Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt is a very funny guy and cinema buff who has hosted many awards shows, but considers himself out of the running to do the big one: I care about movies a lot. I'd love to host The Oscars. But I shouldn't host The Oscars. Not this year. Later, I hope. But...

What Script Supervisors Do

When I was in New Orleans in 2014 shooting my poker scene with Ben Mendelsohn for "Mississippi Grind," the script supervisor came over after every take to capture photos of the table, reset the chip stacks, make sure our hands were in the right places, see if I still...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Mark Harris (no relation) makes some great points about "Green Book," a movie I wasn't overly thrilled by -- for exactly these reasons. Still, the National Board Of Review just named it Best Picture and gave Viggo Mortensen the prize for Best Actor, too. That's not...

Movie Review: “Wildlife”

"Wildlife" is a movie adapted by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano from a 1990 Richard Ford novel about a family in crisis in 1960s Montana. Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal), the father, has moved his family yet again for a new job, this time as a golf course pro, but he's laid off...

Ricky Jay

It's silly to try to name the Greatest Magician Ever, even if you break it down into subcategories like Grand Illusionists, Escape Artists, Mentalists, Comedy Magicians, etc. Yes, there are competitions held each year at which magicians win prizes and honors, but...

Movie Review: “Green Book”

"Green Book" is the based-on-truth story of Dr. Don Shirley, a world class pianist who was booked to do a concert tour that included several dates in the deep south. Since this was 1962, and Shirley was African-American, he knew there might be trouble, so he hired a...

More About “The Front Runner”

Yesterday, I posted a lengthy review of Jason Reitman's "The Front Runner," with Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart, whose presidential aspirations were derailed when the press covered his personal indiscretions. But I left out three points, so I'll cover them today: If you...

Movie Review: “The Front Runner”

It was late 1986 when I took over the morning show at WCXR in Washington, DC. Every day, I'd wake up with several hours of radio to fill. Fortunately, the news cycle over the course of the next few years was rife with stories that I gladly exploited as entertainment...

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