Joan Rivers dead at 81

...on Miley Cyrus and other newcomers.With her raspy voice and brash New York accent, Rivers turned the red carpet of the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes into a stalking ground for E! Entertainment. Her familiar query - "Who are you wearing...

Williams death: Hollywood reacts

...seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression - he made reference to it...


Now Playing Synopsis: Still regarded as the definitive film version of Mary Shelley's classic tale of tragedy and horror, Frankenstein made unknown character actor Boris Karloff a star and created a new icon of terror. Along with the highly successful Dracula, released earlier the same year, it launched Universal Studio's golden age of 1930s horror movies. The film's greatness stems less from its script than from the stark but moody atmosphere created by director James Whale; Herman Rosse's memorable set designs, particularly the fantastic watchtower laboratory, featuring electrical equipment designed by Kenneth Strickfaden; the creature's trademark look from makeup artist Jack Pierce, who required Karloff to don pounds of makeup and heavy asphalt shoes to create the monster's unique lurching gait; and Karloff's nuanced performance as the tormented and bewildered creature. Frankenstein was greeted with screams, moans, and fainting spells upon its initial release, obliging Universal to add a disclaimer in which Edward Van Sloan advises the faint of heart to leave the theater immediately. If they don't: "Well...we've warned you." Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Stars, fans show up in Iowa for 'Field of Dreams' 25th anniversary

...weekend's emotional reunion in Iowa showed why Field of Dreams still resonates with so many after so many years.The site of the Oscar-nominated film about an Iowa farmer who hears a voice whisper "If you build it, he will come" and follows through...

Augusta Players ready to meet demands of 'Wizard of Oz' fans

...Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion has resulted in numerous plays and films in the years since Judy Garland first sang the Oscar Award-winning song Somewhere Over the Rainbow.The stage version of The Wizard of Oz is written differently than the...

Anita Hill in spotlight again as new film opens

...declining interviews.She's about to enter the maelstrom again with the release Friday of a new documentary, Anita, by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Mock. After years of declining requests to collaborate on a film about her experiences, she...

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country Music Awards was truckful of randomness

...has relegated its awards for small-, medium- and large-market radio stations to off-camera presentations such as the Oscars do their technical awards. The underlined thought seems to be we appreciate you, but we're not going to waste good...

Experts can be foolish at predicting information

...spend pretty much all its time planning for major weather events, expected rain. But it got colder, didn't it?The Oscars? Never have so many talked so much about so little.Personally, I don't keep up much with foreign policy, Atlanta...

Pistorius trial gives rare glimpse into South African justice system

The drama of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has been captivating people around the world and especially South Africans.

TCM documentary shows conditional love for Oscar

...Turner Classic Movies documentary And the Oscar Goes To ... appears to be little...That's a long time."And the Oscar Goes To ... also acknowledges what...movie-award statuettes."Well, the Oscars were first." Friedman noted...