Mickey Rooney Was the Last Old Hollywood Star Standing
April 07, 2014
If you weren't familiar with the 93-year-old legend, here are the three movies to watch.
David Hajdu on Music: Billboard Goddesses
April 20, 2012
Stardom isn’t normal. It’s familiar, even commonplace—ever-present not only in the realm of actors, singers, and other pop entertainers, but also in the overlapping circles of athletes, politicians, tech “visionaries,” and ambiguously skilled celebrities-as-celebrities whom Americans love to ogle, aggrandize, belittle, and resent. The impulse to idolize is as old as the gods, of course. Jesus was a superstar some time before Andrew Lloyd Webber came around.
TNR Film Classics: 'National Velvet' (February 5, 1945)
January 21, 2011
National Velvet tells how a twelve-year-old butcher’s daughter, Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), helped by a vagabond ex-jockey (Mickey Rooney) wins the Grand National steeplechase. It is the best thing to see at the moment, next to another very happy MGM technicolor film, Meet Me in St.