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The Hollywood Blacklist in Exile

Tom Teicholz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

Stories of the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and '50s are, by now, well known. Many books, articles and documentaries exist about the lives of actors who the studios deemed unemployable because of their association with the Communist Party.

On the Waterfront: Eva Marie Saint and Why the 1954 Best Picture Oscar Winner Is Still a Classic 60 Years Later

Govindini Murty | Posted 05.01.2014 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of On the Waterfront, the winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 1954. In honor of this weekend's Oscars, we're taking a look at what still makes this film such a timeless classic.

A Rabbinic Take on On the Waterfront

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

On the Waterfront reminds us how important and valuable is a good mentor who has our best interest at heart and who can enable us to fulfill our latent potential.

Will Forte Can't Believe He's in Nebraska

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Will Forte didn't worry about getting the role in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" because he assumed he didn't have a chance.

Interview: Bruce Dern Speaks... and Speaks

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In one sense, actor Bruce Dern is an interviewer's dream: He's pithy, quotable and voluble. In another sense, Dern is an interviewer's nightmare: You ask one question and never get the chance to ask another, because he's got so much to say.

'Altman's The Player Is More of a Documentary'. Q&A With Emperor Director Peter Webber

Hannah Gal | Posted 09.21.2013 | Entertainment
Hannah Gal

He is probably best known for his multi award winning debut feature Girl with a Pearl Earring (Scarlet Johansson, Colin Firth) but Webber is a fearlessly versatile director responsible for some impressively varied documentaries and TV work.

Stanley Dyrector Sheds Light on Hollywood's Darkest Period: Showbiz Scribe and Raconteur Discusses His New Book

Steve Karras | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Steve Karras

Stanley Dyrector was made for Hollywood... or Hollywood was made for Stanley Dyrector. The verdict is still out. But the former actor, turned writer and award winning talk show host, has been a part of Tinseltown's narrative as much as he has chronicled it.

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Sweet Bird," "Merrily," Worthwhile Others

David Finkle | Posted 08.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

By 1959 when Tennessee Williams got around to presenting Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway, as directed by Elia Kazan and starring Geraldine Page and Pa...

Witness to a Persecution: In Search of Blacklistee John Garfield

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

"You talk really fast, man," said Julie Garfield, actress and daughter of the late Warner Brothers star John Garfield, who was known for his accelerated streetwise patter. "Who do you think you are, Martin Scorsese?"

Which Directors Have Gotten The Most Academy Award Nominations For Their Actors?

The Huffington Post | Sharon Knolle | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment

Who's the best director in Hollywood history? You could look at who's won the most Best Director Oscars -- that would be legendary John Ford, whose fo...

Some Memories of Hollywood Great Hal Kanter

Michael Russnow | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The great writer/director/bon vivant wit Hal Kanter died on Sunday at the ripe old age of 92. And it got me to remembering, and I decided to share the thoughts with you.

FACE IT: Can We Age Out On Motivation?

Michele Willens | Posted 12.04.2011 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Does our ambition necessarily wane with the years? Do our professional and creative drives go the way of our sexual? Regardless of age, ambition is clearly something most women consider carefully.

10 Black & White Movies for People Who Won't Watch Black & White Movies

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If I could get all those black and white haters out there to watch just ten titles -- movies that constituted absolutely essential viewing -- which would they be?

A Sour Note at Carnegie Hall Few Heard, Coming From Above

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The Carnegie Studios made it possible for artists to live as true bohemians: to enjoy the freedom of being deliciously different and quirky. I suppose it was simply too good to last.

Tennessee Williams Remembered at the 92nd Street Y

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In the midst of the Oscar season tumult, it is reassuring to think of our most poetic and prolific American playwright Tennessee Williams as the autho...

FILM: New Yorker On Elia Kazan's Storied Life And Career (And Boxed Set)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

As Elia Kazan walks to the microphone to receive his Honorary Oscar, about two-thirds of the room stands to clap. Warren Beatty is fighting back tears...

Blackberries Off: Ten Essential Movies For Easily Distracted Twenty-Somethings

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

What if we only had a month in which to force our young adult offspring to see ten essential movies before they succumbed entirely to short-form digital content? My own personal picks.

THEATER: An Angel In America- A Conversation With Zoe Kazan

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-10-28-floater.jpgDid history crack open after the Millennium? Kazan carries the torch of truth and reconciliation to the next generation in a new production of Tony Kushner's gay fantasia on national themes.

Missing Mr. Matthau

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

On the first of this month, Walter Matthau, who left us just a decade ago, would have turned ninety. Ruminating on this unnoted milestone made me consider anew what a unique and gifted screen actor he was.

Classic "Under the Radar" Gangster Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

2010-08-16-underworld.jpg Crime has not just been good to the criminals; it's been awfully good to Hollywood as well.

My Valentine to Patricia Neal

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We all know that rare thing called good character is no prerequisite for a great actress, but Patricia Neal had this quality, in spades. We will not see her like again.

Missing The Mark On Warren Beatty

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Why does the media who cover Warren Beatty's work assume the topic I care most about with regard to this highly accomplished figure is how many women he slept with? It's insulting, in a way, isn't it?

The Glenn Beck Movie Was Made in 1957 -- It's A Face in the Crowd

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jesse Kornbluth

People -- and Americans in particular -- love being conned. I can't think of a better time to watch A Face in the Crowd.

The Centennial of Elia Kazan

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Today marks the centennial of director Elia Kazan's birth, and doubtless Hollywood will soon be giving us souped-up special editions of his finest film work, if they haven't already.

So Long, Mr. Malden...

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we celebrate the Fourth, we should think of you, since you represented all the best possibilities of being American : a young immigrant, full of promise, who found identity and success in the new world.