.D. Salinger’s Secret Life to be Exposed in New Documentary

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By Paul Harris – The Guardian – Documentary promising revelations about reclusive Catcher in the Rye author has been snapped up by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – J.D. Salinger, the elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, was one of America’s most famous recluses and guarded his private life with fanatical dedication. Yet even…

Daniel-Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln: An Important Story for All Time

By Glynn Wilson – There is no more significant or enigmatic a character in American history than Abraham Lincoln. He is often ranked for success or popularity by historians and public opinion surveys as number one on the list of top U.S. presidents. But while Lincoln has been depicted on film before, it is about…

Daniel Day-Lewis Depicts Lincoln in Historical Drama Directed by Steven Spielberg

Far from being a traditional biographical drama, Lincoln dedicates itself to doing something very few Hollywood films have ever attempted, much less succeeded at, according to The Hollywood Reporter: “showing, from historical example, how our political system works in an intimate procedural and personal manner.” The case in point is the passage by the House…

Muhammad Movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Causes Controversy

This is the movie trailer for the Muhammad movie that is causing so much controversy in the Middle East. Many news organizations are posting stories about it without embedding the video or providing a link. How is the public supposed to “decide for themselves” if the press won’t show them the movie? After searching around…

Understanding ‘Big Fish’ and Other Stories

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson When I first opened my eyes and looked at the LaCross clock and temperature gauge Tuesday morning, it was 24-degrees outside in the Pinson Valley campsite. The local weather guys and gals on TeeVee say it was the coldest night of the winter so far. Outside, the water in…

Wrenched: The Legacy of The Monkey Wrench Gang

Wrenched: The Legacy of The Monkey Wrench Gang from ML Lincoln Films on Vimeo. Edward Abbey’s riotous novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, is the unifying thread of this character driven feature-length documentary nearing post-production. “Wrenched” offers a penetrating look at the environmental plight of the American Southwest, with a caustic sense of humor reminiscent of…

Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams Addressing the Supreme Court in Amistad

Anthony Hopkins as former president John Quincy Adams delivers a most eloquent argument against slavery and for freedom based on the Declaration of Independence and international law before the United States Supreme Court of 1841. This might be a good time to revisit it, considering the immigration crisis facing the U.S. and states such as…

Public Television Runs Documentary on Appalachian Coal Mining

Power And Place The final episode of this series about the natural and human history of Appalachia sparks both heartbreak and hope for the region’s ransacked mountain ecosystem is now running on public television. Early 20th-century mineral barons ruled Appalachia with an iron fist. Company spies tracked miners’ every move. If they found a man’s…

Who Knew Movie Making Was Such a Big Deal in Birmingham, Alabama?

The 13th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, will happen this weekend, August 26-28. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have discovered “fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to…

Hot Coffee Documentary on Tort Reform Premieres June 27

Trailer HOT COFFEE examines the dangers of so-called “tort reform” and its threat to our civil justice system, an issue we’ve been writing about for years. Using the now-infamous legal battle over a spilled cup of McDonald’s coffee as a springboard, the film follows four people, including McDonald’s plaintiff Stella Liebeck, whose lives have been…

Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You Queen of The Sun looks like a must see movie. It will be opening soon in 28 cities across the U.S. and then expanding around the country. According to the official movie Website, the movie will reveal, among other things, that a leaked document from the Environmental Protection…

We Are the Enemy Now

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson We are the enemy now (sung to the tune of “Your in the Army Now”). Come on boys and girls. Somebody write the song. Come on cartoonists. Draw our demise. Walt Kelly drew a good one for the first Earth Day in 1971, including that now famous line: “We…

Iron Man 2 Hits Cable: Official Trailer

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, aka the super hero Iron Man in this sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. RDJ, Paltrow, Cheadle and Rockwell are joined by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. Jon Favreau once again takes up the directorial reins for Marvel’s armored…

It Doesn’t Have to Be the End of the World

We Can Change The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson How many stories does it take to make us understand and change? Jesus and his disciples tried to warn people 2,000 years ago, but they could not understand. People still do not get the message, although they worship him like a god, even George W. Bush.…

Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People

Narrated by Academy Award Winner Sissy Spacek, Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People is the first environmental history series ever made. Produced by Jamie Ross and Ross Spears, the documentary includes an all-star cast, including Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson and best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver, and explores the intersection of natural history and human…