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TCM's Airing of "Streetcar" Makes Retired NYPD Det. Grosso Reflect on Working with Brando on "The Godfather"

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

"Brando was bigger than life. And when you talked about Brando, you talked about god. He was an icon on a set with Duvall, Pacino, Caan. Every actor w...

Garry Shandling Needs a Proper Send-Off

David Juskow | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment
David Juskow

On March 24, 2016, Garry Shandling died suddenly of a heart attack. The day of his passing, not many television news feeds had mentioned anything substantial about this comic legend. Unfortunately, other world news had overshadowed the death of a true comic genius.

Meet Jake Marcionette, the Youngest New York Times-Bestselling Author

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Xaque Gruber

When he was twelve years old, Florida-based Jake Marcionette released his debut book, Just Jake, a loosely autobiographical, laugh-out-loud comedy adventure.

Happy Birthday, Diane Keaton!

Jack Meyer | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Actor, producer, screenwriter and author Diane Keaton is undeniably one of the greatest actors to have graced the silver screen. Shining alongside such luminaries as Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Cicely Tyson and Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton has meticulously crafted her art into a Hollywood legacy.

Conductor Justin Freer on 'It's a Wonderful Life' - This Week with San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

On Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, Justin Freer will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in screenings of the Christmas film classic from 1946...

'The Godfather' Cast Really Enjoyed Pranking Marlon Brando

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.06.2015 | OWN

"The Godfather" is far from a comedy, but there were plenty of laughs behind the scenes of the iconic gangster movie, according to actor Robert Duvall...

The Godfather of Public Computer Science Education

David Cahn | Posted 08.25.2016 | College
David Cahn

Meet Mike Zamansky, Don of the most successful computer science program in America, "The godfather of computer science education" according to iconic venture capitalist Fred Wilson.

Wheelchair Wisdom: To Thine Own Self Be True

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 08.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Noble Topf

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to laugh at himself. -- Charles...

15 Films Every Entrepreneur Must See!

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.20.2016 | Entertainment
Steve Mariotti

Movies are magical. The good ones hold you captive in a great story, to a different time and place, and then bring you back home. In two hours, they leave you changed, having learned new things and lived a different life.

Filmmaker Edward Burns' 'Public Morals' Portrays Mythical Irish-American Cops like 'The French Connection's' Popeye Doyle

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.19.2016 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

I was recently chatting with filmmaker Edward Burns who was excitedly talking about his new drama series, Public Morals, which premieres on August 25 on TNT. He was grateful that I'd found the series compelling with a host of outstanding elements from cinematography, set design and costuming to music.

Movie Review: Best of Enemies, Listen to Me Marlon -- Tasty Slices of History

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.27.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Half the struggle in documentary filmmaking is finding the right material. The other half is figuring out what to do with it.  Two new documentaries...

Great Movie Characters: Frank Serpico in 'Serpico'

Alex Simon | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

In 1973, between the first two Godfather films, Al Pacino hung his hat on another iconic film and character of '70s cinema. The film was Serpico, based on the true story of New York City Police Detective Frank Serpico who, in 1971, broke the code of silence.

Why Crime-Thriller Fiction?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often asked why I write crime-thriller novels. Sometimes, I think the answer is easy: I love to read them, so I write them, too.

Great Movie Characters: Tom Hagen in The Godfather

Alex Simon | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Few characters in film history have displayed the cunning, charm and utter moral ambiguity as that of Tom Hagen, the Corleone family lawyer in Francis Coppola's first two Godfather films.

The Best Books on Screen

Culturalist | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Culturalist

Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to jo...

Retired Det. Sonny Grosso Will be Smiling on St. Patrick's Day to the Pipes and Drums

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

On St. Paddy's Day, Sonny Grosso along with the Irish eyes of the late Det. Egan and his namesake Cardinal Edward Egan, who recently passed, will all be smiling down on New York.

A Most Violent Year: A Worthy End to the Intriguing Cinema of 2014

Michael Russnow | Posted 03.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It's a film that came upon us at the end of the year, but with word of mouth and lots of significant award nominations, including a recent win as Best Picture by the National Board of Review, it will probably attain the audience it deserves in the months ahead.

2015 Welcomes Generation X!

David Kanegis | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As the last of the baby boomers turn 50, the first of your cohort now share that privilege. The only bad news -- the oldest of you will soon lose the coveted distinction of being advertiser's target market!

Interstellar: Imperfect Epic Addresses Big Questions About the Future, Time, Human Nature, and Space Exploration

William Bradley | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Christopher Nolan's first film since the massive success of his Dark Knight Trilogy is a big movie about the future with with big ambitions, big themes, big images, and big questions about human nature, time, and president-day attitudes and policies. Or lack of same.

8 Components of the Perfect Dad Brain

Paul Snowden | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Paul Snowden

Building the perfect dad brain requires a blend of smarts, morals and karate skills that can't be found in just one movie dad, which is why we used eight, including Clark Griswold, Atticus Finch and, of course, Indiana Jones.

Little Italy's San Gennaro Feast, More Tales From The Godfather by Det. Sonny Grosso, and an 'Offer He Can't Refuse!'

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 11.03.2014 | New York
Ashley Jude Collie

Grosso, who received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor award in 1997 alongside former president Bill Clinton, recalls what his own immigrant family used to tell him as a kid.

Solo Concerts, Stealin' Home and Similar Skin: Chats with Bruce Hornsby, Iain Matthews and Umphrey's McGee...Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Iain Matthews: My daughter designed a cover for one of my albums, with a drawing and misspelled my first name. Rather than correct it, I simply changed my name.

The Godfather Speaks: Francis Ford Coppola

Patricia Rust | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Patricia Rust

Everyone has someone that they would kill to meet and listen to, and the producers at the sixth Produced By Conference at Warner Bros. got to have their wishes more than fulfilled with writer, director, producer Francis Ford Coppola.

And The Greatest Movie Of All Time Is ...

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.30.2014 | Entertainment

"Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" is officially the greatest movie of all time. Well, at least if you trust the fan poll conducted by film-centric ...

Investigating the West Coast Mafia

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Andrea Chalupa

Despite Michael's Tahoe compound, and the beautiful Fredo scene on the lake, I never thought of California, where I grew up, as mafia country. The mafia still seemed a world away and more at home on the crowded streets of Little Italy and the Corleone olive orchards. Turns out the mafia was closer to home than I could have ever imagined.