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Ann Randolph: Life Lessons Onstage

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.07.2016 | San Francisco
Fran Moreland Johns

Does she know something we all should know? It's not your dream career trajectory: Living (and working) in a locked facility for chronically mentally...

Paradise Lost: Why New Movies Make Us Love Old Movies More

Dick Guttman | Posted 09.15.2016 | Entertainment
Dick Guttman

Given the luxurious privilege of having my diary of life among the superstars, Starflacker, excerpted in The Huffington Post and in Saturday Evening Post, why would I instead choose to excerpt from another book not yet even on the market?

First Nighter: Karen Ludwig Recalls Her Substantial Acting Career in Where Was I?

David Finkle | Posted 09.04.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

In the English theater there's a term for it: jobbing actor. It's used to indicate actors who are regularly employed but infrequently achieve star status. They're typically extremely talented but haven't advanced to top billing due to luck, probably just as often as not.

The Summertime Girls -- BFF's Reconfigured

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Laura Hankin's The Summertime Girls is the latest generation's take on women and friendship -- this time it's a pair of 20 somethings who have been together since fifth grade and have changed enough to cause some real damage to each other and the BFF paradigm itself.

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise: American Master at the 92 Street Y

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.19.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If this were Dutch Masters instead of American Masters, I'd have a box of cigars, gripes Mel Brooks about the enterprise of including a documentary ab...

WATCH: Mel Brooks Says Adorable Things About His Late Wife

Posted 04.29.2013 | Comedy

Mel Brooks really misses his late wife, Anne Bancroft. In a taping of "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Mel Brooks," the legendary comedy writer, director...

How Not to Eat Spaghetti With a Celebrity

John DeBellis | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy
John DeBellis

Late one weeknight, after I had finished my set, I collected my cab fare at Catch A Rising Star, and hung out looking for a comic to share a ride to the Improvisation. I joined Bobby Kelton and Andy Kaufman (two fellow comics) at a table in the back of the showroom.

For the Love of (Film Noir): Nightfall

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

The For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon hosted by the inimitable Self-Styled Siren and Ferdy on Films, starts today -- the perfect day, really, si...

Two Passing Greats: A Tribute to Arthur Penn and Tony Curtis

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

One had to acknowledge and admire Tony Curtis's sheer spirit and zest. But while Curtis was the ultimate public personality, filmmaker Arthur Penn, who died two days ago, was basically a private man.

The Graduate Turns 73: Dustin Hoffman's Top Ten Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If you hear some young, unschooled person say, "Oh, Dustin Hoffman, he played Ben Stiller's kooky dad", point them towards the other memorable characters that more accurately reflect this performer's invaluable contribution to film.

Silent Snow, Savage Snow: Nightfall

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

With last week's release of Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 2 (Human Desire, The Brothers Rico, Nightfall, City of Fear and Pushover), do...

2,000+ Words for the 2,000 Year Old Man: Mel Brooks Is Saluted by the Academy

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Cloris Leachman aptly put it, "There is much that is serious about Mel Brooks. Inside that rapid-fire humor machine is a man with deep emotions, with a great capacity to care, and to love."

How Do You Deal With Burnt Toast?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We were just with Deb's mother, Anne Bancroft, in England. On the third day we were invited for tea at the House of Lord's (more of that below) and we...

Will The Real Anne Bancroft Please Stand Up?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

"First it's Shirley MacLaine, now Anne Bancroft. Who next?!" an editor of the Yoga Journal once exclaimed to us. She did not realize that she was actu...

For The Holidays, The Best Family-Friendly Movies By Farr-Part 1

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Regardless of one's faith, at its core the holidays involve gatherings of extended family spanning all life-stages, so it makes sense to lay in a store of films that all generations can watch and enjoy together.