November 1, 2012 |
The new film "Promised Land," written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski (the pair also produce with Chris Moore), uses the hot-button issue of fracking - a method of natural gas extraction that utilizes a high-pressure mixture of water and chemicals to break up underground rocks and release the gas - as the backdrop against which to explore nothing less than the current state of American identity. Directed by Gus Van Sant, the film drills down to the question of how we decide who we are. "If people want to internalize it as a political issue movie, they are going to and we're not going to be able to stop them," said Krasinski.
October 10, 2012
Although DVD releases tend to focus on recent box-office successes, it can be more interesting to look at those that provide rarities not easily available until now. One new boxed set is so on this wavelength, it's even got the word in its title: “Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s.” On tap here are major stars in earlier roles: Mae West appearing with Duke Ellington in “Belle of the Nineties,” Jack Benny starring in “Artists &...
December 5, 2011
These acclaimed actors worked multiple times for the director. Barbara Stanwyck The Oscar-nominated legend made five films with Capra, including 1941's "Meet John Doe. " Gary Cooper The star earned his first Oscar nomination for Capra's 1936 "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. " He also starred in "Meet John Doe. " Bing Crosby "Der Bingle" teamed up with Capra for the 1950 comedy "Riding High" and the 1951 romantic farce "Here Comes the Groom. "
December 13, 2010 |
Surrounded by desert, director Frank Capra once lounged in a cozy casita near Palm Springs and penned the 1946 snowy holiday classic “ It’s a Wonderful Life .” Who knew? The La Quinta Resort & Club wants to make sure you do by offering a special holiday deal. The deal: The offer, called " It’s Always a Wonderful Life at La Quinta ,” gives you a third night free when you stay two nights. Decorations at the resort, through Christmas, will honor the snowy fictional town of Bedford Falls, and the film will be screened for free on Saturday nights in the resort’s theater.
September 4, 2010 |
The first indication that it isn't always rain that creates havoc with tennis tournaments came when 18-year-old Beatrice Capra had to chase down her lime green visor, which had been blown off her head in Arthur Ashe Stadium. With gusts hitting 22 mph at the U.S. Open on Saturday, a ball might occasionally do a little shimmy, a little shake in the air, as if it were auditioning for "Dancing With the Stars. " A flying visor was the least of Capra's problems. Maria Sharapova, the 2006 U.S. Open champion who is seeded No. 14 this year, beat Capra, 6-0, 6-0. Better tennis is predicted in the fourth round because Sharapova will get a shot at top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, the 2009 runner-up who was similarly untested in her 6-1, 6-0 win over Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan.
September 2, 2010 |
Andy Roddick is out of the U.S. Open, and lately when Roddick is eliminated from major tournaments, it's the end of American men in the draw. But here Thursday there was 19th-seeded Mardy Fish gliding around the Louis Armstrong Stadium court using his sweet touch, able to time his volleys, willing to change the pace on his groundstrokes. Combined with a late-career decision to become supremely physically fit, the 28-year-old Fish looks rejuvenated, especially after his 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Pablo Cuevas in his second-round match.