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Tribute: Peter O’Toole

posted by Nell Minow

I was very sad to hear of the passing of actor Peter O’Toole today at age 81.  The New York Times describes him well as “an Irish bookmaker’s son with a hell-raising streak whose magnetic performance in the 1962 epic […]

One-Line Movies With the Year’s Best Actors

posted by Nell Minow

The actors who created some of this year’s most intriguing performances each appear in a eleven original (very) short films directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.  The one-line scripts are from the year’s best screenwriters, from Lake Bell of “In a […]

Tribute: Paul Walker (1973-2013)

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Walker, the handsome and charismatic star of the Fast & Furious series of films, was killed in a car crash yesterday as he was returning from a fund-raiser for his Reach out Worldwide charity, to benefit the survivors of […]

MVP: Josh Gad

posted by Nell Minow

Josh Gad is a highlight of “Frozen” as the adorable Olaf, a snowman who loves warm hugs.” It is the fourth of his very impressive performances on screen this year. (We won’t speak about his awful television series, “1600 Penn.”) […]

Interview: Antonio Vargas of “Silver Bells”

posted by Nell Minow

Antonio Vargas plays an angel-like character who changes the life of a type-A father in Silver Bells.  He talked to me about how he broke into show business  and singing in the airport with his co-star and fellow 70’s television icon […]

Interview: Bruce Boxleitner of “Silver Bells”

posted by Nell Minow

Bruce Boxleitner stars in Silver Bells, premiering on UP TV tomorrow, Sunday, December 1st at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm ET.  It is the story of a Type A, very competitive dad who wants everything his family does to be the best, including Christmas. […]

Interview: Tatyana Ali of “Home Again”

posted by Nell Minow

Tatyana Ali stars with CCH Pounder in the heartbreaking drama Home Again as Marva, a young Canadian mother deported to Haiti without her children. She talked to me about taking on a role so different from her work on “Fresh […]

Interview: Steve Coogan of “Philomena”

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Coogan co-wrote and stars in “Philomena,” based on the true story of an Irish woman searching for the son she gave up for adoption fifty years earlier.  As an unwed pregnant teenager she was sent to a convent-run home. […]

Interview: “The Book Thief”

posted by Nell Minow

Following an extraordinary evening presenting the film at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, with survivors in the audience, some of the people behind “The Book Thief” sat down for an interview.  Director Brian Percival, who introduced the film, joined stars Sophie […]

Interview: CCH Pounder on “Home Again”

posted by Nell Minow

Home Again is the story of three people, Jamaican by birth but having lived their entire lives in other countries, are who are deported for getting into trouble with the law.  A mother from Canada, a student from England, and […]

Tribute: Marcia Wallace

posted by Nell Minow

The brave, beautiful, and very funny actress Marcia Wallace has died at age 70 after a long battle with breast cancer.  I loved her as the receptionist on the old “Bob Newhart Show” and as a guest on 70’s game […]

MVP of the Week: Chiwetel Ejiofor

posted by Nell Minow

I have been a huge fan of Chiwetel Ejiofor since I first saw him in the 2004 film Dirty Pretty Things. “12 Years a Slave” may be his breakthrough performance, and I hope it encourages audiences to seek out some […]

Interview: Daniel Breaker of “Shrek: The Musical”

posted by Nell Minow

First it was a book by William Steig.  Then it was a sensationally successful series of animated films, featuring the voice talents of Mike Meyers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy.  Then it was a blockbuster Broadway smash hit musical starring […]

Interview: AJ Michalka of “Grace Unplugged”

posted by Nell Minow

 AJ Michalka stars in “Grace Unplugged,” the story of a girl who wants more out of life than singing with her church’s worship band.  When she has some success as a pop singer, she has to decide whether secular success […]

Interview: “The Little Mermaid’s” Jodi Benson

posted by Nell Minow

It is always a delight to speak with the sweet-voiced Jodi Benson, who plays Ariel in this week’s DVD/Blu-Ray Pick of the Week, The Little Mermaid. She has also provided the voice for characters including Barbie in the “Toy Story” […]

Interview: Joseph Gordon-Levitt of “Don Jon”

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt met with a small group of journalists to talk about the film he wrote, directed, and stars in, “Don Jon.”  Gordon-Levitt, who has appeared in edgy independent films (“The Mysterious Skin,” “Brick”), teen romances (“10 Things I Hate […]

Interview: Katherine LaNasa of “Jayne Mansfield’s Car”

posted by Nell Minow

Katherine LaNasa stars in “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” a new 1960’s Southern family drama co-written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.  LaNasa, Thornton, Kevin Bacon, and Robert Patrick play the children of a World War I veteran named Jim Caldwell (Robert […]

Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson to Star in “50 Shades of Grey”

posted by Nell Minow

E.L. James’ erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey is soon to be a movie, starring Dakota Johnson as literature student Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam as billionaire Christian Grey.  The book began as “Twilight” fan fiction and with its two sequels has […]

Ben Affleck is the New Batman

posted by Nell Minow

Adam West.  Michael Keaton.  Val Kilmer.  George Clooney.  Christian Bale.  And now the cape and cowl go to Ben Affleck, who has been announced as the next actor to play Batman, in the follow-up to this year’s “Man of Steel.” […]

Interview: Jerusha Hess and J.J. Feild of “Austenland”

posted by Nell Minow

No movie this year made me laugh more than “Austenland,” based on the novel by Shannon Hale. The film has Keri Russell as a Jane Austen fan who visits an immersive Jane Austen theme park/experience.  It was a lot of […]

Interview: Lily Collins of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to catch up with Lily Collins, star of this week’s release “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare.  The last time I spoke to Lily, she was playing a princess […]

MVP of the Month: Brie Larson

posted by Nell Minow

I had the great pleasure of speaking to Brie Larson in 2006 about her film, “Hoot,” and I thought she was terrific, both in person and in the film. Last week, I had the even greater pleasure of seeing her […]

“Casting By” — HBO Documentary About Casting Directors

posted by Nell Minow

Anyone who cares about movies should see “Casting By,” a new documentary on HBO about casting directors.  It is a rare opportunity to see early glimpses of some of the greatest actors live in their first roles and even never-seen […]

Interview: Cuba Gooding, Jr. of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. about his role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” as Carter, a colleague and friend of Cecil, the character played by Forest Whitaker. My favorite scene with your character is when you had to […]

