Let us know what A&E you experienced this weekend.
For me, much of the weekend was spent lost in Mark Harris' terrific recent book "Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood."
There are tons of behind-the-scenes movie-making books out there, but Harris' exhaustively researched page-turner stands with the best of them. Rather than focus on one film, he presents the backstory, the making-of, and the fallout from the five films nominated for Best Picture in 1968.
(Okay, trivia time: Without web searching, can you name those five 1967 releases...and the one that won? Hint: One was a flop musical, two deal with racial issues, one was controversial for its violence and the last was written by Buck Henry.)
Harris, a writer/editor for Entertainment Weekly, isn't just great with a juicy anecdote. He also compellingly captures turning points--not just for Hollywood, but also for many of the individuals (including Sidney Poitier, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Katherine Hepburn). A must-read for anyone who considers him or herself a film fan.
So what did you do this weekend?