I’m writing this review less than three hours removed from Joaquin Phoenix winning an Oscar for “Joker.” It is the second time an actor has won for playing the Clown Prince of Crime, after Heath Ledger’s posthumous win for 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The mood at Diane von Furstenberg’s lunch honoring this year’s female Oscar contenders could have been downbeat, given the shutout of women directors for Sunday’s awards. Instead, it was celebratory and defiant.
“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” Atria Books, by Deborah Riley Draper, Blair Underwood and Travis Thrasher.
Enjoy a stellar lineup of bluegrass bands, while making Dane County a better place for all at the Barrymore Theatre at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, during the 19th Annual United Way Bluegrass Benefit.
At one point in “Birds of Prey,” crime lord Roman Sionis, aka Ewan McGregor, sits down with a tub of popcorn to watch Harley Quinn suffer through a brutal interrogation.
Last week I looked at the nominees in the Acting categories for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards. This week I’ll look at four more categories, even though I know we’re all here for Best Picture.
Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival hosted at Prairie View Middle School (PVMS), 400 N. Thompson Road, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.
NEW YORK (AP) — Melanie Musson in Belgrade, Montana, does a lot of driving with her four girls. Juggling a broad age range, 1 to 9, she's forever searching for ways to keep them all entertained without relying entirely on video.
One of the more colorful, late-life anecdotes about Elvis Presley in Wisconsin has the music icon leaving his limo, while stopped at a red light in Madison, so he could break up a fight.
In preparation for “Bad Boys for Life,” I watched the previous two “Bad Boys” films from 1995 and 2003. This research coincided with the “Jeopardy!” Greatest of All Time tournament, which featured especially hard clues designed to challenge the brainiac players.
Back in 2014, my favorite movie of the year was “Birdman,” a chaotic comedy about a Broadway show gone wrong. The Academy agreed with me, awarding it the Oscar for Best Picture. The film took a unique approach to storytelling, making several weeks’ worth of action appear to take place in one…
Female filmmakers were shut out, “Parasite” made history and “Joker” edged out “The Irishman," “1917” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” in Monday's Oscar nominations.
Combine sensational murders, startling confessions, surprise twists, and missing cadavers. Mix in a colorful cast of characters, a bit of backstabbing, secret rooms, and a zinger of an ending.
I never saw the 2004 version of “The Grudge” or the 2002 Japanese horror film that served as its basis. I didn’t even watch either film for research before seeing this new film.
The new big-screen version of the Louisa May Alcott literary classic “Little Women” pulled off something of an upset at the Christmas box office. No, it couldn’t overcome the juggernaut that is “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in its second week or agreeable franchise piece “Jumanji: The N…
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was one of the more successful reboots in recent memory. The 2017 film managed to make over $400 million at the domestic box office despite opening in the shadow of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The Hikarigaoka Girls High School Wind Orchestra from Okazaki, Japan featuring Conductor Kentaro Hino, will perform for 50 minutes as part of a free concert scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Performing Arts Center at Sun Prairie High School, 888 Grove St.
“Queen & Slim” came in fourth place at the weekend box office. It’s not hard to see why the film finished so low — it’s playing on fewer than half the screens of higher-ranking holdovers “Frozen II,” “Knives Out,” and “Ford v Ferrari.”
The holiday season means delicious food and parties galore. If you’ve been dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there’s no reason to throw away all your hard work. You just need to make adjustments to your routine so you can enjoy the season guilt-free.
“Knives Out” bills itself as a whodunit mystery, and to a degree it is, but the “it” in question isn’t what it appears to be. The advertising has let it be known that the film revolves around the death of wealthy mystery author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) from an apparent suicide. …
It’s a long way from Sun Prairie to southern Italy. For Debbie and Steve Meyer and Glenn and Kris Schmidt, the 16-day journey in October with friends spanned thousands of miles and more than 100 years.
Hosting family and friends for a cookie exchange party is a wonderful way to start or continue a holiday tradition. Here are a few tips for hosting a cookie party exchange:
There were things about 2013’s “Frozen” that instantly made it a Disney classic: the spectacular ice-and-snow animation, the engaging princesses Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), and of course, the rightfully iconic Oscar-winning musical number “Let It Go.”
Join in on a holiday tradition in Sun Prairie at the 104th annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting event on Friday, Nov. 29 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Historical Library and Museum, 115 E. Main St. in Sun Prairie.
Come to the 5th Annual Jolly Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair to benefit OccuPaws Guide Dogs. This event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prairie View Middle School, 400 N. Thompson Road in Sun Prairie.
When Thanksgiving is over, the most prominent reminders of the holiday are the abundant number of leftovers in containers in my refrigerator. Don't waste those delicious leftovers -- remix them! With some creativity and safe food handling, you can enjoy turkey-based meals that make delicious…
Director Marielle Heller frames “ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ” as if it were an episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” with miniature sets of cars and bridges to illustrate New York and Pittsburgh.
NEW YORK (AP) — Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be budget-busting if you bought one for yourself.
You won’t find many adults on the planet who are less of a gearhead than yours truly. I live in New York specifically because I don’t drive. I gave up on learning after five lessons, one of which saw a cop car behind me (I can’t say I got “pulled over” because what I did was slam on the brea…
Veterans Day is not a holiday one typically associates with new movies, either in terms of box office or subject matter. With box office, there’s a clamor over which movie gets to dominate Christmas weekend, Thanksgiving, Easter, even the similarly military-themed Memorial Day, but ironicall…
I've been preparing the same basic, traditional Thanksgiving menu for almost 35 years now. But in the past few years, our children have grown up, married and now have families of their own. Our tastes have changed, and our lives are more hectic. So what's a Diva to do?
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren isn’t prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including the ban on dancing. In this rolicking musical performed by Sun Prairie High School and directed by Jerry Award winning Marsha Heuer, the search to overcome loss and …
It has been four years since we’ve had a Terminator movie with 2015’s “Terminator: Genisys.” But it has been 28 years since we’ve had a good Terminator movie with 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
The weekend before Halloween is notoriously bad for new releases. Everyone is going to want to see a Halloween movie, so it doesn’t pay to release something outside of horror or at least a horror-themed comedy. But it also doesn’t really pay to release a Halloween movie, because those movies…
During the next three weeks, the Sun Prairie High School Jazz program will have two legendary jazz experiences when they perform with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on Nov. 13 and host Maxine Gordon on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Hope Lutheran Church, 3702 Highway AB, will be the site for the 49th annual bazaar, cookie walk and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.
As promised, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” delivers the most vile, repugnant, terrifying creatures known to man. I’m speaking of course, about the three fairy godmothers (Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple) who have watched over Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) since she was a baby.
Who will save the "Terminator" franchise from itself? Not "Deadpool" director Tim Miller, producer James Cameron or even Linda Hamilton, it turns out.