| Mar 25, 2011
| 1:09 PM
With acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes directing and Oscar winner Kate Winslet starring as "Mildred Pierce" (8 p.m. March 27, April 3 and 10, HBO; ** out of four), I expected this mini-series based on James M. Cain's 1941 novel to dazzle me.
Instead, I was...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 12:12 PM
The most famous image of Melissa Leo is at the Academy Awards, letting the F-bomb drop while accepting her Oscar in a gown that defined old Hollywood.
A far more typical image of the actress is of her on a recent blustery day. She's in well-worn jeans, a...
| Apr 28, 2011
Inventor of the teleprompter
Hubert "Hub" Schlafly, 91, a key member of the team that invented the teleprompter, died April 20 at a hospital in Stamford, Conn., after a brief illness.
Schlafly helped start the TelePrompTer Corp.,...
| Feb 27, 2011
"True Grit," "The Fighter," "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" are a few of the many head-spinning, stomach-turning, heart-wrenching movies that impacted audiences locally and across the globe. On Feb. 27, the most worthy of films from 2010 will be...
| Feb 10, 2011
| 8:39 AM
Mark Wahlberg shepherded this superb drama through the production process for years, but ironically, he was the only major cast principal not to score an Oscar nomination for the true story of Boston boxer-against-the-odds Micky Ward.
Those up for the...
| Feb 23, 2011
So will it be "The King's Speech" or "The Social Network" that wins the top prize Sunday at the 83rd Academy Awards?
"The Social Network," the acclaimed drama about how Harvard computer nerds created the social networking site Facebook, had been the...
| Feb 28, 2011
They played it safe, and who could blame them?
The 83rd Academy Awards opened with hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco taking an "Inception"-inspired journey through the dreams of former host Alec Baldwin, dreams that turned out to be clips from...
| Feb 28, 2011
What a mother. Hell-to-pay-if-you-cross-her fierce and with more fire in her belly than either of her sons, or certainly that is the way actress Melissa Leo brought Alice Ward to life in David O. Russell's gritty "The Fighter."
Though the fighter in...
| Feb 28, 2011
It was no coincidence that the theme of ABC's telecast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony was "You're Invited."
As never before, cinephiles this year were able to customize their personal Oscar viewing, becoming in effect the directors and editors of...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 3:07 PM
"The King's Speech" was crowned best film at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Nominated for 12 Oscars -- the most of any film -- it won four statuettes, including for Colin Firth for lead actor, Tom Hooper for director, and David Seidler for...
| Feb 26, 2011
| 5:20 PM
"Hooray for Holly."
Come on, everybody, "Hooray for Hollywood, that screwy bally-hooey Hollywood, where any office boy or young mechanic, can be a panic."
No, wait, stop, please. That was awful.
We try that every year and it never gets any better....