Richard Attenborough: Versatile Actor Turned ‘Gandhi’ Director

Richard Attenborough had a pretty good career as a character actor. From the 1940s to the mid-2000s, he appeared in nearly 80 films, including the 1963 World War II epic The Great Escape, in which he played the mastermind of a daring flight from a Nazi prison camp, to 1992′s Jurassic Park, in which he played bioengineering genius John Hammond, the owner of an ill-fated theme park stocked with cloned dinosaurs. But Attenborough, who died on Aug. 24 at age 90 in …

On Oscar Night Everyone’s a Grownup!

Even the weather gods know that you don’t mess around with Oscar. A rainy afternoon in Los Angeles gave way to sun in time for the Annual Academy Awards Sunday and the glamour teams who get the stars ready for the glitzy ceremony must have exhaled in unison. Fashion dominated the red carpet conversation and age had nothing to do with the great grownup looks. Here, a few of the best. THE LEGENDARY Liza Minnelli, 67, in cobalt blue matched by …

Why Watch the Oscars? For the Boomer Stars, Of Course!

The diamonds may blind you, the designer fashions may dazzle you, and the collective cosmetic surgery bill would probably buy health care for the entire nation of Rwanda. But when it comes to the movies being honored at the Oscars Sunday night, one thing is refreshingly true: It’s not about the money. Seldom has such a grown-up batch of films been nominated for Best Picture without regard for box office performance. In fact, the total take for the lower two-thirds of …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Feb. 21

One more week until the Oscars: Most of the major nominees are still in theaters-and one opens this weekend-so you can still catch them before March 2. And if you’re all up to date, you could sit back, pop on your 3-D glasses, and enjoy the destruction of an ancient Roman City.   Pompeii On the list of four writers who concocted this epic story of slaves and gladiators battling each other and a certain nearby volcano is Julian Fellowes, …

Why Oscar Nominee ‘Nebraska’ Has Already Won

I saw Nebraska over the holidays with my boyfriend and his mom and my mom. It was a rather odd double date, come to think of it, but this isn’t about that. The movie just got me to thinking. There’s an important message in Nebraska, particularly in the relationship between David (Will Forte) and his father Woody (Oscar contender Bruce Dern). When Woody says he won a million dollars and has to travel 800+ miles to collect the prize, his …

Oscar Shame: How Could They Forget Andy Griffith?

As Gomer Pyle would have said, “Golllll-eeee!” How could Sunday night’s Oscarcast have neglected to mention the late great Andy Griffith among the stars who died in the past year? I’m not for one moment begrudging any of the film industry greats who were listed – from screen legends Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning and Celeste Holm to songwriter Hal David and writer Nora Ephron. It’s typical of Oscar’s short memory that the evening’s organizers apparently forgot that Andy was actually …