The resultant BBC Radio 4 program And The Academy Award Goes To... featuring The French Connection was recently aired and it brought it all back for former NYPD detective Grosso, who went onto a sterling career as a television and movie producer.
Filmmaker Edward Burns' 'Public Morals' Portrays Mythical Irish-American Cops like 'The French Connection's' Popeye Doyle
I was recently chatting with filmmaker Edward Burns who was excitedly talking about his new drama series, Public Morals, which premieres on August 25 on TNT. He was grateful that I'd found the series compelling with a host of outstanding elements from cinematography, set design and costuming to music.
I have an actor friend who gets through a crowd and gets through life with one over-riding rule: don't make eye contact. It's a great and effective policy, especially for stars who inspire a dangerous sense of possession in fans when in the open public.
Stress kills, goes the old saying, and can cause a host of maladies before it does. Hypertension, heart disease and even Bruxism, otherwise known as grinding of the teeth, can be its unfortunate byproducts. So, here are 10 examples of stress in on-screen and its most masterful portraits.
What makes French films, eh, French? The facile answer: a focus on love: married, obsessive, at first sight. In its 20th season the popular Rendez Vous at Lincoln Center, shows a penchant for action adventure -- and, serial killers.
I have been forced to come to a hard-pressed realization that makes my shoulders fall, and my heart heavy: I am falling out of love with Wes Anderson.
The Oscars and the Night That Jack Nicholson Came to Harlem to Eat Macaronis With Detective Sonny Grosso
Grosso says Jack's visit sent Rao's influential clientele into a tizzy but what was so heart-warming was that Nicholson himself had presented the Best Picture Oscar to The French Connection's producer Phil D'Antoni back at the 44th Academy Awards.
From Nietzschean philosophizing cops (McConaughey) to a female Ranger, cop shows have come a long way from Dragnet's Jack Webb (1951-59) droning his catchphrase, "All we want are the facts, ma'am..."
"The Royal Tenenbaums" wasn't Gene Hackman's last film before his self-imposed hiatus -- that honor goes to "Welcome to Mooseport
First Nighter: Bette Midler Divine in I'll Eat You Last, Cicely Tyson's Beautiful Bountiful, Tristan Sturrock's Mayday Mayday
Tuning into the gossip the Divine Miss M spews jubilantly as another Divine Miss M is such fun it hardly matters that five minutes after the romp ends, much of the dirt dished with such five-alarm relish has completely faded in the cool night air.
Actor Seymour Cassel is on the phone and, when asked what he's been doing, says, "Well, I'm looking for work."
_____ Hackman is a two-time Oscar winner -- best supporting actor for "Unforgiven" and best actor for "The French Connection
'The Royal Tenenbaums' 10th Anniversary: Wes Anderson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray Dish At Lincoln Center
"Gene passed for a year and a half," Anderson said. "He was sort of forced to do the movie and that was not fair, really