May 24, 2008
I HAD high hopes when I saw the headline for Patrick Goldstein's article ["Wanted: More Female Directors," May 20]. I have been a witness to their plight for some time. But as I made my way down the page and began to really scrutinize the content, my shoulders sagged and the grim nature of the problem began to sink in. Is it any wonder that conspiracy theories abound when you trumpet the proliferation of female executives in Hollywood yet lament the terrible track record?
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February 29, 2004 |
Sofia Coppola's eccentrically low-key film "Lost in Translation" swept the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, winning best feature, screenplay and director, and Bill Murray was named best actor for his role in the film as a sleepless, past-his-prime action star who crosses paths with a younger but similarly alienated American in Tokyo.
March 31, 1995 |
Watching "Tank Girl" is as disorienting as waking up in someone else's bad dream. You want to get out as fast as possible, but all the exits seem to be blocked. Busy on the surface but numbing everywhere else, this largely live-action version of the cult comic book plays like an extended video for a group that is never going to make it. Heavy on attitude and posturing, it is the kind of production that tarnishes the word cartoonish .
January 26, 2003 |
"American Splendor," a sly film biography that stars Paul Giamatti as churlish underground comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, won the grand jury prize, the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance jurors gave the documentary grand prize to "Capturing the Friedmans," which traces the disintegration of a family after the father and youngest son are arrested for child molestation.
March 20, 2009 |
It's every adolescent's fantasy: Meet a fascinating, remarkably pale member of the opposite sex, fall in love, then realize that he or she is a full-on, blood-guzzling vampire.
March 15, 2009 |
Twilight Summit, $32.99; Blu-ray, $34.95 Stephenie Meyer has banked a fortune with her series of young adult novels about a lovelorn teenager and the supernatural creatures who pine for her. The first volume, "Twilight," became a smash-hit movie last year, making stars out of Robert Pattinson (playing a moody vampire) and Kristen Stewart (as the mortal high school girl he loves and protects).
March 11, 2011 |
"Battle: Los Angeles" is expected to wipe out the competition at the box office this weekend, leaving "Mars Needs Moms" searching for any signs of life. Sony Pictures' "Battle: L.A.," an alien invasion story starring Aaron Eckhart, could open with ticket sales of $30 million to $35 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. But the biggest news at the box office this weekend is projected to be a disastrous debut of "Mars Needs Moms," a big-budget animated movie from Walt Disney Studios that is on track to open at just $10 million.
June 12, 2011 |
Hall Pass Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $29.98/$35.99 The Farrelly brothers return with the lightweight buddy comedy "Hall Pass," which takes a promising premise and defangs it in disappointing ways, given this is coming from the men behind "There's Something About Mary" and "Kingpin. " Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play sexually frustrated middle-agers whose wives give them a week off from marriage, which they proceed to squander through their own timidity and ineptitude.
July 31, 2013 |
Veteran Hollywood marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the film industry's Oscars each year. Isaacs, a longtime academy insider who most recently held the job of first vice president, will serve a one-year term with eligibility to stay in the role for three additional years. She was elected Tuesday evening by the academy's 48-member board of governors over Rob Friedman, a board member and Lionsgate motion picture group co-chair.
December 10, 2008 |
There's no way to put a pretty frame around this picture. After Catherine Hardwicke delivered an immensely lucrative franchise starter with "Twilight," a film that will put Summit Entertainment on the map, wiping away all the company's other losses and missteps, she was rewarded by being pushed aside, with Summit making it clear over this past weekend that it's beginning work on a "Twilight" sequel without her. There is an enormously complicated back...