His Widow Remembers Belushi

His Widow Remembers Belushi

The John Belushi documentary that’s running on Showtime is quite good. It’s an oral history made up of interviews done by Tanner Colby and lots of archival footage from many parts of Belushi’s life. If you don’t have Showtime, but want to hear...
Mike Sexton, “Life’s A Gamble”

Mike Sexton, “Life’s A Gamble”

I’m saddened to hear of the death last night of Mike Sexton, who is in the Poker Hall Of Fame for his decades as the game’s ambassador, longtime play-by-play man for the World Poker Tour, and CEO of the online poker site Party Poker. He was two weeks short...
James Lipton, Inside The Actor’s Studio

James Lipton, Inside The Actor’s Studio

I was sad to hear of the death today of James Lipton, longtime host of “Inside The Actor’s Studio,” at age 93. As an interviewer myself, I respected Lipton because of the work he did before he sat down with his guests — studying their...
Charles Brandt, “I Hear You Paint Houses”

Charles Brandt, “I Hear You Paint Houses”

Martin Scorsese’s new movie is “The Irishman,” starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, as well as lots of other names you’ll recognize (Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Plemons, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano). It will be open in...
Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

When I heard Friday of the death of Valerie Harper at age 80, I went to my archives to dig out a conversation I had with her in February, 2006. Best known as TV’s Rhoda Morganstern, she was touring that year in “Golda’s Balcony,” a one-woman...
Remembering “Psycho”

Remembering “Psycho”

Last month, I wrote that the original trailer for the 1991 “Addams Family” movie was the greatest ever, because it teased without revealing — a concept long abandoned by Hollywood. Today, I offer another contender for the title of Greatest Movie...