| Apr 29, 2008
Oscar-winning director David Lean was so obsessed with making movies that, lying on his deathbed 17 years ago, he was still determined to film "Nostromo," an epic drama based on the novel by Joseph Conrad.
"The day before he died I visited him,"...
| May 18, 2008
Steven Spielberg, who at 22 was hired by Universal to a long-term contract, started out his career as the teacher's pet of the Movie Brat generation. With the unveiling of his first Indiana Jones escapade in 19 years today at Cannes, he's proffering yet...
| May 25, 2008
What a difference 21 years makes.
In 1987, the last time a French film won the Palme d'Or, the audience at the Palais du Festival was so angry at the choice of "Under the Sun of Satan" that it hooted furiously and the director, Maurice Pialat, yelled...
| Mar 3, 2008
Last week, Patrick Goldstein wrote a lengthy critique of the Oscars in which he urged that the academy get real. Goldstein's complaints are completely valid as long as one assumes that the Academy Awards are first and foremost a TV show. He argues that...
| Mar 18, 2008
When attempting to take in the rather shocking news of the death of British-born director, writer and producer Anthony Minghella at age 54, it's tough not to feel in part the passing of a unique creative force that connected audiences to another era. ....
| Mar 31, 2009
From the mystical overtones of "Ghost" to the primitive sounds of "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," to the Russian balalaikas in "Doctor Zhivago," composer Maurice Jarre always seemed to find the right signature for every film he scored. And unlike so many of...
| Mar 31, 2009
Maurice Jarre, the French-born composer who won Oscars for his powerfully evocative scores for the David Lean epics "Lawrence of Arabia, "Doctor Zhivago and "A Passage to India," has died. He was 84.
Jarre died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Malibu...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 11:05 AM
For millions of young "Star Wars" fans, and some not so young, Alec Guinness is the man who played Obi-Wan Kenobi. And that is that. For all they know Guinness only did this in his life: expound on the glories of The Force and get Mark Hamill up to...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Apr 11, 2012
| 4:32 PM
There are some people who, when you get the chance to hear them talk about their lives, you just have to stop what you're doing and listen. The late Richard Harris was one such person — whenever he stopped by David Letterman's set, I always tended...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 4:39 AM
Ted Koppel and Chelsea Clinton debut as special correspondents on "Rock Center With Brian Williams" at 10 on NBC. Koppel goes to Iraq to explain that although the U.S. military is withdrawing, American influence and spending won't end there. Clinton tells...