I believe every filmmaker should, at least once, experience life in front of the camera, to better understand actors' needs and issues. But the director-actor crossover field is a large and varied one: you have actors who quit to become directors (Ron Howard, Penny Marshall), actors who also direct (Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford), director-actor auteurs (Woody Allen, Spike Lee), and too… read more!
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For most movie stars, acting is a lifelong profession. Few give it up for good, though some are known to take a few years off now and then. But then there are those who just up and quit - often at the height of their fame. Invariably, they gain a sort of mystique for their decision, and leave us with… read more!
This time around I am eschewing my usual list of the nine most overrated films of the year, mainly because - with the notable exceptions of The Hours and Frida - 2002 didn't really have many titles that fit that description. So I'm trying something different. I'll be frank: This is a sexist list. I am only listing girls. If… read more!
Baretta star Robert Blake escaped imprisonment for the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley, but if you believe popular opinion, he is in that grim group: famous people who have taken lives, whether on purpose or accidentally. Here are some others. [2010 note: This list was written before Phil Spector murdered Lana Clarkson.] Matthew Broderick. The star of Ferris… read more!
I was born in Massachusetts and I've lived in LA since 1989, but I spent my formative years in the San Jose area (my neighborhood was originally part of San Jose, but was later annexed by Cupertino, home of Apple Computer). Today, despite the fact that Silicon Valley companies now run much of the nation's economy, I still have to… read more!
It's Oscar season! And in honor of one of our culture's most celebrated trivial events, I give you trivia. The title of this list says it all. (Note: the years mentioned are for the year of the Academy Awards ceremony in which each director won, not the year the film came out.) Warren Beatty in 1982 for his boring film… read more!
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I dedicate this list to the small collection of famous women who, often for inexplicable reasons, I have crushes on. You can have your Charlize Therons, your Jennifer Lopezes, your Angelina Jolies. I don't want them. These nine ladies might not make most frat boys' top ten babe lists, but... well, I guess that… read more!
Many stars can thank their famous parents for their entry into show biz (Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie); others work and slave for years with bit parts, failed TV pilots and B-movies before their big break (Robert Mitchum, Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey); foreign actors often have to prove themselves in their homelands first before being invited to… read more!
"But what I really want to do is direct!" It's one of the great cliches in film: everybody wants to call the shots, to play the "visionary". A lot of A-list actors, writers, and cinematographers have had that chance. A few even got to do it more than once. But occasionally someone makes a name for himself in another field… read more!
The previous List of Nine covered those lucky young stars who were recently deemed big enough by critic Leonard Maltin to be added to his "Star Index" at the back of his popular paperback movie review guide. As promised, however, here is a much more interesting (and much larger) list of - how should I put this? - the forgotten… read more!
Many people purchase the annually updated movie review book Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide, edited by beloved film critic Maltin. In the back of the book is an "Index of Stars" - the actors and actresses that Maltin & Co. deem popular enough that the average moviegoer might actually want to look up their names to see what movies… read more!
Happy birthday, Andy! The late artist would have been 71 today. One of the 20th century's best-known painters, he is ironically most famous for his quote about being famous (for 15 minutes). But still, there are many simple facts about the man's life that the ordinary person may not know. I thought I'd share some. He was gay. It's obvious… read more!
In my life, I have discovered many strange coincidences that tie me to noted British actor Patrick Stewart, a man I don't personally know. So I present this list primarily as proof of how small the world is, and also as a belated birthday greeting to Mr. Stewart, who turned 59 last week. My close friend for years, Craig, once… read more!
Happy birthday to me! Mark Tapio Kines turns 29 years old today. April 26 usually gets a bad rap, and who can blame it? This day marks the anniversary of the death of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, the Chernobyl disaster, the bombing of Guernica (which inspired Picasso's famous painting), and the marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But let's pay tribute… read more!
Although he wrote a song about it, David Bowie never committed rock & roll suicide. But many famous musicians did check out this decade, all by their own hand. It's a distressing signal to be seeing so many of them: before the '90s, rock's only noteworthy suicides were Joy Division's Ian Curtis (in 1980) and the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious… read more!
May 17 is Norwegian Constitution Day, the biggest national holiday in Norway. In celebration, I thought I would pay tribute to nine Norwegians who have left their respective marks in world history and culture. This list isn't as random as it may seem - one of the main characters in Foreign Correspondents is Norwegian, and in fact a good deal… read more!
In honor of these two recently Oscar-nominated English actresses, I thought I'd take a little time out from talking about my movie Foreign Correspondents to have some fun with the List of 9. Both actresses made their big screen debuts as historical characters. (KW as Juliet Hulme in Heavenly Creatures, HBC as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane) Both have… read more!