From da Vinci's flying machines, and the Wright brothers first flight, to Capt. Chuck Yeager flying faster than sound, and Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11's first human lunar landing, aviators have been celebrated as movie stars for their bravado and chutzpah.
Was I really enhancing my canvas with a known quantity that was adding inherent value to my film negative or was I polluting artwork, and by extension its message, with a celebrity whose presence in the film was more important than the film itself?
Jackson has done something that will likely never be done again: It's not just that he got these movies made the way he wanted -- but that the way he did it was of such consistently high quality.
All my previous qualms about the girth (and necessity) of individual installments notwithstanding, there's no denying that the totality of this saga represents a singular achievement in cinematic history.
Is this the best fall theater season in years? I think so. While I don't do reviews really, I felt the need to discuss this amazing season we're having. It would kick last season's butt in almost any competition.
It's a good day when you're compared to a younger Antonio Banderas with Orlando Bloom looks. Vinicius Machado doesn't let that stroke his ego - at least not out loud.
All the great international galleries filled the soundstages and open sets along the corridors and streets within Paramount.
He survived a broken childhood in north Toronto, striving without always succeeding to resist the violence, drugs and despair around him. To escape his fate, Joe joined one of our first youth conferences in 1999, and later traveled overseas to volunteer in poor communities.
A new paper deals a substantial blow to the idea that masculine men make good genetic sires. Of course, the genes that confer masculinity on both sons and daughters might have other positive effects, including but not limited to improved immunity. That remains to be assessed.
The Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet offers a new view on a storied tale. Among the standout performers is Christian Camargo, in the role of Me...
In anticipation of this month's theatrical release of Romeo and Juliet, I have rounded up the Hollywood hotties who are always welcome at our metaphorical balcony (and those which, arguably, ought to be banished).
How is he? That's the question people have when a movie star like Orlando Bloom makes his Broadway debut in a Shakespearean play. Well, he's fine, grading on a curve.
What you should know first and foremost about The Peony Pavilion, a 16th-century Chinese musical drama about love, death, and resurrection -- and arguably the most famous of all Kunqu Operas -- is that its poetry can kill. It has killed before.
"My only love springs from my only hate," bemoans Juliet. She's a Capulet and her beloved Romeo, a Montague, hail from rival families that despise each other. While the hatred is primal, this rendition of Romeo and Juliet adds another ripple: Juliet is black.
Nobody would likely mistake Orlando Bloom, of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, for John Neville. But when our motorcycle-Romeo removes his helmet, Bloom it is with curls falling into his eyes when he gets excited and a grandly authentic British accent.
While we had Evangeline Lilly on the Nerd HQ stage at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 to chat about her new children's book, "The Squickerwonkers," we also...