A major silent film and Old Hollywood fan, André Soares is the author of Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro (St. Martin's Press; paperback: University Press of Mississippi), about the troubled gay Hollywood star (Ben-Hur, The Student Prince) who was brutally killed in 1968.


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Olivia de Havilland Movies: 'Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte' as Favor to Bette Davis

Olivia de Havilland as Lady Marian in 'The Adventures of Robin Hood.' Olivia de Havilland on TCM: Your chance to watch 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' for the 384th time Olivia de Havilland is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 2, '15. The two-time Best Actress […]


'The Karate Kid' & 'Ocean's Eleven' Producer Jerry Weintraub Dead at 77

The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio. Producer: Jerry Weintraub. Jerry Weintraub: 'The Karate Kid' & 'Ocean's Eleven' producer dead at 77 Former talent agent turned film and television producer Jerry Weintraub, who died of cardiac arrest at age 77 on July 6, '15, in Santa Barbara, California, was best known […]


Omar Sharif Movies: Stardom Boosted by 'Doctor Zhivago,' Busted by Che Guevara

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian actor Omar Sharif Following the long Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday (July 22, '15), below is a brief career recap of Egyptian film star Omar Sharif, who died on July 10 and whose credits include the David Lean-directed classics Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor […]


Theodore Bikel: Social Activist, Vanessa Redgrave 'The Palestinian' Spat

Theodore Bikel: Folk singer, actor and political/social activist. Theodore Bikel: Social/political and union activist (See previous post: “Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek.'”) Besides his acting and singing gigs, Theodore Bikel was a dedicated social activist, having been a longtime supporter of various causes, both cultural […]


Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek'

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of […]


Glenda Jackson: 2-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner, Former MP Comeback via Emile Zola

Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency […]


Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Made Labor Law History

Olivia de Havilland. Labor relations' history-making 'Gone with the Wind' star and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland, the only surviving major Gone with the Wind cast member and oldest surviving Oscar winner, is turning 99 years […]


Jean-Luc Godard Solution for Greek Debt Crisis: 'Therefore' Copyright Fees

Jean-Luc Godard in his youthful days. Jean-Luc Godard solution for the Greek debt crisis: 'Therefore' copyright payments A few years ago, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, while plugging his Film Socialisme, chipped in with a surefire solution for the seemingly endless – and bottomless – Greek debt crisis. In July […]


'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' with Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black […]


Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' Actress Who Led Troubled Life Found Dead

Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' actress. Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' sex symbol who led troubled life found dead (Note: This Laura Antonelli article is currently being revised and expanded.) Laura Antonelli, for a brief while an international star thanks to scandalous sex-themed movies such as Malizia and The Divine Nymph, and who later […]


Father's Day Top 5 Movies: From Compassionate Gregory Peck to Sociopath John Gielgud

Father of the Bride with Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams: Father's Day Movies. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various […]


Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Regret

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs:' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: “Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.”) Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the […]


Ron Moody: From Dickens to Disney (But No Harry Potter)

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: “Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.”) Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along […]


Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91

Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title […]


'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' Quiz Question: Is CGI (Enough) Magic?

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state of the art CGI equal movie magic? Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of […]


Lenny Bruce Movie: Dustin Hoffman Miscast & Valerie Perrine Outstanding in Timid Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is […]


'Yesterday' Movie Review: Memorable AIDS Drama in Zululand

Yesterday movie: South African AIDS drama with Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 16 percent of the world's population and 70 percent […]


'The Contender' Movie: Joan Allen Outstanding in Controversial Political Drama

'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama “Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient,” says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. […]


'Sleepless in Seattle' Review: Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Endless Romantic Yearning

'Sleepless in Seattle' with Meg Ryan as the romantic Annie. 'Sleepless in Seattle' review: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in an affair to forget In Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red, the last installment of his “Three Colors” trilogy, the word “magic” is never bandied about. No need to. Magic is […]


'JFK' Movie Review: Oliver Stone Flawed But Riveting Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Paranoia

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison. 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of “clunky,” JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, […]


'The Insider' Movie Review: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health

'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. 'The Insider' movie review: CBS news exposé barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: “It's old news. … We'll be ok,” says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. “These […]


'Cast Away' Movie Review: Tom Hanks Excellent in Populist Existential Drama

'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island: 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' reboot. 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human […]


'The Fixer' Movie: Preachy & Simple-Minded Drama About the Politics of Anti-Semitism

'The Fixer' movie cast: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background left) in political drama about the persecution of Jews in Czarist Russia. 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism political drama wrecked by cast, direction and its own good intentions In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt […]


'About a Boy' Movie Review: Hugh Grant Tragically Discovers His Inner Family Man

'About a Boy' movie with Hugh Grant and Baby: 'No man has the right to be an island' message. 'About a Boy' movie review: Some men should remain islands On the surface, Chris and Paul Weitz's 2002 movie About a Boy has a profound, affecting premise. No man is an […]


'A Hatful of Rain' Movie: Script and Hammy Acting Spoil Drug Addiction Drama

'A Hatful of Rain' movie with Don Murray and Eva Marie Saint. 'A Hatful of Rain' movie script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting “adult” […]


'The Devil Strikes at Night' Review: Serial Killers vs Mass Murderers

'The Devil Strikes at Night,' with Mario Adorf as World War II era serial killer Bruno Lüdke. 'The Devil Strikes at Night' movie review: Serial killing vs. mass murder in unsubtle but intriguing World War II political drama After more than a decade in Hollywood, German director Robert Siodmak (Academy […]


'Being Julia' Movie Review: Annette Bening Bette Davis-ish Showcase

'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans: 'All About Eve' with a London setting. 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice Being Julia movie antecedents: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway […]


'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal

'Downfall' movie with Bruno Ganz: Iconic Adolf Hitler. 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, […]


'Sideways' Movie: Days of Wine and Losers

'Sideways' movie: Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church enjoy days of wine and women. 'Sideways' movie review: California winery tour follows conventional road to male maturity With the 1999 Matthew Broderick-Reese Witherspoon vehicle Election, Alexander Payne displayed a flair for satirical comedy the likes of which would have turned Billy […]


'The Letter' 1940 Movie: Bette Davis' Outstanding Deadly Vixen

'The Letter' 1940, with Bette Davis. 'The Letter' 1940 movie: Bette Davis superb in masterful studio era production Directed by William Wyler and adapted by Howard Koch from W. Somerset Maugham's 1927 play, The Letter is one of the very best films made during the Golden Age of the Hollywood […]


'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned

'Nicholas and Alexandra' 1971 movie with Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman. 'Nicholas and Alexandra' movie review: Opulent 1971 spectacle lacks emotional core Nicholas and Alexandra is surely one of the most sumptuous film productions ever made. Production designer John Box's elaborate sets, Yvonne Blake's equally elaborate costumes, Richard Rodney Bennett's […]


'Munich' 2005 Film: Deeply Flawed But Most Satisfying Steven Spielberg Effort in Decades

'Munich' 2005 film cover. 'Munich' 2005 film review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005) is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which […]


Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' Costar Nicholas Kallsen Dead at 48

Nicholas Kallsen: Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' co-star. Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' co-star Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's […]


'I Want to Live!' Screenwriter Don Mankiewicz Dead at 93: Father Co-Wrote 'Citizen Kane'

Susan Hayward in I Want to Live, co-written by Don Mankiewicz: Best Actress Oscar winner. 'I Want to Live!' screenwriter Don Mankiewicz dead at 93 Veteran television and film screenwriter Don Mankiewicz died of congestive heart failure at age 93 on April 25, '15, at his home in Monrovia, northeast […]


Jayne Meadows dead at 95: Minor Movie Actress Became Emmy-Nominated Television Celebrity

Jayne Meadows. Three-time Emmy nominee Jayne Meadows dead at 95 Jayne Meadows, best known for her show business partnership with husband and television personality Steve Allen, died of “natural causes” on April 26, '15, at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino. Meadows was 95. From minor film […]


Kristen Stewart in 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Movie Cast: The 'Catch-22' of Iraq War?

