Tag Archives: Hollywood

Where the Truth Lies

In 1972, journalist Karen O’Connor (Alison Lohman) is hired by aging entertainer Vince Collins (Colin Firth) to write his autobiography… but her real aim is to find out why a young woman died in the company of Collins and his longtime showbiz partner (Kevin Bacon). An erotic thriller that jumps back and forth between 1972 … Continue reading Where the Truth Lies

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

THE TRUE STORY OF THE LAST FILM FROM ORSON WELLES.  The same year when Morgan Neville made the critically celebrated Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, he also took on Orson Welles and the fabulous story of how the director spent years trying to finish his last movie, The Other Side of the … Continue reading They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HIS FINAL FILM.  Everybody in the film business has an opinion on Netflix. Theater owners are particularly upset about major awards going to Netflix movies that are being shown just a few weeks in theaters and then immediately being available for streaming. Others in Hollywood thank Netflix for giving them … Continue reading Other Side of the Wind: Welles’s White Whale

My Dinner with Hervé

HIS REAL LIFE WAS THE BIGGEST FANTASY OF ALL.  In 1993, reporter and recovering alcoholic Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) reluctantly agrees to interview Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), the hard-partying former star of TV hit Fantasy Island. Sacha Gervasi worked several years on getting this story filmed, based on an interview he had made with Villechaize … Continue reading My Dinner with Hervé

A Star Is Born: Garland’s Rebirth

DESTINY CAME AT HER WITH A LEER! This film was never easy to make from the start, but the post-production process wasn’t much fun either. Once completed, the film ran over three hours. It received rave reviews, but the studio nevertheless wanted it shorter. In the end, A Star Is Born came down to 154 … Continue reading A Star Is Born: Garland’s Rebirth

Nothing Like a Dame

YOU’RE INVITED. Simple but funny and charming – a conversation featuring four outstanding actresses who have all been knighted for their services to drama and also share a decades-long friendship. Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright gather for our benefit at the country cottage the latter shared with her late husband Laurence … Continue reading Nothing Like a Dame

A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

IS THE PRICE OF STARDOM A BROKEN HEART? We tend to think of this film as the most symbolic version of the Hollywood dream, powerful enough to have been remade several times. But before A Star Is Born, there was What Price Hollywood? (1932), a George Cukor drama about an aspiring actress who meets an … Continue reading A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

For the Love of Spock

Adam Nimoy, the son of Leonard, started this documentary as a project focusing on the star’s most famous character, Spock in Star Trek, but after his death in 2015 it developed into a movie about Nimoy’s whole life, from his son’s perspective. Adam appears on camera and conducts interviews with many actors and filmmakers who … Continue reading For the Love of Spock

The Disaster Artist

San Francisco, the late 1990s; 19-year-old Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is trying to become an actor and is awestruck by the take-no-prisoners approach of the mysterious Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). The story behind The Room (2003), the cult item that’s often called the most unintentionally hilarious bad movie ever made, is pretty straightforward, as we … Continue reading The Disaster Artist

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

During the making of Man on the Moon (1999), Milos Forman’s film about the legendary comedian Andy Kaufman, a lot of footage captured Jim Carrey’s stubborn and crazy efforts to stay in character, both as Andy and his alter ego Tony Clifton, off camera. The whole experience tried Forman’s patience severely, along with that of … Continue reading Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

French Lieutenant’s Woman: Love in Two Eras

SHE WAS LOST FROM THE MOMENT SHE SAW HIM.  The original novel by John Fowles was published in 1969 and became a critical darling, portraying a complicated romance between a gentleman and a woman of ill repute. The novel showed the author’s great knowledge of Victorian literature, which made it easy for him to have … Continue reading French Lieutenant’s Woman: Love in Two Eras

Nurse Betty

SHE’S CHASING A DREAM… THEY’RE CHASING HER. When she sees her boyfriend (Aaron Eckhart) get shot by two hitmen (Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock), small-town waitress Betty Sizemore (Renée Zellweger) enters a state of mind where she believes her favorite character on a TV soap is real… One of Neil LaBute’s most lauded films is this … Continue reading Nurse Betty