The anonymous writer of Variety's famous headline "Sticks Nix Hick Pix" may have been thinking ahead to the positive critical reaction and disappointing box office returns on the Russell Crowe…
Although America loves nothing better than a good comeback, Oscar isn't particularly prone to them. There have only been a few big ones in the Academy's 78-year history.
Even though he produced, wrote and stars in "Shopgirl," Steve Martin ultimately had to give up control of what he calls "the most personal" project of his career. In "Shopgirl," based on his novella…
Letter-writing did not die with Jane Austen. The director of the current film adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice" eschewed the phone and email in favor of an old-fashioned missive to actress Judi…
When it comes to Broadway legends starring in the film version, the rule mostly is it ain't gonna happen. Ethel Merman never reprised "Gypsy," Mary Martin was overlooked for "The Sound of Music" and…
Nowadays Broadway musicals are based on movies. The pecking order, of course, used to be reversed. There was even a period when the plays of Tennessee Williams provided a string of Oscar noms, if not…
Diane Keaton can say it with a straight face, "I never really became a big star." However disarmingly modest the "Annie Hall" Oscar winner wants to be, the Hollywood Awards begs to differ, and its…
When it comes to its breakthrough stars, the Hollywood Awards likes them to do triple duty. Jake Gyllenhaal headlined "Brokeback Mountain," "Jarhead" and "Proof" in 2005.
David Shipman's perceptive account of the life and times of Judy Garland offers a judiciously sober-eyed take on "the world's greatest entertainer."