Interview: David Oyelowo of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

David Oyelowo (“Red Tails”) plays the son of the title character in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”  Louis is a rebellious young man who becomes deeply involved in the 1960’s and 70’s struggle for equal rights, first through sit-ins and voter […]

Interview: Kirk Cameron on “Unstoppable”

posted by Nell Minow

Kirk Cameron is one of the leading figures in faith-based and inspirational entertainment.  For the first time he has taken on the role of producer for a film he calls his most personal project.  It is the story of his […]

Interview: “Elysium” Villain Faran Tahir

posted by Nell Minow

Faran Tahir comes from a family of actors.  He was born in Los Angeles to Pakistani parents and studied theater at UCLA and Harvard.  He has appeared in “Star Trek” and “Iron Man” and on the television series “Warehouse 13.” […]

The New Dr. Who: Peter Capaldi

posted by Nell Minow

And the new Dr. Who is…Peter Capaldi, most recently seen in “World War Z” but perhaps most memorably seen in “In the Loop,” as the purveyor of the most impressively, explosively, excoriatingly profane tirades of invective ever put on screen. […]

Ten Great Films From Denzel Washington

posted by Nell Minow

He has a couple of Oscars and is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but I don’t think we fully appreciate Denzel Washington, in my opinion the finest actor working in Hollywood today.  As we look forward to “2 […]

MVP of the week, sort of: Ryan Reynolds

posted by Nell Minow

It is unusual for an actor to star in two major studio feature films opening the same week.  Studios understandably do not want to split the fans by making them choose between two options.  Even though the audiences for the […]

Glenn Close Auctions Her Costumes for Charity

posted by Nell Minow

Are you a “Damages” fan? Fancy yourself one of Cruella DeVille’s furry fashions?   Glenn Close is auctioning off the clothes she wore as Patty Hughes and many other characters to raise money for her charity combating the stigma of […]

Tribute: “Glee’s” Cory Monteith

posted by Nell Minow

It is with special sadness that we bid farewell to the talented young actor who played Finn on “Glee,” Cory Monteith.  The cause of death is not yet known but he struggled with substance abuse. Here he tells Ellen Degeneres […]

Great Movie Duos: Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to be participating in the classic movie blogathon about great film duos.  My choice is Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis, who co-starred in two classics, “The Old Maid” and “Old Acquaintance.”  They were natural opposites, and their battles […]

Interview: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon of “The Way Way Back”

posted by Nell Minow

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won a screenwriting Oscar for “The Descendants” and won the next day’s headlines by imitating Angelina Jolie’s leg-out pose when they accepted it.  I talked to them about “The Way Way Back,” which they wrote, […]

Happy Birthday Olivia de Havilland

posted by Nell Minow

      A very happy birthday to the magnificent Olivia de Havilland, the last of the greats from the golden era of Hollywood.  This double Oscar winner (for “The Heiress” and “To Each His Own,” plus nominations for “Gone […]

Tribute: James Gandolfini

posted by Nell Minow

Today we mourn the loss of James Gandofini, who died suddenly to day at age 51 while he was vacationing in Italy with his family.  He will always be remembered for his iconic role as Tony Soprano, the mob guy […]

Interview: Joel Smallbone of “The Book of Esther” and For King and Country

posted by Nell Minow

Joel Smallbone of King and Country plays Xerxes in “The Book of Esther,” his first film role.  He was nice enough to take some time off from his For King and Country tour to talk to me about playing the […]

MVP of the Week: Nathan Fillion

posted by Nell Minow

Nathan Fillion is this week’s MVP, with performances in two very different films. In Pixar’s animated “Monsters University,” he provides the voice for the obnoxious campus jock. And in Joss Whedon’s swanky, black and white, modern-dress version of Shakespeare’s “Much […]

Claire LaZebnik Remembers A Visit from Patricia Neal

posted by Nell Minow

Claire LaZebnik wrote a beautiful piece in the Wall Street Journal about a visit from the late Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal.  The first movie I ever reviewed — for my high school paper — was Neal’s comeback film, “The Subject Was […]

Interview: Joey King of “Oz the Great and Powerful”

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Joey King in “Beezus and Ramona” and very much enjoyed her performance as China Girl and the girl in the wheelchair in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which is out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.  She talked […]

Interview: Nick Robinson of “The Kings of Summer” (and the Hilarious Cox Commercials)

posted by Nell Minow

I love the hilarious Cox commercials, with Nick Robinson as the perpetually-humiliated teenager whose father thinks he is super-cool as he shows off all of the great features of Cox television, internet, and phone.  And I love “The Kings of […]

Interview: Steve Taravella, Author of a New Book about Mary Wickes

posted by Nell Minow

I love the great character actress Mary Wickes, who was the nun who was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg as choir director in “Sister Act,” the nurse who was “a treasure” opposite Bette Davis in “Now Voyager,” and the hotel staff […]

Interview: “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis” — Actress Turned Nun R.M. Delores Hart O.S.B.

posted by Nell Minow

How could I throw away a promising acting career for the monastic life of a cloistered nun? I left the world I knew in order to reenter it on a more profound level. Many people don’t understand the difference between […]

Interview: Rama Burshtein and Hadas Yaron of “Fill the Void”

posted by Nell Minow

“Fill the Void” is an Israeli film with a rare, intimate, and very sympathetic portrayal of a very observant Orthodox Jewish community.  It is the story of a young woman, still in her teens, who is under pressure to marry […]

Interview: Gabriel Basso of “The Kings of Summer”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Kings of Summer” is the story of three teenage boys who run away from home and build a house in the woods, and it is one of my favorite films of the year.  One of the boys is played […]

Tribute: Jean Stapleton

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of television great Jean Stapleton, who died today at age 90.  Best known as Edith, the sweet-natured wife of the bombastic Archie Bunker on “All in the Family,” she was often the target of his insults […]

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Thomas Horn of “Space Warriors”

posted by Nell Minow

Thomas Horn, Jeopardy champion and star of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” appears in this week’s “Space Warriors.”  The movie premieres on Friday, May 31st at 8/7c on the Hallmark Channel and co-stars Ryan Simpkins, Danny Glover, Dermot Mulroney, Josh […]

Interview: Jesse Eisenberg of “Now You See Me”

posted by Nell Minow

Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Rio”) stars in one of the most entertaining films of the year, “Now You See Me,” the story of a group of magicians who rob a bank.  It co-stars Morgan […]

Jerry Lewis is Back (in France) With a New Movie — A Drama

posted by Nell Minow

They really do love Jerry Lewis in France, so where better to premiere his first movie in 23 years than Cannes?  The 87-year-old legendary funny man appears in a drama called “Max Rose,” about an elderly widower, co-starring with Claire […]

