For most of U.S. movie history, actors spoke in a kind of neutralized Midwestern dialect tinged by whatever quality the actor as star brought to it, like Gary Cooper's drawl or Barbara Stanwyck's…
The great film star has gravitas. The great actor has a capacity for total self-surrender to a role. Rarely does a performer have both.
The Latin proverb "art is the concealing of art" applies to no one more than it does Laura Linney. Her pitch-perfect sense of how a character fits into the greater scheme of a film (or play or TV…
The audience's split second of shock is always palpable when it hears George Carlin say, "If there is a god, may he strike me dead."
George Carlin sometimes speaks of an extra-orbital life, but for as long as he's down here on the ground, he still has plans.
In our new-millennium media rush, clearly there's been some redistricting going on in the hot-air vortex, where comedians are solicited for their worldviews and celebrity-mania flashes on appearance…
To paraphrase "Wall Street's" Gordon Gekko, "green is good," at least in showbiz circles, and we're not talking printed money -- that's a whole other ball of recylable wax. Environmental issues like…
If a work of genius can be defined as something that changes a form irrevocably and influences the culture thereafter, then "Star Wars" must go down in history as such a work. To give us a handful of…
When Allen Daviau deliberated over the early-period ambiance of Barry Levinson's "Avalon," which is set in Baltimore circa 1948-52, he didn't just consider the look and lighting for the film's…
Helen Mirren's perf as Elizabeth II in "The Queen" is so unexpectedly moving that it had a lot of people (including, in the film, Prime Minister Tony Blair) rethinking the role of a monarchy's…
Director Richard Brooks, who knew firsthand how odds-on crazy moviemaking can be, liked to tell the story of how the 1952 classic "High Noon" almost never made it into release. "The studio execs took…
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
- Playback: Jordan Peele on ‘Get Out’ and Art’s Role Under a Trump Regime
- ‘La La Land,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘The Crown’ Win Costume Designers Guild Awards
- Spirit Awards Hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney on Friendship, Indie Films and Day Drinking
- Final Oscar Predictions as the Season Hits the Home Stretch