Icons are courageous, inspirational and symbolic. To me, Paul Robeson is a true iconic figure. He is one of the greats from the glorious generation.
High-profile adaptations typically go to experienced scripters, but the 2008 adapted screenplay race is particularly dominated by scribes with Oscar pedigrees.
There's no other star I've liked working with more than Lena Horne. Whatever she does -- in real life, the movies, onstage, even in her dressing room without costume or makeup -- she is a true star…
Miles Davis came to Brooklyn to do a concert. I was about 16. And I remember going towards the stage. Miles Davis was standing in the wings. I was awestruck.
The first thing I recall about Harry Belafonte was his singing "Day-O" and "The Zombi Jamboree." I would giggle at that song. I was just silly. Then I saw "Carmen Jones" on late-night TV. It was the…
Without Winslet, Amy Adams ("Doubt"), Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Viola Davis ("Doubt") and Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler"), who were all nominated for the Globe, now have that much…
McKinley "Muddy Waters" Morganfield was born in 1913 on a Mississippi plantation with a societal and institutional boot pressed against his neck. His birthright was sharecropping.
It was fall 1982. Mr. Baldwin was a visiting artist at Hampshire College, Mass., where he taught a short-story-writing class. We would read aloud. I was very animated with all my gesturing and I used…
I Spy" became, in its final season, one of my favorite TV dramas. Ever. The reason that happened was because Bill Cosby emerged. His personality began to seep into that whole show. Robert Culp was…
The original screenplay category has long been indie-friendly and is often the place edgy, low-budget pics nab an Oscar. Such a result is certainly possible this year.
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