Monday, November 24, 2014

J Lo, J Law, Scar Jo and ... who?

The habit of the media to reduce celebrity names to instantly recognizable marketing handles has led to some pretty ridiculous examples, so we made up a new one.

And so, in the proud tradition of J Lo...

and J Law...

 and Scar Jo...

We present...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols, 83

Filmmaker, standup comedian and theater director Mike Nichols has died at 83. A titanic chameleon — from nightclub stages with Elaine May to "Spamalot" — an incredible career.

The word legendary is bandied about too easily, but it applies here. He was a successor to George Abbott and Elia Kazan and Billy Wilder and others whose talents stretched across genres and media.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Men From UNCLE

Apropos of nothing, here's a little bit of movie trivia that I just realized today.

There were two great male ensemble movies from the early 1960s that became a mainstay of American pop culture experience during the last 50 years: "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Great Escape." They always seemed related, of course, because Steve McQueen, Charlie Bronson and James Coburn appeared in both films.