| 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...
| Apr 18, 2010
Half a century ago, a middle-aged newspaperman with a few obscure books to his name sat down to pursue a pet obsession based on a story that had never sold.
The ensuing 1965 novel -- in which his agent had no confidence -- sagged at first. But within a...
| Jan 23, 2010
Jean Simmons, a radiant British actress who as a teenager appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" and emerged a star whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in such films as "Guys and Dolls, "Elmer Gantry" and "Spartacus," has died. She...
| Jan 27, 2010
Noel Coward once described himself as "an enormously talented man, and there's no use pretending that I'm not."
So he may have had an ego as big as the Titanic, but there's no denying Coward was a genius whose brilliance traversed numerous mediums. A...
| 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...