Directing movies has gone exceptionally well for many leading men in Hollywood. Clint Eastwood has been nominated for the Best Director Oscar four times, and Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, and Kevin Costner have all gotten Oscar nods for stepping behind the camera. Oh, and George Clooney didn't do too shabby with his directorial debut, "Good Night, and Good Luck," did he?
Havana has a thriving cultural scene and is the setting for world-class ballet and film festivals. But it's also a city of music, sunshine and rum, and Havana knows how to throw a damn fine party. Here are some of the city's biggest and best annual events.
Taos feels like a comfortable Navajo blanket, wrapping you with coziness and color. Pueblos with their sandy hues. Warmth despite the snow on the ground and majestic mountains as a backdrop. Crackling fires in kiva fireplaces and smoke billowing from chimneys.
In our tough economic climate, it's worth reminding ourselves that losing a job might not be the end of the world. Sure, it never feels good, but for these well-known folks, getting the boot from their gigs provided the impetus for them to reach even greater successes.
Alice Temperley likes to camp. Which is why the British fashion designer, who escapes her London workshop to rusticate in a tepee on her Somerset country estate, was recently commissioned by One & Only Le Saint Géran to erect a similar structure on their beach in Mauritius.
Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the federal Bureau of Land Management, hoping to stop the sale of leases to oil and gas companies on land in Utah that includes what some call the "world's longest art gallery."
Public Broadcasting Service President and CEO Paula Kerger called Wednesday on news organizations to work to keep Americans engaged in the political process, even though the presidential election has ended.
Paul Newman lived long enough, and lived well enough, to confuse anybody who'd try for a final summation. He was a cross-generational film star, his movies the last 50 years inspired by 10 Oscar-nominated parts. Everything from Hud to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler to Cool Hand Luke. But, he was also a salad dressing magnate, starting up a popcorn and spaghetti company as a joke, all profits of Newman's Own going to charity. By 2007, the foundation had given out $175 million and dressed a lot of salads.
It's 40 years since Robert Redford teamed up with Paul Newman to play cowboy heroes in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Yet the name "Sundance" has become synonymous with Redford, outshining his other starring roles like "The Great Gatsby," "All the President's Men" and "Up Close and Personal."
From Harry Potter to Beatrix Potter, Bond to Borat, David Lean to Mr Bean, British cinema, the skills of British actors, directors and technicians have long been respected around the globe. And as the London Film Festival opens in the British capital, one of the starring roles is the city itself.
Liberal message movies tend to follow the Mary Poppins principle: Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. The sugar is suspense, mystery, romance -- the sweeteners Hollywood sprinkles over Important Issues like corporate duplicity or blood diamonds to render them palatable.
My book club discussed "All the King's Men" -- the Robert Penn Warren novel -- the other day. And along with the observations about morality, motivation and literary style, we openly wondered if the movie -- opening Friday -- will get it right.
Last year's revelation that former FBI man Mark Felt was "Deep Throat," the source who helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein expose the nefariousness of the Nixon administration, gives the new Two-Disc Special Edition of the political thriller "All the President's Men" a fresh context.
"An Unfinished Life" gathered dust on a shelf at Miramax for two years before finally seeing the light of day. The belated release is understandable. Slowly paced with an extremely predictable ending, the film has its faults.
Movies have come a long way in 100 years. People used to pack halls to see "moving pictures" of people just walking down the street. In the early days, the sight of a gunslinger pointing a six-shooter into the camera in "The Great Train Robbery" was enough to cause a temporary panic in theaters.
From Elizabeth I to Robert Redford, redheads have stood out throughout history because of their distinctive fiery manes. Now, students at Princeton University have joined forces to discuss and celebrate their unique experiences of having red hair.