November 7, 2009 |
Here are the ups and downs of being a teenage actress on a television show with strong adult themes: Your training at a prestigious ballet school has to be dropped, bad. But you get to spend your summers on the beach in California, good. You get to kiss the boy you've had a crush on because it gets written into the script, good. But this is your first kiss -- like, ever -- and so your first kiss will take place on camera, beneath a boom microphone and in front of the crew . . . along with your mom. Bad. You're on TV, cool.
June 17, 1989
Dan Sullivan's parenthetical statement that being a liar is the basis of acting ("Helmond as Sarah Bernhardt: The Legend Doesn't Translate") reveals an ignorance of the craft unacceptable in a professional theater critic. He should know that the basis of all good acting is the truthful recreation of the artist's own experience brought into the context of the scene through creative imagination. This process has no more to do with lying than it does with pretending as children do at play.
February 17, 2010 |
When Helen Mirren was a girl growing up in England, she'd often saunter out onto local sidewalks, idling, hoping to be discovered. "I stood around on street corners imagining that a film director had to drive by and say, 'There's the girl for me.' Hoping that someone's going to go, 'She's the one,' " she said. "I really wanted to be an actress, but I just didn't think that it was possible for someone like me." Looking at Mirren now, seated on a couch in a posh Los Angeles hotel room sipping a cappuccino, it's difficult to imagine her as a young, wide-eyed girl, yearning desperately for some type of impossible dream.
August 16, 2009 |
The scene takes place toward the end of Quentin Tarantino's rollicking World War II action-drama "Inglourious Basterds." As fire engulfs a Parisian movie theater packed with German military commanders, pandemonium ensues, diverting attention from the real action: a heart-pounding confrontation between a crack team of Nazi-terrorizing Jewish covert operatives (the so-called "Basterds") and the Third Reich's top brass. It's vintage Tarantino, hyper-real ultra-violence that arrives as a kind of catharsis after more than two hours of intricate plot twists and baroque dialogue as the Basterds, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt)
January 26, 1986
Jack Mathews wrote in Film Clips (Jan. 15) that Sylvester Stallone received $12 million for "Rocky IV," making him the highest-paid actor in the world (this from a source called Parade magazine). It should be noted the $12 million paid was a package deal that included writing and directing, as well as acting. JOSEPH D. PETERS Monterey Park
March 2, 2008
IT was good to see a picture of Sarah Polley as the young director of "Away From Her" ["A New Generation," Feb. 17] but mystifying to read that she was "known mostly for acting in low-budget indie films" when those who saw her as the delightful 10-year-old Sally Salt in Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" will never forget her charming presence, for which she received a best young actress nomination from the Young Artist Foundation....