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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

Today we send birthday and get well greetings to one of Hollywood’s all-time most enduring and alluring stars, Elizabeth Taylor. Here are some of my favorite Taylor movies for family viewing: 1. Lassie Come Home Taylor co-stars with Roddy McDowall […]

MVP of the Month: Teresa Palmer

posted by Nell Minow

Australian actress Teresa Palmer stars in two films out within a couple of weeks of one another. We just saw her as the tough action heroine Number Six in “I am Number Four.” And next week she appears opposite Topher […]

Colin Firth as Henry Higgins?

posted by Nell Minow

There are rumors that Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) may be the new Professor Henry Higgins in a forthcoming remake of “My Fair Lady,” to be directed by Joe Wright (who directed the Kiera […]

Tribute: Betty Garrett

posted by Nell Minow

The talented musical comedy star Betty Garrett died this week at the age of 91. She was known for playing brassy, warm-hearted but outspoken roles in musicals like On the Town and My Sister Eileen. She was on television with […]

Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Snow White vs. Snow White

posted by Nell Minow

“Snow White” has appeared on screen many times, perhaps most memorably in the very first feature-length animated film. I’m also fond of the “Faerie Tale Theatre” version starring Elizabeth McGovern. Two new high profile Snow White projects are in the […]

List: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan this week, most of the focus will be on his years in politics. But it is also a good opportunity to take another look at some of his best performances as […]

The New Superman: Henry Cavill

posted by Nell Minow

English actor Henry Cavill has been cast as Superman in the new movie to be directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”). This is fourth-time lucky for Cavill, as he reportedly was an almost-choice for Edward in “Twilight,” James Bond, Batman […]

Who Has Died Most Often On Screen? (Spoiler Alert!)

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a big moment in any movie when one of the main characters dies, whether in battle, by accident, foul play, or natural causes. The nice people at the information site ChaCha have done the math and figured out which […]

Tribute: Anne Francis

posted by Nell Minow

The lovely actress Anne Francis has died at age 80. She is best remembered for two classic movies in which she had the only female role, the post-WWII drama Bad Day at Black Rock with Spencer Tracy and the first […]

Interview: Fionnula Flanagan of ‘Three Wise Women’

posted by Nell Minow

The Hallmark Channel’s Three Wise Women stars the great Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan in the story of a doctor named Liz who is about to make a terrible mistake. Her guardian angel has to bring in some very important advisers […]

Interview: Jacqueline Bisset of ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas’

posted by Nell Minow

Jacqueline Bisset stars in the Hallmark Channel original movie, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” sequel to the popular, “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving,” which was based on a story by Louisa May Alcott. Bisset, an international star for four decades, has appeared in big […]

Tribute: Leslie Nielsen

posted by Nell Minow

The most unexpected comic superstar of the 1990’s was one-time leading man Leslie Nielsen, who died today at age 84. The son of a Canadian mountie, Nielsen appeared in a number of golden age television dramas before his lead role […]

Interview: Jo Newman of ‘Love and Other Drugs’

posted by Nell Minow

The talented and beautiful Jo Newman makes her feature film debut in one of the year’s best movies, “Love and Other Drugs.” She was kind enough to take time to answer my questions. Tell me about the audition process for […]

Happy Birthday, Dorothy Dandridge

posted by Nell Minow

Dorothy Dandridge was one of the most beautiful and talented movie stars of the early 1950’s, a woman of mesmerizing star power as a singer and actress. She was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Oscar as […]

MVPs of the Month: Ty Burrell and Juliette Lewis

posted by Nell Minow

Ty Burrell is everywhere these days. He is Phil on the beloved television series “Modern Family,” brilliantly updating the classic “Honey, I’m Home!” sitcom dad as a guy who may be clueless and corny and overly sensitive but who adores […]

Interview: Tom Hanks on ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

Disney generously shared this interview with Tom Hanks, who plays my favorite “Toy Story 3″ character, Woody. It comes out next week on DVD and Blu-Ray with wonderful extras including the fabulous short “Day & Night” and behind-the scenes interviews […]

‘The Good Wife’s’ Promising Newcomer: Mamie Gummer

posted by Nell Minow

“The Good Wife” has engrossing drama, fascinating characters, glossy production values, and superb performers. Recently making her second appearance on the show as attorney Nancy Crozier is an exceptional young actress named Mamie Gummer. Nancy Crozier likes to appear charmingly […]

Do the GQ ‘Glee’ Photos Go Too Far?

posted by Nell Minow

Katie Couric and the Parents Television Council are objecting to a sexy photo spread of “Glee” cast members in GQ Magazine. While Finn (Cory Monteith) is fully clothed, his cast mates Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Quinn (Diana Agron) (both 24 […]

Tribute: Tom Bosley

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of Tom Bosley, one of the all-time great TV dads in the classic series, “Happy Days.” As a young man, he won a Tony playing the much-older mayor of New York City in the musical, “Fiorello.” […]

Tribute: Tony Curtis

posted by Nell Minow

Today we mourn the passing of one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, Tony Curtis. He was born Bernie Schwartz to a very poor and troubled family in the Bronx and became determined to make it as a movie star. He […]

Interview: Amy Ryan of ‘Jack Goes Boating’

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Ryan gave my favorite performance of 2007 as the mother of a missing girl in “Gone Baby Gone.” And it has been a pleasure to see her since then in roles as varied as Holly the human resources manager […]

Interview: Lauren Mote of ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone’s favorite fairy has a new adventure: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. And this one is special because for the first time she meets a human. I was lucky enough to interview Lauren Mote, who plays Tink’s first […]

Interview: Lainie Kazan and Linda Gray of ‘Expecting Mary’

posted by Nell Minow

“Expecting Mary” is a heart-warming story of a pregnant teenager (the utterly winning Olesya Rulin of “High School Musical”) who runs away from home and is taken in by the quirky residents of a trailer park. It has an exceptionally […]

Interview: the Stars of ‘Flipped’

posted by Nell Minow

Madeline Carroll (now 14) and Callan McAuliffe (now 15) star in a sweet story of first love called “Flipped,” based on the popular book by Wendelin Van Draanen. I spoke to them about acting in a story set three decades […]

Before They Were Stars: Matthew Morrison

posted by Nell Minow

I love watching an older movie and discovering someone who has since become successful in a small pre-fame role. The cute Hugh Grant/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Music & Lyrics” is on television and who shows up as the manager of […]

Interview: Kevin Sorbo of ‘What If….’

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules and Andromeda) stars in a new movie, “What If…” as Ben Walker, a man who gets the chance to see what his life would have been like if he had taken another path. In the tradition of […]

Answers: Julia Roberts Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

Congrats to all the smarties who know their JR movies! 1. One thing she can’t do is sing very well. What all-star movie had her try a sad love song? “Everyone Says I Love You” 2. Which of her movies […]

Interview: Emma Thompson of ‘Nanny McPhee’

posted by Nell Minow

Emma Thompson has won Oscars for both writing (“Sense and Sensibility”) and acting (“Howard’s End”). She has played a character based on Hillary Clinton (“Primary Colors”), a Hogwarts faculty member in two Harry Potter films, and last year alone, Dustin […]

Cast Announced for ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

posted by Nell Minow

The international blockbuster trilogy by the late Steig Larsson has already been brought to the screen in three award-winning Swedish films starring Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace. They’re now set for big-budget American remakes starring Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael […]

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Julia Roberts Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

Julia Roberts has been the top female movie star for what seems like decades. She has a smile made for the wide screen and an open-hearted laugh that feels authentically happy and unguarded. As her 43rd movie opens today, how […]

Interview: Jodi Lyn O’Keefe of ‘Class’

posted by Nell Minow

“Class” is a new romance premiering August 14 on the Hallmark Channel, and I spoke to its star, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“Prison Break”), who plays a single mother struggling to take care of her son assigned to an arrogant law […]

Breakthrough Performer: Laura Breckenridge

posted by Nell Minow

I make no pretense of objectivity. But even if she was not my friend I would appreciate Laura Breckenridge as one of the most talented young actresses working today. She has appeared on television (“Gossip Girl,” “Related”), in movies (“Loving […]

Comic-Con: NCIS and Kick Buttowski

posted by Nell Minow

I got to meet one of my favorite television characters: Abby from NCIS, or at least the equally delightful Pauley Perrette, who plays her. She was at Comic-Con with Barrett Foa of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Kirsten Vangsness of “Criminal […]

Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man

posted by Nell Minow

British actor Andrew Garfield has been cast as Peter Parker for the next Spider-Man movie. He is an exceptionally talented young actor with an already-impressive body of work is just right for portraying this especially soulful and angsty super-hero. Now, […]

MVP of the Week: Jackson Rathbone

posted by Nell Minow

There are two high-profile releases this 4th of July long weekend, and both feature actor Jackson Rathbone. In “The Last Airbender” he plays Sokka, from the Southern Water Tribe. He accompanies the title character and helps to protect him. And […]

‘Twilight’s’ Alex Merez: Interview of Paul from the Wolf Pack

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Merez is one of the wolf pack in this week’s release of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the third of the series based on Stephanie Meyer’s wildly popular books. The wolf pack are the Quileute people who become wolves. I […]

John C. Reilly Talks About ‘Cyrus’

posted by Nell Minow

John C. Reilly is one of the most versatile actors working today. He has appeared in outrageous comedies (“Step Brothers,” “Walk Hard”), dramas (“Magnolia,” “The Aviator”), and even a musical — he was nominated for an Oscar for “Chicago.” He […]

‘Twilight: Eclipse’ — Yamato Meets the Cast

posted by Nell Minow

Lucky Jen Yamato got to meet with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner to talk about “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Her piece for Fearnet.com, “Ten Truths Uncovered at the ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Junket” has lots of great background. Pattinson just […]

Interview: John Ratzenberger of ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

John Ratzenberger is Pixar’s favorite all-star, the only actor to appear in every single Pixar film. His face is known to “Cheers” fans as the know-it-all mail carrier Cliff Clavin, but his voice is Pixar’s good luck charm and he […]

Tribute: Dennis Hopper

posted by Nell Minow

Actor/director/emblem of a generation Dennis Hopper died today at age 74 after a career of extraordinary range that took him from roles in the iconic films Rebel Without a Cause, Easy Rider, Giant, and Apocalypse Now, to a stunning comeback […]

Judy Canova

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Ben Ohmart for reminding us of the unjustly neglected Judy Canova. He specializes in books about golden-age era performers, and he is the author of a new biography of the “Ozark nightingale,” Judy Canova: Singin’ in the Corn!. […]

Ron Masak Meets His Heroes

posted by Nell Minow

Ron Masak’s face and voice are more familiar than his name. As Sheriff Mort Metzger in “Murder She Wrote” he appeared with Angela Lansbury as the mystery novelist who ran into a different real-life mystery every week. And he has […]

Emma Stone Should Be a Star

posted by Nell Minow

I’m hoping that this fall’s “Easy A” will give Emma Stone the breakthrough role she needs to become a major star. From “Superbad” to “The Rocker,” “Zombieland,” “The House Bunny,” and even “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” she has demonstrated the […]

Redgrave and Nero — Then and Now

posted by Nell Minow

In 1967, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero co-starred in the movie musical “Camelot,” the Lerner and Lowe version of the story of King Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot. Off-camera, Redgrave and Nero fell in love and they had a child, director […]

We Love You, Betty White

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s to tonight’s host of Saturday Night Live! Ms. White has been on television since the very beginning, in 1939, when television was just an experiment and no homes had sets. She co-produced and starred in one of the first […]

MVP of the Week: Aaron Johnson

posted by Nell Minow

British actor Aaron Johnson appears in two films that open this week. He plays the title role in Kick-Ass (featuring previous MVP Mark Strong) and he is very good both as the wimpy would-be superhero and the resilient, lithe almost-action […]

Tribute: Dixie Carter

posted by Nell Minow

Dixie Carter, the lovely and elegant star of Designing Women, died yesterday at age 70. I am a huge fan of the show and its portrayal of successful, independent, outspoken women who shared a deep and loyal friendship as well […]

The Brat Packers Are In Their 40’s

posted by Nell Minow

A new book by Susannah Gora takes a look at the group of young actors who appeared in the John Hughes films that seemed to define a generation — and certainly changed the way teenagers were portrayed on screen. You […]

Interview: Karley Scott Collins of ‘Amish Grace’

posted by Nell Minow

Karley Scott Collins stars in Amish Grace, the real-life story about the Amish community in Nickel Mines, which responded to unthinkable tragedy with compassion and forgiveness. Five little girls were shot and killed and five others severely injured by a […]

Interview: Conor McPherson and Ciarán Hinds of ‘The Eclipse’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Eclipse” is a ghost story for grown-ups, which means that it is story first, ghost second. It is an Irish film about Michael (Ciarán Hinds) a recent widower with two children, who is volunteering at a local literary festival. […]

Interview: Bindi Irwin of ‘Free Willy 4′

posted by Nell Minow

Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, stars in her first feature film, “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.” Inspired by the popular series of movies about a boy and a whale, this new adventure is about […]

Tribute: Peter Graves

posted by Nell Minow

Peter Graves had the square jaw and deep voice of a leading man. His gray hair gave him an aura of, well, gravitas that made him the perfect choice for the head of the Mission: Impossible team in one of […]

Billy: The Early Years Of Billy Graham

posted by Nell Minow

Before he was the best-known clergyman in America and a spiritual adviser to Presidents, Billy Graham was a young man struggling with doubt and searching for a way to be of service. This sensitive and respectful film about Billy Graham’s […]

Interview: Alice Eve and Krysten Ritter of ‘She’s Out of My League’

posted by Nell Minow

It’s impossible to meet the gloriously beautiful, smart, and funny Alice Eve and Krysten Ritter without feeling that they are completely out of the league of any mere mortals. In “She’s out of My League,” Eve very believably plays a […]

Tribute: Corey Haim

posted by Nell Minow

In “Lucas,” Corey Haim played a smart, sensitive boy who has bravado but struggles to find confidence, ultimately finding the hope of love and a place to be himself. I wish his real life had as happy an ending. For […]

‘Eight is Enough’ and ‘Partridge Family’ Reunions

posted by Nell Minow

Isn’t it fun to see the Today show’s reunions of some of television’s best-loved families? (Be patient with the brief ads before the clips — it’s worth it.) Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Interview: Danielle Bisutti of ‘True Jackson VP’

posted by Nell Minow

On the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP, Danielle Bisutti plays Amanda, the fashion company executive who is jealous of — and always outsmarted by — the teenage title character played by Keke Palmer. She also stars in the popular Christian […]

Interview: Taylor Firth of ‘Ice Castles’

posted by Nell Minow

Figure skating champion Taylor Firth makes her acting debut in a remake of the beloved 1978 film Ice Castles. The original starred Lynn-Holly Johnson as the skater who has to start all over after an accident leaves her blind and […]

Tribute: Jean Simmons

posted by Nell Minow

The sensitive and elegant Jean Simmons died this week at age 80. The Washington Post’s Adam Bernstein wrote a graceful tribute calling her “a beguiling actress of quiet emotional power.” She was exquisite as a teenager in the great David […]

Interview: Michael Cudlitz of ‘Southland’

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Michael Cudlitz was in Washington today to talk about his television series about LA cops, “Southland,” now on TNT. He and I sat in the “America’s Most Wanted” studio at DC’s National Museum of Crime and Punishment and talked […]

Happy Birthday Elvis!

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Will Shadley of ‘The Spy Next Door’

posted by Nell Minow

What role has been the most fun for you so far? The most fun I have had in a role, so far, is my character in The Spy Next Door, Ian. He is a nerdy kid who becomes cool with […]

Can You Guess the Celebrity Voice?

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has a great collection of ads with celebrity voiceovers. How many can you identify?

