Tommy Lee Jones: ‘For as long as people are making movies, they’re going to sometimes make movies about the history of their country.’ Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Watch any documentary about John Ford and odds are the film will feature archive footage of an eager young Peter Bogdanovich attempting to get some(...)

Paul Haggis is a tricksy sort of writer-director. Watching In the Valley of Elah, in which Tommy Lee Jones investigates the death of his Iraq veter(...)

Maureen O’Hara speaks after accepting an her Oscar statuette from actors Clint Eastwood  and Liam Neeson at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/ Reuters

Irish actress Maureen O’Hara lastnight received an honorary Academy Award for her contribution to Hollywood. The 94-year-old, who is a prolific(...)

Julia Pierson prepares to testify before a White House committee last month. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Did Julia Pierson get pushed off the glass cliff? Writing in the New Republic, Bryce Covert suggests that Pierson’s sex – she was the first woman to r(...)

One of Denzel Washington’s great tricks is the sudden, disconcerting mid-sentence shift of mood. We’re nattering about his early years on the stage wh(...)

We must give credit where credit is due. Working to a minuscule budget on a frantic schedule, Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn, making their feature de(...)

Television’s loss was the movies’ gain: James Garner with Julie Andrews in The Americanization of Emily (1964)

When the great James Garner died last weekend, more than a few obituaries unkindly noted that, though huge on television, he had never really burst th(...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

The jukebox musical never sounded like an obvious candidate for translation to film. Raucous singalongs that invite audiences to engage communally, th(...)

Vincent Piazza (2nd from right): 'I grew up with many really marginalised personalities. You went to school with Italians, Puerto Ricans, Irish. The people I grew up with have been an inspiration'

You know how it is for actors. If your agent phones you up with news of an audition for a highwayman drama then, even if you’ve never sat on a horse i(...)