Category: History

May 22, 2012 /

There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the acclaimed novel by Patrick DeWitt, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, an absolutely ripping yarn of the old West. And, perhaps you know it was optioned by John C. Reilly to be made into a film. What you may not be aware of is…

May 19, 2012 /

Yes, my darlings. The White Party has come and gone. Agility and antics… And no, this item is not about Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., but it is about another icon of the silver screen. A man who played a spy, a pirate, a thief, a soldier, an epic hero… Once upon…

May 17, 2012 /

Come on, aren’t you getting just a little of the Loki vibe? Sometimes stuffing male archetypes into skin tights results in THE GREEN LANTERN, and sometimes THE AVENGERS. One can only marvel as to why…

May 12, 2012 /

Sir Richard Branson announces a “one off” project filmed at 35,000 feet. The half hour movie employed twenty cast and crew and was filmed and edited entirely on Virgin flights. It will premier at the LA FILM FESTIVAL – June 14th-24th.

May 3, 2012 /

This week’s guest, a thirty-year veteran behind the scenes, offers a word of caution (actually several words). Mark ye well: In Hollywood it’s always the movement UP that is considered positive. “Climbing the ladder.” “The sky’s the limit.” “A rising star.” “It’s gone through the roof.” But, a warning on…

April 20, 2012 /

As the millennium was about to turn a high rolling actor, after two chaste dates with someone very near and dear to my heart, invited her back East to meet his parents. You know, a girl takes an invitation like that quite seriously. (Although, she might not have been the…

April 14, 2012 /

Hollywood scribes split. Team torn asunder, etc. Here’s the scoop: married fresh out of USC this pair of screenwriters turned their youth and acerbic wit into box office gold. That was thirty years ago. Well into their fifties their interests diverged, to a certain extent, they both had started to…

April 13, 2012 /

. These excerpts are from an amazing and comprehensive interview conducted by Film Critic Henry Sheehan with Vincente Minnelli – the link to his site is at the bottom of the page. Q. Another film I’d like to talk about is a very early one, Madame Bovary (1949). If some…