Sportswriter Frank Deford talks with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1981. "I was so lucky," Deford says. "The chance that you got in those days to get close to athletes is so much more than the writers get today."
NPR listeners normally hear from sports commentator Frank Deford for three minutes at a time Wednesday mornings, as he opines on the latest follies of the sporting world. But Deford fans have been getting to hear the veteran sportswriter at greater length lately. He's on a book tour for his new memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. When Deford stopped in Washington, D.C., NPR's Steve Inskeep had the chance to interview him in front of a lively crowd.
In Tim Burton's campy reboot of the Gothic soap <em>Dark Shadows,</em> Johnny Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a vampire with antiquated sensibilities who surfaces in the '70s after a 200-year imprisonment at the hands of a spurned lover.
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Despite the generational gap between Barnabas and the family Collins of the 1970s, he takes to his descendants well, and David (Gully McGrath), Roger (Jonny Lee Miller), Elizabeth (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) more or less accept him.
Putting together a Halloween costume must be a breeze at Johnny Depp's house. Forget pirate Jack Sparrow. If you just took a few of the characters he's played for director Tim Burton — the Mad Hatter, mad barber Sweeney Todd, mad candymaker Willy Wonka, and those two mad Eds, Wood and Scissorhands, you'd have a whole closetful of costuming possibilities.
Like the best road movies, Small, Beautifully Moving Parts features a pair of individuals newly thrust together, unsure what to make of one another, yet unable to separate. Of course, that inseparability is usually one forced by the situation; in this film, the bond joining these travelers is umbilical: Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) is pregnant.
<strong>All The Wrong Places: </strong>Bars, pool halls and pickup trucks aren't the sort of place you'd expect to find a 13-year-old like Luli (Chloe Grace Moretz), but that's exactly where <em>Hick</em> writer Andrea Portes sends her.
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Eddie Redmayne plays a volatile traveling companion of Luli's who's a little too friendly.
Funny how history repeats itself. Back in 2007, Hounddog,about an Elvis-obsessed girl who suffers through abuse in the Deep South, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to caustic reviews and immediate stigma as "The Dakota Fanning Rape Movie."