| Dec 8, 2010
| 4:28 PM
Dear Mr. Rooney,
I have been a fan of your films for 50 years, from "Andy Hardy" and "Young Tom Edison" to "The Human Comedy" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I believe that I have seen and own most of them, but I have always wanted to interest my...
| Jan 20, 2011
| 12:01 PM
Louis B. Mayer warned anyone who made a movie at MGM: "Be smart, but never show it."
The still-subversive thrill of "Sweet Smell of Success" — an independent production released through United Artists — is that it's unabashedly smart in every...
| Aug 18, 2010
| 4:30 PM
You might not want to eat a hot dog after seeing how they're made, but watching "Moonlight & Magnolias" at the Huntington Beach Playhouse should produce the opposite effect — you'll be eager to revisit "Gone With the Wind."
The marathon script-...
| May 10, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Last Sunday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age remind me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I'll post a series of these...
| Jan 7, 2012
One of the last links to the silent film era, Frederica Sagor Maas wrote the script for 1925's "The Plastic Age," which launched actress Clara Bow. But she watched in horror as her serious treatment on women and work was turned into a frivolous 1947...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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:
| Jun 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
| Dec 14, 2012
| 9:00 AM
If the movies are a feast or famine business — and they are — we are in the heart of the feast at the moment. Both the studios and the smaller distributors, having hidden away their strongest films like squirrels hoarding especially tasty...
| May 13, 2013
| 7:50 PM
John Gilbert was the golden boy at MGM during the final years of the silent era. He was the young studio's biggest male star, working with such top directors as King Vidor ("The Big Parade," 1925), Erich von Stroheim ("The Merry Widow," 1925) and Tod...