What Millennials Could Learn from Cary Grant

While the world ponders the brutal legacy of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died over the weekend, it’s worth recalling a very different sort of man, one who died thirty years ago today. The New York Times featured an article on the 29th of November, 1986, about something that was never supposed to happen: the … Continued


Let’s Just Clone Harrison Ford

Hollywood should clone Harrison Ford. Recent film news proves this is Hollywood’s only option. Last week, Disney, now owner of Lucasfilm (and Star Wars and Indiana Jones, its prize franchises), made two announcements. First, that we would be getting a fifth Indiana Jones movie, again starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg. It will … Continued


The P.C. Casting Call

From Shakespeare to James Bond to Nancy Drew, non-traditional casting choices in the film and stage worlds are in the news lately. Producers seem eager to play with the traditional gender and ethnicity of white and/or male characters – unfortunately not so much to further an artistic vision as to push for politically correct gender … Continued


Matt Damon Runs Afoul of PC Police — Again

Do you know much about Daniel Day-Lewis’ personal life? When was the last time you saw paparazzi photos of Mr. Day-Lewis stumbling out of a hot L.A. nightspot? What’s the cutesy nickname – a la “Brangelina” – that members of the press have bestowed upon Daniel and his wife? I don’t know what the late … Continued


Tom Cruise: The Greatest Movie Star of All-Time

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation comes out this weekend and with it will be another round of people beating up on Tom Cruise. They make fun of him for his religious beliefs. They knock him for making overly commercial movies. They mock him because he was one of the first people in America to have the … Continued


Why the Best Actors Aren’t Americans

The timing was coincidental, but last week, just as I was finishing an in-depth biography of screen legend Jimmy Stewart I happened upon this interview Michael Douglas had given to The Independent on the current state of home-grown acting talent in Hollywood today. “There’s a crisis in young American actors right now. Everyone’s much more … Continued

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