| Dec 3, 2014
| 4:50 PM
The Sundance Film Festival is often a place where film actors can try on new guises outside the high-pressure, pigeonholing world of mainstream Hollywood. But when the indie fest gets underway next month, it will bring a very particular kind of...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"TALENT HITS a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see." Arthur Schopenhauer.
ABOUT A year ago, at one of Peggy Siegal's amusing luncheons in NYC's The Monkey Bar, I was seated next to a young man who wore a big fuzzy...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Dramas with unlikely performers and documentaries about unexpected subjects dot the 2015 Sundance lineup -- including a Sarah Silverman film about an addict mother and nonfiction looks at subjects as diverse as Mexican drug cartels and the amateur porn...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 6:44 AM
In "Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks," a welcome sequel to 2010's "Talk Show," Dick Cavett covers a lot of ground in a collection of erudite and witty pieces: from writing jokes for the comedy-impaired Art Linkletter to...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Friday that 134 films have been submitted for the documentary feature category for the 87th Academy Awards.
A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.
Several of the 134 films have...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 3:15 AM
Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken died in 1956 at the age of 75.
Mencken has been referred to as the "Sage of Baltimore". Primarily, Mencken was a journalist. For most of his career, he was a reporter and a columnist for The Baltimore Sun. He was also a...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 3:38 PM
They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but its final collapse takes place over one histrionic 24-hour period in Gore Vidal's "Romulus," which he adapted from Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Romulus the Great." It's the Ides of March, and if you...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 9:00 AM
In his new book, "Brief Encounters," a collection of his New York Times columns, professional raconteur Dick Cavett shares stories about his brushes with showbiz greats, including a surprise phone call from Marlene Dietrich and meeting with John Lennon...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 10:49 AM
"Jane the Virgin" (CW, Mondays), "Cristela" (ABC, Fridays). It may seem too obvious or even a little patronizing to group these two series, each led by a young Latina actress, into a single pick; but that such a thing remains a rarity in network...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 5:40 PM
The writerly pyrotechnics of the New Journalism had a major forum at Esquire, and Harold Hayes, the magazine's editor from 1963 to 1973, was the man igniting the fireworks.
He shepherded rising talents who included Nora Ephron, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese,...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Ruby Dee, best known for her role in 1961's "A Raisin in the Sun" and latterly for her Oscar-nominated turn as Denzel Washington's mother in 2007's "American Gangster," died Wednesday in New York. She was 91.
Dee's Oscar nomination in 2008 for her...