Day: July 2, 2019

“The Movies”: A joyride through the post-auteur era

As the 1980s began, movie moguls were still in their ’60s/’70s haze.
Perplexed by the new generation, they’d written big checks to “auteurs” — directors who looked and sounded hip and artful. Then “Heaven’s Gate” happened.
“It was a shot through the heart of the auteur era,” journalist Chris Connelly says in the opener of “The Movies,” CNN’s blitz-paced series.
“Heaven’s Gate” cost $44 million and made $3.5 million in North America. Its director (Michael Cimino, fresh from the Oscar-winning “Deer Hunter”), would go five years before his next movie … its studio (United Artists) would collapse … and Hollywood would regress. That was in 1980, a convenient starting point for this opener. It eyes the ’80s, the post-auteur era. Read more…

Best-bets for July 4: A night of music and spectacle

1) A Capitol Fourth,” 8 p.m., PBS, rerunning at 10. Here’s the annual, feel-good blend of music and fireworks. It’s strong on Broadway – Carole King with the cast of “Beautiful,” Vanessa Williams, Laura Olnes. But it also has gospel (Yolanda Adams), country (Lee Brice), R&B (The O’Jays) and lots of pop: Colbie Caillat is part of the Gone West band; there are also winners of “American Idol” (Laine Hardy) and “The Voice” (Maelyn Jarmon), plus an “America’s Got Talent” runner-up (Angelica Hale). Read more…