Want to Know What James Franco Thinks of “The Great Gatsby?”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m interested in James Franco’s take on “The Great Gatsby” because of what this polymath who attended two grad schools at once has to say about the challenges of adapting great writing to the screen and the differing goals and […]

Interview: Directors/Writer/Star of “Desperate Acts of Magic”

posted by Nell Minow

Magic is in the air.  And on the screen.  Two big-budget films with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars playing magicians are being released within a few months of each other.  In March, we had the silly comedy The Incredible Burt […]

Interview: Candace Cameron Bure of “Finding Normal”

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to catch up with Candace Cameron Bure to hear about her new film, “Finding Normal,” premiering this week on GMC-TV.  She plays a brilliant type-A surgeon who is completely focused on status and her career until she gets […]

Interview: Margaret Talbot on The Entertainer

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Margaret Talbot’s book about her father, actor Lyle Talbot, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century.  His career spanned the full range of entertainment from the traveling shows of the 1920’s to movies in the golden age […]

Audrey Hepburn and Edith Head

posted by Nell Minow

Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her first starring role in “Roman Holiday,” with gowns designed by Edith Head.  I loved this segment from the early days of television that takes us behind the scenes of creating the costumes for […]

Interview: Craig Robinson of “Peeples”

posted by Nell Minow

Craig Robinson is one of the funniest people alive and his performances have been the highlights — and sometimes the only bright spots — in films like “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Miss March,” and “Pineapple Express.” It is a lot […]

Interview: Brian Bosworth of “Revelation Road 2″

posted by Nell Minow

Football star-turned actor Brian Bosworth spoke to me about his new role in Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End, the second in an end of days series from Pure Flix Entertainment.  He spoke to me about how making the […]

Interview: Kiara Muhammad, Voice of Doc McStuffins

posted by Nell Minow

What a treat to talk to Doc McStuffins! Kiara Muhammed provides the voice for the little girl who diagnoses all of her toys’ ailments and teaches them to be healthy. The latest DVD, Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup, will […]

Mel Brooks on American Masters

posted by Nell Minow

American Masters salutes Mel Brooks on May 20 (check your local PBS station listings for details).  I love this photo of Brooks with his 2000 Year Old Man collaborator (and fellow Sid Caesar “Your Show of Shows” writer) Carl Reiner. […]

Have a Tweet Chat with Wolverine

posted by Nell Minow

Fans are getting the special opportunity to ask Hugh Jackman questions about the highly anticipated film “The Wolverine.” Check out the Twitter pages for Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine on Thursday, May 2ndat 12:00 pm ET to see Hugh answer your questions via video!  You […]

Happy 80th Birthday, Carol Burnett!

posted by Nell Minow

A very happy birthday today to the magnificent Carol Burnett! Here’s a glimpse of her star-making performance as Princess Winifred in the delightful princess-and-the-pea musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” This is the song that brought her to national attention on […]

MVP of the Month: Alexander Skarsgard

posted by Nell Minow

“True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgård is in three movies opening up within a few weeks of each other, demonstrating impressive range.  In “Disconnect” he plays a young husband whose grief over the death of his baby has made him feel isolated […]

Happy Birthday Shirley Temple!

posted by Nell Minow

Shirley Temple, at age six the biggest movie star in the world, turns 85 today.  Here are three of my favorite moments from her movies. In “Poor Little Rich Girl,” she danced with Alice Faye and Jack Haley (“Wizard of […]

Charting the Age Differences of Movie Star Romances

posted by Nell Minow

Every year I enjoy voting for the award the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ “Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award.” There are always a lot of contenders. Now New York Magazine charts the […]

Your Favorite Actor’s Favorite Actor

posted by Nell Minow

Who inspires George Clooney, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, or Morgan Freeman?  The answers will surprise you as Flavorwire lets us know who inspires today’s best actors.

Interview: Lynn Whitfield of “King’s Faith”

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to interview Lynn Whitfield, co-star of the new faith-based film “King’s Faith,” about a couple who take in a teenage foster child. The scene where you are arranging the flowers while you were having a very […]

Interview: Chadwick Boseman of “42”

posted by Nell Minow

Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in “42,” this week’s release about the first black player in major league baseball in the modern era.  Robinson’s extraordinary talent and grace under pressure was a powerful rebuttal to the racism that perpetuated segregation in […]

Tribute: Annette Funicello — Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

posted by Nell Minow

Once upon a time, there was a young Disney star who grew up to be lovely, gracious, stable, and every bit the sweetheart she always seemed.  That was Annette Funicello, who died today at age 70. Disney’s original “Mickey Mouse […]

Disney Announces Voice Cast for “Airplanes”

posted by Nell Minow

This summer’s Pixar release, Planes,is  an airplane saga “inspired by the world of ‘Cars,’” with Dane Cook as Dusty, a plane who dreams of competing in a big air race. It will star: ·         Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” Alexander […]

Character Actor Tributes on Huffington Post: Beth Grant

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a huge fan of character actors and always try to feature them in my reviews.  I highly recommend the documentary shown on showtime about male character actors called “That Guy….Who Was In That Thing.”  So I was really glad […]

A St. Patrick’s Day Tribute to Some of the Greatest Irish Actors

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with movies starring some of the greatest stars in movie history.  If you haven’t seen all of these, you deserve a pinch! 1. Maureen O’Hara — the fiery red hair was made for technicolor and she […]

Casting Challenges: Can A Guy With Pierced Ears Play Lincoln?

posted by Nell Minow

The LA Times has a great article by Rebecca Keegan about the challenges of casting actors in period movies because of changing body types and choices. With his concave cheekbones, lanky build and grooved brow, Daniel Day-Lewis replicates Abraham Lincoln more accurately than the […]

Interview: Eleanor Tomlinson, the Princess in “Jack the Giant Slayer”

posted by Nell Minow

Eleanor Tomlinson plays Princess Isabelle in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”  But she is not your grandfather’s fairy tale princess.  This one goes undercover to explore the world of her subjects, rebels against her father’s plans to marry her off to […]

Interview: Daniele Watts of “Django Unchained”

posted by Nell Minow

Danièle Watts is a multi-talented actor/writer/producer and one of the liveliest, most engaging, and purely delightful performers I have ever interviewed.  I could have talked to her all day.  Audiences may know her best as Coco in the Oscar-nominated “Django […]

