For eight movies, the late Alan Rickman played the role of the odious potions master Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies. Cruel, vindictive, and petty, Snape often made Harry's classmate Neville Longbottom, played by Matthew Lewis, the object of his bullying. But in real life, the relationship between the two was very different. In an interview with Michael Rosenbaum, Lewis recalled how deeply he respected Rickman, and a memorable encounter he had with the late actor on his last day of filming. "On [Rickman's] last day, I went to his trailer... And I just said to him, 'Hey, I know it's your last day, and I just wanted to say this has been incredible, to have worked with you for this long. I know that we've not really spoken very much, but I just wanted to say it was because I was terrified, but you were incredible. I just want to say thank you for allowing me to work with you for 10 years and not ever shout at me or treating any of us as anything less than your equal. … [Read more...] about Harry Potter Actor Remembers Unexpected Alan Rickman Encounter from Final Day of Shooting
Burmese students in Thailand are holding an art and culture concert to raise awareness and funds for the Civil Disobedience Movement. The concert, called “Myanmar Spring,” will be held on April 24 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. The event will help fund the movement, which has staged protests over the February 1 coup in Myanmar by the military. It will honour the families of internally displaced individuals and of those who have lost their lives in the conflicts. Last Friday, the Myanmar military allegedly killed 82 civilians, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an advocacy group. The military then told the families of those killed that they would have to pay US$85 to recover their loved ones’ bodies , according to Bago University Students’ Union’s Facebook page as well as Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service. Eyewitnesses in Bago say the Burmese military used grenades, RPGs, and assault rifles to quell anti-coup protestors, forcing many … [Read more...] about Burmese students to hold Bangkok cultural event to support Civil Disobedience Movement
Gene Seymour is a critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @GeneSeymour . The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN) The widespread yet varying attention drawn by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Hemingway" documentary series -- which ran its course on PBS last week -- proves, if nothing else, that its subject still lingers in the world's collective consciousness almost a century after his first books were first published. Gene Seymour While Ernest Hemingway may no longer dominate the literary scene as he had by the middle of the 20th century, the mystique of his public and private lives resonates into the 21st. The most mysterious question to me is: Why do we still care about him? If one had to name American writers from the previous century with … [Read more...] about Why do we still care about Ernest Hemingway?
EXCLUSIVE : Justine Nagan is stepping down as the executive director of American Documentary , Inc. She will leave the company in spring 2021. A search is underway for her replacement. Nagan, an Emmy- and Peabody-winning producer, joined AmDoc as executive director in 2015 and has served as an executive producer for PBS’ POV , the longest-running independent documentary series on television, and America ReFramed (with World Channel in partnership with WGBH). She oversaw the premieres of nearly 100 projects including POV ’s first episodic co-production, the docuseries And She Could Be Next , directed by Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia and executive produced by Ava DuVernay; and Minding the Gap , directed by Bing Liu and produced by Diane Quon. Nagan also launched POV Shorts in 2018, one of the first PBS series dedicated to short-form documentaries. Related Story American Documentary Appoints Erika Dilday As Executive Director With Nagan at the helm, … [Read more...] about American Documentary’s Executive Director Justine Nagan To Exit
Erika Dilday will join American Documentary , Inc. as executive director. Dilday, who succeeds Justine Nagain , will be the company’s first Black executive director. The AmDoc board of director announced on Tuesday that Dilday will begin her duties as executive director in May. As executive director Dilday will oversee all aspects of AmDocs programs and operations, including production and programming, community engagement and education, digital strategy, development, business affairs, communications and overall management of the POV series on PBS. She will also serve as executive producer of America ReFramed, the company’s year-round showcase of independent documentaries featuring contemporary American stories that airs on the World Channel. Related Story TCM Partners On Documentary About Search For Long-Lost Orson Welles Cut Of 'The Magnificent Ambersons'; Will Debut On 80th Anniversary In 2022 Coming to AmDoc from Futuro Media Group, where she served … [Read more...] about American Documentary Appoints Erika Dilday As Executive Director