Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Climb into Elvis’ 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip that traces the rise and fall of a rock legend as a metaphor for the country he left behind. Travel with THE KING on INDEPENDENT LENS – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Actor Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall) has a lot to say about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Twenty years ago, a woman sat on a jury ago that handed down the death penalty to a man convicted in a double homicide. Now, living with an unbearable feeling of guilt, she commits to tracking down her fellow jurors to tackle past demons. Tune in as POV presents LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2 – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

The DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE is a go! By all reports, the hit MASTERPIECE series will make it to the big screen with most, if not all, of the original cast. Is it too early to Fandango that? [Update: Looks like Lily James is not part of the film.] Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Wednesday night on the North Carolina Channel, tune in for a night of special programming tackling the issue of drug abuse. The evening begins with DO NO HARM: THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, followed by A CRISIS: NC’S OPIOID BATTLE, capped off with SECOND OPINION SPECIAL: OVERDOSE: INSIDE THE EPIDEMIC. It all starts Wednesday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Go behind the headlines for the history, ceremony and traditions shaping the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle. A bevy of experts and commentators join Meredith Viera and Matt Baker for ROYAL WEDDING WATCH – beginning tonight at 10 on the Explorer Channel and continuing all week long. It all leads up to the Big Event on Saturday, which will be carried live on UNC-EX starting at 4am EST.

Rumors that director Terry Gilliam suffered a stroke may be just that. The Monty Python alum posted a message on his Twitter last week while wearing a shirt bearing the words “I’m not dead yet.” Continue reading

A New Face In The Neighborhood

Fred Rogers died nearly fifteen years ago but the children’s TV host left behind an enormous legacy far beyond 30+ seasons of one of the most beloved television series ever. This year alone, the Morgan Neville documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? premiered at Sundance and PBS is celebrating 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like in March. Now, the word from Tinseltown is that none other than Tom Hanks will be portraying Rogers in a new film based on the late TV personality’s life.

You Are My Friend has been acquired by TriStar Pictures and is set to begin production in September. The feature film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Marielle Heller will direct and the screenplay is by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

There’s no release date as yet, obviously. But I’m sure I join the legions of Mr. Rogers fans out there who’ll be eagerly awaiting this film’s arrival in the Cineplex.