Hitting the street in type: the native story of a 1940 Packard | Information

When Jim Long was a kid, his neighbor told him he was going to sell him a car. Life intervened, but after many years the car came into Long’s possession.

Long lived on 193 High Street as a child. He explained that across the street on 194 High Street “lived two bachelors, William Davis and his brother Ross. Mr. Davis was the Church of the Assumption Music Director for many years. He was well known in Bradford. “

Long described Mr. Davis as a very conservative elderly gentleman.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in anything other than a suit and tie,” Long said. Mr. Davis owned a 1940 Packard 110 which he kept in a garage on Rochester Street. To reach his house from the garage, Mr. Davis walked up an alley between Long’s house and his neighbor’s – the popular thoroughfare for those in the neighborhood that goes from point A to point B.

Long said Mr. Davis would always talk to the family when they were out when he came by.

“He always told me he would sell me the car,” Long said. However, Long was drafted into the army in 1966, and when he was released and returned home in 1968, something was different.

“I looked across the street and the house was empty. I asked my mom, ‘What happened to Mr. Davis?’ “Long said. He said his mother stated that Mr. Davis had gotten older and moved to the Holley Hotel because there were no retirement homes at the time and the Holley was a respectable place to live. When Long asked about Mr. Davis’ car, his mother said it had been sold to Paul Abernathy.

Long later learned that Abernathy had gone to church with Mr. Davis, which provided an opportunity to bond for the sale.

During a conversation with Abernathy’s daughter, who is a friend of the family, Long discovered that the car was not being driven. His understanding was that the car was not in tip-top condition when it was sold to Abernathy and he was concerned about its reliability. Instead of driving on the road, the car was idling.

After Abernathy’s death, the car was given to his son Sheldon, who Long said everyone called “Bernie” and who was a local postman. Like his father, the younger Abernathy stowed the car without driving it.

In 2003, however, Sheldon Abernathy had the car completely restored. Long said the work was done by Greg Davis, who has a shop in Westline and does the restoration, and the car was painted by Don Swander. The interior, which was fully restored after the 1940s, was made by a company in Buffalo, NY. executed

Long’s opportunity to purchase the car came accidentally after Sheldon Abernathy’s death when the car was in the possession of John Piganelli, Abernathy’s nephew.

“The funny thing is that I found it by accident,” Long said. He explained that his brother-in-law Lanny Layton had gone to see John Piganelli’s son Evan on an unrelated matter, and during the conversation Evan asked if he knew anyone who might want to buy an old Packard.

“Lanny said, ‘Yes I do,'” Long said. “Lanny called me and I contacted John Piganelli and said, ‘Don’t sell it. I’m going to buy it.'”

Long closed the deal on Aug. 3, agreeing to Piganelli’s condition to take him to the Packard – which he had never ridden in before.

Lange went to work replacing the fuel pump and other parts. The car was not yet ready to drive. Then Long’s friend and VFW colleague Steve Belleville came by.

“He said, ‘We’re going to your garage and we’ll get this thing up and running in five minutes.’ In fact, he was right, ”said Long. “The timing was a little off.”

Long said the car is now running smoothly and has been taking it easy for the past two weeks.

“The longest distance I’ve ridden is my brother-in-law’s house – he lives Stickney,” said Long. “It went well.”

Long said there was a consequence of the car sitting idle.

“Basically, I have a rust problem in the gas tank of (the car) that has been sitting for so many years. I put some fuel filters on it and it seems to be going well, ”he said. “I try to put a few short miles on it and make sure it starts every time I try to start it.”

Long is happy to have a car with such a personal story and to have it ready for new adventures. However, he does not plan to adapt his wardrobe to the decade.

“It’s a pretty decent car. Everyone tells me to get a pinstripe suit and a fedora, but that’s not my style, ”he said.

Palms on the Potomac | Cowl Story | Fashion Weekly

For this farewell-to-summer excursion we’ll follow blue highways, the stuff of country music lyrics, those roads less taken that are devoid of Sheets or Wawas. Perhaps we’ll find some mom-and-pop-run oases and meet some interesting folks.

