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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Documentaries were supposed to be a dying genre -- and living proof that we were becoming dumber as a nation. Reality TV is cheaper and easier to make. And who has time for lengthy, in-depth explorations of anything any more in the age of Twitter? Docs were dead, the conventional wisdom decreed, another victim of our rats-on-LSD attention spans. But everywhere you look these days, it seems as if there's another documentary premiering. And some filmmakers believe that's the result of a change in audience attitudes toward the troubled state of American life today.
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By Janene Holzberg | January 23, 2014
Holding a 3-inch-tall Tolkien-inspired wizard named Schmandalf that she fashioned out of modeling clay, Olivia Hatcher set about the painstaking process of creating a stop-motion film for her summer camp class. Using one of Maryvale Preparatory School's digital single-lens reflex cameras affixed to a tripod -- instead of holding a camera phone or a “point-and-shoot” with no adjustable settings -- the fifth-grader from Towson posed and re-posed Schmandalf to simulate human movements while photographing the figurine a couple hundred times between adjustments.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
There's plenty of inspiration to be found in "Jamesy Boy," the based-on-a-true-story tale of a jailed street tough who, after much trial and error, finds redemption and a productive life inside the margins of society. But that's an old warhorse of a story, and there's simply not enough up on the screen to make this take on it appreciably different from so many that have come before. Watching it, there's the nagging suspicion that there should be more to all this, and the occasional scene hints at what makes the story of James Burns distinctive enough to warrant big-screen treatment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Chances are you've never heard of Spencer Lofranco. But chances are that's going to change this year. At 21, the Toronto native is about to have what promises to be a pretty impressive rookie season. In addition to his first film, Trevor White's "Jamesy Boy," which was filmed on location throughout the Baltimore area and opens today, he's also in Adam Rodgers' "At Middleton," opening Jan. 31. And this past Monday in Australia, he started working on his third feature, "Unbroken," a biopic of Olympic runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah, Jan. 16, which means a handful of LGBT-related movies will be making their premieres. Whether these flicks get picked up for distribution in theaters is another question entirely. But in the interest of being prepared, here's a look at a few of the festival's LGBT-focused offerings. "Love Is Strange": Director Ira Sachs' semi-autobiographical "Keep the Lights On" was a brutally honest film about an ill-fated gay relationship.
NEWS
By David Horsey | January 14, 2014
How much longer can Hollywood claim to be the movie capital of the world? Can the California legislature reverse the slide of film production away from Los Angeles simply by enhancing tax credits for the movie and TV industry or, one day, will the Oscars be presented in Atlanta or Toronto or New Orleans? Such questions grow more pertinent year by year. Lawmakers in Sacramento are even now mulling over a plan that would extend the current $100 million movie industry tax credit program that is set to terminate on July 1, 2017.
NEWS
January 11, 2014
Netflix picked up the promotional tempo for the Feb. 14 debut of Season 2 of "House of Cards" with the release of another trailer last week. This one is worth it for Francis Underwood's assessment of what appears to be his swearing-in as vice president of the United States. "Democracy is so overrated," he says, noting that not a single vote was cast in his favor. If Underwood does officially assume the vice presidency in Season 2, we'll have two American vice presidents created on the soundstages of Baltimore: Underwood and Selina Meyer (HBO's "Veep")
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Brace yourself for a big swig of history, Baltimore. The Comedy Central show "Drunk History," which features spifflicated storytellers recounting great moments in our nation's past, will be filming at Mother's Federal Hill Grille on Thursday night. Lutherville native Derek Waters will be returning to his hometown to film this episode of the show, which was an online sensation before being picked up by Comedy Central in 2012. The show, which starts its second season this year, features famous actors reenacting history as told by the inebriated narrators.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
Bengals 34, Ravens 17 STRATEGY: To the bitter end, the Ravens remained true to their identity as a passing team, despite Joe Flacco's obvious pain and hampered mobility due to a sprained left knee. Flacco threw the football 50 times for 192 yards and was sacked twice and had three interceptions. The Ravens ran the ball just 14 times, for 47 yards. Running back Ray Rice was benched for the first half after one carry for 1 yard, later returning with limited effectiveness. The Ravens stopped using running back Bernard Pierce after he had five runs for 28 yards total in the first half.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Here's a greatly abridged list of facts that set Sean Tuohy Jr. apart from your average reserve on a mid-major college basketball team: Start with the Loyola guard's 23,379 Twitter followers. For a little perspective, the team's star, Dylon Cormier, has 643. Then there are the road crowds, which alternate between calling for Tuohy's entry to the game and booing him like he's J.J. Redick. All of this for a redshirt freshman who's played six minutes in his college career. Oh and three years ago, Tuohy watched Sandra Bullock - he calls her Sandy - win an Academy Award for portraying his mother, Leigh Anne.
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