July 19, 2012 |
Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen were together for the lengthy three-and-a-half month San Francisco shoot for the HBO movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn," but on Emmy nomination morning they were worlds apart. Owen was vacationing in the English countryside with his family while Kidman was sweltering at home in the punishing heat of Nashville. Kidman, who was nominated for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for playing journalist and wife of Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, wasn't expecting the call to tell her about the nomination.
May 20, 2012 |
Most writers can only daydream about meeting - in the flesh - the characters they've imagined. But for Ernest Hemingway, one afternoon in Key West, Fla., it came close to actually happening. One day when the writer was in his mid-30s, hanging out at a local fisherman's bar, he spotted a woman uncannily similar to the strong-willed, sexually liberated heartbreaker from his first novel. "It's as if, borne on the sea foam, she emerged - out of his own mind," says director Phil Kaufman.
September 23, 2011 |
There's some grim diversion in watching Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro kill, kill, kill often while avoiding being killed, killed, killed in the fact-based but heavily hog-washed espionage thriller "Killer Elite. " But the script is a mess. It's an object lesson in taking a nonfiction book ("The Feather Men," about a cadre of ex-British Special Air Service operatives) and making a hash of it. The higher the body count, the lower the human stakes. When Statham utters "I'm done with killing," that patented Statham just getting started, mate glare suggests otherwise.
January 2, 2010
SERIES Made: A real-life glee club, dating do's and don'ts, a would-be ladies' man and a pageant princess are featured in a mini-marathon of new episodes (3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. MTV). Doctor Who: A special epsiode takes a look back at David Tennant's run as the titular time traveler on the long-running sci-fi series; Tennant's final episode, "The End of Time (Part 2)," follows immediately after (5, 5:30, 8, 8:30, 11 and 11:30 p.m. BBC America). Demons: A young man (Christian Cooke)
September 25, 2009 |
"The Boys Are Back," a sun-and-sorrow drenched story of love, loss and "free range" fatherhood starring Clive Owen, takes you back to a time not so long ago when kids hopped on bikes without helmets, jumped into lakes without water wings and onto trampolines without spotters, racing through childhood with reckless abandon. And reckless abandon is probably the best attitude to adopt when watching this affectionate but sometimes terrifying tale of primal parenting in the hands of a Peter Pan of a dad. Based loosely on British political reporter Simon Carr's difficult yet droll memoir recounting his attempts to rebuild his family after the death of his wife, it is a good story to put in the hands of director Scott Hicks, who has proved especially adept at films about men in crisis.
March 20, 2009 |
The only thing you can trust about "Duplicity" is its title. Nothing else in this sleek, dizzying entertainment is even remotely what it seems to be. A throwback to the days of old-school caper movies like "To Catch a Thief," "Duplicity" is just the kind of sophisticated amusement you would expect from filmmaker Tony Gilroy.