Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Her résumé read “actress,” but Lauren Bacall was first and foremost a Hollywood movie star. Arriving in L.A. with her mother in 1942 and before speaking a line on film, the young New York model perfected the smoky, sexy voice that would become her trademark. On her own, Bacall, who died Aug. 12, figured out how to plant her chin against her long neck, look upward into the camera with those heavy-lidded eyes, and give what became known simply as “The Look.” …

The Best Roles of Peter O’Toole, Dead at 81

Long considered to be one of the most talented film stars ever, Peter O’Toole held what must have been a frustrating distinction. O’Toole, who died on Dec. 14 at age 81 in London, is the performer nominated most often for a best actor Oscar – eight times - without winning. O’Toole, best known for his role as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, was passed over so many times that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences …

Dustin Hoffman: I’d Rather Play Jazz, But This Is Nice, Too!

  Dustin Hoffman once told our West Coast Editor Meg Grant that he would give up acting in a minute if he could only become a jazz musician. That switcheroo doesn’t appear imminent, but last year at age 75 Hoffman did direct his first movie – the funny, warm Quartet. That breakthrough achievement was among the reasons AARP toasted Hoffman Tuesday at the annual Movies for Grownups celebration in Beverly Hills. “This is an impactful moment in movies,” Hoffman told …

Hey Oscar, You Forgot Something!

  I’m confused. This was a great year for Movies for Grownups. Some of them even made a ton of money. So why is the  85th annual Oscar nominations list such a mixed bag for grownup movie lovers? On one hand, it’s nice to see Amour-a powerful French film about the undying love of an 80-something couple-nominated for Best Picture (and also Foreign Film, which may be a first). And Argo, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark …

Meryl Streep and Christopher Plummer Chat Backstage After Oscar Wins

Meryl Streep was in a playful mood last night when she held court backstage before a crowd of admiring press after winning her Best Actress Oscar for “The Iron Lady.”  “I thought I was so old and jaded, but they call your name and you just go into sort of a — I don’t know, a white light, and it was just thrilling,” she told us.  “It was like I was a kid again.  I was a kid when I …

“The Beginners”: Movies for Grownups 2012

I didn’t get to watch a lot of movies as a kid. (It’s a long story.) The few ones I did watch left indelible impressions. As it turns out, when you watch the Sound of Music close to 30 or 40 times as a young teenaged woman, Christopher Plummer sticks in your mind. (As does the soundtrack. These are a few of my favorite things…La la la la…)  I can recognize that voice anywhere, even in the villain from Up. …