| Oct 26, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Star time, ladies and gentlemen, arrives Monday on HBO with the premiere of "Mr. Dynamite." A documentary film on the life and times of James Brown as the times made the music and the music shaped the times, it is a long, soulful scream over an...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 1:08 PM
For a documentary devoted to the hardest working man in show business, "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown" delivers a rather by-the-numbers, uninspired portrait. Produced by, among others, Mick Jagger, who also lent his star power to birthing the...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 5:31 PM
"Brakeless" (PBS, Monday). Kiyoko Miyake's oddly beautiful, philosophical documentary about the 2005 crash of a commuter train: Traveling too fast into a curve as the driver tried to stay on a schedule reckoned in seconds, the train derailed and ran...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Layoff fever is spreading at Time Warner.
Weeks after the conglom went public with job cuts at its Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting divisions, the HBO unit is expected to trim its own staff as well, according to sources. Approximately 7% of its 2,400...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Score the "Boardwalk Empire" finale as one HBO mob drama where viewers won't be debating what happened a decade later.
In fact, the eight-episode fifth season steadily built, through its flashbacks in particular, toward the show's powerful conclusion,...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Chadwick Boseman hit it out of the park last year with his quietly riveting performance as Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in "42." This year he's back as another legend, James Brown in Tate Taylor's "Get On Up." The quiet is all gone:...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"I POSTPONE death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing." -- Anais Nin.
Oscar de la Renta, a great friend and practically the king of the fashion world, left us this week. I had known Oscar since the days he started out at...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Don Cheadle has managed to accomplish something no one has been able to pull off in two decades: serve up a bigscreen tale of jazz great Miles Davis.
"Miles Ahead," in which the versatile actor portrays the legendary trumpeter, marks the directorial...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 1:07 PM
Before James Brown became the Godfather of Soul, before he donned the cape, before he even cut a record, he was an impoverished kid from rural Georgia.
In the new biopic "Get on Up," the singer's hardscrabble childhood sets the stage for a tumultuous...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 4:48 PM
Filmmakers have long been drawn to stories of iconic musicians, and it's easy to see why: They come pre-packaged with charismatic characters, a rise-to-fame story arc (with the occasional fall from grace), a built-in audience and a killer soundtrack. None...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 12:08 PM
James Brown was revolutionary in the world of music and innovative in the world of business. However, he often had to take matters into his own hands.
A movie about him, "Get On Up," directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help"), depicts how the "Godfather of...