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By J. Wynn Rousuck | November 26, 1998
In celebration of the holidays, Olney Theatre Center is reviving its 1993 production of "Holiday Memories." Adapted by Russell Vanderbroucke from two Truman Capote short stories, "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory," the production begins previews Tuesday and opens Dec. 4.The stories, autobiographical accounts of what Capote described as "the happiest part of an otherwise difficult childhood," focus on his relationship to a childlike, grown...
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July 13, 2008
Former defense lawyer and retired city Circuit Judge Elsbeth Bothe has had a fascination with macabre literature since her childhood. "These preoccupations were sparked early as I tossed out Nancy Drew's juvenile sleuthing stories in favor of the New Yorker magazine's marvelously scripted articles called Annals of Crime," said Bothe. "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote This blockbuster account of the detection, trials and ultimate punishment of the two psychopaths who slaughtered an upright Kansas farming family was originally published in the New Yorker [as a]
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By Kent Baker and Ross Peddicord and Kent Baker and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writers | May 19, 1995
The Wayne Lukas-Gary Stevens team struck early yesterday when favored Lilly Capote held off the late-charging Broad Smile by a head to win the $75,000-added Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.It was Stevens' first ride on the 3-year-old filly since November. Lilly Capote took to the sloppy track willingly, overtaking pace-setting My Birthday Girl after five furlongs."We didn't think she'd be crazy about it [the muddy surface]," Lukas said in the winner's circle. "But it was a good, safe track and a winning effort.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | October 13, 2006
In Infamous, a bevy of New York City socialites, a flock of Holcomb, Kan., solid citizens and at least one killer circle around Truman Capote (Toby Jones) like brightly colored gypsy moths around a flame. Why did writer-director Douglas McGrath call this Infamous? A better title might be Irresistible. This is the musical-comedy version of Capote, complete with Gwyneth Paltrow doing a Peggy Lee imitation on a Cole Porter song, a Greek chorus of high-society gals (Sigourney Weaver, Isabella Rossellini and Hope Davis)
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By KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS | October 30, 2005
Before he declined, he dazzled. While some writers gain power as they mature, Truman Capote, subject of a new feature film, Capote, spiraled down, personally and professionally. But several of his works, mostly the early ones, qualify as very good literature: Other Voices, Other Rooms: This 1948 book was Capote's first published novel, and it was a fine start. Vivid and lean, it's the story of Joel Knox, who is searching for his lost father - a theme drawn directly from Capote's life.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | November 18, 2005
A feature in which Sun writers and critics sound off about the movies. Capote has gotten all kinds of great reviews (including an A+ from Sun critic Michael Sragow). Its star, Philip Seymour Hoffman, sounds like a lock for an Oscar nomination. So why, in its third week of release, is it playing in only one Baltimore-area theater? Nothing against the Charles, which has been running Capote since it opened and is one of the best places around to see a movie. But not everyone can make it downtown easily; some people actually prefer the convenience of a mall multiplex.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 28, 2005
Radio essayist and author Sarah Vowell calls her good pal Bennett Miller, the gifted 38-year-old director of Capote, "One of the funniest people I know, with humor that can veer toward the morbid. For example, for my birthday he gave me a resin replica of an 1,800-year-old Peruvian woman's skull. When I told him I loved it, he replied, `You're really easy to shop for.'" But if he's oddly uproarious as a friend and director, as a phone-interview subject, Miller's more intense than tickling.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 4, 1990
In 1977 Truman Capote was attempting to give a speech at Towson State University when, due to the effects of alcohol or drugs or both, he had to be escorted from the stage. But now he's back in glory at the Mechanic Theatre in Jay Presson Allen's "Tru," which opened last night.Well, not exactly. Sticklers for detail might point out that Capote died in 1984 and is being portrayed in this one-man show by Robert Morse.But the man on stage seems much closer to the author of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood" than to the actor best known for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 28, 2005
JUST WHEN YOU MIGHT give up on young American film directors making art the way Bergman and Kurosawa did, along comes Bennett Miller's quiet, tumultuous Capote. It's a bleakly funny, profoundly unsettling depiction of Truman Capote as a young literary lion, or maybe an overgrown cub, on the scent of his Next Big Thing: a "non-fiction novel" about a Kansas murder. It begins as a deft high comedy about a cosmopolitan man of letters endearing himself to the boondocks. Then it expands into a heart-stabbing, dizzying examination of the exploitation that occurs in friendships, work relations, and the bond between a journalist and his subject.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | December 17, 1993
To anyone who has had the blissful experience of seeing the late Geraldine Page in the touching teleplays of Truman Capote's stories, "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory," the idea of a stage version might seem like sacrilege.And while Russell Vandenbroucke's adaptation -- titled "Holiday Memories" and currently at Olney Theatre -- doesn't capture the same charm, it has a definite charm of its own.The stories are autobiographical accounts of what Capote described as "the happiest part of an otherwise difficult childhood."
