War has always been a part of the movie lexicon.
Most lead actors with American movie careers have simple goals: They want to be noble, trusted, adored and successful forever.
Just a few weeks ago, Dieter Kosslick was telling me about the magnificent opening he had planned.
No one ever promised that the Academy would be just, let alone fair. Over the course of the Oscars long history, many myths have developed about the mysterious selection proccess, which has left a…
One of the abiding fascinations in modern movie history has been that of keeping up with some of the schemes that have lingered longer than a sleepy afternoon in the head of Warren Beatty. I mean, we…
In the age of the movies, war has shifted from something like extreme weather (a heat wave, a deep freeze) to just weather itself. In the past century, we invented the term "World War" as if we had…
There's a sweet moment in "Bonnie and Clyde" when Clyde is telling his brother how one day he got so bored in prison he just shot a couple of his toes off -- and the next day they gave him parole…
Once upon a time, the Academy regularly gave special Oscars -- they were miniature statuettes -- to child actors. Shirley Temple was the first such winner, in 1934, when she was just 6. In the…
The story of Shirley Temple is as hard to credit as the notion that one of the greatest stars of the 1930s is still alive. One of the greatest stars? Very well, I'll come clean: this sublime Santa…
The notion behind "best picture" is a lot of fun, until you start taking it too seriously. As Louis B. Mayer and the other founding members of the Academy intended, the "best picture" was a master…