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Oprah Winfrey and Director Ava DuVernay for “Selma”

Oprah Winfrey and Director Ava DuVernay for “Selma”
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

At 100 years of age, Annie Lee Cooper steadfastly maintained her daily ritual of eating a tuna fish sandwich in front of the TV set as she watched the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Paying homage to that spunky activist, who became an important footnote in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Winfrey delivers the knock-out punch to racist Sheriff Jim Clark on the steps of the Dallas County Courthouse in director Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed movie “Selma.”

Actually, the movie project had been percolating on the back burner for nearly seven years when Duvernay sent the talk show host/philanthropist a newspaper clipping about the real Cooper, who was celebrating her centennial birthday in 2010, with a simple question, “Don’t you think it would mean a lot to her to know who was portraying her?”

Winfrey’s initial reaction was a resounding “No.” She interjected, “Every film I’ve been in, I end up hitting somebody. My last movie I had to slap David.” She was referring to David Oyelowo, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr, this time around, but last year appeared as Winfrey’s son in “The Butler.”

 

‘Christmas Vacation’ Lands Clark Griswold an Exit on Garden State Parkway

‘Christmas Vacation’ Lands Clark Griswold an Exit on Garden State Parkway
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.”

That line was heard from actor Chevy Chase as Clar...

Russian Oscar Nomination "Leviathan" Bleak Vision of Putin Regime

Russian Oscar Nomination
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Considering what is happening in Russia today, it is a shock that the country’s official entry for the best foreign-language film Oscar is a movie so dee...

'The Elephant Man' Broadway Review: Bradley Cooper Looks Great as an Ugly Guy

'The Elephant Man' Broadway Review: Bradley Cooper Looks Great as an Ugly Guy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Bradley Cooper believably contorts his handsome self into the misshapen title figure of “The Elephant Man” and it is a certain bet that both he an...

9 Things to Expect From Our Stephen Colbert

9 Things to Expect From Our Stephen Colbert
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The last bastion of “truthiness” on cable television will leave the airwaves Thursday night.

Actually, Montclair resident Stephen Colbert invented the word truthiness hi...

'Pocatello' Off Broadway Review: Sad Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

'Pocatello' Off Broadway Review: Sad Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A heavy dish of gloom is served in a mediocre Italian restaurant in “Pocatello,” a dreary new drama that seems to last far longer than its 100...

'Every Brilliant Thing' Off Broadway Review: A Life Affirming List

'Every Brilliant Thing' Off Broadway Review: A Life Affirming List
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Joy and sorrow intermingle in “Every Brilliant Thing” and I am happy to report that joy wins out in this intimate 65-minute solo play currentl...

Bobby Cannavale's Star Keeps Shining Brightly Thanks to “Annie” & his HBO Series

Bobby Cannavale's Star Keeps Shining Brightly Thanks to “Annie” & his HBO Series
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Why wait until tomorrow? Bobby Cannavale’s career is already brighter than the noon day sun. Next Friday (Dec. 19) finds him costarring in a contempora...

Top Ten Snooki Gifts for Christmas

Top Ten Snooki Gifts for Christmas
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It turns out that entrepreneur, mother-of-two, and reality television star Nicole LaValle is talented at making crafts. Nicole, who was just recently married, has opene...

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