Blue highways are no longer shown on maps in blue ink as Rand McNally did when cartographers used red to delineate major thoroughfares. But on a steamy August morning recently, for the third time this year, Style Weekly photographer Scott Elmquist and I are following mostly blue highways for a 90-minute drive to Colonial Beach, which fronts the Potomac River on the Northern Neck. It’s a destination many Richmonders seldom visit, though it’s roughly 60 miles from both Washington and Richmond.

On our two previous excursions we’d motored west to Scottsville and south to Keysville, respectively. For our excursion to seasonally bustling Colonial Beach, a one-stoplight town once known as “Reno on the Potomac,” I bring a 70-page Virginia map book published by DeLorme. It’s one of those slightly oversized publications that are full of colorful topographic detail and sold in convenience stores and filling stations. My colleague Scott humors me, but he is fine with a GPS system. 

We both clutch Starbucks coffees. Is that cheating? One thing about blue highways is that you shouldn’t expect anything specific, even hot coffee. But you will find something, guaranteed. 

Leaving town we follow U.S. Route 301 north through Hanover County. We cross the Pamunkey River into Caroline County and pass through a relentless swampy stretch that continues over Polecat Creek and the Mattaponi River. Veering east at Bowling Green, Route 301 becomes a straightaway through dense forests that define much of the terrain of the Fort A.P. Hill Military Reservation. We comment on the bizarreness of the American military being trained here and dutifully going forth in the name of a Confederate general. But then again, the statue of Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill Jr. in Richmond is still a Lost Cause vestige marking a major crossroads at Hermitage Road and Laburnum Avenue. 

Moving beyond Fort A. P. Hill, within a few minutes we arrive at the all-but-lost town of Port Royal, population 210. Although this burg can easily be missed, it was a thriving Rappahannock River port town from the 1600s to the 1800s when tobacco was shipped downstream. To picture the place, imagine what Williamsburg would look like today if the Rockefellers hadn’t come along in the 1920s and applied their Standard Oil fortune and fancy Boston architects to its restoration. Here, unexpectedly we confront traces of another Civil War figure considerably more notorious than A.P. Hill, John Wilkes Booth. He was a 27-year-old actor when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in Washington in April 1865. A historical marker in front of a large frame house explains that this was the place where Booth was captured after being chased and shot to death 10 days after fleeing the scene of the crime. A creepy exclamation point to reading about the violence that occurred here were a bevy of huge vultures perched stoically atop the roof and chimneys of the weathered house, their black coats of feathers glistening in the morning sunshine. Scott and I didn’t tarry.

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  • Vultures preen atop the Richard Garrett house in Port Royal, a Caroline County town. John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, died on this porch in April 1865 after being tracked down and shot.

Driving five blocks, we exit Port Royal, cross the Rappahannock River and arrive in picturesque King George County. After a brief drive through lush farmlands, we turn east at the village of Edgehill and onto state route 205. Soon we are in Westmoreland County. We arrive in Colonial Beach and although we can see the Potomac River in the distance, we pass through town to its eastern edge to arrive at a wooded historical site, the James Monroe birthplace. Monroe (1758-1831) was the fifth president and a popular one. He spent the first 17 years of his life here on the then-500-acre farm before beginning a life of public service. In light of our fraught political times, it’s hard to believe that he faced no opposition in his successful run for a second presidential term in 1820.

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  • The birthplace of the fifth U.S. president, James Monroe, has recently been rebuilt on its original foundations and is the newest attraction in Colonial Beach.

We stroll around the stalwart frame dwelling built on the foundations of the house where Monroe was born. It sits in a grove of trees and is visible from highway 205 beyond a flurry of state and national historical markers. The multiyear restoration is nearing completion by the James Monroe Memorial Foundation. Archeological work was conducted by the College of William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation executed the architectural work. Landscaping and furnishing the place is a work in progress. Of the eight Virginia-born presidents, there is only evidence of what two of their birthplaces actually looked like: this house and the Woodrow Wilson birthplace in Staunton. Plans call for replanting orchards and re-creating houses for enslaved people and other structures that once populated this 18th and early 19th century farm. 

Just beyond the modern reception center and museum is a so-called Time Trail, a half-mile, aggregate-paved and oyster shell-deckled walkway. Here we meet an engaging woman walking her dog. Vivian Lee Messner, with Barney tugging on a rope good-naturedly, says she was named for the famous screen actress, but doesn’t explain why her name isn’t spelled Leigh like the star of “Gone With the Wind.” We chat at one of the regular intervals on the trail where large granite slabs and benches are engraved with information pertaining to Monroe’s life and times. “This path leads to water and a canoe launch,” Messner explains. 

