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HBO’s “The Pacific” Takes You to Hell and Back

Sixty-nine years ago Sidney Phillips was a Mobile, Alabama teenager who could not imagine he would spend his next birthday on the tiny Pacific Ocean island of Guadalcanal, trying to kill Japs who were trying to kill him.  Then Pearl Harbor happened.

One day later, on December 8, 1941, the young man found himself standing in a U.S. Navy enlistment line when another military recruiter asked, “Did he want to get eye-to-eye with some Japs?”  Hell, yes, everyone wanted to get eyeball-to-eyeball with Japs.  Sidney Phillips enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He is profiled in HBO’s new miniseries “The Pacific,” which was co-produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Continue reading

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HBO’s New Docu Hit: The Election of Barack Obama

Atlanta Mike Pix_Press_Club_189_-_Version_2Barack Obama is running hard.  Not for himself, not yet at least, but he’s running hard.  It is the 2006 silly season.  The young, first term, unaccomplished Illinois senator with an oratorical gift is wearing out the campaign trail.  The nation has soured on George W. Bush and Democrats see the midterm election as their opening much like a wily mouse sees sitting cheese.

“I love elections, so much fun,” Obama says, “It’s even more fun when you’re not on the ballot.”

These images are among the first seen in HBO’s new documentary “By The People: The Election of Barack Obama.”   The film’s national broadcast premiere is scheduled for Tuesday evening, November 3.  HBO recently hosted filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams during an invitation only Atlanta premiere at The Carter Center, attended by hundreds. Continue reading

October 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment