“Boyhood”: A Film 12 Years in the Making

There’s never been a movie quite like Boyhood, writer-director Richard Linklater’s intimate epic about a boy’s life from ages 6 to 18. Linklater started filming in 2002, having hired a young actor named Ellar Coltrane for the lead role and veteran stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke to play his parents. Once every year or so, they’d all get together in Texas to film a few scenes, chronicling another chapter in the characters’ lives. The kid goes to school, encounters …

Whoopi Goldberg: Acting Is All I Ever Wanted

Watching Whoopi Goldberg in Lifetime’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short, to air Saturday April 19,  you may find yourself thinking that we haven’t been seeing enough of The View host’s Oscar-winning acting skills in recent years.  She reminds us in this movie of just how good she is. The film puts her at the center of another scenario by novelist Terry McMillan (Goldberg was in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, you may recall) and reunites her with Ving …

Eileen Moran: A Special Effects Wizard’s Highlights Reel

Eileen Moran started out with ambitions of becoming an actor, like her college classmate John Turturro. But instead, she ended up creating a different sort of magic on the screen. As a visual effects producer, Moran helped conjure up the magic that made scores of Hollywood films into spectacular viewing experiences, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, to Avatar,  Prometheus and the 2005 remake of King Kong. The New York native, who died …

The Iron Lady Fights Her Toughest Foe

By Trish Vradenberg Well, it’s a biopic so you have to expect that there will be quibbling over interpretation.  You know, the usual stuff: was he the favorite; was she a mean witch; was he a private cross-dresser?  Who really knows? The new biopic The Iron Lady, currently showing in your favorite Cineplex, has sparked controversy – even outrage – due to the fact that the central figure, Margaret Thatcher, is still alive. The crux of the objection is that the film depicts …