Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT Oct 17, 2018 It’s Michigan-Michigan State rivalry week. And U-M football coach Jim Harbaugh helped kick it off by suggesting we could use a break from all the clichés that have been “plowed so thoroughly on both sides.” I like what he did there. Use a cliché to ask for a break … from using cliches. Actually, I don’t blame him for relying on a cliché. We all do. More than we’d like to admit. (See, that’s a cliché right there!) And while I understand the sentiment from Harbaugh, and the tactic of saying as little as possible during his Monday news conference — Mark Dantonio said almost nothing during his news conference Tuesday, too; he even praised Harbaugh for coaching good sportsmanship — we use clichés for a reason. Especially during rivalry week. … [Read more...] about Michigan football finally admits it hates MSU. Ain’t it grand?
Very nice without being very good, “The Hate U Give” tries to merge sweaty-palmed social justice issues with big-hearted TV teen movie romance. The resulting love child is a middling message picture that is legitimately important, humane, thematically compassionate, rather ho-hum and a waste of its fresh, appealing starlet. Amandla Stenberg is irresistibly winning as Starr Carter, whose coming of age in high school is the film’s central concern. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in a poor Atlanta neighborhood that is black by a large majority, and with her brothers attends a distant posh prep school that is mostly white. The kids were sent across the city to the exclusive school at the insistence of their mother, Lisa (Regina Hall), to keep them safe from the area’s bad influences and outright threats. Starr values both worlds and sees her life as a nonstop performance to keep them peacefully in balance as she navigates between. When Starr crosses the school’s … [Read more...] about Adaptation of YA bestseller ‘The Hate U Give’ is an A-for-effort letdown
Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press Published 4:02 AM EDT Oct 11, 2018 “The Hate U Give “ begins with a scene at the family dinner table where a father is giving his young kids an important talk — the one in which he explains to his 9-year-old daughter, Starr, and toddler son exactly what to do when they’re pulled over by a police officer. Hands on the dashboard. No sudden movement. Answer the questions directly. Don’t elaborate. A teenage Starr (played by Amandla Stenberg, who gives an astonishing performance) is narrating this memory. She’s as surprised as the audience is that this talk was given at such a young age, but it’s something that stays with her. The talk is a matter of life or death. “The Hate U Give,” a popular young adult novel by Angie Thomas, has been adapted with deft skill by Audrey Wells, a prolific and deeply humane screenwriter and filmmaker who died last week from cancer, and lovingly directed by George … [Read more...] about Review: Police shooting propels heartfelt ‘Hate U Give’
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 AM EDT Oct 10, 2018 We're looking at a new dust-up in retirement universe. What, exactly, is a reasonable retirement age? Is 70 the new 65? Or is 35 the magic number? TV personality Suze Orman says don't dream about retiring a minute before you hit 70, while Twitter showman and blogger "Mr. Money Mustache" is promoting a lifestyle through the FIRE movement -- which stands for "Financial Independence, Retire Early" -- which might enable you to leave your day job by your 30s or 40s. Join the FIRE movement? Or prepare to burn out by working work eight years beyond a solid retirement age? Unfortunately, it's one extreme or another to snag a sound bite. Magic numbers do drive blogs and podcasts Let's face it, if you're trying to build a huge following why not create a cash cult based on the idea of retiring young. The theory that you can take control of your money — as well as your time … [Read more...] about Why you could hate the latest retirement dust up
Lindsey Bahr, Ap Film Writer Updated 4:29 pm PDT, Friday, October 5, 2018 Audrey Wells during 2006 Sundance Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Show at Racquet Club in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Fred Hayes/WireImage) Audrey Wells during 2006 Sundance Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Show at Racquet Club in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Fred Hayes/WireImage) Photo: Fred Hayes/WireImage Notable Deaths of 2018 Notable Deaths of 2018 Photo: Antonella Ragazzoni / Eyeem/Getty Images/EyeEm Marty Balin, 1942-2018: Marty Balin, a patron of the 1960s "San Francisco Sound" both as founder and lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane, shown above with Balin at left, and co-owner of the club where the Airplane and other bands performed, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. He was 76. less Marty Balin, 1942-2018: Marty Balin, … [Read more...] about ‘The Hate U Give’ screenwriter Audrey Wells dies at 58