Sidney Lumet , the director of “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Network,” whose films explored themes of injustice and used the gritty streets of New York as a supporting character, has died. He was 86.
Finally saw “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” the other day. Once I stopped worrying about the divergence of even the non-supernatural timeline from actual history, I had plenty of guilty fun. I also came away wondering at the upsurge of interest in our 16th president these past few years.
Dino De Laurentiis , the son of Italian pasta makers who became a prolific movie producer of blockbuster hits such as “Serpico,” expensive duds such as “Dune” and sweeping epics including “War and Peace,” has died. He was 91.