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  • Classic Hollywood: The movies at work

     Classic Hollywood: The movies at work
    As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires (Charlie Chaplin's 1936 "Modern Times"), angry explorations of the hardships of unemployment (John Ford's 1940 "The Grapes of Wrath") and the dangers of certain occupations (Ford's 1941 "How Green Was My Valley" about miners) or political statements such as 1979's "Norma Rae," which examined the struggle to unionize a factory. More recent films such as 1999's "Office Space" have skewered the world of bored computer drones. ¶ So in honor of Labor Day, here are some of the best Hollywood films about the workplace, whether it's an office, a farm — or even the circus.
  • Jean Harris dies at 89; killer of 'Scarsdale Diet' doctor

    Jean Harris, the onetime headmistress of an elite girls' school whose trial in the fatal 1980 shooting of the celebrity diet doctor who jilted her generated front-page headlines and national debates about whether she was a feminist martyr or vengeful...

    Today: Steve Harvey, Joy Behar, ‘The View’ premiere; ‘Coma’ concludes

     
    Highlights on the TV schedule today: 1. Michelle Obama headlines the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, N.C. ABC, CBS and NBC devote the 10 p.m. hour to the conclave. You'll find more extensive coverage on cable news, PBS (which starts at 8 p....

    This weekend: Sigourney Weaver lifts ‘Political Animals’; Bryan Cranston jolts ‘Breaking Bad’

     
    And there's more drama. The caper drama "Leverage" starts its new season at 8 p.m. Sunday on TNT. On Sunday, there are new episodes of "True Blood" and "The Newsroom" on HBO, "Drop Dead Diva" and "Army Wives" on Lifetime, and "Falling Skies" on TNT....

    This week: ‘Coma’ dazzles; ‘No Reservations’ returns; Stand Up To Cancer seeks donations

     
    The Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser airs at 8 p.m. Friday on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and other channels. There will be performances by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw. The celebrities taking part include Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Michael...