Since we’d introduced ourselves as day trippers to Colonial Beach making our first stop near town, she cheerfully says that she’s a 26-year resident of the town. Although born in West Virginia and reared in Framingham, Massachusetts, she says she loves it down here. “I love Virginia. When my company, Geico, moved me for a time to St. Petersburg, Florida, I cried. When I heard I was being transferred back here, I went hopping through the office: ‘Yahoo, I’m going home,’ I yelled.” 

And this come-here clearly knows the territory. She recounts that in 2017, she ran for the Democratic nomination for a seat in the House of Delegates. While she lost to an opponent who ultimately lost to a Republican, Messner says she carried several counties in the primary. “Everyone should do it,” she says of running for office.

When asked for the inside scoop on Colonial Beach, she quickly suggests that there are two schools of thought among the residents. “Some people, the old timers, want to keep the town old timey,” she says, “others want change.”

Internet access is “iffy” she adds, while tourism development is always an issue. She explains that there is a public sculpture project downtown and along the beachfront that has many folks wondering if the money might be better spent on more pressing infrastructure needs.

“A major issue is that folks from around Washington, D.C., are moving down, buying houses and causing costs to be jacked up,” she says. “What some home builders are charging is highway robbery.” 

We ask for breakfast suggestions.

“Lenny’s is where the old timers go,” she says, while “the Colonial Buzz Espresso across the street from Lenny’s is more hip.”

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Vivian Lee Messner, a long-time Colonial Beach resident, walks Barney along the Time Trail at the Monroe birthplace. - SCOTT ELMQUIST

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  • Vivian Lee Messner, a long-time Colonial Beach resident, walks Barney along the Time Trail at the Monroe birthplace.

For a county steeped in 18th-century architecture and lore, George Washington’s birthplace and Stratford Hall, the ancestral home of the Lees, are near Colonial Beach. Meanwhile, our breakfast spot, Lenny’s, is a local institution with an authentic midcentury modern vibe. The restaurant’s shallow A-frame exterior silhouette gives way upon entering to an outbreak of turquoise blue. Every table and booth in the L-shaped space is filled with a customer mix equally Latina, Black and white. Scott orders pancakes and sausage and I have an omelet.

It’s late morning, spirits are high and no one seems in a hurry.

“Take care,” shouts the Rev. K. Lionel Richards, who is dining at a table, to a friend who is exiting the diner. Adds the Rev. James Johnson while laughing, “It’s a hard job but someone has to do it.” A few minutes later, Richards, 69, explains that both he and Johnson are pastors of nearby congregations, Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Maranatha Bible Church, respectively. “Things are going pretty smoothly considering the COVID,” says Richards of his flock and the church’s programs. “People are trying to get back out. We have between 30 and 50 attendees at services now.” 

As we leave Lenny’s, I scan a number of the photographs and newspaper clippings that hang throughout the restaurant. The eatery was opened in 1978 by Leonard Skeens, who operated it until his death in 2007. Today it is run by his stepdaughter, Brandy Robinson, who we observed this busy morning in high gear. One of the newspaper clippings stresses how Lenny’s has played an important generational role in the life education of scores of teenagers and young people in Colonial Beach. They had their first real jobs there – and Skeens was considered a tough task master: His mantra: “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.” 

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The Rev. K. Lionel Richards, a local pastor, enjoys breakfast at Lenny’s diner. - SCOTT ELMQUIST

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  • The Rev. K. Lionel Richards, a local pastor, enjoys breakfast at Lenny’s diner.

Leaving Lenny’s we cross Colonial Avenue, the main road to the beach and a strip of suburbia – if only a hint. We stroll onward to Colonial Buzz Espresso and approach a woman and man enjoying a late-morning beverage. They lounge in chairs under stylish blue fabric swaths that are billowing next to the cottagelike coffee house. The friendly pair asks us where we ate breakfast and light up when we tell them Lenny’s.

“That’s where each of us had our first jobs,” says the woman, who was with her son, and who politely declined to give their names.