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By VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH and VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 4, 2006
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee Charles J. Shields Henry Holt / 352 pages / $25 Questions have surrounded Harper Lee's iconic 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird - and its reclusive author - since its publication. The most consistent query has been whether Lee wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Rumors that her then-best friend Truman Capote was the real author have persisted for years, fueled in part by Lee's inability to finish another book despite claims for many years that she wrote 10 to 12 hours each day. Scholars of both writers have concluded that although Capote might have had a hand in the editing and shaping of the novel, his style and Lee's are too divergent to consider him the author.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW & CHRIS KALTENBACH and MICHAEL SRAGOW & CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITICS | March 31, 2006
Capsules by Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach. Full reviews at baltimoresun.com/movies. Aquamarine -- is a movie only 14-year-old girls can love. Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (Joanna Levesque) are bumming. Hailey's mom has landed a dream job in Australia. Then a storm deposits a mermaid (Sara Paxton) in their Florida pool. She must find someone to love her in three days or marry her father's pick. For their help, she'll trade one wish. But the boy Aquamarine wants is Raymond (Jake McDorman)
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 30, 2006
Capote [Sony] $29 Philip Seymour Hoffman won every major acting award, including the Oscar, for his warts-and-all performance as author Truman Capote in Capote. But he candidly admits on the DVD audio track that it wasn't easy. It's rare that an actor is so forthcoming about his insecurities -- and his frankness lifts his commentary with director Bennett Miller above the norm. Hoffman points out scenes, in which he appears flawless, where he says that he was struggling to find his inner Capote.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK | March 19, 2006
OVER THERE: THE COMPLETE SERIES / / Fox Home Entertainment / $39.98 As the first TV drama ever set in an ongoing war, Over There was a cultural milestone before a frame of it ever aired last summer on cable channel FX. The series, which follows seven fictional American soldiers stationed in Iraq, was also an artistic success for the gripping way that it took viewers inside the feelings and thoughts of the battlefield recruits. But the disappointing ratings that led to cancellation after 13 episodes suggest that Over There might have been too intense for its own good.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 5, 2006
Santa Monica, Calif. -- Brokeback Mountain won big at yesterday's Independent Spirit Awards, setting the stage for what could be a great weekend for director Ang Lee's gay-cowboy drama. The movie stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as 1960s ranch hands who fall in love atop a Wyoming mountain one summer, then spend their lives alternately reveling in and concealing that love. The movie, which is up for eight Oscars tonight, won the best feature Spirit, and Lee won for his direction.
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March 5, 2006
THE OSCARS AREN'T JUST A HORSE RACE OR A popularity contest. They provide a prime opportunity for movie lovers to forget the odds and fantasize. George Clooney could become tonight's big story if he makes Oscar history and wins awards for co-writing and directing Good Night, and Good Luck and acting in Syriana. Terrence Howard -- sensational not just in his nominated lead performance in Hustle & Flow but also in supporting parts in Crash, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and HBO's Lackawanna Blues -- just might upset the best actor front-runners.
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October 28, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Biopic Capote and slasher sequel Saw II will try to cut into The Rock's box office this weekend. The action star's sci-fi horror tale Doom took top honors last weekend, bringing in $15.5 million. Second was Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning's Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, which opened with $9.2 million. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, number of weeks in release and total gross, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. are: Weekend No.of Per Gross Rk (lw)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 20, 1997
If you have never seen Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" with Geraldine Page, you might actually like CBS' "A Christmas Memory" with Patty Duke.But if you have seen the Emmy Award-winning original and cried your eyes out at the most lyrical, exquisitely melancholy ending this far side of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," you will probably wind up throwing something at the television set tomorrow night.The changes between the 1966 version -- which Capote helped adapt and for which he provided narration -- and this one from Hallmark Entertainment are monumental and mainly ill-advised.
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