February 13, 2011 |
If any best-picture contender was going to face questions about taking liberties with the facts this Oscar season, it seemed likely it would be "The Social Network. " But now that screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have tactfully retreated a bit from their initially contentious stands, the accuracy debate has shifted to "The King's Speech. " "The King's Speech" is being sold as a feel-good tale of how a friendship between a royal and a commoner affected the course of history.
January 17, 2011 |
The opposite of dull and deferential is not snotty and abusive. Just a little notion someone might have mentioned to Ricky Gervais before he once again took the stage at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night as host of the 2011 Golden Globes. Last year, the famously astringent comic was mildly disappointing ? he swore he wasn't going to break a sweat hosting, and he didn't. This year, he was far better prepared, and one would imagine, much sweatier, as it quickly became clear that his material wasn't just falling flat, it was making many audience members and presenters uncomfortable and even angry.
November 24, 2010
The Early Show Jake Gyllenhaal. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Colin Firth; Kings of Leon perform. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America The final couples from "Dancing With the Stars" perform. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Bobby Flay. (N) 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Colin Firth; Elton John and Leon Russell perform. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Navy Adm. Mike Mullen; the "Dancing With the Stars" winners and runners-up perform.
November 20, 2011 |
Alan Rickman is aroused from a heavy-lidded languor recognizable from so many of his performances when the talk turns to a longtime crush. No, it's not Rima Horton, the economist he's lived with in London for 34 years. Nor is it the stage, which he still finds terrifying. What really excites him — truly, madly, deeply — is the English language. "It's so rich and cruel and beautiful, like a fireworks display, and yet it can be so subtle and so crude," says the 65-year-old classical actor and director.
November 4, 2010
MOVIES The American Film Institute Festival kicks off Thursday with a week's worth of cutting-edge screenings in Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Egyptian, Mann's Chinese 6 and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. With David Lynch serving as guest artistic director, the festival will showcase anticipated films such as "Blue Valentine," with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams; and "The King's Speech," with Colin Firth. Locations, times and ticket prices vary. Thursday-Nov. 11. http://www.
September 9, 2005 |
The producers of "Where the Truth Lies," a film with Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Alison Lohman that is due to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next week, have lost an appeal to change its explicit rating, a development that will severely limit its distribution in the U.S. The Motion Picture Assn. of America gave the film, which contains several explicit sex scenes, a rare NC-17 rating about a month ago. The rating means no one age 17 and under can see the film in theaters.
February 15, 2011
Conventional wisdom says the races in the top Oscar categories are all but locked. Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will win the leads, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo provide the support and "The King's Speech" cleans up for picture and director. But judging from how the three academy members we polled ? a writer, an actor and a director, all men ? marked their ballots, upsets could still occur. Which is why, of course, we tune in on Oscar night. Because in that moment between the opening of the envelope and the winner being announced, anything remains possible.