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River, land and sky: The path of Irving Street follows the Potomac through much of the town of Colonial Beach. - SCOTT ELMQUIST

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  • River, land and sky: The path of Irving Street follows the Potomac through much of the town of Colonial Beach.

Finally, on to the beach!

At two and a half miles, Colonial Beach is the second-longest bathing beach in Virginia. The freshly groomed sand extends flush to the concrete boardwalk. Shade trees – mostly sycamores and a few specially planted (and unexpected) palm trees offer a shady respite for those without beach umbrellas.  

We drive along Colonial Avenue to where it reaches River Edge Inn, a large motel at the far western edge of the boardwalk. The walk extends eastward to border the north side of the tight downtown street grid. We examine a piece of realistic, newish-looking sculpture that depicts two apparent visitors to the beach dressed in late-19th century attire. It is a reference to the town’s founding as a summertime escape hatch for Washingtonians in the pre-air conditioning era. Strolling along we notice a number of piers. The town pier and visitor center is on Hawthorn Street. Most of the downtown buildings are one and two stories except for the hulking Potomac Renaissance condos near Irving Avenue. There is an unassuming flair to many of the buildings and the appearance of places that have been patched up and maintained over the years. Little is showy.

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A sculpture depicting two Gilded Age vacationers greets beach goers on the waterfront at Colonial Avenue. - SCOTT ELMQUIST

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  • A sculpture depicting two Gilded Age vacationers greets beach goers on the waterfront at Colonial Avenue.

An exception is the Riverview Inn at 24 Hawthorn St. It is an art deco marvel with curved brick walls and a brightly colored exterior. There is nothing quite like it in Virginia. It looks, well, jazzy. It recalls an era when Colonial Beach was known – not always fondly – as a gambling destination. So gambling was legal in Virginia back in the day? No, but interestingly the southern border of Maryland extends to the low water mark along the south bank of the Potomac. Therefore, when you go into the water along Colonial Beach, you are wading or swimming in Maryland. Taking advantage of Maryland’s considerably more liberal gambling laws, savvy entrepreneurs built piers from the boardwalk into the water with gambling operations, including slot machines at the ends of the piers. 

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The eye-catching art deco Riverview Inn is a short walk from the beach. - SCOTT ELMQUIST

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  • The eye-catching art deco Riverview Inn is a short walk from the beach.

One of the charming things about Colonial Beach is walkability. And the number of golf carts rolling through the streets seems to exceed automobiles. We didn’t see many cyclists. Among those we meet today on the beach are two day-trippers from Washington, Deja Robinson and James Knighton.

“We’d heard about Colonial Beach word of mouth and today is my birthday,” Robinson says. As she lies on a blanket, her companion eats slices of fresh fruit, apparently purchased before leaving the city at Whole Foods from the looks of a brown grocery bag. “Do you know of any beaches nearby that don’t have jellyfish?” asks Robinson with a wince. I didn’t have the heart to tell these city folk that those stinging critters come with the territory and they are just as prevalent in the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach, the state’s longest beach.

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The Colonial Beach boardwalk is shaded by indigenous sycamore trees and specially planted palms. - SCOTT ELMQUIST

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  • The Colonial Beach boardwalk is shaded by indigenous sycamore trees and specially planted palms.

Colonial Beach is a pleasantly sized peninsula that narrows to four blocks wide as one moves toward its end. At First Street the blocks become residential and from First Street to the Colonial Beach Yacht Center, at the tip, the town looks its best. Dozens of heartbreakingly attractive beach cottages front Irving Avenue, which overlooks the Potomac. With relatively few shade trees, each of the houses reflects the distinct tastes of its builder or owner. For a beach mostly off-the-beaten path for 150 years, there is an understandable, low-key variety. From Victorian cottages to stalk modernity, the houses seem to coexist beautifully. The back streets closer to Monroe Bay – Lossing, Bancroft and Marshall avenues – are lined with modest-sized showstoppers.

One of the largest riverfront cottages is the 1885 Bell House at 821 Irving St., a Queen Anne-style confection that also exhibits rare stick-style tendencies. The latter architectural style, exalting in showy, sharp-pointed carpentry, was more popular in the Northeast. This startling-looking place is a vacation home of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. He inherited it from his father and retreated from Washington here from 1907 to 1918. Locals will tell you that Bell experimented while in residence with modest-sized flying machines that were launched from the front, third-story balcony.  

