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.
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
March 21, 1999 |
Makeup artists and hairstylists reveal design plans for their clients tonight: "I like the hair to dictate the look, to be the ornament. I'm not into a cheesy glitter look. I prefer elegance and sophistication. Think Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel."--Sally Hershberger, hairstylist for Cate Blanchett "It's a mistake to overdecorate with hair. Annette Bening is so beautiful she doesn't need much. I feel her hair should be straight, shiny and classic. Subtle is the way to go."
November 11, 2006 |
Cate Blanchett hinted Friday that her acting career may take a back seat to her new role as the artistic director of a leading theater company in Sydney, Australia. The Oscar-winning actress and her playwright husband, Andrew Upton, have agreed to become co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company starting in January 2008. "The acceptance for the role of co-artistic director of this company is not a dalliance," Blanchett told reporters in Sydney on Friday.
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.
August 1, 2013
Woody Allen's new "Blue Jasmine" is expanding to theaters nationwide this weekend, having launched with very high per-screen averages last week in New York and Los Angeles -- the highest in the writer-director's 44-film career. After such a strong start, it's possible the movie, which stars Cate Blanchett as a society woman fallen on hard times, could set a new high-water mark for total box-office take for a Woody Allen movie, too. But what's the figure he'll have to beat? RELATED: Woody Allen on regrets - Yes, he had a few Check out the photo gallery to see the director's top 10 box-office hits.
January 18, 2014 |
Emma Thompson shimmied. Rita Moreno sang. Matthew McConaughey traveled to Neptune. And SAG voters did pretty much as expected. Since the actors branch comprises nearly 20% of the Motion Picture Academy's membership, is it safe to assume the SAG Awards winners will need to make additional room on their mantels come March 2? The academy hasn't always followed SAG's lead, but this year we're guessing Oscar voters will add their stamp of approval across the board. Let's look at the SAG winners and size up their Oscar prospects in the new light: SAG Awards 2014: Red carpet arrivals | Show highlights | Quotes from the stars FILM ENSEMBLE The winner: "American Hustle" History: The movie that won this award went on to win the best picture Oscar nine of 18 years.
November 6, 1998 |
Period movies inevitably reflect more about the period in which they're made than the period of their subject, and rarely has that been more evident--or more distracting--than it is with Indian director Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth."
February 25, 2008 |
For all the fishtail evening gowns, famous faces and European-accented acceptance speeches, it was an intimate evening Sunday night at the Kodak. "The fight is over," host Jon Stewart said, referring to the recently settled writers strike that threatened to derail the Oscars, "so tonight, welcome to the make-up sex." More like make-up back rub. Playing it cool and loose, Stewart mugged with his iPhone, played a little Wii tennis and did everything but pour Jack Nicholson a beer to make everyone feel at home.