August 7, 2009 |
NEW YORK, Aug. 6 -- Of all the roles Marion Barry has played in his years on the public stage -- activist, council member, mayor, convict, redeemed soul, mayor again, council member again -- perhaps none was more unlikely than the one he found himself in today: film celebrity. Yet there he was, at a cocktail party at HBO's midtown Manhattan headquarters, the center of attention, the subject and star of a new documentary about his many incarnations, appropriately titled "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.
February 12, 2012 |
Thomas Heath is away. But we found some news to pass along in his absence. Rockville-based Silynx Communications got a surprise late last year when it learned its tactical communications headsets would get a role in "Act of Valor," a new movie featuring Navy SEALs set for release in theaters later this month. Gil Limonchik , chief executive of the nearly seven-year-old company and himself a veteran of the Special Forces, said the company has long had a close relationship with the...
May 22, 2013 |
A drop-dead beautiful Ghanaian actress is yelling at the director. Her voice — with that slightly British Ghanaian accent — echoes across the polished marble floors and bounces off the baby grand inside a Montgomery County mansion that has been turned into a movie set. Cameras have stopped rolling. Actors lean against the bay windows overlooking the swimming pool. "I'm human!" shouts the movie star, Yvonne Nelson. "I can complain if I want to complain. I am not a robot.
April 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Once upon a time, there was an 11-year-old Hungarian girl, with blond curls and big dark eyes and a beautiful singing voice and a singer mother who taught her how to use it. She was discovered, as such girls often are, and toured as a child prodigy; and she had staying power, which such girls often do not. At 17 she landed a role in a hit show written by one of the biggest names in show business. A great opera conductor tried to secure her services, but so did the film studios, and she became a movie star — all...
June 18, 2012 |
Hopscotching between 1960s Italy and contemporary Hollywood, Jess Walter's " Beautiful Ruins " is a novel about memory, nostalgia and ephemera. A young man named Pasquale manages his family's hotel, Adequate View, in Porto Vergogna, Italy. A starlet named Dee Moray arrives in a boat. She's supposedly dying of cancer, and she changes Pasquale's life. Falling in love with Dee, worshiping her with a pure chivalric heart, he never forgets her. Fifty years later, Pasquale comes looking for Dee in Hollywood.
December 7, 2008 |
MEMPHIS He had the relentlessness of a Captain Ahab, which is what it took. Morgan Freeman's voyage seemed endless. He watched as other actors began bolting Manhattan for Los Angeles and coveted television and film offers in the '60s and early '70s. He was stuck on a kids' show in the city. It was better than hauling his clothes around and bunking with friends as he once had to do. But the voyage of Morgan Freeman remained rocky. He turned 40 in 1977, and was still without a major film role.