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  • of inventor Alexander Graham Bell that was built in 1885.

Colonial Beach has a wide range of dining options. One popular spot is High Tides on the Potomac with its Black Pearl Tiki bar that dominates the boardwalk with its Disney-like design and decor recalling the set of the CBS reality show, “Love Island.”

Kara Allison serves a lunch at Wilkerson’s restaurant, a riverfront destination on McKinney Boulevard. - SCOTT ELMQUIST

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  • Kara Allison serves a lunch at Wilkerson’s restaurant, a riverfront destination on McKinney Boulevard.

Before departing Colonial Beach, Scott and I decided to drive a few miles to the edge of town and the considerably more sedate Wilkerson’s Seafood Restaurant, a local destination for 40 years. He visited the salad bar and I had the seafood platter, including a crabcake, while enjoying the 270-degree panoramic view of the water and countryside. It felt like being on a ship and the clientele was decidedly more Gilligan’s, in an affectionate way, than “Love Island.”

Inheriting my father’s administration model: Saha Group chairman’s story (22)

Boonsithi Chokwatana is chairman of the Saha Group, Thailand’s leading consumer goods company. This is part 22 of a 30-part series.

After my father’s funeral and memorial service, we had to discuss how to lead the group.

An old friend of my father’s, Prasit Kanchanawa, a former House Speaker, attended the family meeting and took on the role of traffic manager (my father must have asked him to take care of the group in case anything happened to him).

It was decided that the head of Saha Pathanapibul, the core of the group that formed joint ventures with Lion and other joint ventures, would move from Boonchai, the fifth son, to Boon-Ek, the eldest son. The head of the holding, Saha Pathana Inter-Holding (SPI), was switched from me, the third son, to Boonpakorn, the second son.

It was decided that I would follow in my father’s footsteps as the leader of the entire group. I was 54.

Before his death, my father did not explicitly name his successor. Nevertheless, he had told his fellow human beings that he “wanted to hand things over to Boonsithi one by one”.

In contrast to me, all of my siblings completed their university education abroad. As the only old-style middle school graduate, I had worked with my father for almost 40 years. I was proud to say that I knew the group inside out.

There was no resistance at the family meeting, but we had to be considerate of older family members. Prasit thought it best to leave two of the three core businesses, including ICC International, to my older brothers. There was no conflict within the family or group, and from the outside it must have looked like friendly succession.

I am often asked about this, but there is no company called the Saha Group and there is no legal basis for my position as “Chairman”. As the founder of the company, my father was involved in all aspects of management and never held the title of CEO or President.

Of course, I felt a certain amount of pressure. I could no longer ask my father for consent or advice.

In 1991 the group already comprised almost 190 companies, and I had to secure the livelihood of 10,000 employees. People inside and outside the company watched Saha change. If we made wrong decisions, not only would we lose people’s trust, but our company could fall apart.

I thought to myself, “I’m not going to change the way my father did things.”

I didn’t want the power of a chairman, and I didn’t want to change the decentralized style of leadership that relies on growth through division. Personally, I don’t like being told how to hold my chopsticks, and I had no intention of telling others how to do it.

So the main idea was to just keep working like we’ve always done.

The mechanisms were already in place. My father, the founder of the company, and I, the president of SPI, received monthly reports from the group companies. Then, as a group leader, I would look through the reports, get a feel for the profits and losses and the problems of the individual companies, and provide support when I thought it was necessary. I also continued the Thursday lunches my father had hosted for family and officers as a forum for informal discussion.

One of the reasons I didn’t see the need to change anything was that Thailand was booming in the early 1990s. The economy grew by almost 10% a year. With the appreciation of the yen after the Plaza Agreement of 1985, Japanese manufacturers accelerated their overseas expansion. Many of them came to Thailand. Saha just had to keep growing his business.

Later referred to as “Detroit of Asia”, Thailand became a center of the auto industry, especially for Japanese manufacturers. This was around the time we got into the auto parts industry.

