Oliver Hardy was terrifying, inspiring for John C. Reilly
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing Oliver Hardy, the large comic with the even larger persona, was a burden that became a mission for John C. Reilly.
The actor had early misgivings about becoming the man whose legendary partnership with Stan Laurel is explored in "Stan & Ollie," which will be released Friday in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics.
Review: Laurel and Hardy movie ‘Stan & Ollie’ is a joy
There are lot of movies in theaters right now trying to grab your attention, and dollars, from big superhero spectacles and musical extravaganzas to awards darlings and wannabes. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the options in the multiplex (and, frankly, at home) and when something like, say, a late-career Laurel and Hardy biopic comes along, you'd be forgiven for thinking it easy to dismiss, or at least put off for a little while.
Finding Stan and Ollie
Town connected to Laurel and Hardy restores old theater
HARLEM, Ga. (AP) — An old theater in a Georgia town known for its connection to slapstick comedy duo Laurel and Hardy is being renovated.
"He: a Novel" (Quercus), by John Connolly
Although never referred to by name, the he of the eponymous "he" is comedian Stan Laurel, who with Oliver Hardy, was half of Laurel and Hardy, one of the most successful and beloved comic teams in the early 20th century. With only the pronouns of he or him, author John Connolly reimagines Laurel in both abstract and three-dimensional ways, getting to the soul of Laurel, the comic, the multi-married, forever-in-debt-with-alimony and alcoholic.
Today in History for February 23rd
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lois Laurel Hawes, the daughter of famed comedian Stan Laurel, has died. She was 89.
A family statement says Hawes died late Friday night at a Los Angeles hospital after a long illness.
NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (AP) — As he remembers it, Mark Cline wasn't much of a student when he was in elementary school, so as a matter of survival he became the class clown: funny and fast-talking with a gift for drawing and a flowering imagination. Resourceful, too.
"A clown needs props, but props are expensive," he said, "so I started making my own props."