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‘The Help’ movie review, trailer: A page-turner

‘The Help’ movie review, trailer: A page-turner
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

In the mood for a good read? Then put down the book and line up for the film version of “The Help,” Katherine Stockett’s best-selling novel about domestic relations in the pre-Civil Rights South.

Whenever a best-seller becomes a movie, the same quandary arises: If you haven’t read the book, you wonder if you should before you see the film. And if you have read it, you’re probably criticizing the virtually all-female cast in advance.

Fortunately for “The Help,” which opens in wide release today (Aug.10), no such problems should crop up. First-time author Stockett and Tate Taylor—executive producer, director, and screenwriter—were childhood friends in Jackson, Miss. where the novel is set, and shared the angst of Stockett’s publishing efforts. Reportedly, Taylor read the manuscript even while it was being rejected by more than 60 literary agents and told Stockett not to give up. With just one short and one feature to his credit, he assured her that, “If it doesn’t get published, I’ll make it into a movie.”

 

Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ fame not easy for teen singer despite Lady Gaga’s support

Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ fame not easy for teen singer despite Lady Gaga’s support
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Teenage singer Rebecca Black became an Internet sensation after the release of her viral video that you may have heard about: “Friday.”

But combining sudden fame and bei...

Peach and Butterfly Festival hopes to spread awareness

Peach and Butterfly Festival hopes to spread awareness
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In celebration of August, named as National Peach Month , Sickles Market in Little Silver is hosting its annual Peach & Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 13...

REVIEW: ‘Rent’ returns

REVIEW: ‘Rent’ returns

New revival of a beloved musical more or less recalls the original production

BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Ever since that very first critics’ preview of “Rent” at New York...

Photos of Kelly Rowland’s breast slip raise bar on Minaj, Kardashian and Jackson (VIDEO)

Photos of Kelly Rowland’s breast slip raise bar on Minaj, Kardashian and Jackson (VIDEO)

Singer has wardrobe malfunction at Club 4Sixty6 in West Orange

BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The wardrobe malfunction appears to have come back in fashion.

Singer Kelly Rowland gave her audience a lit...

Roberta Flack celebrated at Shining Stars Gala

Roberta Flack celebrated at Shining Stars Gala

New Jersey’s Celebrity Magnet Tom Murro meets the singing and dancing icon

BY ALLISON EBNER

Last week, NewJerseyNewsroom.com's “Celebrity Magnet” Tom Murro's travels brought him to the “Bright Lights Sh...

REVIEW: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Asbury Park’s Carousel House

REVIEW: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Asbury Park’s Carousel House

Grab the brass ring with this performance

BY LORI SENDER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. THEATER REVIEW

Prices of Broadway shows are certainly exorbitant, but if you live anywhere near Asbury Park, N.J., you c...

Remembering Channel 13 — New Jersey’s first television station

Remembering Channel 13 — New Jersey’s first television station
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

The recent demise of NJN (new Jersey Network) got some us thinking again about television in the Garden State.

Yes, we are now in an era of hun...

‘The Change-Up’ movie review, trailer: A contender for …

‘The Change-Up’ movie review, trailer: A contender for …
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Talk about a deceptive pitch!

"The Change-Up" offers itself as a comedy, but the audience has hardly settled in when the bottom drops out.

In the opening m...

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