We set up a joint venture with Seiren, a Japanese textile manufacturer, who contacted us about manufacturing seat fabrics in Thailand. We started with Molten, who we had already worked with to make footballs and basketballs, to make new rubber parts.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly. However, both the Thai economy and Saha faced unprecedented challenges in the late 1990s.

This column is part of The Nikkeis “My Personal History” (“Watashi no Rirekisho”) series of autobiographies. The series first appeared in The Nikkei in 1956. Since then, a multitude of people changing the world have written or dictated their life stories for publication.

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Cate Blanchett sees pandemic as an opportunity to reflect on the plight of the refugees

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REEL TALK: ’12 Mighty Orphans’ a singular underdog story | Arts & Leisure

Who needs another soccer underdog story? We do. We all do that.

Based on the book by Jim Dent and Lane Garrison and the true events of the Mighty Mites, Ty Roberts, co-writer and director of the film, “12 Mighty Orphans,” brings us a heartfelt story about what it means to be family and support each other, regardless of the adversity.

Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson) is set in a barren and impoverished area near Fort Worth, Texas in 1938 with his wife and daughter reluctantly in tow. Always on the positive side, they look to the huge institution of the Masonic Home for Orphans, which will be their new residence.

When you meet Frank Wynn (Wayne Knight), the facility’s director, and the sociable family doctor Doc Hall (Martin Sheen), it is clear that there is trouble.

Russell, called to the orphanage by Doc, will not only teach math and science, but he will also coach a non-existent soccer team.

The family’s rat-infested and ramshackle quarters are a far cry from their former Pennsylvania residence, but Russell’s dedication and immediate devotion cannot be swayed even in the midst of putting together a completely inexperienced, often non-compliant and rude team.

Wynn, an abusive authoritarian with ulterior motives to run this house, is despicable with his tentacles of greed, especially when trying to thwart the success of Russell and the boys.

Russell has his own story and demons to deal with as he strives to connect with and help these forgotten “second class citizens”. A World War I veteran suffering from PTSD, we are seeing flashbacks in his life and witnessing the additional atrocities that in many ways help him reach out to these rejected children.

Along with time, love, and a common goal, the boys become a family with Doc and Russell as surrogate fathers, even if the odds are against them.

Sony’s “12 Mighty Orphans” starts with a stereotypical Disney touch. Told by Sheen, it’s an ode to storytelling of years gone by, but this also helps to accentuate the era of the story.

Russell at first seems too good to be true; he is kind, compassionate, and understanding to an exponential degree. Additionally, Wynn is a caricature of a malefactor who can almost be seen giggling when he does his insidious act.

Thankfully, those exaggerated depictions and performances are quickly muted and a more realistic and heartfelt story finds its way to the fore.

The story takes us through the 1938 football season when the team had no shoes, no equipment and was beaten up in their first game. Credited for starting the first “spread” formation in football, Russell always goes up on heights and finds a way to work with what he has. He thinks outside the box to help the boys capture something they have long forgotten: hope.

Victory after victory makes them an impressive team, but there is always someone out there who wants to defeat them. It’s a classic story, but we’re fully invested in it as we sit on the edges of our seats for the finale.

With every “Cinderella story” we know the bow. There are trials and tribulations, but in the end good triumphs over bad. This story may not be any different, but the obstacles you face certainly are.

Co-authors Dent and Kevin Meyer also take the time and care to give each of the characters a story and backstory with unique personalities. Paying attention to these details connects us as viewers with every element of the film. The bottom line and ending aren’t what you’d expect, which makes it a more dramatic story.

Wilson’s restrained performance gives Russell’s character a deeper and more complex personality. It’s a delicate balance, but Wilson seems directly tied to his role.

Sheen finds the right path too, because he too could have gone too far in one direction or another to give Doc Hall a more comedic and less believable performance, but he doesn’t. We are dear to him and we hope that he will overcome his tragedies too.

This is the story of the boys, the orphans and each of them, perfectly cast to represent the real youth, allows us to really get to know them.

Jake Austin Walker (Hardy Brown) takes the lead in this group, the most troubled character in the bunch, and evokes incredible empathy as we watch him wrestle with his inner demons. Jacob Lofland (Snoggs), Slade Monroe (Wheatie), Sampley Barinaga (Chicken), and Woodrow Luttrell (Leon Pickett) are all standout characters in this group of connected underdogs.

