Byline: By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL

Spotlights on director Lumet, actor McKellen

2/13/20

New biographies of director Sidney Lumet and actor Ian McKellen shed welcome if uneven light on their stellar careers in theater, film and...

Fisher bio as sharp, endearing as its subject

1/7/20

‘Star Wars” fans may feel a lump in their throats when Carrie Fisher appears in the finale of the world’s most popular film series. The Rise of...

The subtitle of Life Isn’t Everything, a captivating oral history of the late director Mike Nichols, is no joke. But just how did the man behind...

The sort of book that would make its subject blush and her fans gush, Queen Meryl affirms Meryl Streep as the greatest actress of her generation...

Paul Newman passes on an offer to co-star with Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, saying he can’t carry a tune or dance.Col. Tom Parker suggests a...

For the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the 1960s was a slow-moving abdication.Elvis Presley spent the better part of that decade appearing in one silly...

Does anyone suffer more in wartime than a child? All they know is at risk – parents, siblings, neighbors, homes, schools, even pets. All too soon...

Our favorite funnymen of the 1980s reached glorious heights and managed to endure the decade despite some appallingly unfunny lows. Sharing SNL in...

What is the best movie year of all-time?

4/22/19

Everybody’s entitled to their opinion, especially when it comes to the movies. Somewhere out there is a person, maybe even two, whose all-time...

Biography hits on all aspects of public life

3/22/19

Playing two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film – Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named...

Is ‘The Wild Bunch’ the greatest Western?

2/15/19

In 1969 the Western movie enjoyed its best year in a decade before drifting off onto a side trail of American culture.There was True Grit, a...

The simplest avenue for beginning to understand filmmaker David Lynch might be found in a childhood friend’s observation: “David’s always had a...

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