| Nov 2, 2011
Seven years ago, I was asked to cover the Academy Awards from backstage. To get the necessary credentials, I had to be personally vetted by producer Gil Cates. As I made my way along the shiny floor of the Oscar production offices, I was prepared for Oz,...
| Jan 15, 2009
| 2:24 PM
Director Steven Soderbergh's two-part, four-hour "Che" is part folly and part fulfillment, a methodical if coolly romantic portrait of the most familiar 1960s T-shirt icon outside the peace symbol. Some would argue way, way outside the peace symbol....
| Feb 11, 2009
All year, film critics tell us what they like and don't like about new movies, always moving on to the next release. But how often do we ask them to take a second look, to give us their considered opinions again once the Oscar nominations are announced?...
| Feb 26, 2008
IT finally happened: an Oscar night with no major surprises, not even one. Which led to the biggest surprise of all: Learning who's going to win turns out not to be the reason we watch. Not the reason at all.
I don't mean to suggest that I have the...
| Mar 26, 2008
Oscar-nominated actor Richard Widmark, who made a career playing bad guys and cowboys, has died. He was 93.
The star, who made his film debut as the giggling villain in "Kiss of Death," died at home in Roxbury, Conn., on Monday, March 24.
| Dec 29, 2008
F. Scott Fitzgerald's magical short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was a hard sell during the early days of the Roaring '20s, when magazines were hungering for one of the author's more down-to-earth flapper stories.
"Benjamin Button" was a...
| Feb 19, 2009
"It wasn't calculated! I swear! You must believe me!" Kate Winslet gasped to Gold Derby late last year as we discussed her recent photo shoot with Vanity Fair. That bawdy gig had been a perfect way for her to begin seducing Oscars' voters as she...
| Dec 24, 2009
Hollywood agents, that most despised of human specimens, of which I was one, are as indispensable as the rabies vaccine, which kills as easily as it cures. Although in one form or another agents, as the middlemen brokers of human talent, have existed...
| Oct 4, 2009
Broadway, TV actor
Byron Palmer, 89, an actor and singer who broke through in the late 1940s in the hit Broadway musical "Where's Charley?" and later co-starred on the TV show "This Is Your Music," died of natural causes Wednesday at...
| Nov 24, 2009
| 1:16 AM
Several of the most classic plays staged live on the home screen in the 1950s most of which became feature films later are compiled in this Criterion Collection set.
Rod Steiger stars as a butcher looking for love in "Marty"; Andy Griffith plays a...
| Jun 23, 1988
Driving south across Nevada on Highway 95, through the steely afternoon distances, you get the sense that you are in a country where nobody will cut you any slack at all. You are in a version of the American West where you are on your own; the local motto...