Interview: BerNadette Stanis of “Good Times” and Gospel Musical Behind the Pulpit

posted by Nell Minow

It was very exciting, as a long-time fan of “Good Times,” to get a chance to interview BerNadette Stanis, who played Thelma.  She was a teenager herself when she was given the role.  She made me feel like an old […]

Oscar Roundtable: Best Actor

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her Oscar Roundtable.  We began with a discussion of Best Actor nominees — who will win, who should win, and who was left out.  I was sorry that John Hawkes’ performance […]

Jen Chaney on Liz Lemon and “30 Rock”

posted by Nell Minow

Two television programs with almost-identical themes premiered in the fall of 2006.  They were both behind-the-scenes shows about the writers and performers on a late-night topical sketch comedy series. One was an hour-long drama from “The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin, […]

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton!

posted by Nell Minow

I love Dolly Parton’s jubilent spirit.  When she is asked if she minds being thought of as a dumb blonde, she just smiles and says, “Not at all, because I know I’m not dumb, and I know I’m not blonde!” […]

Interview: Atticus Shaffer of “Frankenweenie”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a lot of fun to talk to “The Middle’s” Atticus Shaffer about his performance in “Frankenweenie,” which comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.  Shaffer provides the voice of Edgar “E.” Gore, the cheerfully ghoulish friend of […]

Tributes: Jack Klugman and Charles Durning

posted by Nell Minow

The passing of Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, two actors with decades of fine performances in movies and television, reminds us that they made very significant contributions in other ways as well.  The New York Times points out that both […]

Oprah Interviews “Lincoln’s” Spielberg, Day-Lewis, and Field

posted by Nell Minow

Tomorrow at 9:30 (eastern) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah interviews the people behind “Lincoln:” Academy Award winners Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lews and Sally Field talk about the making of the film and the history behind it.  

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan Live Q&A After “Guilt Trip” Screening

posted by Nell Minow

Audiences in 20 cities will have a special opportunity to see “The Guilt Trip” on December 2, followed by a Q&A with the film’s stars Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, to be streamed live via satellite from Los Angeles. The movie […]

The Face They Deserve: Actresses Who Let Themselves Age Naturally

posted by Nell Minow

The Globe and Mail has a great tribute to Dame Judi Dench, who appears as M in “Skyfall.”   There was Judi Dench in her seventh outing as M, James Bond’s boss, the head of MI6, looking like a woman […]

Tribute: Larry Hagman of “Dallas” and “I Dream of Jeannie”

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor Larry Hagman, who died this week at age 81.  He starred in two remarkably different television series.  In “I Dream of Jeannie,” he was astronaut Tony Nelson, who landed on a deserted island and […]

Interview: Ang Lee and Suraj Sharma of “Life of Pi”

posted by Nell Minow

Director Ang Lee and star Suraj Sharma met with a group of journalists to talk about “Life of Pi.” Lee said the biggest challenge was to “make a big mainstream movie out of a philosophical book that’s beloved.” And it […]

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
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If there’s anything cuter than the Santa Buddies, it is the sequel, the new DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week, “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups.”  The puppies stow away on Mrs. Claus’ trip to a Christmas-loving town and have a […]

MVP Of the Week: Lee Pace

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been a big fan of Lee Pace since I first saw him in “The Fall” and “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.”  He has a rare sincerity and magnetism on screen and shows impressive range in creating remarkably vivid […]

The Mortified Sessions

posted by Nell Minow

One of the sharpest insights of the brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was its recognition that the most painfully embarrassing memories are almost impossible to forget.  And most of those excruciating memories occur in childhood and adolescence.  The Mortified […]

Interview: Michael Damian, Writer-Director of “A Princess for Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Damian played heartthrob Danny Romalotti on “The Young and the Restless” for 18 years, returning for the show’s 35th anniversary.  He is an award-winning singer and songwriter and more recently he has been a writer and director.  He and […]

Interview: Bryan Cranston and John Goodman of “Argo”

posted by Nell Minow

In Argo, Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) plays the CIA chief who supervises Tony Mendez, the character played by director Ben Affleck.  And John Goodman plays real-life Oscar winner John Chambers, the genius in make-up and prosthetics who secretly worked with […]

Interview: Sam Heughan of “A Princess for Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

The delightful fairy tale romance A Princess for Christmas is now available on DVD.  I spoke to British actor Sam Heughan, who plays the prince, about shooting in Romania, playing the son of 007 star Sir Roger Moore, and the very […]

Interview: Ben Affleck, Director and Star of “Argo” (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

More from Ben Affleck about Argo: What were some of the tougher scenes to film? The scenes with the actors were the easiest scenes. We have all these good actors, they know what they’re doing, it was really fun. I […]

Blog Action Day: The Power of WE

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Blog Action Day’s “Power of WE” theme this year, some of my favorite movie duos:

Interview: Ben Affleck, Director and Star of “Argo” (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Ben Affleck directed “Argo,” the incredible story of a real-life 1980 CIA rescue mission, and he plays Tony Mendez, the “exfiltration” expert who came up with the idea to create a fake Hollywood film production company and get the six […]

Agent Coulson Returns

posted by Nell Minow

Just because a character has died on screen, even very dramatically, does not mean we won’t see him again.  I’m delighted that Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson, who was killed in this year’s biggest film, “The Avengers,” will be returning […]

“That Guy” — Showtime’s Documentary About Character Actors

posted by Nell Minow

I have a special affection for character actors.  They have to create a character and move the story forward without having the luxury of time and the audience’s primary attention, and they have to do it without overshadowing the star. […]

Interview: Dante Brown of “Won’t Back Down”

posted by Nell Minow

Oprah called him one of her all-time smartest and most talented kids.  And now Dante Brown is appearing in the new movie “Won’t Back Down,” a touching performance as the son of the teacher character played by Viola Davis.  He […]

Interview: Dee Wallace, Elliot’s Mother in “E.T.”

posted by Nell Minow

It was so exciting to talk to Dee Wallace about her role in one of the most beloved films of all time, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in honor of the 30th anniversary of the film’s release.  To celebrate, there is a new […]

Stephen Tobolowsky on the Life of a Character Actor

posted by Nell Minow

You may not know his name, but you know his face.  He’s this guy: Bing! Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in movies from “Spaceballs” to “Thelma and Louise,” “Memento,” and “Freaky Friday” and television series like “Glee” and “Deadwood.”  He is […]

Mel Brooks to be Honored by AFI

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute has announced that Mel Brooks will be presented with its highest honor.  “Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy – and as he taught us long ago, it’s good to be the king,” said Sir […]

Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

posted by Nell Minow

Breakthrough Star: Anna Kendrick

posted by Nell Minow

Anna Kendrick has been one of my favorite performers since I first saw her as a child belting out “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” in My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies. She provided the voice of the title character’s older […]

Interview: Muse Watson

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Muse Watson is a familiar face.  He has been a regular on “NCIS” and “Prison Break” and has appeared in movies that range from “Austin Powers II” to “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”  I’m a fan of his […]

MVP of the Week: Amy Adams

posted by Nell Minow

MVP of the week is Amy Adams, who stars in two of the fall’s biggest releases, both in theaters this Friday.  In “Trouble with the Curve” she plays the estranged daughter of Clint Eastwood, a baseball scout who is losing […]

Tribute: Michael Clarke Duncan

posted by Nell Minow

The towering, powerful, magnetic actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54.  Best remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in “The Green Mile” as a prisoner with extraordinary grace and powers of healing, Duncan showed off his skill as a […]

Melanie Lynskey — Actress Turned Movie Blogger

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of actress Melanie Lynskey.  Most people will recognize her from “Two and a Half Men,” but it is her deft, varied, and utterly natural performances in small, independent films that have made her one of […]

Interview: Mike Birbiglia of “Sleepwalk With Me”

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Birbiglia‘s stories about his experiences with a rare form of sleepwalking became a part of his stand-up routine, a book, monologues on This American Life, and now a movie.  He came to Washington for a screening of the film […]

Molly Ringwald Says Writing is Like Acting

posted by Nell Minow

Molly Ringwald, star of the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club, is now 44 years old and a mother in real life and on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”  And she is […]

Tribute: Sesame Street’s Jerry Nelson

posted by Nell Minow

We bid a sad farewell to Jerry Nelson of Sesame Street, and the Muppets, who has died at age 78.  He will probably be best remembered for providing the voice of The Count. He was also featured as Sherlock Hemlock. […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Gene Kelly!

posted by Nell Minow

What a glorious feeling! From Singin in the Rain One hundred years ago, one of the movie’s most enduring stars was born.  Gene Kelly made dancing look athletic and he made it look just plain fun.  He was also an […]

Tribute: Phyllis Diller

posted by Nell Minow

Pioneering comedian Phyllis Diller died today at age 95.  My friend Jim Cheng wrote in USA Today about how Diller, who did not begin to perform until she was 37, paved the way for performers like Roseanne Barr and Joan Rivers. […]

ParaNorman: Anna Kendrick

posted by Nell Minow

Anna Kendrick (“Camp,” “Up in the Air”) plays Norman’s teenage sister in “ParaNorman.” She ends up going along with him on a wild zombie-hunting adventure. At Comic-Con, she talked about making the film, and when asked about her favorite prop, […]

Justin Theroux: Who Is Jennifer Aniston’s Fiance?

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Aniston is engaged!  I am a big fan of her fiancé, Justin Theroux.  Theroux is a talented actor who has appeared in the mystifying art-house melodrama, Mulholland Drive (as an arrogant director), in the underrated indie romantic comedy The […]

ParaNorman: Kodi Smit-McPhee

posted by Nell Minow

Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road,” “Let Me In”) provides the voice for Norman, the kid who can see ghosts, in the new stop-motion animated film “ParaNorman.” At Comic-Con, he sat behind a figure of his character from the movie.  One of […]

What Happened to the Kids from “The Sandlot?”

posted by Nell Minow

The FW.com website has tracked down the kids from The Sandlot, the sweet baseball movie set in 1960 that was released in 1993.  It’s fun to see what happened to them and a good reminder to take a look at […]

Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!

posted by Nell Minow

I love the look on her face when she first tastes it!

Tribute to Marilyn Monroe

posted by Nell Minow

On the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe‘s passing, we remember her.

Robert Downey, Jr. and Don Cheadle Talk About “Iron Man 3″

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of my time at Comic-Con was a press conference with Don Cheadle, Robert Downey, Jr., producer Kevin Feige, and Shane Black about “Iron Man 3.”  Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “The Last Boy Scout”) co-wrote and […]

Tribute: Sherman Hemsley

posted by Nell Minow

Sherman Hemsley, best known for playing the outspoken George Jefferson on the classic Norman Lear sit-com “The Jeffersons,” died this week at 74.  It was a challenge to play the role of George Jefferson, who was often referred to but […]

Interview: Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano of “Ruby Sparks”

posted by Nell Minow

Zoe Kazan, the grand-daughter of legendary director Elia Kazan (“On the Waterfront”) and the daughter of two writers, has made a strong impression in small roles opposite Meryl Streep (“It’s Complicated”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“Revolutionary Road”).  Her boyfriend is Paul […]

Interview: Jade Pettyjon of the New American Girls Movie: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

posted by Nell Minow

I absolutely loved the new American Girls movie, McKenna: Shoots For The Stars.  Based on the stories about the American Girl of the Year doll for 2012, a young gymnast. So it was a treat to get to interview the […]

Breakthrough Performer: Chris Messina

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the most intriguing independent films of the summer were written by the actresses who star in them, and both movies feature an actor I’ve admired for a while, Chris Messina.  in “Ruby Sparks,” he plays the brother of […]

MVP of the Month: Denis Leary

posted by Nell Minow

This month’s MVP is Denis Leary, a stand-up comedian turned actor who appears in two of the biggest movies of the summer.  Last week he starred in “The Amazing Spider-Man” as police Commissioner Stacy, the protective father of Emma Stone’s […]

Tribute: Ernest Borgnine

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Oscar-winning actor Earnest Borgnine, who died today at age 95.  As the title character in the Best Picture winner, “Marty,” he was heart-wrenchingly poignant, a man who feared that his romantic soul and yearning for […]

On Demand: Channing Tatum 24/7

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t get enough Channing Tatum?  The star of three big 2012 hits (so far) has his own Time-Warner “On Demand” channel, where you can Tatum your heart out with “21 Jump Street,” “Fighting,” “GI Joe: Cobra,” “Haywire,” ‘Step Up” (opposite […]

Tribute: Andy Griffith

posted by Nell Minow

Andy Griffith, beloved star of the long-running television series about the small-town sheriff and single father, died today at age 86.  Griffith first became known for his gentle, countrified story-telling and singing and then had a brief but notable film […]

Interview: Virginia Madsen of “The Magic of Belle Isle”

posted by Nell Minow

Virginia Madsen stars in the heartwarming story “The Magic of Belle Isle” as the recently-divorced mother of three girls who befriends the writer who moves in next door (Morgan Freeman).  I spoke to her about making the movie, which is […]

