In the four decades since he designed Stanley Kubrick's production of "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," Ken Adam still figures it's the best work he's ever done.
Tales abound of authors who feel their novels were butchered by Hollywood, and of faithful readers who fervently wish the adaptations had been more like the sources. But it doesn't always have to be…
It's a well-known fact that Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voters have a soft spot for serious films that tackle major issues, and for well-mounted adaptations of literary works…
Since its first, relatively humble outing in 1929, Oscar night has grown into the most gargantuan entertainment industry event anywhere, the most-watched glamour show on the planet, the King Kong of…
Johnny Carson was accustomed to addressing current events every day on "The Tonight Show," but the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981 was no ordinary story.
After decades of hopping from venue to venue -- the cold vastness of the Shrine Auditorium, the cramped confines of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and a half-dozen other places around town -- the…
A couple of years ago, film producer Laura Ziskin casually remarked to her significant other, Alvin Sargent, that she wouldn't mind producing the Academy Awards telecast one day.
When in doubt, bring in the big guns. Writer-director Eva Gardos knew she didn't have a prayer of getting award voters to focus on her movie "An American Rhapsody" unless she did something dramatic…
Ever wonder why there are so many rules in life? Try campaigning for an Oscar. With the award season upon us, marketers and filmmakers have embarked on an annual odyssey of getting their best product…
Never mind what anyone says. Come hell or high water, the pomp and circumstance surrounding Hollywood's annual feast of self-regard is not about to disappear.