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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
The new fall network TV season begins this week, and one of the most highly touted dramas of the year is one of the biggest disappointments. So big is the failure of “Madam Secretary,” a new CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, that it makes me angry. Usually I like TV shows that rattle my emotional cage, but not this one, which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. What maddens me about “Madam Secretary” is the lie it's selling about Washington and the people who work there.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
The new fall network TV season begins this week, and one of the most highly touted dramas of the year is one of the biggest disappointments. So big is the failure of “Madam Secretary,” a new CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, that it makes me angry. Usually I like TV shows that rattle my emotional cage, but not this one, which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. What maddens me about “Madam Secretary” is the lie it's selling about Washington and the people who work there.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 28, 2002
Gary Cooper created his most classically chivalrous character as Longfellow Deeds, the big-hearted small-town hero who inherits a fortune and tries to use it for the greater good in Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Planting slobby Adam Sandler in that same role makes you wonder what other marvels of miscasting Hollywood could achieve if the rest of Capra's canon were revamped. Reuniting Tom Green and Drew Barrymore for the Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert roles in It Happened One Night?
NEWS
December 23, 2007
FRANK CAPRA JR., 73 Worked in films, like his father Frank Capra Jr., who never wanted to go into his father's business but found in the end he could not resist its pull, died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Philadelphia. A film and television producer, Mr. Capra was a son of the noted Hollywood director Frank Capra, whose best-known film, It's a Wonderful Life, was released in 1946. During the past two decades, the younger Mr. Capra was known for helping to make North Carolina into an important center for film, television and commercial production.
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December 23, 2007
FRANK CAPRA JR., 73 Worked in films, like his father Frank Capra Jr., who never wanted to go into his father's business but found in the end he could not resist its pull, died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Philadelphia. A film and television producer, Mr. Capra was a son of the noted Hollywood director Frank Capra, whose best-known film, It's a Wonderful Life, was released in 1946. During the past two decades, the younger Mr. Capra was known for helping to make North Carolina into an important center for film, television and commercial production.
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By John F. Kelly | November 9, 1992
FRANK CAPRA: THE CATASTROPHE OF SUCCESS. B Joseph McBride. Simon & Schuster. 768 pages. $27.50.JOSEPH McBride saw the contradiction first during an interview with Frank Capra at a country club near Palm Springs, Calif.Capra had been telling the author how he hated rich people NTC when the manager of the country club walked over and gave Capra a picture of him playing golf with President Gerald Ford. "Ah, wonderful," Capra said. He looked at the picture for a moment and then said, "Where was I?
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By GILBERT SANDLER | March 1, 1994
THIS story actually belongs to Christmas. That's the season when the 1947 movie "It's a Wonderful Life" shows up endlessly on every TV station. But Glimpses discovered recently that when the movie premiered in Baltimore 47 years ago, both Jimmy Stewart, now 85, and director Frank Capra, who died in 1991, came here to help promote it and open the theater where it played.Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1947, was a big night at the new Town Theater, south side of Fayette between Howard and Eutaw streets. (The theater, long since abandoned, still stands.
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By Lou Cedrone | December 3, 1991
There is nothing wrong with the Arena Stage's ''It's A Wonderful Life'' that a pair of scissors wouldn't fix.The show, overall, handsome and extremely professional, needs pruning. At present, the musical version of the 1947 Frank Capra classic is far too long.It is both song and scene heavy. We would suggest the producers cut the number given to Potter, the curmudgeon who wants to rule all of Bedford Falls. It is he who wants control of the savings and loan managed by George Bailey, the young man who, faced with failure, decides to end it all.He doesn't.
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By KAREN HOSLER | November 12, 2005
Angela Valianos is not a crazy-for-horses type. She doesn't own a horse; she doesn't even ride. She's actually afraid of horses. But when her job as a building contractor prompted a visit to a horse slaughterhouse near her Illinois home, Ms. Valianos was radicalized. Numbing bolts to the brain at the start of the process often miss their mark. Panicked horses are then yanked up by a hind leg, suspended upside-down and sliced from end to end so they bleed out before carcasses are shipped overseas for gourmet dining.
NEWS
May 7, 1991
Once upon a time on the Anatolian plateau, an American found himself being upbraided by a Turkish village patriarch. "Your 'Dallas' is ruining my children," the villager said. "All those fancy clothes and carryings-on with women -- what do you think my children learn from this?" Trying to sympathize, the American suggested that the patriarch simply turn off the TV set. "I can't do that," the Turk grumbled. "My children want to watch."Everybody thought "Dallas" was either a cause or a symptom of moral decline, but everybody wanted to watch.
