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On the Set: Federico Castelluccio Directs Lily of the Feast

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.28.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

On the last day of shooting Lily of the Feast, a feature set in 1970s Williamsburg, Troy Garity, in a suit, sits on the edge of a bathtub, counting. The L.A. based actor, son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden, plays Santo Bastucci.

Honoring Nelson Mandela Through Film

John Farr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Though none of us could ever truly imagine the trials Nelson Mandela faced or the suffering he experienced, a number of filmmakers have used the power of cinema to present a window -- however narrow and skewed it might be -- into that struggle, or one like it.

Twelve Angry Men: What're They So Pissed Off About Anyway?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Anger is a complex emotion. It can help us survive (the infant fought off the assailant with her bare baby hands!); it can lead us towards justice (no justice, no peace!); it can make us sick (after years of incarceration, now cancer). So it's only fitting that a play titled Twelve Angry Men.

The Thin Man and More: The Best William Powell Movies

John Farr | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This actor, who'd earn screen immortality playing detective Nick Charles in 1934's The Thin Man, is someone I'd watch in most anything. What set him apart?

Steven Spielberg Plans Remake Of Classic

Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment

It looks like John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" has become Steven Spielberg's dirt. According to Deadline.com, Spielberg and DreamWorks are negot...

Interview: Kiefer Sutherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mira Nair's film of the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist isn't about terrorism, Kiefer Sutherland observes, but about the reaction to terrorism -- a very different thing.

Interview: Kiefer Sutherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mira Nair's film of the novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist isn't about terrorism, Kiefer Sutherland observes, but about the reaction to terrorism - a ...

Assessing the Republican Convention

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

What was he thinking? Was this just a pathetic attempt by an aging Hollywood icon to stay relevant? And did you catch the cutaway of Ann Romney during Eastwood's unscripted, meandering, 3-times-as-long-as-planned meltdown?

Dale Olson: "I Lived My Life My Own Way"

Tom Gregory | Posted 10.13.2012 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

Dale was the voice of damage-control, the pen of Oscar campaigns, and the heart of a movement that cultivated compassion in modern Hollywood. Laughter and caring were Dale Olson's trademark, entertainment was his business.

Parallel Lives: The Shocking Tragedy Shared By Jane Fonda And Her Biographer

Posted 08.09.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM By Patricia Bosworth I spent 10 years writing "The Public Life of A Public Woman" and I’m often asked, “What is Jane really lik...

Rance Howard At 83: 'I Never Play The Ron Howard Card'

Pat Gallagher | Posted 09.20.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

While working on 'Cool Hand Luke' with Paul Newman, I would say, 'Good morning, Mr. Newman.' He never acknowledged my greeting. I continued that for two or three days until finally he said to me, 'I don't fraternize.'

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.

Jane Fonda: The Private Life Of A Public Woman: 600 Pages Of What Feels Like The Whole Story

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 10.29.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Google "Jane Fonda hate site" and you get 10 million results. She's a 73-year-old actress who had her last box office hit thirty years ago. So why is she hated?

Leaked GOP Screening Series: 10 Movies Helping Republicans Stay Bold, Agressive and Insane

Katie Halper | Posted 10.04.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

This is a leaked list of the ten movies the GOP is screening to make sure they stay on the offensive, as they fight for the wealthy and attack middle and working class people.

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?

The Truth About My Trip To Hanoi

Jane Fonda | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Jane Fonda

It is unconscionable that extremist groups circulate letters which accuse me of horrific things, saying that I am a traitor. These lies have circulated for almost 40 years, continually reopening the wound of the Vietnam War.

The Greatest Hollywood Director You May Never Have Heard Of

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Which Hollywood director actually made the most great movies? In the Alsace area of Germany, future director William Wyler was born. Here is a sampling of his best movies covering three full decades.

To Be Or Not a Juror: It Ain't Easy to Be Selected

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.20.2011 | Comedy
Michael Russnow

It's interesting to be in a group representing so-called peers, which is the whole point of a jury, yet, looking around and listening to conversations, for the most part they're people with whom I have little in common. But maybe that's a good thing.

Thinking About War and Peace

Norman MacAfee | Posted 06.13.2011 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

When I first saw Bondarchuk's "War and Peace," in 1968, in New York, it was presented in two parts and ran six hours. You went in the afternoon, broke for dinner, then came back for the rest. It was stupendous.

Sidney Lumet: First Among Directors

John Farr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Sidney Lumet was a giant in his field, a director who always sought to make intelligent films that had the ring of truth.

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.

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.

Bisset, De Havilland & Kerr Feted by French Legion & BFI/TCM Festival to Open With Caron Classic

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

As late summer transformed into autumn, milestones in classic film, which focused primarily on iconic leading ladies, dominated the news and will be r...

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.

Presidential Pictures: Top Movies About The Top Job

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Given the sheer scale and complexity of the Presidency in modern times, it's no surprise that a host of great films have explored the nature of our country's highest office.