Posts by James Hughes
Tramps, Drifters, and Cockfighters: A Visit to the Fifth Annual Harry Dean Stanton Festival in Kentucky
Celebrating the hangdog hero of character actors the world over.
Mastering the Weave: How the Soviet Hockey Documentary ‘Red Army’ Scored
CSKA Moscow dominated international competition in the 1980s and is one of the most successful dynasties in professional sports.
Requiem for Rod Serling
It’s been 60 years since he changed television with his teleplays and his unforgettable TV show ‘The Twilight Zone.’ Now, friends, family, and world-class showrunners David Chase and Matthew Weiner remember the pugilistic power of Rod Serling.
We Went There: Jonny Greenwood’s Masterful, Milkshake-Slurping ‘There Will Be Blood’ Symphony
Witnessing the American premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 masterpiece ‘There Will Be Blood’ featuring live accompaniment of Jonny Greenwood’s remarkable score, with Greenwood in attendance.
This Is Harry Shearer: The Former ‘SNL’ Cast Member’s Remarkable Nose for (the Voices of the) News
A disgruntled writer and performer on SNL’s fifth season (1979–80), Shearer had previously sworn off the show, characterizing his brief tenure a “living hell.” His relationship with Lorne Michaels was contentious at best, and one season in New York for the native Californian was more than enough. But he eventually found his way back.
What Richard Linklater gained (and lost) during the making of his decades-spanning ‘Boyhood.‘
Saving Tiger Stadium
What to do about a demolished local landmark? Ask the crew of dedicated Detroiters who resurrected a forgotten ballpark and transformed it into a sports sanctuary.
The Sporting Life of Elliott Gould
A sports-inflected trip through 50 years in show business.
We Went There: A Heroes’ Welcome for the Blackhawks
On the first day of the government shutdown, the Washington Capitals arrived in Chicago, looking to bring a momentous occasion to a screeching halt. Though the organization has long since dropped the ’90s look — a jersey featuring the Capitol building and two crossed sticks — the Caps, backed by a scorching power-play unit, had […]
The Blackhawks Take Over Chicago: A Glorious Stanley Cup Capper
When fresh hire Alain Vigneault addressed reporters at Radio City Music Hall last week after an unprecedented bicoastal Torts swap, he shared a recent Kodak moment. Having browsed some snapshots of the New York Rangers’ 1994 victory parade, it became “real clear … there is no better place” to win the Stanley Cup. (It’s a […]