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Great Movie Characters: Tom Hagen in The Godfather

Alex Simon | Posted 04.16.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Few characters in film history have displayed the cunning, charm and utter moral ambiguity as that of Tom Hagen, the Corleone family lawyer in Francis Coppola's first two Godfather films.

Remembering Sidney Lumet

Alex Simon | Posted 04.02.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Lumet was the first director I interviewed whose one-sheet posters hung on my wall as a kid. He was an idol, an icon and an inspiration.

ReThink Review: Danny Collins -- A Beatle's Letter, A Better Life

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Danny Collins isn't just about showbiz. It's about family, regret, second chances, friendship, inspiration, perseverance, and artistic integrity in a film where all of the actors give some of their best performances I've seen in years.

On William Friedkin's Cruising, 35 Years On

Nathan Smith | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Smith

The film had a storyline that can only be described as salacious and lurid. The narrative naturally beguiled my 16-year-old closeted self, and added to my own internet cruising for doses of gay culture before regularly deleting the browsing history.

Snowbound in the Big Apple? Try a Bite of Your Favorite Warren Beatty Flicks

Lonna Saunders | Posted 02.18.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Snowbound in the Big Apple? Try a bite of your favorite Warren Beatty flicks. Get out your DVD collection or surf Netflix. Here are mine. Agree or disagree. What are yours?

Mindful Speech (or What You Can Learn About Buddhism from the Mafia)

Ira Israel | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

In Los Angeles there is a certain elasticity to the concept known elsewhere as "truth." Ever since the Gold Rush people show up late to most meetings, shrug their shoulders in ersatz disbelief, and say, "Traffic."

Snowbound? What Are Your Favorite Warren Beatty Flicks?

Lonna Saunders | Posted 04.08.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Are you planning on staying indoors? Get out your DVD collection, or surf Netflix. Here are my favorite Warren Beatty films. Do you agree or disagree? What are yours?

Al Pacino On His Recent Creative Comeback

IndieWire | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment

It's indisputable that Al Pacino is one of the greatest screen actors of all time. Still, even the greats sometimes deliver a turkey. The actor experi...

How My Kids Restored the Magic of Christmas

Joe DeProspero | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

After declaring this Santa the real article, my 6-year-old nephew Tyler bellowed, "We're all very lucky kids!" But I felt like the lucky one. Because in that moment, I felt the magic of Christmas that had escaped me since mom had died. I couldn't think of a single reason why I shouldn't be smiling.

The Real Dick Cheney "Meet the Press" Interview...

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Below is the original version of the Meet the Press interview before Cheney's people threatened Todd with a very cold, wet death if he didn't destroy it and re-interview him. Thankfully, Kim Jong-un's hackers were able to locate the original and make it public.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Francis Levy | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

here's an inner circle that hangs over all our lives, an inner sanctum to which we will never gain admittance. Of course the oedipal chamber, where the primal scene is enacted is the inner circle which all children are excluded from.

Is He a Good Father, Katie?

Tricia McCallum | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

My cinematic crème de la crème takes many forms. It may be one line of dialogue all on its own, or an entire scene's worth. It might be a look or a gesture from one character to another, or to no one in particular. It might be as simple as the quality of light the director captured at a window in early morning.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Which is what I value most about the film festival experience in general: the chance it offers to discover a film, a filmmaker, an actor -- the operative word being discover. That's less and less of a factor at this particular festival these days. Instead, it seems stacked with pre-sold titles.

Motorcycles, Riptides & More: Chats with Loudon Wainwright, Vancy Joy, John Velghe and Rocco DeLuca

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Loudon Wainwright: "It's hard to be objective about oneself. I don't know what's different, it doesn't feel like anything has changed in the 40 years that I've been writing songs."

Greta Gerwig Really Wanted To Do 'How I Met Your Dad'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment

The death of "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff "How I Met Your Dad" was met with mixed reactions, but projected lead Greta Gerwig is definitely disappoi...

Al Pacino Gets His Own Washed-Up Actor Movie

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment

Al Pacino plays a washed-up, suicidal actor who falls for a young lesbian (Greta Gerwig) as she vows to give up women in "The Humbling," Barry Levinso...

The Venice Diaries: Amos Gitai, What Is a Celebrity and the (Attempted) Murder of Italian Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Perhaps if we lifted our collective eyes away from Twitter and Instagram, we would discover that great cinema celebrities are right here among us all.

The Venice Diaries: Words With Gods (of Cinema) and the Political Outcry Behind Villa Touma

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.01.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of these troubled "my god is better than your god" times, rises an incredible film, premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, out of competition.

World Cup Over, Now What?

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports
Rutendo Nyamuda

The top player wins a Golden Ball, the top goalie gets the Golden Glove and the top commentator should get a Golden Mic because, WOW, they can talk for days. And the thing is they sound so excited.

Diane Keaton Croons in Rob Reiner's And So It Goes

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Diane Keaton's presence was felt on Long Island's east end the day before her new movie And So It Goes premiered at Guild Hall last Sunday: she had a ...

Edward Rogers: Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets in New York City

Tom Semioli | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Tom Semioli

To be a rock 'n' roll practitioner in this strange place is to be an iconoclast and a dreamer -- like Edward Rogers, and his mentor, Kevin Ayers.

My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Randee Mia Berman

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.

AMBI's Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino: Changing the World, One Film at a Time

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I'm always pleasantly surprised when I sit down to interview a powerful, beautiful, intelligent woman who is not afraid to mix her wisdom with her femininity. And even more amazed when she's accompanied by a man, a partner confident enough to be by her side.

Sam Moore's Tribute to Martin Luther King/ SeriousFun Gala Remembers Paul Newman

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

It might have been your typically rousing Sam Moore concert at City Winery this week, featuring the Soul Man's classic repertoire, starting with "Let...

Ex-Seinfeld Writer Fred Stoller Gets Serious and Returns to Stand-up Comedy

Steve Karras | Posted 06.01.2014 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Fred Stoller is one funny guy. He wrote the book on character acting (literally -- it's called Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star), and now he's returning to his roots as a stand-up comic.