Since the dawn of storytelling, good guys with strong moral compasses were glamorized, while bad guys with wayward moral compasses were vilified. But a slew of recent films and shows have turned gray to black.
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.
Everyone knows who Gen. Douglas MacArthur was. But Gen. Bonner Fellers? Not so much. So when actor Matthew Fox took on the role of Fellers in Emperor, which opened in limited release March 8, he figured the interpretation was up to him.
Emperor doesn't reimagine history so much as use it as the jumping-off point for a fictional historical romance set against the backdrop of impending war, when everything seems more vital and in-the-moment. Except for this sometimes plodding film.
From lovable Burt, to Cromartie the terminator, to Jesus Christ on The Book of Daniel, there's a certain Zen-like calm running through Dillahunt's uncommonly diverse array of characters, which is perhaps a reason he's embraced by viewers time and again.
Mr. Dick Gregory -- presidential candidate, comedian, author, actor, army, postal worker, civil rights activist, entrepreneur in nutrition and the health food industry -- has done it all. What does he like doing best?
In the 2012 movie Lincoln, Stevens is cast as the radical whom Lincoln must tame to ensure passage of the 13th Amendment. This is Hollywood drama. The ardent abolitionist was as cagey a politician as Lincoln, and needed no persuasion to support his life's goal.
Great stories make us feel as though we are not alone, and these stories offer us the opportunity to enter into stories of great suffering -- and to cultivate the fervent belief that suffering will somehow, someday, pass.
Welcome to the 2013 Academy Awards, a celebration of rich, attractive people applauding! Tonight, we honor filmmakers unafraid to tell us that slavery was bad and that bipolar people can enter dance contests if they're really hot.
I'm going to advocate that Oscar bloggers, much like starting pitchers, should be on rotation with mandatory rest years in-between. But before I start my online petition, I figured I'd muse on today's Oscar nominations from my completely uninformed point of view.