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Kristen Stewart in Woody Allen's Café Society: A Glimpse of the New Woman

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home
Regina Weinreich

In Woody Allen's new movie, Café Society, Kristen Stewart plays a girl from Nebraska who tries her luck in 1930's Hollywood, an era of big stars like...

IT Girls And Soul Sisters

Robert Brenner | Posted 03.09.2016 | New York
Robert Brenner

Contrary to popular belief, sex wasn't invented in the 1960s; it goes back at least as far as the 1920s. For proof, check out the IT Girls, Flappers, ...

12 Times That Oscar Got Best Actress Wrong

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Xaque Gruber

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.

Bill Hickman: Hollywood's Wheelman

Alex Simon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Home
Alex Simon

Hollywood, like any place that is more about its lore than the actual sum of its parts, is full of unsung heroes who have given audiences some of their most cherished cinematic moments.

How The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies High-Kicked My Sobriety

Jamie Brickhouse | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Jamie Brickhouse

It was the first time that I didn't think about having -- or not having -- a drink. I lost myself in the joy of that matinee performance and the exuberance of the performers who were happy to be alive despite -- or because of -- the years of baggage behind them.

Where Lucy Became a Redhead and Marilyn Became a Blonde: Historic Max Factor Building Chronicles Hollywood Beauty Biz

Bob Richter | Posted 06.14.2014 | Home
Bob Richter

The Max Factor Building holds much more than the history of beauty that unfolded underneath its roof.

Christmas in Connecticut

Francis Levy | Posted 02.24.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Peter Godfrey 's Christmas in Connecticut (l945) is a winter's version of Midsummer Night's Dream.

Barbara Stanwyck in No Man of Her Own and Ball of Fire

Francis Levy | Posted 02.16.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Cornell Woolrich, of Rear Window fame, wrote a novel called Fright in which a marriage is cursed by a crime. No Man of Her Own (1950), the Mitchell Le...

The Bitter Tea of General Yen Inaugurates Stanwyck Retrospective at Film Forum

Francis Levy | Posted 02.08.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Is all romance a Shavian phenomenon? It's interesting that Shaw never consummated his marriage since he seems to know so much about the mysterious com...

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

George Heymont | Posted 11.30.2012 | Home
George Heymont

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When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Home
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

Is Today's Film Comedy in the Toilet?

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Home
John Farr

I continue to be nostalgic for comedy that doesn't require constant profanity or a surfeit of fart gags to succeed, that relies instead on subtle, clever scripts and witty dialogue; movies that in the end give their audiences some credit for brains and taste.

Bisset, De Havilland & Kerr Feted by French Legion & BFI/TCM Festival to Open With Caron Classic

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Penelope Andrew

As late summer transformed into autumn, milestones in classic film, which focused primarily on iconic leading ladies, dominated the news and will be r...

Film Noir Honey Lizabeth Scott at the Academy

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Debra Levine

Monday's edition of the Academy's first-rate full-summer film series, "1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side," enjoyed the tremendous pleasure of a guest appearance by actress Lizabeth Scott.

To Martin Scorsese, the Criterion Collection, and Anyone Else Who'll Listen: More Public Domain Classics Worth Saving

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Home
John Farr

It's not enough to revere the best of our film heritage -- we must work to protect and preserve it. With that in mind, I've compiled a short list of public domain titles that I'd like to see brought back to their original glory.

The Philip Roth Reader: Putting the Ire in Satire

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Stabiner

I admire Roth for being able to discipline rage into something that makes us feel smarter just for reading it.

Ten Films For The Coming Weeks

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Farr

Get ready, folks, for the coming blur of forced reunions, work-related functions, and cacophonous Christmas parties.

The Alarming Decline Of Expressive Language, In Life and On Film

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Farr

Even as today's high school and college students are pushed harder in school, they cannot write an essay or use descriptive language nearly as fluently as their parents and grandparents could.

The Dimming of Star Power in Hollywood

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Farr

Could it be that Denzel and Julia no longer merit guaranteed twenty million dollar paydays with every picture? And if so, what precisely has happened?

Best Movies By Farr: When Oscar Screws Up

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Farr

2005 -- for Best Picture, give me Capote over Crash any ol' time. Another uninspiring year, I thought.

DVDs: TV Show Boxed Set Rip-Offs

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Giltz

A spreading practice needs to be stopped right now. A number of studios -- led by Paramount/CBS -- are releasing old TV shows in half-season sets.