Interview: Ed Asner of ‘The Gathering’ (and ‘Up’)

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to get a chance to talk to Ed Asner — best known as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off and having a very big year as the voice star of one […]

Tribute: Brittany Murphy

posted by Nell Minow

The news about actress Brittany Murphy is shocking and very sad. She died today at age 32. Murphy made her first real impression as the suggestible Tai who got a makeover from Cher (Alicia Sliverstone) in “Clueless.” She had an […]

Victorian MVP: Mark Strong

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been listening to a lot of carriage wheels on cobblestones lately, with three films set in Victorian London. And two of them feature one of my favorite actors, Mark Strong. You may not recognize his name. You may not […]

Interview: Columbus Short

posted by Nell Minow

NM: You have not made many films but each one has been a real departure from what you’ve done before. Is that important to you? CS: It is. The point of acting is to hide yourself and get lost in […]

Interview: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Richard Linklater

posted by Nell Minow

Director Richard Linklater (“School of Rock,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise”) and stars Claire Danes and Zac Efron talked to a small group of reporters here in Washington DC about their new film, “Me and Orson Welles.” It is a […]

Interview: Mizuo Peck of ‘Night at the Museum 2′

posted by Nell Minow

In the middle of all the special effects and silly fun of the “Night at the Museum” movies is one character who lends the real heart to the story: Sacajawea, played by Mizuo Peck with such sweet, quiet dignity that […]

Donny Osmond!

posted by Nell Minow

Great piece by Marjie Killeen on True/Slant about the reasons to love Donny Osmond. I agree! He is enormously talented, he has a sense of humor about himself, and he has lived a life of courage, integrity, and generosity. I […]

Aria Wallace Unplugged

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Aria Wallace of Roxy Hunter answered my questions about her “real time” experiment — 40 days without technology! This is a great idea to try with your family — no cell phones, computers, or television — listen to Aria […]

Interview: Kaitlyn Maher of ‘Santa Buddies’

posted by Nell Minow

Kaitlyn Maher, who enchanted millions with her appearances on “America’s Got Talent,” has a sweet, clear voice and a sunny personality. She is quite busy these days, appearing in Disney’s new Santa Buddies DVD and singing on the soundtrack. And […]

The Sexiest Man Alive 2009 is…..

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Vampires from ‘New Moon’

posted by Nell Minow

Edi Gathegi and Jamie Campbell Bower play bad guy vampires in “New Moon,” the second in the “Twilight” series based on the best-selling books by Stephanie Meyer. I had a chance to talk with them about making the movie. They […]

Gabourey Sidibe of ‘Precious’

posted by Nell Minow

I love Ellen’s interview with Gabourey Sidibe, who plays the title character in “Precious.” Director Lee Daniels told the New York Times he knew it would be difficult to find an actress to play the role of an abused pregnant […]

Zac Efron is Every Bit as Great as You Hope

posted by Nell Minow

The interview has to wait until the week the movie opens, but I have to post this right now. Zac Efron is one of the most gracious, considerate, and all-around classy performers I have ever interviewed. Stay tuned for the […]

I Meet the Volturi!

posted by Nell Minow

Interview coming…stay tuned!

Upcoming interviews: Zac Efron and ‘New Moon!’

posted by Nell Minow

OMG. Tomorrow I will be interviewing both Zac Efron (for his new film, “Me and Orson Welles”) and two of the stars of the upcoming “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon.” I think it’s fair to say I am VERY EXCITED. Stay […]

Ludacris at the National Press Club

posted by Nell Minow

My good friend and fellow critic Tim Gordon and I went to hear hip-hop artist/actor/philanthropist Ludacris speak at the National Press Club on Friday. He was there to talk about his foundation and the work it does in Atlanta and […]

Interview: Tinker Bell’s Raven-Symone

posted by Nell Minow

Talking with Raven-Symone on the telephone, it was easy to imagine that I was really speaking to Iridessa, the character she plays in the new DVD, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. She has such a sparkly quality, I could […]

Interview: Michael Stuhlbarg of ‘A Serious Man’

posted by Nell Minow

NM: You conveyed so much in your body language when you get hugged by the Sy character. How did you create that physicality? MS: You know what? It just happens. It just naturally happened that way. We did it once […]

Interview: Tiffany Thornton

posted by Nell Minow

Disney star Tiffany Thornton sings the classic “Some Day My Prince Will Come” on the spectacular new release of Disney’s very first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a two=DVD set with both Blu-Ray and regular […]

