September 9, 2001 |
Mira Nair's vision of an elaborate wedding in India won top honors Saturday at the Venice Film Festival, with "Monsoon Wedding" winning the Golden Lion award for best film. "L'Emploi du Temps" (The Use of Time), by French director Laurent Cantet, a true story of a man who resorts to murder to keep up a fictitious life he has created for himself, won the night's second Lion in the new competition category of Cinema of the Present.
September 17, 2003 |
Two partners at Endeavor have defected to join rival William Morris Agency, roiling the waters between two of Hollywood's biggest talent agencies. Endeavor motion picture agents Steve Rabineau and David Lonner bring with them a number of high-profile filmmaker clients, including Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams, Alexander Payne and Audrey Wells.
August 16, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. Elvis Presley died 34 years ago today. ( Chicago Sun Times ) A national fad has ended: TLC has canceled "Kate + 8. " ( Los Angeles Times ) But it sounds as if Kate Gosselin could have a job waiting for her on "The Bachelorette. " If she wants it... ( Entertainment Weekly ) The drama around "Sons of Anarchy" and Kurt Sutter extends beyond the creator's Twitter account. ( Los Angeles Times ) Kathy Griffin called Michele Bachmann a bigot to her face.
July 25, 2013 |
Sandra Bullock is going to be very busy come the end of summer. The actress' film "Gravity" has just been chosen as the opening-night flick of the 70th Venice Film Festival, set for Aug. 28. This follows the news that the Alfonso Cuaron-directed film, also starring George Clooney, will screen at the Toronto Film Festival just a week later. James Franco's writer/director effort "Child of God," starring the multi-hyphenate and Tim Blake Nelson, will also bow at the Venice festival, screening in competition against such films as David Gordon Green's "Joe" starring Nicolas Cage, Stephen Frears' Judy Dench-starrer "Philomena" and Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem," starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.
July 24, 2013 |
“We need to get the hell out of here,” George Clooney can be heard saying, through a space mask to an increasingly panicked Sandra Bullock, in the new trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's “Gravity.” Earlier marketing material for the into-the-blackness adventure focused on the quiet beauty before the trouble hits. This one gets right to the danger: debris is falling and hitting Explorer, the craft to which the pair of heroes are (tenuously) tethered. As Bullock is swung wildly by a space arm as though in a horrifyingly existentialist amusement-park ride, contact with Houston is lost and Clooney's character tries desperately to save her (“Listen to my voice!
October 10, 2013 |
As audiences flock to see "Gravity," it is a reminder of the eternal wonders of space travel and the longing that deeper mysteries may be answered from the other side of the Earth's atmosphere. The news Thursday of the death of Scott Carpenter, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and the second American to orbit the Earth, perhaps brought such flights of interstellar fancy crashing back to a too-human reality. Carpenter was 88. When John Glenn was launched into space for the first orbital mission, it was Carpenter who was heard saying, "Godspeed, John Glenn.
October 21, 2013 |
In "12 Years a Slave," director Steve McQueen demonstrates both an eye for striking compositions and an unflinching gaze at scenes of stunning cruelty. There are abundant examples of the latter to be found in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped in the North in 1841 and sold into slavery in the South for a dozen years. At the Envelope Screening Series , McQueen and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt discussed their use of long takes to grab and hold the audience's attention, as in a searing whipping scene that lasts 10 minutes without a single edit.
May 9, 2013 |
On Thursday NBC announced it was giving series orders to five pilots, including new shows from industry heavyweights J.J. Abrams, Jason Katims and James Burrows. In “The Family Guide,” J.K. Simmons stars as a blind dad going through a divorce from his eccentric wife, Parker Posey. A la “The Wonder Years,” Jason Bateman provides voice-over as the grown version of their son, and he's also attached as an executive producer. In “Sean Saves the World,” Sean Hayes will play a perfectionist and divorced gay father whose 14-year-old daughter moves in with him full time, throwing his life into upheaval.
May 14, 2007 |
It didn't take much to lure Gena Rowlands to participate in the valentine to love and the City of Light, "Paris Je T'Aime," which opens Friday. The omnibus film of 20 different stories set in 18 of Paris' distinctive neighborhoods features an international cast including Elijah Wood, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Natalie Portman, Nick Nolte and Fanny Ardant.
May 8, 2009 |
Mexico has had its share of debilitating transnational news lately, but the arrival of the puckishly entertaining, fleet-of-foot drama-comedy "Rudo y Cursi" deserves a hearty welcome. The story of close-but-competitive brothers seeking personal glory in professional soccer, it marks the directorial debut of Alfonso Cuaron's younger brother Carlos -- the pair wrote (and Alfonso directed) the nimbly sexy "Y Tu Mama Tambien" -- and reveals a family steeped in filmmaking talent.