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By KAREN HOSLER | November 12, 2005
Angela Valianos is not a crazy-for-horses type. She doesn't own a horse; she doesn't even ride. She's actually afraid of horses. But when her job as a building contractor prompted a visit to a horse slaughterhouse near her Illinois home, Ms. Valianos was radicalized. Numbing bolts to the brain at the start of the process often miss their mark. Panicked horses are then yanked up by a hind leg, suspended upside-down and sliced from end to end so they bleed out before carcasses are shipped overseas for gourmet dining.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 10, 2004
This Sunday, the Senator Theatre presents its annual Maryland Food Bank benefit showing of Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life (together with the wonderful 1951 A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim). For decades, the exuberant comedy and affecting drama of this seasonal favorite has propelled audiences past its mawkishness and message-mongering. It's an ode to a small-town American life that no longer is, and possibly never was. It gives James Stewart the role of his career as George Bailey, the village good guy who never rises in the world because he's too busy giving a shoulder-up to everyone else he knows.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 28, 2002
Gary Cooper created his most classically chivalrous character as Longfellow Deeds, the big-hearted small-town hero who inherits a fortune and tries to use it for the greater good in Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Planting slobby Adam Sandler in that same role makes you wonder what other marvels of miscasting Hollywood could achieve if the rest of Capra's canon were revamped. Reuniting Tom Green and Drew Barrymore for the Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert roles in It Happened One Night?
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2000
Christmas has to have holly, mistletoe - and holiday specials featuring the likes of Kathie Lee Gifford, Martha Stewart and Donny and Marie. Over the years, a handful of holiday favorites have emerged, thanks to the inspired work of writers and performers ranging from Dr. Seuss and Frank Capra to Jean Shepherd and Sonny and Cher. And thanks to the magic of TV, we get to relive the experience of watching them every year. For those hoping TV will help sustain that holiday mood over the coming weeks, here are 10 movies or television shows worth scheduling time for. The list is far from exhaustive - heck, the hopelessly addicted could probably spend four or five TV hours a day immersed in yuletide cheer right up to Christmas evening - but for the choosy, this is the way to go: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24, Cartoon Network)
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 24, 1997
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- Angels in white lights hover above Bedford Falls Boulevard. George Bailey waves to the town from a second-floor shop window. Two blocks away, a bronze plaque marks a familiar steel truss bridge where, 51 Christmas Eves ago, George contemplated suicide before he realized that his had been a wonderful life."
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By Sylvia Badger | December 22, 1996
SENATOR THEATER owner Tom Kiefaber and Charles "Buzz" Beeler, a Baltimore County police officer for 29 years and playwright in his spare time, collaborated to bring fans a 50th anniversary showing of Frank Capra's beloved 1946 classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." Once again, the Senator was the scene of a glitzy affair, with klieg lights shining as a limo arrived carrying Frank Capra Jr., son of the film's legendary director, and Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the film. A champagne reception, music by the Swing Central Band and the unveiling of an `D additional star block on the Sidewalk of the Stars were part of the festivities.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 24, 1997
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- Angels in white lights hover above Bedford Falls Boulevard. George Bailey waves to the town from a second-floor shop window. Two blocks away, a bronze plaque marks a familiar steel truss bridge where, 51 Christmas Eves ago, George contemplated suicide before he realized that his had been a wonderful life."
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By Sylvia Badger | December 22, 1996
SENATOR THEATER owner Tom Kiefaber and Charles "Buzz" Beeler, a Baltimore County police officer for 29 years and playwright in his spare time, collaborated to bring fans a 50th anniversary showing of Frank Capra's beloved 1946 classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." Once again, the Senator was the scene of a glitzy affair, with klieg lights shining as a limo arrived carrying Frank Capra Jr., son of the film's legendary director, and Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in the film. A champagne reception, music by the Swing Central Band and the unveiling of an `D additional star block on the Sidewalk of the Stars were part of the festivities.
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By John Anderson and John Anderson,Newsday | October 23, 1994
Taking potshots at political correctness is a favorite conservative pastime, but few have been as lethal as the one delivered by the Oct. 24 issue of the National Review. Too bad no one knew the gun was loaded.The cover story, by one Spencer Warren -- "president of the Insider's Washington Experience, a public policy seminar program" -- is a right-thinker's guide to the "The 100 Best Conservative Movies." Period. And, no, it's not an oxymoron.Except for about a half-dozen, they're American -- "The Bicycle Thief" (Italian)
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By GILBERT SANDLER | March 1, 1994
THIS story actually belongs to Christmas. That's the season when the 1947 movie "It's a Wonderful Life" shows up endlessly on every TV station. But Glimpses discovered recently that when the movie premiered in Baltimore 47 years ago, both Jimmy Stewart, now 85, and director Frank Capra, who died in 1991, came here to help promote it and open the theater where it played.Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1947, was a big night at the new Town Theater, south side of Fayette between Howard and Eutaw streets. (The theater, long since abandoned, still stands.
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