Four decades after she electrified audiences with "Respect," her first No. 1 single that topped both the R&B and pop charts, Aretha Franklin has not lost her ability to inspire.
Anyone familiar with the music of Stevie Wonder can't help but view 1972 with a sense of awe and, well, wonder.
While 2007 might go down as the year the Middle East conflict couldn't draw auds to the bigscreen, the Academy's short list of picture nominees hardly shirks heavy, if not downright dark, themes -…
Nowhere is the embarrassment of riches more evident in the 2007 Oscar race than in the cinematography category. Roger Deakins alone established such a career high-water mark that he was nominated for…
Julian Schnabel, who achieved fame and fortune as a neo-expressionist painter in New York during the art boom of the '80s, had no formal training as a filmmaker when he tackled his first feature…
In a way, "Michael Clayton" -- the one best picture nominee not released by a specialty label -- provides a model for the majors who crave more than opening-weekend riches. Say yes to a star like…
The big difference between George Clooney and the matinee idols with whom he's been so often compared -- Cary Grant or Clark Gable -- is that his forebears were first and foremost movie stars.
When Daniel Battsek took over as president of Miramax Films in October of 2005, he had some awfully big shoes to fill -- those of Harvey Weinstein, the company's founder, who was known as much for…
The year 2007 seemed to represent a sea change for Kathleen Kennedy. The producer best known for her epic collaborations with Steven Spielberg seemed to have suddenly gone the way of the arthouse…
It would be tough to come up with a studio executive with more sterling credentials than James Schamus, chief operating officer of Focus Features. His association with director Ang Lee dates back to…
Scott Rudin has benefited from his reputation as a producer of high-toned literary properties and for allowing certain quirky filmmakers to go out on a creative limb.