Interviews: The Director and Stars of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

posted by Nell Minow

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a lyrical tale of a six-year-old girl and her father living in “The Bathtub,” a fictitious community based on condemned parts of southern Louisiana.  In an almost post-apocalyptic setting with no electricity, running water, phone, government, […]

Barbra Streisand to Direct Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth

posted by Nell Minow

Just announced: Barbra Streisand will direct a feature film for the first time since “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” 16 years ago, when she takes on “Skinny and Cat,” a love story starring Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth.  She is […]

Happy 90th Birthday, Judy Garland

posted by Nell Minow

This musical number, the last she filmed for MGM, is one of my favorites. It’s at the end of Summer Stock. And here is another, “The Man That Got Away,” from A Star Is Born. Judy Garland, who would have […]

MVPs of the Month: Charlize Theron and “Anyway You Want It”

posted by Nell Minow

  Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is the most valuable performer of the month with back-to-back releases.  In Snow White and the Huntsman, she plays the evil queen who wants to eat the heroine’s heart.  And in “Prometheus,” she plays the determined […]

One Role: Two Actors

posted by Nell Minow

The Daily Beast was inspired by Josh Brolin’s spot on performance as the 1969-era version of the character played by Tommy Lee Jones in “Men in Black 3″ to create a gallery of movies with two actors playing younger and […]

Interview: Gavin Bellour of “A Buddy Story”

posted by Nell Minow

“A Buddy Story” is an endearing road trip movie written and directed by Marc Erlbaum.  It is the story of a touring musician who is used to being alone and his neighbor who impulsively comes with him.  The neighbor is […]

MVP of the Week: Brooklyn Decker

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s Most Valuable Performer is clearly Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker, who stars in two big nationwide releases.  In “Battleship,” she plays the hero’s plucky and supportive love interest and in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” she […]

Interview: Oscar-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Star of “Smitty”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a great thrill and an honor to speak with Oscar-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., star of “An Officer and a Gentleman,” about his new movie, “Smitty.”  He talked to me about starring in the original Broadway production of “A […]

Revised Time for “The Vow” Online Chat with Channing Tatum

posted by Nell Minow

Note the revised time: Channing Tatum will be doing a live interactive online webcam chat with his fans to discuss “The Vow” on May 13th at 6:00 pm Eastern/3 pm Pacific.  Tatum is having quite a year with this film, “21 Jump […]

Interview: Della Reese of “Me Again”

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to speak with show business legend Della Reese, who stars in the the heartwarming film, Me Again, the story of an unhappy minister who gets to find out what it is like to be someone else, and […]

Interview: Genie Francis of “Notes from the Heart Healer”

posted by Nell Minow

Genie Francis co-stars in “Notes from the Heart Healer,” the third installment in Hallmark’s popular series about the mid-life romance of an advice columnist named Peyton and a sportswriter named King.  It will be on the Hallmark Channel Saturday May 12 […]

Interview: Ted McGinley of “Notes from the Heart Healer”

posted by Nell Minow

Ted McGinley talked to me about re-teaming with Genie Francis for the third in the Hallmark series of films about an advice columnist known as “The Heart Healer.”  In The Note, Peyton (Francis) discovers a note she thinks is from […]

Interview: Michael Madsen

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Madsen is a favorite actor of writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Volume One). He appeared in Thelma & Louise and on the television series “24.”  And he is a published poet, about to release his second collection. […]

Interview: Brian Presley of “Touchback”

posted by Nell Minow

Brian Presley starred in the soap opera “Port Charles” and “General Hospital” and now makes faith-based films with his production company, Freedom Films.  He graciously made time to talk with me about his new film, “Touchback,” where he plays a […]

Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” — by Dan Kois

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dan Kois has a terrific profile of one of my favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, in the New York Times, who plays Tyrion in HBO’s Game of Thrones. [H]e couldn’t book commercial jobs, because he wasn’t interested in the […]

Happy Birthday, Doris Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy, happy birthday to Doris Day.  Born April 3, 1924 as Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, she planned to be a ballet dancer until an injury to her leg made her switch to singing.  She began to appear in […]

Interview: Lily Collins of “Mirror Mirror”

posted by Nell Minow

Lily Collins was so gracious I felt I really was talking to a fairy tale princess.  The daughter of rocker Phil Collins appeared in “The Blind Side” and this joyous, gorgeously re-imagined updating of “Snow White” is her first starring […]

Interview: The Cast of “The Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

My wonderful friend Kevin McCarthy interviewed the cast of “The Hunger Games” and graciously gave me permission to share the video.  Enjoy!

Happy 50th Birthday, Matthew Broderick!

posted by Nell Minow

Life moves pretty fast!

Robert De Niro in Salon: On Instinct and Imagination

posted by Nell Minow

In a rare and revealing interview in Salon, Robert De Niro talks about his approach to acting and the influence of one of his teachers, the legendary Stella Adler: With writing, great writing especially, you see how the material affects everything […]

Interview: Jackee from “Brother White”

posted by Nell Minow

Brother White premieres this Sunday on GMC and I was thrilled to get a chance to speak to one of my favorite actresses, the fabulous Jackée, whose Emmy-award winning role in “227” has led to her own eponymous series.  Brother White […]

Movie Star Turned Nun: Dolores Hart from Elvis to the Cloister

posted by Nell Minow

When Delores Hart was a movie star she kissed George Hamilton and Elvis on screen.  But she left to become a nun.  She is now Morther Delores, and is now Prioress of the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut.  This […]

Slate Analyzes Oscar Acceptance Speeches

posted by Nell Minow

The dresses and the acceptance speeches are often more hotly debated than the awards on Oscar night.  Everyone remembers Sally Fields’ famous, “You like me!” speech and Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s impetuous, “I love you!” Jack Palance did one-handed push-ups.  Adrian […]

Interview: Michael Caine of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Caine stars in the new 3D family movie “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” inspired by the Jules Verne adventure saga.  I spoke to him about what inspired him to take on the role and how it felt to ride […]

Interview: Ali Landry of ‘Me Again’

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wished you had taken another path?  We all wonder what our lives would be like if we had made a different choice and movies like “Me Myself I,” “The Family Man,” and “Sliding Doors” feature characters who […]

