| Mar 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"Moral conduct is imperative; it causes the least problem and leaves fewer regrets," said Jacques Barzun. I think he was quoting the Stoics.
SOME OF us had a really high old time at the Y on Lexington at 92 Street this past week. We gathered to hear...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 4:39 PM
BEIJING — In 1957, when he was nearly 50 years old, Run Run Shaw made a grand bet on his movie dreams. He bought 46 acres of hilly land in a remote part of Hong Kong — paying the British colonial government just 45 cents per square foot...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies,...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 4:30 PM
There are breathless tales on the Internet of an unidentified Academy member reprimanding Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio after a screening of "The Wolf of Wall Street," saying "Shame on you!"
This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise -- "Wolf"...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
She's an American icon with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But it has been four decades since she had her own prime-time TV show, on which her courage, loyalty and knack for saving the day endeared her to millions of baby boomers.
| Aug 2, 2013
| 4:30 PM
There's so much media chatter about the sad state of the movie business that I've decided to focus on the sad state of the memoir business.
One of the hottest summer reads is a showbiz bio that the subject tried to suppress and her ghostwriter never...
| Aug 9, 2013
As tell-all celebrity memoirs go, the one written by Rita Moreno may be worthy of a film adaptation.
The woman born Rosita Dolores Alverio 81 years ago was the first Hispanic to win an Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Oscar, although she reveals in her new...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"I don't make people comfortable. But that's what couches are for!" said writer Donna Lynn Hope.
Here is one extra tidbit gleaned from the brand new book about the late MGM star Ava Gardner. Writer Peter Evans talked in London with the movie star who has...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Showbiz has a long history of onscreen teamwork, from Laurel & Hardy to Brad & Angelina. But in the executive suites, it's been more erratic.
The 14-year (and counting) partnership of Gary Newman and Dana Walden at 20th Century Fox TV is all the more...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Frank Capra's sexy and witty "It Happened One Night" from 1934 is not only the quintessential romantic comedy but the romp was also the first film to win Academy Awards for picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay. It would take 41 years...
| Feb 24, 2013
The Academy Awards are the biggest fashion runway on the planet. When Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and other stars step out onto the red carpet Sunday, they will be primed to talk as much about what and who they are wearing as about...
| Mar 25, 2013
Rise Stevens, an American mezzo soprano celebrated for her earthy interpretation of "Carmen," whose career also encompassed television and movie appearances alongside matinee idols Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy, died Wednesdayof natural causes at her home...