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Langston Hughes

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  • Jennifer Hudson Singing Again for 'Black Nativity'

    Filmed on location in Harlem and timed for the holidays, Fox Searchlight's "Black Nativity" premiered Nov. 18 at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater. The musical's major coup was getting Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson back onscreen singing for the first...
  • Lucille Lortel: Queen Of Off-Broadway Led White Barn Theatre

    She was called the Queen of Off-Broadway but you could call her the Queen of Way-Off-Broadway, too, by way of Connecticut. She was Lucille Lortel, and The Courant described her as "a woman of vim, vigor and vinegar. ... With Lortel's aggressive charm,...
  • The 'Tastemaker' paints Carl Van Vechten as cultural impressario of his time

    Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein,...
  • 'Train' lovingly tracks rail travel history

    The routes American railroads follow were laid out almost exclusively in the 19th and 20th centuries, when trains were symbols of modernity and industrial power. And today, riding a train — especially in the United States — can feel like...
  • 'Mr. Banks,' 'Walter Mitty' Aim for Family Cred at Box Office

    This holiday season, Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" and Fox's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" are testing the boundaries of what it means to be an all-audience film, as studios strive to strike the right balance between adult drama and family...
  • Film Review: 'Black Nativity'

    A child is born, a family is healed, and a sermon on forgiveness is delivered with sledgehammer subtlety in "Black Nativity," a bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen. You have to admire the earnest, nakedly...
  • 'Black Nativity': Good deeds, good songs ★★ 1/2

    'Black Nativity': Good deeds, good songs ★&#9733 1/2
    Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant and unjustly little-seen biopic that starred Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor and told the story of D.C. deejay Petey Greene. That film was all about the...
  • No silent night

    No silent night
    Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant biopic that told the story of radio DJ Petey Greene. That film was all about the power of words. Lemmons' new film, "Black Nativity," concerns good deeds...
  • Box office: Audiences already warm to Disney's 'Frozen'

    Box office: Audiences already warm to Disney's 'Frozen'
    Walt Disney Pictures' computer-animated 3-D musical “Frozen” likely won’t topple “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at the holiday box office, but the fairy tale is already drawing big numbers, according to early estimates....
  • Review: 'Black Nativity' is stage-bound but musically gifted

    Review: 'Black Nativity' is stage-bound but musically gifted
    "Black Nativity" — the movie — seems like such a good idea. Start with poet and playwright Langston Hughes' powerful telling of the Christmas story — the spoken word, the gospel choir, the staging spare, the story timeless. Wrap a...
  • Box office: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' on track to break record

    Black Friday arrived at the box office this Thanksgiving weekend with moviegoers showing sustained appetite for leftovers. In its second weekend in theaters, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is on a course to not only come in first; it may...