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.
Leontyne Price is the true diva. That's neither an insult nor a compliment, it is just the honest truth. The word "diva" has become one of the most misappropriated words in the English language.
I knew Sammy from the early days of the Will Mastin Trio -- he was a kid and just astonishingly talented -- and the "Colgate Comedy Hour," where I was floor manager. In 1964, I came on as director of…
When pro wrestling hall-of-famer Afa the Wild Samoan agreed to train Mickey Rourke for his role in "The Wrestler," he found a pupil who, as a former boxer, had only disdain for wrestling.
Actors in "The Reader" make English-language dialogue sound deeply, authentically German. To create the illusion, without English-speaking audiences missing a beat, dialect coach William Conacher…