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‘Beguiled’ is beautiful
“The Beguiled” is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola’s take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms. Farnsworth’s Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives. The writer-di...
By Sandy Cohen The Associated Press FULL STORY
Q&A: Coppola and Kidman on female gaze of ‘The Beguiled’
LOS ANGELES — The intersection of Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman didn’t start with “The Beguiled.” They’d met at parties in passing and had even tried to work together once on a project that fell apart. Coppola loved Kidman’s wicked humor and Kidman loved Coppola’s cinematic style an...
By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press FULL STORY
Thank you journalism
Like most kids, I grew up reading books we got from weekly trips to the school library. Unlike most kids, I didn’t grow out of reading books. My love for reading helped me develop my love for writing as well. However, journalism helped me discover stories that are beyond fantasy books. Journalism...
Humor, songs highlight ‘The Graduate’: Palo Alto Players puts on play celebrating film’s 50-year anniversary
“The Graduate” became a classic film after its release 50 years ago. Now Palo Alto Players is presenting the stage version. It features Max Tachis as 20-year-old Benjamin Braddock, the role made famous by Dustin Hoffman in the film. Betsy Kruse Craig plays his older seducer, Mrs. Robinson, port...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
He sings! He dances! He’s ugly but fun: San Jose Stage turns ‘The Toxic Avenger’ into cartoonish, campy romp
Who knew that toxic waste could evolve into so much fun? San Jose Stage Company has the musical answer with its production of “The Toxic Avenger,” adapted from Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 film. In the tiny town of Tromaville, New Jersey, an environmental scientist, the nerdy Melvin Ferd III (Will ...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
The song that begat ‘Baby Driver,’ a quasi-musical on wheels
NEW YORK — In the jagged grooves and quivering violins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song “Bellbottoms,” a young Edgar Wright heard a movie. When Wright first started fanatically listening to the lead track off the band’s “Orange” album in 1995, the British writer-director had a vi...
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press FULL STORY
Museum gotta see ‘um
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SOCIETY OF WESTERN ARTISTS 67TH ANNUAL SHOW. The Society of Western Artists announced the recipients of awards for its 67th Annual Show. The Best of Show watercolor was “Reaching for the Light” by Guy Magallanes. First place for Portrait was an acrylic “Seen it Before...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY

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