| Aug 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"MY HEART is French, my a-- is international!"
So said the Gallic actress Arletty, remarking on her affair with a German officer, during World War II. This is from Tilar J. Mazzeo's book "The Hotel on Place Vendome."
I've written of this book, and...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Last Friday’s Movie Quote Quiz remains almost half-unanswered, presumably because of unfamiliarity with our new blog platform and some technical issues we’ve been experiencing.
So I decided to repost it today, including the answers...
| Sep 3, 2014
"Miami: A Cultural History"
The latest in Interlink's Cultural History series, "Miami: A Cultural History" offers an insightful look at the Florida melting pot. As author Anthony P. Maingot notes, Miami has the highest percentage of...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 1:00 PM
To understand what's wrong with Hollywood today, you have to go back to the British philosopher and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin and his concept of the hedgehog and the fox.
Riffing off a fragment attributed to the ancient Greek poet Archilochus,...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Vienna might be synonymous with Mozart and Strauss, but Sandra Tomek, founder and director of Hollywood in Vienna, perceives equally strong ties to such movie maestros as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who established themselves in the...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 8:46 AM
Original post | 11:46 a.m. March 27
Updated | 10:54 a.m. March 28
With Gov. Rick Scott using official events for campaign purposes, Democrats are acting like Claude Raines, in perhaps the best scene in "Casablanca."
(That’s when Raines, the...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 6:35 PM
Rupert Murdoch wants one more jewel for his crown.
The 83-year-old media mogul's audacious $80-billion bid to acquire Time Warner was rejected, but people close to Murdoch say that he hasn't given up. Time Warner's stock soared 17% on Wednesday amid...
| Jul 18, 2014
A decade ago in Berlin, a well-informed source cautioned me, half tongue-in-cheek, against holding meetings in a certain hotel not far from the Brandenburg Gate. It seems that a U.S. trade delegation had stayed there not long before and prepared a...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 9:29 AM
Tony Madonia, real estate agent, watched the front doors of the Legacy at Millennium Park. For a guy who sells luxury condos, he did not seem especially relaxed, so we reminded him that he was not being asked to sell a $1.6 million apartment to director...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 4:30 PM
If Turner Classic Movies had only been endowed with films from the pre-1948 MGM library, it would have been the channel of cinefiles' dreams. If it had only had the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library, it would have been a 24/7 haven for film buffs. If it had...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Turner Classic Movies, one of the best channels ever, marks its 20th anniversary Monday.
Movie fans everywhere say, "Thanks for the memories."
Viewers know that TCM is an oasis, free of commercials and editing, in an often obnoxious TV universe....