Kristen Stewart: 'Camp X-Ray' star to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' cast. Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three […]


'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Trailer: Tom Cruise and Hilarious Stunts

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' with Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer: Movie stunt combo “Desperate times. Desperate measures,” says Tom Cruise a.k.a. Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation trailer a.k.a. the Mission: Impossible 5 and/or MI5 trailer. Whatever you call it, […]


Teresa Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Winner

Teresa Wright ca. 1950. Teresa Wright: Later years (See previous post: “From Broadway Hit to More Hollywood Movies Somewhere in Time & The Rainmaker.”) Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her […]


Teresa Wright: From Broadway Hit to 'Somewhere in Time' and 'The Rainmaker'

Teresa Wright in 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,' with Pat Hingle. Teresa Wright Broadway comeback: 'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs' (See previous post: “Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker.'”) In 1952, Teresa Wright was featured alongside fellow Hollywood […]


Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Mother Roles and 'The Miracle Worker'

Teresa Wright in 'The Actress': Jean Simmons' mother and Spencer Tracy's wife. Teresa Wright in the 1950s: From Marlon Brando leading lady to spinsters and mother roles in less than five years (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.”) “I'd rather have luck than brains!” Teresa […]


Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out

Teresa Wright 'The Men' publicity shot. Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight.”) Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – […]


Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight

'The Best Years of Our Lives': Blockbuster with Michael Hall, Fredric March, Myrna Loy and Teresa Wright. Teresa Wright: Missing out on 'Duel in the Sun,' but scoring with 'The Best Years of Our Lives' (See previous post: “Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock Heroine in His […]


Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Hitchcock Heroine in His Favorite Movie

Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt,' facing serial killer Joseph Cotten. Teresa Wright in 'Shadow of a Doubt': Alfred Hitchcock heroine in the director's favorite film (See preceding article: “Teresa Wright: Actress Made Oscar History.”) After scoring with The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, and The Pride of the Yankees, […]


Teresa Wright: Actress Made Academy Awards History

Teresa Wright. Teresa Wright: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago (2005) – on March […]


Marc Allégret: From André Gide Lover to Simone Simon Starmaker

Marc Allégret: André Gide lover, all-around starmaker and the initial driving force behind the film career of Simone Simon. Marc Allégret: From André Gide lover to Simone Simon mentor (See previous post: “Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale.”) Simone Simon became a film star following the international critical […]


Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale

Simone Simon: Femme fatale in 'Cat People.' Simone Simon: Remembering the 'Cat People' and 'La Bête Humaine' actress Pert, pretty, pouty, and fiery-tempered Simone Simon – who died at age 94 ten years ago, on Feb. 22, '05 – is best known for her starring role in Jacques Tourneur's cult […]


Lizabeth Scott Dead at 92: Film Noir Star & Elvis Presley Leading Lady

Lizabeth Scott dead at 92: Film noir star of the '40s and '50s Lizabeth Scott, a Paramount star in the 1940s usually cast as film noir heroines, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 31, 2015, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Scott, born (as Emma Matzo) on Sept. […]


Simone Simon: 'La Bête Humaine' 1938 Femme Fatale

Simone Simon and Jean Gabin in 'La Bête Humaine.' Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (See previous post: “'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.”) In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century Fox from another French import, […]


Young Robert Redford: Bad Politics and Good Movies

Young Robert Redford as Bob McKay in 'The Candidate.' Robert Redford and politics: 'The Candidate,' 'All the President's Men' A young Robert Redford can be seen in The Candidate, All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor, and Downhill Racer as Turner Classic Movies' Redford series comes to a […]


Luis Buñuel Movies: Subversive, Challenging 'Viridiana,' 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'

Luis Buñuel movies: Challenging, subversive filmmaker. Luis Buñuel movies on TCM: 'Blasphemous' 'Viridiana'; subversive, Oscar-winning 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' The city of Paris and iconoclastic writer-director Luis Buñuel are Turner Classic Movies' themes today and later this evening, Jan. 26, '15. TCM's focus on Luis Buñuel is particularly […]


Pioneering Woman Director Lois Weber Movie Screening

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber movie 'Shoes,' with Mary MacLaren. Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' screening In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – a.k.a. the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, […]


Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' 1974 One of Biggest Artistic Misfires of the Decade

Robert Redford in 'The Great Gatsby' 1974. Robert Redford: 'The Great Gatsby' 1974 misfire and 'The Way We Were' 1973 box office hit on TCM Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month Robert Redford returns this evening (Jan. 20, '15), with three more films: two Sydney Pollack-directed efforts, Out of […]


Rod Taylor Movies: 'The Time Machine' & 'The Birds' + First Australian Hollywood Star?

