Day: December 24, 2020

Best-bets for Dec. 26: Movie quality, football quantity

1) “Casablanca” (1942, shown here), 8 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. Beautifully crafted, this is No. 3 on the American Film Institute’s all-time list, trailing only “Citizen Kane” and “Godfather.” It arrives on a great movie night – “1917” (2019) at 8 p.m. on Showtime, “The Fugitive” (1993) at 9 p.m. and midnight on Sundance and, especially, “Inside Out” (2015) at 8 p.m. on Freeform. That last one, an animated gem, is from Pete Docter, whose “Soul” debuted Friday on Disney+. Read more…

Laura Ingalls Wilder led three fascinating lives

The three lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder continue to fascinate us.
There was young-Laura, growing up in little houses on prairies. Many girls — familiar with the slightly fictional version in ovels and on TV (shown here) — try to replicate that life.
“They are dressed in their little gingham outfits,” Mary McDonagh Murphy, producer of a new “American Master” portrait at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 29) on PBS, told the Television Critics Association. “They come on these pilgrimages, because they feel they know her.”
And there was old-Laura, who was 65 when her first novel was published. Seven more followed and she had 25 years of fame. “Wilder transformed her frontier childhood into the best-selling ‘Little House’ series and helped shape American ideas,” said “Masters” producer Michael Kantor.
But what about middle-Laura? What about the first 47 years after she married Almanzo Wilder? Read more…