Within the four walls of a cinema, films transport moviegoers to far off places, both past and present, real or imagined. To take it a step further, use this year's Academy Awards' nominees for Best Picture as a travel guide, experiencing the locations -- characters in their own right -- firsthand.
David Foster Wallace spent the last years of his life teaching creative writing at Pomona College. Pomona College is no more than a 10-minute walk from where I live. It is also where David Foster Wallace chose to end his life in September 2008 at age 46.
Michael B. Jordan's particular situation describes one of the many problems faced by actors of color, at least inasmuch as it relates to the Academy Awards.
Spike Lee has announced that he will be boycotting the Oscars and Jada Pinkett will be picketing. Now I have worked in Hollywood in TV for 30 years (...
As the nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, I'm left to ponder my own existence juxtaposed against his prophetic words on a late August day in 1963.
When you are short on time, enlist the help of your daughter to do your makeup and hair for any special occasion. I was red carpet ready in a jiffy.
Nobody wants to be called a racist. But I'm calling some of us out in Hollywood. I'm not talking about white-cloaked Klansmen burning a cross or Don...
Once again the premium ticket after the Golden Globes award show was the HBO after party, where reportedly 1200 stars, artists, producers and executives mingled and touted the evenings results.
Week of 1/11/16 to 1/17/16 Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them each week by boldly engaging t...
While the Academy does deserve some heat for its misses, this passion and anger is pointed at the wrong people and at the wrong time. #OscarsSoWhite isn't just about the Oscars, the Oscars are white because #FilmIsSoWhite. You can use that hashtag every day of the damn week.
We are thrilled that "Til It Happens To You," The Hunting Ground's original song, has become the fifth song from a documentary ever to receive an Academy Award nomination.
The Academy has made promise after promise to mend its ways and make diversity more than just a dictionary word for its 2016 awards. It's now 2016. And those who will march up to the podium to receive their awards again this year will look exactly like those who marched up their a year ago.
Before even being asked to comment again this year, the Blacademy spokesman whipped out a copy of last year's press release and highlighted: "It's not that white actors weren't good, it's just that there were a lot of great performances by black actors this year."
Let's face it, in its 88 years, there are instances where actors were awarded Oscars not because they were truly the category's strongest, but because they were the most popular, the most sentimental, played the studio politics game with the most savvy, etc. All wrong reasons.
It truly is a wonderful time of the year, Awards Season! With the Golden Globes behind us, on to the Oscars we go! The Oscars scream prestige, and lets be real, Oscars are the most celebrated of awards ceremonies.
Ah, the Academy Awards- that one night a year we stop watching the audience-pleasing movies we love in order to appreciate the critically-acclaimed movies we'll eventually get around to watching on DVD... or maybe HBO.