“12 Mighty Orphans” is a familiar story with its own unique elements that remind us of the definition of family in its truest form. The film has many lessons that can never be repeated too often and that make everyone happy and hopeful.

While the film is off to a rocky start, the path is quickly paved to offer us a fun and entertaining storyline. Be sure to stick with the credits to get to know the real “kids” and find out what became of them.

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Timothée Chalamet to play Willy Wonka in origin story | Arts & Leisure

NEW YORK (AP) – Timothée Chalamet will play Willy Wonka in a musical based on the early life of Roald Dahl’s eccentric chocolatier.

Warner Bros. and the Roald Dahl Story Co. announced Monday that 25-year-old Chalamet will star in Wonka. The studio said the film will “focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures before the world’s most famous chocolate factory opens”.

Paul King (“Paddington”, “Paddington 2”) will direct from a script he wrote with Simon Farnaby, with Harry Potter producer David Heyman producing. Warner Bros. set a release date in March 2023 earlier this year.

Gene Wilder starred in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in 1971, based on Dahl’s famous book. When Tim Burton rebooted in 2005, Johnny Depp starred Wonka in a Warner Bros. release that grossed $ 475 million worldwide.

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”, “Thor: Ragnarok”) is making a separate pair of animated series for Netflix, one that focuses on the world of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and one that is based on the Oompa Loopmas.

Chalamet, the Oscar-nominated star of Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”, has a number of high-profile projects in the pipeline, including Denis Villenueve’s “Dune”, Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” and Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look” Up “and Guadagnino’s” Bones & All “.

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Clint Eastwood: The life story it’s possible you’ll not know | Leisure

Best known for his movie roles as cowboys and cops, the audience first met the tall, silent, handsome Clint Eastwood on the small screen when he played cowboy rowdy Yates on the hit western television series “Rawhide”.

From there, he was the unfathomable “Man Without a Name” who blinked under the sun in Sergio Leone’s western films, and the sinister San Francisco detective in “Dirty Harry” films who posed the famous challenge, “Go ahead, do mine Day.”

With the haunting “Play Misty for Me,” Eastwood first demonstrated that his talent for directing is as abundant as he is for acting. Two of its four Oscars are awards for best director – for “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” – and the other two Oscars are awards for best picture won by the same films. As a director, he’s known for sticking to budget and often finishing ahead of schedule. Actors say they enjoy working with Eastwood for his low key and supportive style. “He respects the actor” Morgan Freeman said. He’s also known for filming minimal takes – a take or two, “if you’re lucky,” actors Tim Robbins said of the director.

With decades of work behind him and no sign of slowing down – the nonagenarian is still acting –Forklift Take a look at the accomplishments and events of Eastwood’s life and make a list of 25 facts you may not know. To compile the list, Stacker consulted newspaper and magazine articles, biographies, film archives, footage and reviews, and fan websites.

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Marlon Brando: The life story you could not know | Leisure

Film and theater buffs have long been enthralled by Marlon Brando, the brooding genius many claim to be the greatest actor of our time, and that appreciation shows little sign of fading.

In real life, Brando was the outsider, the product of an unhappy family life with a bad boy image. He challenged authority, refused to obey the rules, and defied expectations. It could be difficult to say the least.

He had his demons, his professional failures, and his personal tragedies. He was withdrawn and mysterious, despite giving the public a glimpse of his personal life when he wrote his 1994 autobiography, Songs My Mother Taught Me.

His unparalleled acting talent included playing damaged, tormented souls like the angry Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and the bat Terry Malloy in “On the Waterfront”. Who hasn’t heard Kowalski’s calls for “Stella!” and Molloy’s claim that “could I be a contender?”

Brando was firmly in the public eye for decades, his every move being devoured by fans and recorded by the media. But there is always more to be learned about the star Forklift has compiled a list of 25 facts from Brando’s life story that you may not know. To compile the list, Stacker consulted newspaper articles, magazine reports, biographies, film archives, footage, reviews, and fan websites.

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New Resident Evil film is an origin story, says Johannes Roberts | Leisure

The new “Resident Evil” movie is “an origin story”.

Johannes Roberts, who was previously responsible for “47 Meters Down” 2017, has spiced up details of the upcoming film, which has been officially titled “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”.

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