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Oscar winner and groundbreaking star Sidney Poitier dies

Jan. 07, 2022 22:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, and became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94. ...

Sidney Poitier changed movies, and changed lives

Jan. 07, 2022 19:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — We go to movies not just to escape, but to discover. We might identify with the cowboy or the runaway bride or the kid who befriends a creature from another planet. To see yourself on screen has long been another way of knowing you exist. Sidney...

Review: 'Garbo' a mesmerizing look at film's greatest enigma

Dec. 08, 2021 08:00 AM EST

“Garbo” by Robert Gottlieb (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Coming a century after the Swedish actress' film debut, Robert Gottlieb’s biography of Greta Garbo is a classic movie lover's dream. Enriching his insightful reconsideration of Garbo's life and career are wonderful photos,...

Review: In memoir, it's good to be comedy king Mel Brooks

Nov. 30, 2021 14:47 PM EST

“All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business” by Mel Brooks (Ballantine) Bagels and Nova Scotia lox for the writing team’s breakfast while punching up the script for “Blazing Saddles.” Earl Grey tea and English digestive biscuits while developing Gene...

Q&A: Mel Brooks, 95, is still riffing

Nov. 30, 2021 13:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Leave it to Mel Brooks to blurb his own memoir. There, along with laudatory quotes from Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Conan O'Brien and others is one from “M. Brooks," who hails “All About Me!” as: "Not since the Bible have I read anything so...

Review: Oscar winner James Ivory delivers patchy memoir

Nov. 02, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

“Solid Ivory: Memoirs” by James Ivory (Farrar, Straus and Giroux): Film director James Ivory knows how to tell a story and engage an audience. His most popular and critically acclaimed costume dramas — “A Room with a View,” “Howards End” and “The Remains...