Red Carpet: Drew Barrymore Comes to Town for ‘Big Miracle’

posted by Nell Minow

Drew Barrymore came to Washington for the premiere of her new film, Big Miracle, about the extraordinary real-life rescue of whales stranded in Alaska in 1987.  I had a blast on the red carpet, talking to the real-life characters who […]

Interview: Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Anthony Hemingway of ‘Red Tails’

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and director Anthony Hemingway sat down with a small group of critics to talk about their new film, “Red Tails,” the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the highly decorated heroes who flew missions in the still-segregated […]

Interview: Max von Sydow of ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

posted by Nell Minow

Max von Sydow plays the mysterious “renter” in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” opening this Friday. It is based on the acclaimed book by Jonathan Safran Foer about young boy named Oskar devastated by his father’s death on 9/11. Trying […]

Red Tails Interviews: Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, and a Real-Life Tuskegee Airman

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Roscoe Brown, who flew planes as one of the heroic WWII Tuskegee Airmen, a black man defending a country still cruelly segregated, fighting in one of the most honored military divisions in American history, saw a film made about […]

Interview: Keke Palmer of ‘Joyful Noise’

posted by Nell Minow

Keke Palmer has been one of my favorite young actors since Akeelah and the Bee.  She has a warm and relatable screen presence and a purely delightful personality with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.  That’s more than enough to […]

Nick Nolte on ‘Warrior’

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take a look at our exclusive clip of Nick Nolte talking about what inspired him in his critically acclaimed role as the father of two MMA champions in Warrior, out today on DVD and Blu-Ray, In Demand […]

Interview: Nancy Stafford of ‘Christmas with a Capital C’

posted by Nell Minow

The beautiful and talented Nancy Stafford (“Matlock”) stars in the heartwarming Christmas with a Capital C, now available on DVD.  She spoke to me about the movie and about the way her faith leads her to projects that share her message […]

Movie Stars Go Bad for the NY Times Magazine

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out this year’s Hollywood issue of the New York Times Magazine this weekend.  Some of the year’s biggest stars try out some iconic roles in a series of photographs and short films.  Brad Pitt is Eraserhead.  […]

Tribute: Harry Morgan

posted by Nell Minow

Harry Morgan, who died today at age 96, is best remembered as the crusty but fair Colonel Potter in the later years of the television series M*A*S*H. But I remember watching him as the next-door neighbor on reruns of the […]

Your Week with Marilyn — Monroe’s Best Films

posted by Nell Minow

“My Week With Marilyn” is a new film based on the memoirs by Colin Clark about his time as a third assistant director (basically a gofer) on the set of a movie she made in England with Sir Laurence Olivier.  You […]

Happy Birthday, Josh Duhamel!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of North Dakota native Josh Duhamel, a gifted actor who always creates a real character even when the script does not give him much to work with.  Celebrate his birthday today with a look at Win […]

James Garner

posted by Nell Minow

James Garner is one of my all-time favorite actors and I am delighted that he has published a new book about his life, The Garner Files: A Memoir. Garner got his start in the theater playing a juror in “The […]

Happy Birthday Aishwarya Rai!

posted by Nell Minow

Often described as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” former Miss World Aishwarya Rai has made movies in Hindi, Tamil, English and Bengali, including the Bollywood-ized “Bride and Prejudice.”  Her first child with her husband, actor Abhishek Bachchan, is due this month and […]

Vanessa Redgrave’s Elizabethan Hat Trick

posted by Nell Minow

I did not like “Anonymous,” the new film speculating that Shakespeare’s plays were written by the Earl of Oxford. (They were not.)  But I did enjoy Vanessa Redgrave’s luminous performance as Queen Elizabeth, with her daughter Joely Richardson playing the […]

Reports of a Grace Kelly Biopic in the Works

posted by Nell Minow

Cinema Blend reports that Grace Kelly might be the subject of a new feature film. Producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, who recently launched the Stone Angel production and financing company, has acquired the rights to Arash Amel’s spec script titled Grace of […]

Interview: Elizabeth Olson of ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

posted by Nell Minow

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” is the story of a young woman who returns after living off the grid in a remote group home with a predatory, cult-like leader.  She moves in with her newlywed sister (Sarah Paulson) after years of […]

MVP of the Week: Ray McKinnon

posted by Nell Minow

As I have often said, I love character actors, and I am delighted to see one of my favorites in three movies that are now in theaters.  You know Ray McKinnon’s face — probably from “The Blind Side,” where he […]

EW: Reunions, Featuring ‘The Princess Bride’

posted by Nell Minow

I always love the Entertainment Weekly “Reunions” issues, where they bring back co-stars to talk about favorite projects.  This year’s features classics like “Fatal Attraction,” “Office Space,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” and “Home Improvement” (those boys are all grown up!). […]

Interview: Martin Sheen of ‘The Way’

posted by Nell Minow

There I was, at the Georgetown Ritz hotel, and Martin Sheen walked into the room.  President Bartlett from “The West Wing,” Kit from “Badlands,” star of movies from “Apocalypse Now” to “Catch Me if You Can,” to “The American President.” […]

Elizabeth Taylor’s Collection to be Auctioned

posted by Nell Minow

The biggest movie star of all time deserves the biggest celebrity auction of all time. Christies has announced five separate auctions from the collection of Elizabeth Taylor.  Her couture gowns, the costumes and props and scripts from her films, and […]

Interview: Will Reiser and Seth Rogan of ’50/50′

posted by Nell Minow

Will Reiser and Seth Rogen were friends who worked together on “Da Ali G Show,” making fun of everything and everyone, especially the powerful.  So, when Reiser got cancer, they took it on in the same spirit.  Finding their own […]

I Met the Terminator!

posted by Nell Minow

My two jobs collided last week when I got to introduce Arnold Schwarzenegger at a business conference!  

