Although already a seasoned actor at age 14 when he was cast in Coppola's surreal Vietnam war epic, young "Larry" Fishburne went on location to the jungles of the Philippines a boy, and returned both a man, and one of our finest actors. He hasn't stopped working since.
Our childhood heroes are bound to let us down on some level as we grow to adulthood, as is the price of wisdom and life experience. That said, I miss my hero Mel Gibson, and all he seemed to bring to the table.
While it's impressive and inspiring to hear stories of a self-made celebrities who carved out their fortunes without a college degree to their names, you might be surprised to see the 20 millionaires that landed on this list by attending community college.
General Claire "Lee" Chennault was not only brave, he was cunning. He out-thought the Japanese Air Force at every turn and these exploits and the real-life heroes who surrounded him, and sometimes died for him, deserves to be told.
When Paint Your Wagon was first done and record companies still actively scoured upcoming scores for chart-topping possibilities, the ones selected were "I Talk to the Trees" and "They Call the Wind Maria."
War is killing. It is justified killing, yet even justified killing constitutes a form of evil -- but it's the lesser evil, and living with it is the moral burden soldiers accept to carry for the rest of us.
American Sniper may not have come out of Oscar weekend with any of the top prizes, but it did come away with a new cumulative box office of more than $320 million. That's by far the highest of any war film in history, not to mention more than all the other Oscar Best Picture nominees combined.
The #AskHerMore twitter campaign highlighted at last night's 87th Academy Awards by Reese Witherspoon and others, points out the disparity in the types of questions asked of the 44 women nominees compared with those asked of their male counterparts.
The best art is that which holds a mirror to our lives. So if we as a society are aging, so too should the talkies. And here Hollywood teaches us one of the most critical lessons about turning global population aging into a sustainable source of economic growth.
Because of his war pictures and Westerns, he will always be perceived by some as the heir to John Wayne, but, whatever one thinks of American Sniper, Eastwood is much more subtle than some jingoistic zealot.
A great character involves us in a way that most plots can't. Even the greatest of plots with a thin character doesn't involve us, but a great character with a thin plot does. It's all about character.