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Sheila O'Malley received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program.
She writes film reviews and essays on actors for Capital New York, Fandor, Press Play, Noir of the Week, and the House Next Door. Her work has appeared in Salon.com and The Sewanee Review, where her essay about her father was featured in an Irish Literature issue.
O'Malley has performed her one-woman show "74 Facts and One Lie" all over Manhattan. She has read her personal essays at the prestigious Cornelia Street Cafe Writers Read series. O'Malley writes about actors, movies, books, and Elvis Presley at her popular personal site, The Sheila Variations.
Her first play, July and Half of August, recently had public readings at Theatre Wit in Chicago, and The Vineyard Theatre in New York. She is currently working on her second play, as well as a book about Elvis Presley in Hollywood.
Read her answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here.
Announcement: We have some exciting news for Ebert Club members. Chaz has been working with Google to create a Google Hangout for Rogerebert.com, and we are thrilled to share that it is close to launching. Google Hangout will be the place where members can have discussions and online interaction in real time about various topics. Our first subject of discussion will be Steve James' acclaimed documentary about Roger called "Life Itself," (scheduled to open in America on July 4, 2014). We want to invite all Ebert Club members to join in, and there will be a special meet-up in Google Hangout (date to be determined, but it will be soon) to have an online discussion about the film.We will keep you posted about any special online discussions that will be held there, and will also let you know the date of the discussion for "Life Itself."So what do you all need to do? It's very simple: All you need to do is sign up for a Google Plus account. If you already have a Google email account, then you're all set. Getting a Google email account is not only simple, it's free! Please let us know if you have any questions about it.
Sorry for the abbreviated newsletter this week. We thought it would be best to highlight the Google Hangout announcement. You'll see new trailers below! We will be in touch with more information when it is available. And we look forward to "hanging out" with you in Google Hangout!Best,Sheila O'Malley
Sheila writes: I came across a funny video with human re-enactments of moments from Disney films that would seem totally creepy removed from the Disney context. I think my favorite is the Lion King moment, but there are some other really good ones. Enjoy!
Sheila writes: One of the Criterion Collection's recent releases is Billy Wilder's 1951 film "Ace in the Hole", starring Kirk Douglas in one of his best performances. It was Wilder's follow-up to "Sunset Boulevard," and the two films, taken together, are a scathing indictment of certain aspects of American culture and American life. Spike Lee is a huge admirer of Wilder's films, "Ace in the Hole" in particular (which was originally called "The Big Carnival"), and in the special features for the Criterion release, Lee speaks about the film, and about meeting Wilder.
Sheila writes: I was just having a conversation the other day with a friend about crows. She had had a professor in college who was fascinated by them and he passed that love on to her. She bombarded me with interesting information about crows. So when I came across this clip, from the BBC's series "Inside the Animal Mind," I had to watch. To quote the gentleman in the clip, this is "remarkable": the crow as the ultimate "problem-solver."
Sheila writes: The 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival was a huge success. To those Ebert Club members who sought me out to say Hello, or who came to the Meet and Greet, it was so nice to get a chance to talk with you! Thank you! I would love to hear your impressions of the Festival, if you care to share. What were your favorite films? Did you attend any of the panels? What were the highlights for you? And for those of you who were not there, here is a Table of Contents page with all of the dispatches from the festival written by various Rogerebert.com contributors. It was a great time, and Chaz, as always, was a wonderful organizer and emcee. Of course, Roger was so missed. You cannot help but miss his presence. It is a beautiful thing, though, to know that the tradition will live on.
Alloy Orchestra accompanies Lon Chaney's "He Who Gets Slapped," the 5th film of Ebertfest 2014.
Sheila writes: Those of you attending Ebertfest, a note from Chaz:We will have our annual Ebert Club Meet and Greet at the Roger Ebert Film Festival, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8 am - 10 am in the Illini Union, General Lounge. Also invited are the Far Flung Correspondents and writers from Rogerebert.com. I look forward to seeing you there!
Sheila writes: It was announced last week that the statue of Roger Ebert (created by artist Rick Harney) will be unveiled in a ceremony during the second day of Ebertfest, Thursday, April 24, at 12 p.m. The statue will live outside the famed Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois. You can read more about the statue here, as well as further details about the ceremony. There is also information there about how you can help fund the sculpture.