Bob MondelloBob Mondello reviews movies and covers the arts for NPR News, seeing at least 250 films and 100 plays annually, and shares critiques and commentaries on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered.
Beard of Avon? Rhys Ifans plays the 17th Earl of Oxford, who in the preposterous calculus of Anonymous is the "real" author of Shakespeare's plays.
Holding Out For ... What Again? A remake of 1984's Footloose (with Kevin Bacon) has some fans crying foul — but if Aretha Franklin can earn respect with an Otis Redding song, why can't Hollywood take a second look at something?