When Freed From Its Past, Beauty and the Beast Has Its Own Brand of Magic

There is no real reason why a 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast should exist. The 1991 animated film is considered a masterpiece by many, the first of its kind to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The characters are iconic, the songs legendary, the artwork exquisite. Even those who find the plot troubling…

Chasing Oscar: Natalie Portman is the Keeper of Jackie’s Flame

Next up in the Chasing Oscar series: Natalie Portman and her Oscar-nominated turn as the legendary First Lady in Jackie. For millions of Americans, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy is the quintessential First Lady. She is a frequent reference point, a bar that all of her successors have been measured against. But why? What afforded Mrs. Kennedy such…