Barbra Streisand: A Life in the Movies

One of the great what-if stories in Hollywood history has Elvis Presley turning down the starring role opposite Barbra Streisand in A Star is Born. Well, although we never got to see an Elvis-Babs pairing (he would have been SO much cooler than Kris Kristofferson), Monday, April 22, brings the next best thing: Streisand on the same stage with the Elvis of presidents, Bill Clinton. He’ll present her with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award in honor of …

The Government Compound Where Robots Watch TV

I recently ventured into the hollowed-out Virginia mountain where the Library of Congress keeps copies of every movie, TV show, and sound recording that’s submitted for copyright. Officially, it’s called the the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. I call it Heaven. Here are stored, in specially built vaults, the highly explosive nitrate prints of films made prior to the 1950s…historic videotapes, including the first-ever color broadcast…vinyl and shellac discs dating back to the days of Edison… and in a lead-lined vault …

Tonight: Movies for Grownups Goes Prime Time!

It’s a big night for grownup movie lovers: Movies for Grownups Presents premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on RLTV (click here to see if it’s available on your cable carrier). Every Friday night I’ll introduce a feature film, then return throughout the program with trivia and fascinating info about the movie. Plus, I’ll preview films that are arriving in theaters, on DVD, and on Video on Demand. Tonight’s movie is Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road …

Ed Koch: The Last Interview

    “Ed Koch!” The voice on the phone was not so much identifying itself as trumpeting an introduction. This was Ed Koch, all right, barging into our phone conversation with the same ebullience that characterized his three terms as New York’s most popular and controversial mayor since Jimmy Walker. I caught up with Koch on January 10, at his modest Greenwich Village apartment. I can’t definitively say mine was the absolute last interview Koch granted before his death early …

Bullet to the Head: A Movies for Grownups Video Review

Two weeks ago Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to action films in The Last Stand; Two weeks hence Bruce Willis pulls the trigger on A Good Day to Die Hard. This week it’s Sylvester Stallone in a new shoot-’em-up,  Bullet to the Head, directed by Walter Hill. For this week’s video review, Bill Newcott takes aim at Sly’s latest.     Photo: Frank Masi/Warner Bros. Pictures    

Quartet: A Movies For Grownups Video Review

Dustin Hoffman steps behind the camera to direct his first movie, the warmly wonderful comedy Quartet. In this week’s video review and clips, Bill Newcott marvels at how Hoffman lets his veteran cast do what they do best.   Photo: Kerry Brown/The Weinstein Company