Baddest and Blackest Hot Tickets at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

One of the things I love about the Tribeca Film Festival is that I can get in all my favorite festival flicks and knock out a few  Broadway shows before the Tonys take over Manhattan!!! Often referred to as the “sister” of the Sundance Film Festival held at the top of the year, one can…

TCM Classic Film Festival 2017: Make ‘Em Laugh – Comedy in Movies

Robert Osbourne was the heart and soul of Turner Classic Movies, so it was no surprise that the festival was dedicated in his honor. Osbourne, who passed away a month ago, hosted many of the shows seen on the Turner Classic Movie Channel along his colleague Ben Mankiewicz. It goes without saying that his presence was sorely missed, but Mankiewicz with much grace, elegance and respect picked up the torch to host the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

TCM Classic Film Festival:  Conversation with Oscar Winner Lee Grant

A member of the famed Actors Studio, Grant got her big break in the Broadway play “Detective Story”. When Billy Wilder adapted it for the screen, only Grant and two of her Broadway co-stars would make the move to Hollywood to re-create their roles – Joe Wiseman (Dr. No) and Michael Strong. When asked about how she approached her acting career as a young thespian, she simply stated, “I was such a Jewish Princess…that’s one reason why I said YES to everything”. Thanks goodness she said yes to Detective Story. Not only did she get her first Broadway show, but snagged a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as the mousey shoplifter.

TCM Celebrates Legendary Actor Michael Douglas with Interview From the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that legendary actor Michael Douglas will attend the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival for a pair of major events. On April 8, Douglas will sit down with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for an in-depth interview about his career at the legendary The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre as part of the annual Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival series. In addition, the Oscar®-winning icon will participate in a discussion following a screening of the 1979 thriller The China Syndrome, which he produced and starred in opposite Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon.

FLOYD NORMAN:  An Animated Life

What do Soul Train, Sleeping Beauty, Fat Albert, Sesame Street, Pixar and Disney Animation have in common?  Classic and Ground-Breaking Animator – Floyd Norman.  There isn’t a cartoon or animation project you have seen within the last twenty years that has not had the touch of Floyd Norman added to it. Growing up in Santa…

The Heart and Soul of TCM…RIP Robert Osborne 

I don’t remember the first time I ever watched Turner Classic Movie Channel, but I have been hooked ever since. # Mostly, due to the presence and cinematic knowledge of Robert Osborne. Osborne was literally a walking book of knowledge on Hollywood, its stars and its history. Osborne has been the primetime host and anchor…

Curvy Critic Oscar Predictions

Wow…I can’t believe another year of Oscar hopefuls is upon us.  #OscarsSoWhite is no more…for now, great films for women and new, yet familiar faces.  Who do I think will walk away with the statue?  Here are my thoughts. BEST PICTURE Who will win – LaLa Land LaLa Land has had an upward momentum ever…

Oscar Winning Siblings

For some Hollywood elite,  remarkable acting has turned into a family business for those with the last name of Affleck, Barrymore, Douglas,  Fonda and  Coppola.  So much so, that the little golden bald guy has not eluded the mantles of some other really famous siblings. If Casey Affleck wins for his lauded performance in Manchester…

Intimate Look at First Time Oscar Nominees

This may be the first year these actors are nominated and recognized by the Academy for their work, but they have been around for a minute.  Out of the 20 actors nominated for an Oscar this year, 7 of them are first time nominees.  ANDREW GARFIELD – BEST ACTOR for HACKSAW RIDGE You may recognize…