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Gene Kelly's Wife On How She's Keeping His Legacy Alive

Cathy Chester | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

Here's an easy question for you: Can you name a legendary dancer and innovative choreographer who also successfully directed movies, and whose athleticism, masculinity and exuberance won audiences' hearts the world over each time his magical gifts leapt onto the silver screen?

Producers of Kate Hepburn Biopic Should Follow Ellen Page's Example

William J. Mann | Posted 04.21.2014 | Books
William J. Mann

The story goes that the two meet on the MGM lot. Tracy is surprised by how tall Hepburn is. "Don't worry," someone tells him. "You'll soon cut her down to size." No one ever cut Katharine Hepburn down to size. And it's time we stopped pretending someone did.

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?

San Francisco, Starring Jeanette MacDonald, to Be Featured at the Castro Theatre's 90th Anniversary

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

This month marks the 90th anniversary of the Castro Theatre, San Francisco's last fully functioning movie palace. With its towering and pulsating neon sign, the theatre is in the heart of one of the easiest recognized and most visited neighborhoods in the world.

Proof That Most Of Us Are In Unhappy Marriages

Samara O'Shea | Posted 08.15.2012 | Divorce
Samara O'Shea

Though there are no statistics specifically addressing how many long-term married couples consider themselves happy or actively in love -- it would be difficult to assess -- there are other facts and statistics to support the claim many remain together obligatorily ever after.

The Love of a Good Woman Will Not Change a Bad Man

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.30.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Even the sanest, most reasonable women among us seem to have the idea that their love, patience and support will save someone who can't or won't save himself.

Books You Hold in Your Hand

James A. Fragale | Posted 06.26.2012 | Books
James A. Fragale

While he was bartending a Hollywood party, Lucille Ball sashays in and slaps Scotty Bowers in the face. (Bowers matchmaker-ed for Desi Arnaz). One wonders why he wasn't hit more often. On the other hand, I, for one, would like to shake his hand.

The Greatest (Saddest?) Love Story Ever Told

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.25.2012 | Celebrity
Stanton Peele

Although the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn affair was well-known in Hollywood, it was not publicly acknowledged. News coverage of Tracy's death did not include the information that Hepburn -- and only she -- was present when he died.

Clark Gable: King of Hollywood

John Farr | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we kick off Oscar month tomorrow, we also honor the birthday of Clark Gable, who picked up a statuette at the seventh Academy Awards ceremony in 1935.

Film Biographers Take Center Stage in Bay Area

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Fortunately, for local film buffs, the San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for those interested in just this sort of thing. Anyone interested in early Hollywood will want to check out at least one of three events taking place in the coming weeks.

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.

DVDs: Tracy and Hepburn -- The Greatest Screen Team Of All Time

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

So what's your pick for the greatest screen team of them all? My money is on Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. And the DVD box set Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection makes the case.

Elizabeth Taylor: Star

John Farr | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We have lost a national treasure. As a kid, I remember vividly Life magazine's 1972 cover of Elizabeth Taylor turning 40, and glimpsing what glamor really meant.

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.

In a Mostly Caucasian Oscar Year, a Tribute to Sidney Poitier

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

There are some celebrities who, by virtue of what they represent and contribute beyond their talent, become something more than simply what their chosen profession would indicate.

Watson, Come Here, We Need You

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dr. Philip Neches

A machine named Watson became the new Jeopardy champion on national television last night. What should we make of it?

For Father's Day, Dads in Film

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we salute fathers far and wide this Sunday, why not pop in some first-rate DVD titles that examine the distinct challenges of fatherhood, and how various dads rise to the occasion or, for a host of reasons, fall short.

Where Is Lee Marvin When We Really Need Him?

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I look at the new action movies coming out, and I have to wonder: Where's our new Lee Marvin? The manly man, the bad guy turned good guy, the guy who's so ugly he's almost beautiful, the guy who takes no prisoners?

Post-Racial Hollywood? One Huge 'Cop Out'

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Morris W. O'Kelly

Hollywood will not have put down its racial baggage until it permanently moves away from flaunting the "racial" formulas and themes which garner the biggest bang for their buck.

Real-Life Father of the Bride Tells Steve Martin to Step Aside

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

It may have been the first bridal shower in history to feature cigars. It ended in a game of beer pong.

Ten Films For The Coming Weeks

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Get ready, folks, for the coming blur of forced reunions, work-related functions, and cacophonous Christmas parties.

A Wistful Champagne Toast to William Powell

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

One of the finest actors and leading men from Hollywood's Golden Age, William Powell was born towards the end of this month way back in 1892. It's unlikely most people under 30 would even recognize his name, which is sad, but also easily remedied.

Infidelity: As It Was, Is, And Always Will Be

Samara O'Shea | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samara O'Shea

I invite everyone to relax and take a deep breath. I have news--I'm not sure if it's good or bad: adultery has always and will always exist.

For Father's Day, A Few Cinematic Takes On Being A Dad

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Prior to this Sunday, why not check out some first-rate DVD titles that examine the distinct challenges of fatherhood, and how we either rise to the occasion or, for a host of reasons, fall short.

Just When Did The Quality Of Hollywood Films Start To Drop?

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

While Hollywood continues to dominate the global film market, the most original, intelligent, and enduring movies today are being made outside this country.