“In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky – her grand old woods – her fertile fields – her beautiful rivers – her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slaveholding and wrong – when I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten, that her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.” – Frederick Douglass (Morgan Freeman), The Civil War
What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …
Michael Portillo (Great Continental Railway Journeys) crosses the Atlantic for an epic trip down the East Coast. Don’t miss a new eight-part series – Great American Railroad Journeys – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.
Monty Python’s John Cleese will be in the Tar Heel State this week for lively discussion and a screening of the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The good news? Tickets are still available for Wednesday’s DPAC event. The bad news? I can’t make it – so tell him Sparky says “hi.” Continue reading
Who starred in the title role of the American Playhouse mini-series Oppenheimer? Continue reading
“That woman is wound tighter than a 10-day clock!” – Dr. Byron Hale (Norbert Leo Butz), referring to Nurse Hastings, Mercy Street
“It was because we failed to do the thing we really have a genius for, which is compromise. Americans like to think of themselves as uncompromising. Our true genius is for compromise. Our whole government’s founded on it. And it failed.” – Shelby Foote, The Civil War by Ken Burns
Normally in “Where Do I Know That Actor?” I take a look at programs UNC-TV has aired which feature folks you may know from other series. Today, however, I thought it might be fun to examine the PBS link to the #1 film in the country – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
You may ask yourself what could Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice possibly have in common with PBS and I’d have to honestly confess that the answer is not much on the surface. But if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of moviegoers who flocked to the multiplex over the weekend to catch this blockbuster film you might know the real answer.
To start off – almost all of the stars of the film have appeared in PBS programming at some point in the past. The exceptions that stand out are Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). But let’s see where the others have popped up, shall we?
Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman) got his start on PBS appearing in the educational series The Voyage of the Mimi and The Second Voyage of The Mimi when he was in his teens.
Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman) has been one of the many guest actors on Midsomer Murders. He also appeared on an episode of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Continue reading
Documentary-filmmaker Ken Burns has been named as grand marshal of the 2016 Rose Parade. The award-winning director of The Civil War, Baseball and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea will do the honors on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California.