Interview: ‘Fame’s’ Anna Maria Perez de Tagle

posted by Nell Minow

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle is one of the bright new stars who “light up the sky like a flame” in the new re-booting of the 1980 classic film, “Fame.” I was lucky to get to interview her about the […]

Happy Birthday, Lauren Bacall

posted by Nell Minow

Has there ever been a better movie entrance line than “Anybody got a match?” delivered by 19-year-old Lauren Bacall to 40-something Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not? Bacall said her iconic look, head tilted a little downward, glancing […]

Tribute: Patrick Swayze

posted by Nell Minow

Patrick Swayze died today as he lived and performed, with class and grace. Swayze’s association with iconic appearances in Dirty Dancing, Road House, Point Break, and Ghost are so towering that we forget sometimes what range and skill he showed […]

Beth Grant

posted by Nell Minow

Two awful movies released last week, “Extract” and “All About Steve,” give me an opportunity to discuss one of my favorite topics, character actors. One of the best appears in both of them, the wonderful Beth Grant. Character actors are […]

Molly Ringwald Remembers John Hughes

posted by Nell Minow

Molly Ringwald has a touching tribute to John Hughes in today’s New York Times. While she had not spoken to the very private writer-director for 20 years, she and co-star Anthony Michael Hall spoke on the phone about the way […]

Meryl’s accents

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has put together a magnificent compilation of some of Meryl Streep’s best accents but what I think of when I watch this is the astonishing range of the performances behind them. It is almost impossible to imagine that it […]

Interviews about ‘Adam’ — Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne

posted by Nell Minow

Hugh Dancy plays the title role in “Adam,” the story of a man with Asperger Syndrome, a form of social dyslexia that is on the autism spectrum. As the movie begins, Adam’s father has just died and he must learn […]

Interview: AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig of ‘Witch Mountain’

posted by Nell Minow

The young stars of Race to Witch Mountain talked to me about making the movie, a re-imagining of the Disney classic, Escape to Witch Mountain, about a brother and sister with extraordinary powers. AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig could not […]

Paul Peterson — Protector of Child Actors

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Peterson was one of my first celebrity crushes when he appeared on The Donna Reed Show. He was briefly a Mousketeer at age 8 and played Cary Grant’s son (with Sophia Loren as his babysitter) in the affecting romantic […]

Quote of the Week: Jeff Daniels

posted by Nell Minow

Jeff Daniels is interviewed in the current issue of Esquire, where he made an important point about the difference between the way a character actor and a star approach a role. Stars like to be likable. The Squid and the […]

Interviews: ‘In the Loop’

posted by Nell Minow

“In the Loop” is a scathingly funny satire about politics and politicians. While it names no names of individuals or countries or conflicts, it is inspired by the British and American government in the run-up to the Iraq war. But […]

Interview: D.W. Brown, Acting Coach to Stars and Future Stars

posted by Nell Minow

D.W. Brown has trained, directed, and coached hundreds of actors and is co-artistic head of the distinguished and successful Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. His new book, You Can Act!: A Complete Guide for Actors is both practical and inspiring with […]

Actors with Character, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

You know them. That is, they look familiar, but you might not be sure if that is because you saw them in a movie or because you saw them on a train. These are character actors, the indispensible performers who […]

Tribute: Karl Malden

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Karl Malden died today at age 97. Read the superb obituaries from Adam Bernstein of the Washington Post and Jim Cheng of USA Today. Bernstein described his appeal very well, saying Malden “excelled in plainspoken, working-class roles.” He had […]

Tribute: Farrah Fawcett

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of the beautiful and talented Farrah Fawcett, who died this morning after a long bout with cancer. She came to attention as the athletic Jill on “Charlie’s Angels.” Her dazzling smile and girl-you-wish-was-next door look quickly […]

Tribute: David Carradine

posted by Nell Minow

Fans throughout the world mourn the loss of David Carradine. The son of actor John Carradine (“The Grapes of Wrath”), he first achieved success as the star of the television series “Kung Fu,” where he played a mysterious Western character […]

