| Feb 25, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Former Baltimorean Craig Strydom intentionally attended the 85th Academy Awards wearing his father-in-law's tuxedo, the one with the tiny tear in one leg.
The music journalist chose not to mend the small rip. He figured it would keep him grounded if the...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
What Maisie Knew
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It's tough enough to have a normal childhood in the cramped bustle of the big city, but even harder when being shuttled back and forth between two parents who...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:40 PM
The unexpected success of last year's Oscar-winning "Searching for Sugar Man" has apparently opened the door to similar documentaries about unappreciated performers whose work finds second and third lives far from their original milieus.
| Apr 26, 2013
| 3:55 PM
I won't lie to you. I can't face another column about guns or bombs. Maybe we all need a break.
So, today, I'm going to tell you a story.
In 1961, my father, Robert McEnroe, and the songwriter Johnny Burke collaborated on a musical adaptation of the...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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Bassist and singer Bobby Hackney Sr. gawked wide-eyed at the framed photos of Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish, Fatty Arbuckle and other stars from the early days of Hollywood, which lined the walls...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:30 AM
For Jonah Hill, the most daunting challenge of his role in Martin Scorsese's financial depravity epic "The Wolf of Wall Street" wasn't getting the part. "Leonardo DiCaprio basically co-signed for me," Hill says of his co-star, who persuaded Scorsese to...
| Apr 9, 2013
Sixto Rodriguez is not a household name, but his inspiring story has become famous and it’s resulting in sold-out music venues throughout the country. Rodriguez is a folk singer/songwriter who didn’t have much success while growing up in...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 3:18 PM
After being snubbed by major critics groups this award season, “The Master” got a boost Sunday from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. The Paul Thomas Anderson-directed film was awarded more prizes than any other film, taking home honors for...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 7:27 AM
The recipient of much acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival - to the tune of two awards - this documentary traces the literal search for Rodriguez, a musician whose meant-to-be-huge album barely caused a ripple in the 1970s.
Its reputation grew...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 9:42 AM
A lovely film about a Detroit singer-songwriter robbed of musical fame but rewarded with a second chance decades later, at age 70, "Searching for Sugar Man" tells a story of serendipity and just deserts. If it were fiction, it'd be improbable fiction. But...
| Aug 6, 2012
Spoiler alert: Little-known, critically acclaimed early 1970s folk singer Rodriguez is not, contrary to popular belief, dead.
Yet, as chronicled in the Sundance award-winning film “Searching for Sugar Man,” that’s what many fans in...