There was a time, in the not so distant past, when beauty was so cookie-cutter we were all made to feel that we had to fit into a mold. Many of us decided long ago to break that mold but we were still considered the outliers... and that was okay!
We crave real portrayals of people like ourselves: people who can be confused, get angry, celebrate joyous moments and sometimes feel rejected and unloved. James Gandolfini made Tony Soprano, the Jersey mob boss, one of us.
He kisses me. It's a sweet kiss. It asks permission and makes no assumptions. I return his kiss, which turns out to be more than a kiss. It's an invitation into his life. For one brief year Brandon Lee will be my beau.
What does a Production Designer actually do? Production Designer Bill Brzeski says he's the "point person for the movie's overall look," and is in charge of everything from locations, reflecting time of day, real to virtual scenery and the shape of buildings.
What does a bookkeeper or accountant do on a movie? "Essentially", says Michael Menzies -- veteran of such movies as Conan The Destroyer and Body of Evidence -- "my job is to work with the film's producer and the studio to create the budget. And then simply help them stick to it."
There are some movies that you forget five minutes after you leave the theater, and then there are the movies that stay with you for a long time. Best of all are the movies that cause you to fall in love, movies from which you remember whole passages of dialogue. Here are my top five.
You've probably heard old-timers talk about how movie stars aren't as good as they used to be. This is a little unfair -- plenty of fine actors are working in the movies -- but in one respect, the new stars really aren't a patch on the stars of yore.
There are no more movie stars. I blame TMZ and its reality show brethren, who have taken all the mystery out of celebrity. In movie-making, like pretty much every other business, the paradigm has changed, and we must respond accordingly.