Julia Roberts could have done Blind Side, but opted for Valentine's Day instead.
Jack Nicholson was offered the role of Michael Corleone, but felt it was an offer he could refuse.
Michelle Pfeiffer didn't want to be Clarice Starling, and Jeremy Irons pooh poohed the part of Hannibal Lecter, both t ... More >>
Bear in mind I loved Sofia Coppola in The Godfather III and enjoyed Pierce Brosnan's singing in Mamma Mia!
But still, hear me out.
Adam Sandler is roundly derided for putting out crappy, unfunny comedies which get scathing reviews and tons of awards--Razzies, that is.
But I just saw Just Go With ... More >>
It used to be that a Broadway show that got raves would have a pretty good chance of being a hit and one that got trashed by critics would most likely fold.
This was the complete opposite of movies, whereby something that got great reviews could easily flop if it didn't have mass appeal, while the ... More >>
Here's Leonard Maltin's description of the 1980 William Friedkin film Cruising, starring Al Pacino.
"Cop Pacino goes underground to ferret out bloody killer of homosexuals in this distasteful, badly scripted film. Gay world presented as sick, degrading, and ritualistic. Filmed on authentic N.Y.C. l ... More >>
Jessica Chastain is not only an acclaimed actress, she's quite beautiful, so I was stunned to hear her tell the TimesTalk audience last night about her shaky reception when she first went on auditions in L.A.
"Many people didn't know what Juilliard was," she said, "or didn't care about my theatrica ... More >>
Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week.
The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Film Institute, and so it goes that the nonfiction knockout of TIFF thus far is The Act of Ki ... More >>
I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too!
I'm not alone!
And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without sib ... More >>
I think that sounds nicer than "omnipresent," since it's not her fault that every movie she's ever done seems to be coming out all at once.
She's Jessica Chastain, the 31-year-old beauty who's showing her range--and incredible aptitude for achievement--in the following 2011 films:
Ceferino "Papo" Perez, an East Harlem cocaine kingpin, was apparently so fond of Al Pacino's role in Scarface that he did some pretty amazing Photoshopping and put his face right on top of Pacino's in the movie poster (check it out, at right). The results, which he displayed on his nightstand ... More >>
Last year, the Tony awards fawned over Hollywood types, and a lot of died-in-the-wool theater people didn't have much of a chance against them.
Well, this time the nominating committee obviously listened to the criticism about all that and swung the curve back to the real theater stars.
(He ... More >>
I don't mean the current smash production with Al Pacino and Lily Rabe.
I mean the play itself--you know, the one by old whatshisname.
In her new memoir, And Furthermore, Judes remembers agreeing to play Portia in a 1970 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Merchant despite her utter dis ... More >>
Ever felt that the seafoam green interior and moldy moldings of your Lower East Side walkup just don't "go" with the authentic door paint or vintage-scented elevator or occasional atmospheric shrieks and scufflings? Ah, if we lived at the Upper West Side's historic condo The Apthorp (resident ... More >>
It may not be the summer of love (in fact, we're pretty sure it isn't), but that doesn't mean that you can't spend the next two months "jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack." In this week's cover story, John H. Tucker goes inside the Nitrous Mafia, a surprisingly organized group made ... More >>