February 6, 2014 |
Earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately inert, "The Monuments Men" talks a better game than it can deliver. Inspired by true tales of World War II derring-do, it can't decide what kind of a film it wants to be and so ends up failing across a fairly wide spectrum. This is something of a surprise, and not just because the film is directed and co-written by George Clooney, who is also top dog in a high-powered cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett.
January 12, 2014 |
"Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere made it known how excited she was to be wearing Tom Ford to the Golden Globes, but she may have gotten a little carried away paying homage to the designer's sexy, '70s aesthetic. Panettiere's hair was a blond, blunt helmet that was almost too much "look" for such a petite and young woman. The slicked back and hardened hair, along with the graphic black and white color of her dress, was supposed to be a fashion-forward look but fell short because it tried too hard.
March 20, 2003 |
Actors Will Smith and Cate Blanchett, who were scheduled to be presenters at the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday, dropped out Wednesday. "His reasons are personal," said Stan Rosenfield, publicist for former Oscar nominee Smith ("Ali"). "He does not feel it would be appropriate for him to be there." Blanchett, a former nominee for "Elizabeth," said she didn't want to travel from her home in London. Rachel Abramowitz
October 14, 2007
HOORAY for Cate ["A Golden Touch," Oct. 7]! There is no other actress out there doing it like Cate Blanchett right now. She defiantly brings the heat with every performance. I can still remember thinking what a joke it was when she lost the Oscar for the first "Elizabeth" to Gwyneth Paltrow. What does a girl have to do to prove that performance was worthy of an Oscar? Do it again? Apparently so. Go get 'em, Cate! NyKethia Taylor Panorama City
January 2, 2014 |
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry. " Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his role as a Depression-era flimflam man in 1973's "The Sting," which won best picture. Now, five years after the century's biggest financial collapse, movies by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David O. Russell present a fresh crop of charismatic charlatans from the business world.