Marty DiBergi interviews rock legend Nigel Tufnel.
Roman Polanski: Don’t Explain Everything
"Being Elmo" trailer
Trailer for the new restoration of Sergei Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin.”
"Sparrow Songs is a project in which filmmaker Alex Jablonski and cinematographer Michael Totten make and exhibit one short documentary per month, every month for one year."
7,000 … students drop out of high school every school day, for a total of about 1.3 million students a year.
12% … of U.S. public high schools (about 2,000 schools) produce nearly half of the nation’s dropouts and 58% of African-American dropouts.
50% … of incoming ninth graders in urban, high-poverty schools read three or more years below grade level.
39% … of high school students reported spending one hour or less a week reading or studying for class in 2009.
23% …of new American teachers come from the top third of their graduating class.
14% … of new American teachers in high-poverty schools come from the top third of their college class.
100% … of teachers in Singapore, South Korea and Finland come from the top third of their college class.
Sources: Alliance for Excellent Education, High School Survey of Student Engagement, McKinsey & Co.
A note from screenwriter Budd Schulberg to a fan, jotted on the back of an index card, explaining the origin of the famous line from “On the Waterfront.” The note reads:
For Bobby Cotton —
From an old fight fan who actually heard a friend of his (an ex-pug) say, “I coulda been a contender…” A lot of writing is simply careful listening. Sincerely,
Now, about that one-way ticket to Palookaville…