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Gary Ross, best known for the first “Hunger Games” movie, spent years researching the real-life story behind his new film, “Free State of Jones,” about a group of deserters from the Confederate Army and runaway slaves who declared their independence […]

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Bryan Cranston plays federal agent Bob Mazur in this fact-based story. He goes deep undercover in 1986 to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking operation. John Leguizamo plays his impulsive colleague and Diane Kruger plays a rookie agent posing as his […]

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The timing is not great. “Free State of Jones” is a Civil War drama based on the true story of a community of Confederate deserters and runaway enslaved people who banded together to fight for their own vision of freedom. […]

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Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, and Andrew Scott (“Sherlock’s” Moriarty) star in “Denial,” based on the true story of a libel lawsuit filed by Holocaust denier David Irving against Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, over her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault […]

It was a very great pleasure to talk to A. Scott Berg, whose college paper about editor Maxwell Perkins became the first of his many distinguished biographies of 20th century Americans. Berg was the first to read the just-donated collection […]

My favorite performance of 2015 was Teyonah Parris in “Chi-Raq” and so I am very excited to see her latest starring role in “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story,” premiering June 12, 2016 on TV One. This is […]

When Barack Obama took a summer job at a Chicago law firm after his first year of law school, a recent Harvard Law School graduate named Michelle Robinson was assigned to be his supervisor. He asked her to come with […]

The 1977 television miniseries Roots, based on the book by Alex Haley, was one of the foremost cultural events of the decade, watched by millions and discussed by everyone. It followed the story of Haley’s family from the capture of […]

Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo star in “Queen of Katwe,” a Disney film based on the true story of a poor girl from Uganda who became a chess champion. It will be in theaters this fall.

As Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch turns 90, “The Crown” focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston […]

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