Interview: Rufus Sewell of ‘Downloading Nancy’

posted by Nell Minow

In “Downloading Nancy,” British actor Rufus Sewell plays the husband of a troubled woman (Maria Bello) who develops a tragic relationship with a man she met online (Jason Patric). Sewell often appears as smoldering, brooding characters and is perhaps most […]

Interview: Paul Newman biographer Shawn Levy

posted by Nell Minow

Movie critic Shawn Levy, author of the superb books King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis and Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party, has a new book about […]

Interview: Jason Dolley of ‘Cory in the House’ and ‘Hatching Pete’

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Dolley of the Disney Channel’s popular series Cory in the House stars in Hatching Pete, now out on DVD with another family-friendly feature, “Dadnapped.” He found time to talk to me between finals in his college classes, and I really […]

‘Night at the Museum 2′ Press Conference, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

More from the “NatM: Battle of the Smithsonian” press conference: Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original British version of The Office returns as the director of New York’s Museum of Natural History. He said that he loves to […]

‘Night at the Museum 2′ Press Conference, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Yesterday, I attended a press conference at the historic Smithsonian Castle and had the immeasurable and almost-surreal pleasure of sitting opposite Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, director Shawn Levy, and screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and […]

Star Trek: The Enterprise Captains Interview

posted by Nell Minow

In an exclusive interview for the new Star Trek 1-6 movie box set, Whoopi Goldberg interviews the captains of the USS Enterprise, to boldly go where no interview has gone before.

Tribute: Bea Arthur

posted by Nell Minow

A fond farewell to Bea Arthur, best remembered as the strident, ground-breaking “Maude” and as Dorothy on “The Golden Girls.” I loved her duet in “Mame” and I loved her gutsy bravado and brilliant comic timing.

Breakthrough Perfomer: Nicole Beharie

posted by Nell Minow

“American Violet” is based on the true story of a woman who helped to expose corrupt and racist law enforcement in her Texas community with the help of the ACLU and local counsel. Dee, the lead role, is played by […]

Happy Birthday Doris Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Anne von Kappelhoff — better known as Doris Day — turns 87 today! She could do it all — comedy, drama, music, romance. She is best known for her light romantic comedies but her signature song comes from a […]

Tribute: Natasha Richardson

posted by Nell Minow

The loss of the lovely, charming, elegant, and talented Natasha Richardson is terribly sad. Her greatest opportunity to show what she could do as an actress was on stage. She won a Tony award for her performance in “Cabaret” on […]

21 Accents with Amy Walker

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Amy Walker’s astonishing virtuosity with accents is on display in this popular YouTube clip. Can you guess which one is her real native-born accent?

Reception for ‘The Wrestler’

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to attend a small reception in honor of the new film, “The Wrestler,” and get a chance to talk with director Darren Aronofsky and co-star Marisa Tomei. The title role is played by Mickey Rourke, in […]

‘There’s Something About Ben’ — MMI’s Tribute to Ben Stiller

posted by Nell Minow

David Schwartz of the Museum of the Moving Image has a thoughtful essay on the showbiz satires and family psychodramas of Ben Stiller to accompany the museum’s salute at their annual gala last week. It has often been said that […]

Interview: Tannishtha Chatterjee and Sarah Gavron of ‘Brick Lane’

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Gavron is the director and Tannishtha Chatterjee is the star of the new British film “Brick Lane,” based on the best-selling novel by Monica Ali. While the book covers three decades in the life of its heroine Nazneen, a […]

Emile Hirsch Goes Into the Wild

posted by Nell Minow

Emile Hirsch gives a magnificent performance in one of the year’s best films, Into the Wild. I met with him in Georgetown to ask him about making the film. What does Sean Penn as an actor bring to directing? He […]

Ben Foster in ‘3:10 to Yuma’

posted by Nell Minow

Ben Foster stars with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in “3:10 to Yuma,” one of this fall’s two big westerns. This is a remake of an earlier film by the same name, starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, a tense […]

Interview with the Bratz

posted by Nell Minow

Talking to the girls who play the Bratz on screen is like being at the coolest slumber party in town. Like their characters, Skyler Shae (Cloe), Janel Parrish (Jade), Logan Browning (Sasha), and Nathalia Ramos (Yasmin) are big time BFFs, […]

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