Tribute: Cliff Robertson

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Cliff Robertson died today at age 88.  He is best remembered for his portrayal of a young John F. Kennedy in PT-109 and for the role that won him the industry’s top acting prize, Charly, a mentally disabled man […]

Five Better Movies With Paul Rudd

posted by Nell Minow

Our Idiot Brother is a disappointment, but Paul Rudd is always a pleasure.  Here are some better choices for those who miss that Rudd-alicious feeling: 1. How Do You Know  This was a massive box office flop, but it is now […]

Interview: Vera Farmiga of ‘Higher Ground’

posted by Nell Minow

Vera Farmiga (“The Departed,” “Up in the Air”) directed and stars in a new film based on the memoir by Carolyn S. Briggs, Higher Ground: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost.  As she spoke to a small group of […]

Audition Online for the ‘Christmas Story’ Musical

posted by Nell Minow

Ralphie will be not only waiting for his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring and hoping for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle but also singing and dancing in a new musical production based on the classic movie […]

Southern Accents in Movies: The Good, The Bad, The Very Ugly

posted by Nell Minow

When I saw New York Magazine’s Vulture blog did a slideshow about the worst Southern accents in the movies, with clips of real-life speakers from the actual towns that were supposed to be represented, I was delighted to see some […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Lucille Ball!

posted by Nell Minow

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary birthday of one of the most talented, hardest-working, and best-loved comic performers of all time, Lucille Ball.  She insisted on having her then-husband, bandleader Desi Arnaz, as her co-star in what became a comedy […]

Interview: Brendan Wayne of ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

posted by Nell Minow

Brendan Wayne of “Cowboys & Aliens” is the grandson of movie legend John Wayne.  He talked to me about visiting his grandfather’s movie sets and acting and doing his own stunts in one of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters.  And […]

Interview: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling of ‘Another Earth’

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Cahill and Brit Marling co-wrote “Another Earth.”  He directed, shot, and edited, and she stars as Rhoda, a gifted teenager who makes a tragic mistake.  Driving home after a party, she causes an accident that kills a young mother […]

Interview: Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), Hero of “Deathly Hallows 2″

posted by Nell Minow

Matthew Lewis has played Neville Longbottom, classmate of Harry, Hermione, and Ron at Hogwarts, for all eight films.  Like the character he plays, Lewis has surprised the fans by turning from an awkward child into a young man of great […]

‘The Help’ — Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard

posted by Nell Minow

Bryce Dallas Howard On playing the movie’s villain, Hilly: “I literally don’t want to look at it – she’s such a terrible person.  What’s interesting when you start doing a role is at first the character is really shocking.  But […]

‘The Help’ — Octavia Spencer

posted by Nell Minow

Octavia Spencer knows the character of Minny in The Help better than anyone else.  Not only did she perform the part with the author on her book tour and in the audio book edition, but it was her outspoken ebullience […]

‘The Help’ — Viola Davis

posted by Nell Minow

In my opinion, Viola Davis is the finest actress in movies today.  In “Doubt,” she gave the best performance of the year in one short but very powerful scene as the mother of a boy who may have been abused. […]

Great Character Actors: Denis O’Hare

posted by Nell Minow

I love character actors, those utility infielders who have to create a complete character in seconds and hold a scene opposite a superstar.   They’re the ones who always seem vaguely familiar but are so chameleon-like that we never quite […]

Tribute: Peter Falk

posted by Nell Minow

A sad farewell to actor Peter Falk, who died this week at age 83.  Perhaps best remembered for his long-running television show, Columbo, his passing reminds us of his  wide-ranging work as everything from a singing gangster to an animated […]

Breakthrough Performer: Katie Leclerc

posted by Nell Minow

ABC Family has a new series about two families who discover that their teenage daughters were switched at birth.  The girl who grew up with a single hairdresser mom and the girl who grew up in the wealthy home of […]

Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday to Marilyn Monroe, that star of stars.  She continues to bewitch us nearly a half century after her death.  Yet another movie about her is currently in the works, with Michelle Williams as the former Norma Jean Baker. […]

What A Newcomer Can Do That a Star Can’t

posted by Nell Minow

Jessica Winter has a great list on Slate of breakthrough performances with an unusual focus.  I always love the thrill of discovering a new talent; it is one of the greatest pleasures the movies bring us.  But Ms. Winter makes […]

Interview: Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar of “Franklin & Bash”

posted by Nell Minow

“Franklin & Bash” is a new lawyer show on TNT.  It is about two brash, rule-breaking best friend lawyers who join a very conservative, old-school law firm.  It is sometimes silly but it is sexy, funny, and fun.  And it […]

Interview: The Actor Who Plays Jesus in “The Encounter”

posted by Nell Minow

Bruce Marchiano spoke to me about playing Jesus in a touching new film called “The Encounter.”  A group of stranded travelers come to the “Last Chance Diner” out in the woods.  The man behind the counter tells them he is […]

Interview: Dianna Agron of ‘I Am Number Four’ and ‘Glee’

posted by Nell Minow

Disney shared this interview with Dianna Agron of  I Am Number Four, out May 24 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Was it fun to leave the Glee gang behind for some big-screen action with your new movie, I Am Number Four? […]

The Real Star of ‘Hangover 2′: Ken Jeong

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a huge fan of Ken Jeong (“The Hangover,” “Role Models,” “Community”) and am really delighted that he will appear this week in “Hangover 2.”  Jen Chaney has a fascinating interview with him in today’s Washington Post, about dividing his […]

May MVP — Tom Hiddleston

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Hiddleston is about to be a big star.  But I can’t say too much about why. This month alone, he plays Loki, the super-villain in Thor and he has an important part in Woody Allen’s new film, “Midnight in […]

‘My Girl’ Grows Up — Anna Chlumksy in a New DC Satire

posted by Nell Minow

Slate’s Jessica Grose has a terrific interview with the wonderful Anna Chlumsky, child star of the 1991 classic “My Girl.”  Chlumsky took time away from acting to finish school and work as an editor before returning to star in this […]

Interview: Paula Patton and Laz Alonso of ‘Jumping the Broom’

posted by Nell Minow

Movies have some magical moments, but some things only happen when everyone is really in the room together.  There were both the night I saw “Jumping the Broom” with an audience mostly made up of students from DC’s Howard University.  […]

Interview: Jodie Foster, director and star of The Beaver

posted by Nell Minow

Jodie Foster directed and co-stars in “The Beaver,” a movie notorious already for two reasons.  First, its script by newcomer Kyle Killen was on top of the famous “black list” of outstanding unproduced screenplays.  Everyone knew how smart and distinctive […]

Five Inspiring Lines from Tina Fey’s Bossypants

posted by Nell Minow

I so enjoyed Tina Fey’s book, Bossypants.  It is rushed and uneven in places, understandable given her many full-time roles as producer, star, writer, mother, wife, and America’s sweetheart.  Still, the book is very funny and very, very smart.   Here […]

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Tale of Tales
Who ever said that fairy tales were for children? "Tale of Tales" is based on three stories from Giambattista Basile that go back a hundred years ...

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Trailer: Equals
Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart star in a futuristic story about a time when emotions are outlawed and love is the worst crime of all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW-0wmuNBto ...

posted 8:00:03am Apr. 26, 2016 | read full post »

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