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Sir Laurence Olivier

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.

Ralph Fiennes likes contradictions in Coriolanus

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ralph Fiennes heard his first Shakespeare as a child, initially on phonograph records, then in films. "I saw (Sir Laurence) Olivier's Henry V in a sm...

Williams Has Same 'Hunger as Monroe,' Says My Week With Marilyn Director

Felice Arenas | Posted 01.23.2012 | Entertainment
Felice Arenas

Both are flaxen-haired, beautiful, and have had their personal ups and downs dominate headlines. But what is the most striking similarity between Michelle Williams and Marilyn Monroe?

Review: My Week With Marilyn

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard now to conceive of just how huge a star Marilyn Monroe was at the peak of her fame in the mid-1950s. Take Lady Gaga, multiply her by Brangelina at their most visible -- and then take it to the 10th power.

Interview: Director Simon Curtis discusses My Week with Marilyn

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Simon Curtis bristles a little when asked why, having directed so extensively in television and produced numerous films, it took him so long to direct...

Interview: Playwright Katori Hall Reaches for King's Mountaintop

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.10.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

Playwright Katori Hall's new play Mountaintop pays tribute to Dr. King's last public appearance at Mason Temple in Memphis where he delivered his historic "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.

Movie Review: Secretariat

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Just as you'd imagine with a family-targeted movie about a horse, Randall Wallace's Secretariat is awash in sentimentality. The lump in your throat is as pro forma as the popcorn.