Category Archives: Actors

Rebel Without a Cause (1955); d. Nicholas Ray

For James Dean’s birthday: An essay I wrote about Rebel Without a Cause, when the new restoration was released theatrically in 2013. I first saw Rebel Without a Cause when I was the general age of the main characters in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Talullah Bankhead

That very well may be my favorite image in Image History. It’s from a scene in the extremely disturbing (even by modern standards) 1931 film The Cheat. Her character takes an upsetting phone-call during a costume party, where she un-ironically … Continue reading

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The Books: Sex, Art, and American Culture; “Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood’s Pagan Queen,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Sex, Art, and American Culture: Essays, by Camille Paglia. When Elizabeth Taylor died it felt like the end of an era. Something vital had left the landscape. One of our Movie Goddesses, and unlike … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Paul Newman

Today is the great Paul Newman’s birthday. I am so glad that I grew up in a time when Paul Newman was still a leading man (and he was a leading man up until the very end). So I got … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to My Favorite Actor

As my friend Mitchell observed (in our conversation about Cary Grant – nee Archie Leach – linked to below): To this day, people say, “Oh so-and-so’s the new Cary Grant.” Cary Grant was acting in 1930. We’re talking 70 years … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alan Rickman

I paid tribute to the late (so hate saying that) Alan Rickman over at Rogerebert.com, including my memory of seeing him onstage in the unforgettable Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, opposite Lindsay Duncan. I still have the poster, … Continue reading

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Film Writing in 2015

For Rogerebert.com: R.I.P. Edward Herrmann. “The moment lasts two seconds and consists of only two words: “Welcome home.” Two seconds and two words is all an actor like Edward Herrmann needs to get the job done.” On Seth Rogen’s controversial … Continue reading

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The Best Performances of 2015: List from Rogerebert.com contributors

A fun feature over at Rogerebert.com, written by the regular contributors. We had all been polled about our favorite performances in 2015. The polls were tallied, and then we each were assigned one to write about. As the introduction clearly … Continue reading

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Actor/Director Kentucker Audley: Transparent and Mysterious At the Same Time

Kentucker Audley Director, writer, actor, editor Kentucker Audley has been working in independent film in various capacities for a while now. A self-starter, he began as a director and a writer, but he’s mostly becoming known now for his acting. … Continue reading

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The Books: Baseball: A Literary Anthology; from Tallulah, by Tallulah Bankhead

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Baseball: A Literary Anthology Tallulah Bankhead’s autobiography, Tallulah: My … Continue reading

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