Twenty years ago, across the Lincoln Park street where Erwin Helfer has lived since 1968, new neighbors moved in and installed a grand piano in their front window. “A lot of rich people use them as furniture."
Thickly but masterfully plotted, the remarkably consistent films of Asgar Farhadi follow parallel lines: morals vs. morals and, more provocatively, morals vs. ethics. "A Hero" continues that exploration.
Dwayne Bernard Hickman, an actor, producer and television director best known for his starring role in the 1950s and ‘60s sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease at 87.
The truth is, prior to a brief, recent kerfuffle over a supposed “cancellation” of Norman Mailer, I hadn’t thought about him for a long time. It’s interesting to contrast Mailer’s work with that of Joan Didion.
Author Joseph McBride recalled the late film critic Michael Wilmington: "We once had a fistfight, in the student union, because I’d loaned him the novelization of ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.’ And he wouldn’t return it."
Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94.