Rod Taylor ca. 1960s. Rod Taylor movies: Actor best known for 'The Time Machine' and 'The Birds' dead at 84 Rod Taylor, best remembered for the early 1960s movies The Time Machine and The Birds, has died. Taylor suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home earlier this morning […]


Robert Redford Movies: Two of the Biggest Blockbusters Ever and War Hero or Serial Killer?

Robert Redford in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.' Robert Redford movies: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' and honorable war hero or psycho serial killer? They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. […]


Loretta Young: Conservative Catholic Actress in Suggestive Movies

Loretta Young: Devout Catholic was featured in numerous sexually daring movies. Loretta Young films: Conservative Catholic actress starred in a number of risqué Pre-Code releases Turner Classic Movies is celebrating Loretta Young's 102nd birthday today, Jan. 6, '15. The Salt Lake City-born, Academy Award-winning actress can be seen in no […]


Jean Arthur Films: Three Frank Capra Classics Starring Progressive-Minded Actress

Jean Arthur. Jean Arthur films on TCM includes three Frank Capra classics of the 1930s Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, Jan. 5, '15, on Turner Classic Movies. Among these are three titles directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a […]


Luise Rainer Dead: Two-Time Best Actress Oscar Winner Was 104

Luise Rainer: MGM star in the mid-'30s. Luise Rainer dead at 104: MGM actress was first two-time and first consecutive Oscar winner in acting categories, and oldest surviving winner The first two-time and first consecutive Academy Award winner in the acting categories, and, at age 104, the oldest surviving Oscar […]


Cary Grant Films: From Hilarious 'War Bride' to Miscast Macho Aviator, Submarine Commander

Cary Grant in 'I Was a Male War Bride': Classic gender-bending comedy. Cary Grant films on TCM: Gender-bending comedy classic 'I Was a Male War Bride,' reactionary adventure flick 'Gunga Din' More Cary Grant films will be aired tonight, Dec. 15, '14, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its Star […]


Cary Grant Movies: 'An Affair to Remember' No Credit for Blacklisted Screenwriter

Cary Grant movies: The new and improved Archibald Leach. Cary Grant movies: 'An Affair to Remember' does sentimental justice to its title Cary Grant excelled at playing Cary Grant. This evening, Dec. 8, '14, fans of the charming, sophisticated, debonair actor – not to be confused with the Bristol-born Archibald […]


First Best Actor & Best Actress Academy Award Winners: Emil Jannings & Janet Gaynor

First Best Actor Oscar winner Emil Jannings in 'The Last Command.' First Best Actor Oscar winner Emil Jannings, first Best Actress Oscar winner Janet Gaynor on TCM First Best Actor Academy Award winner Emil Jannings in The Last Command, first Best Actress Academy Award winner Janet Gaynor in Sunrise, and […]


Veterans Day Movies: From 'Patton' to 'The Sullivans' + 'Subversive' 'Pride of the Marines'

Veterans Day Movies: George C. Scott in 'Patton.' Veterans Day movies on TCM: From 'The Sullivans' to 'Patton' This evening, Nov. 11, '14, Turner Classic Movies is presenting five war or war-related films in celebration of Veterans Day. For those outside the United States, Veterans Day is not to be […]


Martha Stewart Not Dead Despite Reports to the Contrary

Martha Stewart in 'Doll Face,' with Perry Como. Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox […]


Maureen O'Hara Oscar: Academy's Honorary Award and an Old Irish Saying

Maureen O'Hara: Honorary Oscar recipient. Maureen O'Hara: Honorary Oscar to 'How Green Was My Valley,' 'The Quiet Man' actress Veteran actress Maureen O'Hara attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards, where she was handed an Honorary Oscar for her body of work – 50 or […]


Ben Bradlee Movies: From 'All the President's Men' to 'Ghosts of Grey Gardens'

Ben Bradlee: 'The Washington Post' executive editor. Ben Bradlee movies: From 'All the President's Men' to 'Ghosts of Grey Gardens' Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee a.k.a. Benjamin C. Bradlee, best known for his key role in the Watergate scandal that brought down the administration of U.S. President Richard […]


Howard Hughes Movies: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Robards & (Nearly) Jim Carrey

Howard Hughes movies: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator. Howard Hughes movies Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. PT / 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, […]


