The two-bit distortions in "A Million Little Pieces" that landed squirming memoirist James Frey on Oprah Winfrey's couch of shame last year were chump change compared with the million-dollar lies served up by Clifford Irving some 35 years ago.
In his day, Howard Hughes was as big a heartthrob as Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as Hughes in the Oscar-nominated "The Aviator." Hollywood folklore links Hughes with an amazing array of leading ladies, including Bette Davis, Gene Tierney, Rita Hayworth and Ginger Rogers.
"The Aviator" is the perfect melding of talent and material. Who could be better than director Martin Scorsese to bring the story of Howard Hughes' Hollywood years to the big screen? Scorsese is not only a certified genius in the art of filmmaking, he's also one of the world's foremost film historians.