Dolores Hart was the next Grace Kelly—but like Princess Grace, she gave up Hollywood for something bigger. In 1963, the star who gave Elvis Presley his first onscreen kiss became a Roman Catholic nun. Fifty years later, Mother Dolores Hart tells her story in a new book, The Ear of the Heart, and she tells Bill Newcott the decision to enter the convent was far from easy.
Elliott Gould is the dad, Fred Melamed is his son, and the conflict is a timeless one: When should a parent move out of the house and into someplace that’s more, well, appropriate? And even more sticky: who should make that decision? The dilemma is at the heart of the movie Fred Won’t Move Out, now coming to DVD and digital download.
John Wayne shoots it out with Robert Duvall in his Oscar-winning role as Sheriff Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. A new Blu-Ray disc set pairs True Grit with perhaps John Wayne’s greatest film, director John Ford’s 1956 western The Searchers. The Searchers is the story of a Civil War Veteran named Ethan Edwards who sets out to rescue his niece from a tribe of American Indians. But by “rescue,” Ethan means killing her, because to him the mere notion of a white woman having lived among the Comanches is simply unthinkable.
Besedka Johnson was 85 when she made her first movie, and her work helped the film Starlet win an Independent Spirit Award this year. Writer-Director Sean Baker tells Bill Newcott how she landed her first and, sadly, last acting job.
Bill Newcott previews the four films he'll introduce with Robert Osborne on a special night of Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies May 15: Forbidden Planet, Spellbound, Rome Open City, and Pennies from Heaven.
Jonathan Winters left a legacy of classic standup comedy—but he also made some pretty good movies. Bill Newcott recalls two of his classic film roles, and chats with the star's old friend Tim Conway about the ways Winters kept his pals on their toes.