A new biographical film titled Rebel in the Rye is seeing a limited release in theaters this weekend. The film follows the life of famed author J.D. Salinger as he achieves worldwide fame for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. Writer/director Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Empire) penned the film from the book “J.D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski. Salinger was born in New York, and attended several universities before he was drafted into the army to serve in World War II. He participated in both the D-Day Invasion at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. During this period he continued to write, developing the story for what would become The Catcher in the Rye. Continue reading →
Last weekend saw two world records set in the skies overlooking the Chicago River by stunt tight-rope walker Nik Wallenda. Wallenda first performed a 454-foot walk that was also at a 19-degree incline between the Marina Tower West and the Leo Burnett Building on Wacker Drive more than 500 feet above the river. For his second performance Wallenda then blindfolded himself and walked a 94-foot rope between the the two Marina Tower buildings, which was also more than 500 feet above the city streets. The stunt daredevil did both walks without a safety net or harness and the event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel on Sunday night, even though the producers put a 10-second delay on the video in the event that Wallenda actually fell from the rope. Wallenda has also done walks across locations that include Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. This stunt in Chicago has earned him two new world records, one for largest incline and the other for farthest distance blindfolded. If you missed the live broadcast you can check out Nik’s blindfold walk between the Marina Towers here on MADE.