'Henry V' Movie (1944) Actress Renée Asherson Dead at 99: 'The Others' Blind Medium

Renée Asherson in Henry V (1944), with Laurence Olivier. 'Henry V' movie (1944) actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed Shakespearean classic Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as […]


Hedy Lamarr 'Invention' & Inventor: Two MGM Movies

Hedy Lamarr inventor ca. early '40s. Hedy Lamarr: 'Invention' and inventor on Turner Classic Movies Two Hedy Lamarr movies released during her heyday in the early '40s – Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat (1942), co-starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, and King Vidor's H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), co-starring Robert Young and […]


Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time: From 'Psycho' to Edith Scob

Scariest Horror Movies: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature demonstrate that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges. Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made.) Below is the list of […]


Scariest Movies Ever Made

Scariest Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' with Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles. Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the […]


Marie Dubois: New Wave Actress Featured in Record-Breaking French Blockbuster Has Died

Marie Dubois in the mammoth blockbuster 'La Grande Vadrouille.' Marie Dubois, actress in French New Wave films, dead at 77 Actress Marie Dubois, a popular French New Wave personality of the '60s and the leading lady in one of France's biggest box office hits in history, died on Oct. 15 […]


'Emmanuelle' Movies Producer Dies: Sex and Technology 'Visionary'

'Emmanuelle' 1974, with Sylvia Kristel: French blockbuster distributed domestically by Alain Siritzky's Parafrance Films. 'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as “a short illness” on Saturday, Oct. 11, '14, at a Paris hospital. The (reportedly) New York […]


Box Office Mojo Mysteriously Disappears and Reappears

Box Office Mojo is back online following mysterious disappearance. Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source […]


Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by […]


Christopher Reeve 'Superman' Movies and Surprise Oscar Ceremony Speech

Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978: First superhero blockbuster. Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today, Oct. 10, '14. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his […]


'Sherlock Holmes' Movie Found

Sherlock Holmes with William Gillette. 'Sherlock Holmes' movie found at Cinémathèque Française Sherlock Holmes, a long-thought-lost 1916 feature starring stage performer and playwright William Gillette in the title role, has been discovered in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Directed by the all-but-forgotten Arthur Berthelet for the Chicago-based Essanay production […]


'The Way He Looks' Movie: Gay Teen Love Story Submitted for Oscars

The Way He Looks movie: Ghilherme Lobo and Fábio Audi. 'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission In mid-September 2014, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign […]


John Malkovich Photos: How to Look Like a Model Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein

John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses.' John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since […]


Audrey Long Dies: Film Noir Actress, Leslie Charteris Widow

Audrey Long: Actress in films noirs and Westerns. Audrey Long, actress in B movies and author Leslie Charteris widow, dead at 92 Actress Audrey Long, a leading lady in mostly B crime dramas and Westerns of the '40s and early '50s, and the widow of The Saint creator Leslie Charteris, […]


Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List,' Equal Rights Amendment Supporter

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (See previous post: “Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President.'”) As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise – the United States' first woman president as a palpable reality – Kisses for My […]


Polly Bergen Movies: 'First American Woman President,' 'Cape Fear' Rape Victim

Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. 1960s. Polly Bergen movies: 'First woman U.S. president' dead at 84 Emmy Award-winning actress Polly Bergen – whose movie and television roles ranged from the first woman U.S. president in the 1964 comedy Kisses for My President to Felicity Huffman's mother in Desperate Housewives – […]


Jack Huston in 'Ben-Hur' Remake?

Jack Huston. Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur “remake,” to be jointly […]


Honorary Award: Marlene Dietrich & Rita Hayworth Among Women 'Snubbed' by Academy

Honorary Award non-winner Marlene Dietrich. Honorary Award: Academy 'snubbed' Gloria Swanson & Rita Hayworth + Marlene Dietrich & dozens of other women (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux 'Snubbed.'”) A sizable chunk of part three of this three-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]


Honorary Oscar: Doris Day, Other Film Women Inexplicably 'Snubbed'

Honorary Oscar: Doris Day 'snubbed.' Honorary Oscar: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux among non-winners (See previous post: “Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Exceptions.”) Those who have read my Alt Film Guide posts are aware that I'm no fan of political correctness. But looking at the Honorary […]


Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Female Winners

Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie at the 2013 Governors Awards. Sept. 4, '14, Introduction: This three-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Oscars and the dearth of female recipients was originally posted in Feb. 2007 and updated […]


Honorary Oscars: Hayao Miyazaki Among Recipients

Hayao Miyazaki. Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O'Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards – an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual […]


'Doctor Who' Actor Bill Kerr Dead at 92

Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who. 'Doctor Who' actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir's 'Gallipoli' and 'The Year of Living Dangerously,' dead at 92 Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting […]


Claudette Colbert Movies

Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From 'The Smiling Lieutenant' to TCM premiere 'Skylark' (image: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in 'The Smiling Lieutenant') Claudette Colbert, the studio era's perky, independent-minded – and French-born – “all-American” girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies' star of […]


Lauren Bacall: Hollywood & Broadway Star Dies

Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall Dead: 89-year-old Oscar nominee who starred opposite Humphrey Bogart in 'To Have and Have Not' and 'The Big Sleep' Lauren Bacall has died following a massive stroke earlier today, August 12. Curiously, the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for The Mirror Has Two Faces, and […]


Robin Williams Dead at 63: Possible Suicide

Robin Williams dead at 63, possible suicide: Oscar winner for 'Good Will Hunting' Robin Williams, Best Supporting Academy Award winner for Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting, was found dead at his northern California home earlier today, August 11, 2014. According to online reports, the cause of death is believed […]


Cult Movie Classic 'Pretty Poison' Director Noel Black Dead

Cult movie classic 'Pretty Poison' filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (image: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in 'Pretty Poison') Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, […]


'Camp X-Ray' Trailer: Kristen Stewart in War Zone

'Camp X-Ray' trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo's 'war zone' (image: Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray') The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. “Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone,” a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie […]


'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Actress Marilyn Burns Found Dead

'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' actress Marilyn Burns dead at 64 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress Marilyn Burns, the one cast member who manages to survive Leatherface in Tobe Hooper's low-budget 1974 horror cult classic, was found dead on Tuesday, August 4, 2014, at her home in the Houston […]


Jane Fonda: From 'Vietnam Traitor' to AFI Award and Best Actress Oscars

Jane Fonda: From 'Vietnam Traitor' to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (image: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in 'This Is Where I Leave You') (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, […]


Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine

Jane Fonda movies on TCM: 'The China Syndrome,' 'Klute,' and Jean-Luc Godard drama 'Tout Va Bien' among highlights (image: Jane Fonda in 'Klute') Turner Classic Movies' 2014 “Summer Under the Stars” kicked off earlier today, August 1, with a day-long series of Jane Fonda movies. Still reviled by American right-wingers […]


Drew Barrymore Half-Sister Jessica Barrymore Found Dead

Drew Barrymore half-sister Jessica Barrymore found dead near San Diego (image: Jessica Barrymore) Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica Barrymore was found dead in her car early Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in National City, located between San Diego and Chula Vista in Southern California. Jessica Barrymore (née Brahma [Jessica] Blyth Barrymore) would […]


James Garner Movies

James Garner movies on TCM: 'Grand Prix,' 'Victor Victoria' among highlights (image: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of “natural causes” at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, […]


Oldest Person in Movies?

Oldest person in movies? (Image: Manoel de Oliveira) Following the recent passing of 1931 Dracula actress Carla Laemmle at age 104, there is one less movie centenarian still around. So, in mid-June 2014, who is the oldest person in movies? Manoel de Oliveira Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira will turn […]


'Dracula' 1931 Actress Carla Laemmle Dead at 104

'Dracula' 1931 actress Carla Laemmle dead at 104 (image: Carla Laemmle ca. 1930) Carla Laemmle, a bit player in a handful of silent movies and at the dawn of the sound era – e.g., the horror classics The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Dracula (1931) – and a niece […]


Joan Lorring: One of Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee Dead at 88

Joan Lorring in 'Three Strangers' Joan Lorring dead at 88: 'The Corn Is Green' performer was one of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other […]


'Batman v Superman' Movie: Batsuit (Ben Affleck), Batmobile Revealed

'Batman v Superman' movie: Batsuit, Batmobile revealed – Will the world ever be the same again?? (image: Brooding Ben Affleck as Batman in 'Batman vs. Superman') Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder has used his Twitter account to post a couple of monochrome shots taken on the set of his […]