| Nov 5, 2012
| 7:32 AM
John Travolta knew what he wanted to do with the role of Edna Turnblad, the zaftig housewife at the center of "Hairspray." The movie's producers, however, weren't so sure.
Especially when he insisted on using a Bawlamer accent.
"I got fought on it, by...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:59 PM
SPOILER ALERT: This story reveals features of the plot.
Baltimore-born film director Barry Levinson has said his new eco-horror movie, "The Bay," about a Chesapeake Bay turned deadly by environmental abuse, is "80 percent factual."
Bay scientists and...
| Jun 3, 2012
Baltimoreans and Marylanders have become blase about actors being in their midst, along with bellowing directors, film crews, blocked-off streets filled with Hollywood's iconic caravans of trucks, trailers and spotlights, and sidewalks choked with zig-...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 1:29 PM
Baltimore is one city where crowds come out in the heat of the night to take in open-air movies.
In mid-July last year, when the thermometer was hitting 95 in the day and stalling in the 80s past midnight, fun-seekers swarmed to Federal Hill to watch...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Since its last movie screening in 1968, the historic Ambassador Theater in Howard Park has been a cosmetology school, a dance hall and a Baptist church — and in recent years a vacant shell.
The Baltimore neighborhood's hopes for revitalization of...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 5:15 AM
Baltimore's Pat Moran won an Emmy Award Saturday for casting on HBO's "Game Change."
It was the second for the woman who has cast virtually every major film and TV production done in Baltimore for the last 25 years. Moran was also nominated for her...
| Aug 19, 2012
| 5:58 AM
Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, the executive producers of "Homicide: Life on the Street," return to prime time tonight on BBC America with "Copper," starring Tom Weston-Jones.
(That's Weston-Jones sitting with them in the picture above, taken in...
| May 10, 2012
| 7:39 AM
When I was a little girl, I read from an early age. I come from a family of big newspaper readers, and one of the first (and favorite) things I remember reading was the Brown section in the Sunday Sun, so-called because it was sepia in tone. Other kids...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Executive producer Barry Levinson urges viewers to think of his HBO film "Phil Spector" as a two-person play —not a docudrama about the first murder trial of the rock producer.
"It really is a two-person piece," Levinson said in a telephone...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 4:49 AM
This morning, Baltimore young'uns with their eyes all aglow are hoping for a snow day. Republican Senator Rand Paul, meanwhile is charitably hoping that if the glow happens to come from the burning of an illicit substance, the kids' lives won't be...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 4:54 AM
What a great weekend: HBO sent a screener for "Phil Spector," a made-for-TV movie about the legendary music producer, starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. Barry Levinson is the executive producer, with David Mamet as writer and director.
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:00 PM
After a two-year detour to New York City, the ceremony to announce the winner of the nation's most lucrative undergraduate literary award, the Sophie Kerr Prize, will be held in Baltimore this year.
The decision marks the second time in three years...