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The Original 'Star Wars' Cast Announcements Were A Little Different

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.02.2014 | Entertainment

On the heels of the long-awaited cast announcement for "Star Wars: Episode VII," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is reminding us of a ...

A Mighty Oak Falls: A Tribute to Peter O'Toole and His Best Films

John Farr | Posted 02.14.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Today every classic movie fan mourns the death of Peter O'Toole at 81. The spirit of mischievous exuberance he brought to his life -- and all his roles -- somehow made me believe he could never die, even when you could see the smoking and drinking had taken its toll on his once startling good looks.

Aisle View: Murderous Musical Mayhem

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Everything about the show is so likable. I left Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder having had a perfectly pleasant time with a pair of talented new theatre-writers, in the company of a delightful cast. But rousing? No.

Today's Carbon Paper: It's Probably in Your Pocket or Bag Right Now

Steve Leveen | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Steve Leveen

In the mid-1980s, when the personal computer arrived on the scene, it became as easy to print two copies as one. The once-ubiquitous carbon paper--that tissue-thin, inky paper you'd insert between two sheets of paper--began its slide into obscurity.

The Best Navy Movies of All Time

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Over the years, a slew of outstanding Navy-themed films have furnished us with a variety of salty celluloid adventures worth catching. The following dozen titles comprise my own personal favorites.

Forget the Film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: See the BBC Original

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Eric Margolis

Writing about films is not something I often do, but as an old Cold Warrior who has covered intelligence matters for decades and been involved in a few, the thrilling book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is right up my dark alley.

First Nighter: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alec Guinness Spectacular on DVD

David Finkle | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The beauty of John le Carré's continuing canon is that his scrutiny of spies' lives is always a metaphor for humanity's broader existential predicaments.

Alec Guinness: So Much More Than Obi Wan Kenobi

John Farr | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The term "class act" seems overused at a time when there are fewer examples of it around, but no more apt expression comes to mind. If anybody had the right to be, it was Sir Alec Guinness.

Christian Bale: So Many Good Parts, but Is There a Part Missing?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Christian Bale strikes me as a complete enigma. Yes, his acting chops are prodigious, but he seems to me to be all technique and no heart; we get buckets of perfectly formed ice, but very little fire.

Beyond "The Poseidon Adventure" : A Tribute To Ronald Neame

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We are so collectively mired in the hyper-superficial, materialistic, flashy "moment of now" that we haven't paused to acknowledge a man who helped bring some of the finest British films ever made to the screen.

The Heist Picture

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great heist movies work by tying us to the unfortunate characters who populate them, and investing us in the outcome of their attempts to reach the same pot of gold so many of us chase.

What Alec Guinness Tells Us About US Alliances

Michael Vlahos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

We need to relearn the art of alliance-as-partnership, a skill we lost during our Roman "empire of alliance" era. NATO, Japan, and the ROK still want and need us.

For Memorial Day, the Best War Movies Ever

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

These special movies not only recreate the horror of combat, but also portray the human toll war takes beyond those who fall on the field of battle.

In a World Starved For Great Comedy, Why Not Revisit Some Stellar Sellers?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Peter Sellers, best known to the world as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in the "Pink Panther" series, would have turned 84 this month. Wouldn't life be brighter if this comic genius hadn't left us so soon?