'Concrete Cowboy' shows Philadelphia's Black cowboy culture
“Concrete Cowboy,” an urban Western about African American riders in Philadelphia starring Idris Elba, is about an often unseen — and persisting — Black cowboy culture. “Concrete Cowboy" is a father-son drama set around Fletcher Street Stables, one of the oldest and last-remaining of Philadelphia's hardscrabble inner-city stables. But through tenacity and improvisation, Fletcher Street has remained a cherished refuge and an ardent pastime for both kids and adults on the streets of Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion. “It didn’t occur to me until the Bob Marley song ‘Buffalo Soldier,’ which opened my interest about Black cowboys. They’re trying to raise money for an equestrian center and to convince Philadelphia government officials that the Fletcher Street heritage is worth preserving.
Pioneering Hollywood casting director Lynn Stalmaster dies
FILE - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, Lynn Stalmaster arrives at the TCM Classic Film Festival's Opening Night Gala in Los Angeles. Lynn Stalmaster, the Oscar-winning casting director whose eye for talent helped launch the careers of John Travolta, Christopher Reeve, Richard Dreyfuss and many other actors, has died. Bang /Invision/AP, File)Lynn Stalmaster, the Oscar-winning casting director whose eye for talent helped launch the careers of John Travolta, Christopher Reeve, Richard Dreyfuss and many other actors, has died. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had long resisted giving special recognition to casting directors and Stalmaster was brought to tears. He was an apprentice to a pair of TV producers who made him their casting director.
Thais bid addio to theater where they fell in love with film
A crowd gathers to take photos of the cinema marquee of the Scala theater during its final movie screening Sunday, July 5, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Scala theater has shut its doors after 51 years as a shrine for Thai movie-goers. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)BANGKOK If Hollywood is where dreams are made, Bangkoks Scala theater for the past 51 years was where Thais immersed themselves in the old-fashioned blockbusters of war, the heart-felt romances and quirky comedies. Ive never seen another movie theater like it anywhere in the world, said Philip Jablon, a U.S. researcher who has documented Southeast Asias stand-alone cinemas in a blog and a book. Pattarapon Jitbanchong keeps a collection of old Scala tickets framed on her wall at home, and proudly displayed some of them Sunday.
Lives Lost: Veteran guarded Nazis during war crimes trial
Emily DiPalma Aho looks over photographs and memorabilia of her father, Emilio DiPalma, a World War II veteran, at her home in Jaffrey, N.H., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The 19-year-old had fought Germans on the front lines in World War II, lost friends in battle and witnessed horrors that would forever change his view of the world. After the Allies defeated Germany, DiPalma was sent to Nuremberg, where he was first tasked with making copies of documents detailing Nazi war crimes. After the war, DiPalma met his future wife, Louise Catelotti, while on a double date. He rarely talked about his days in the war, Aho said, but his wartime experiences left a lasting impact on how he saw others.
The Alamo to Host a Free Screening of Iconic John Wayne Film on Friday
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the John Wayne film chronicling the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, San Antonio's most memorable landmark is hosting a free screening ofon Friday as part of the festivities surrounding the 184th anniversary of the battle itself.was a passion project of Wayne's that spent years in development. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com