Whit Stillman Discusses Austen’s Sense and His Sensibility

Sometime in the 1790s, Jane Austen wrote a wickedly funny epistolary novella about a widow named Lady Susan, whose beauty and charm are matched only by her cunning ability to manipulate the doting men around her. Austen never tried to publish it. The novella, “Lady Susan,” was finally released more than 50 years after her death, but the story never really caught on with devotees of her other, more famous works.

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Breakthrough Performances From the Summer Movies Season

In the summer of 1989, the 28-year-old legal intern Barack Obama had the audacity to hope that his senior colleague Michelle Robinson would say “Yes we can” to a first date. Though the future first lady would later debate the technical precision of the word “date,” she did elect to meet this bold young man on a Saturday afternoon. That meeting turned into an all-day ramble through Chicago, from the Art Institute to a screening of “Do the Right Thing,” and now it has been turned into an improbably moving movie.

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Colin Firth and Jude Law Craft a Classic in “Genius”

Max Perkins was surrounded by literary geniuses, but he had something to do with that. Perkins was a revered senior editor at Scribner’s Sons in the late 1920s, with a stable of writers named Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A sprawling, unwieldy, 1,000-page manuscript from an unknown writer lands on his desk after it’s been rejected all around town. But Perkins sees something special beneath the weight of excessive prose and seeks out the author. His name is Thomas Wolfe and the book will become Look Homeward Angel.

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Paul Dano Nominated for Spirit Award for “Love & Mercy”

For the second year in a row, the Film Independent Indie Spirit Award nominations were leaked in advance of their announcement. Last year, it was because PR Newswire broke the embargo. This year Film Independent is blaming a technical glitch. Film Independent promised that the same mistake would not happen this year. The nominees were scheduled to be announced at 10AM PST.

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