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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.
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.
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 .
June 20, 2012 |
Bella "was born to be a vampire. " Stewart quite literally vamps it up in the new teaser, getting gussied up in that gorgeous-vampire sort of makeup of the "Saga" and that bloodthirsty-red contact lens treatment. And yes, she kind of dazzles us too. Lautner's Jacob Black is eating his words about Bella's transformation. "I didn't expect you to seem so -- you?" Those hoping that Bella would shed the T-shirt, thermals and tousled hairdo will have to keep hoping.
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.
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).
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.
January 23, 2010
SERIES Mexican Made Easy: This series premieres with recipes for Chilaquiles casseroles; eggs Benedict with chipotle hollandaise sauce and Mexican coffee (9:30 a.m. Food). Demons: A battle of epic proportions looms as Quincey (Ciaran McMenamin), a charismatic bad-boy vampire from Mina's (Zoe Tapper) past, returns, prompting a sharp change in her behavior as he tries to seduce her into giving in to her half-blood heritage. Philip Glenister and Christian Cooke also star in this new episode (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America)
March 7, 2003 |
The Los Angeles sun can make for very deep shadows, nowhere deeper it sometimes seems than in the movies. There are those directors like Robert Altman who take great pleasure in tossing their characters into these pools of dark, usually to drown. Not Lisa Cholodenko: In the young director's new movie "Laurel Canyon," the characters don't ride out earthquakes or brave any of the other plagues that filmmakers are so fond of launching against us.