January 9, 2014 |
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
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 14, 2013 |
For all of those teenage boys dying to see Judi Dench playing an elderly Irish woman: Now you don't have to bring your parents to get into "Philomena. " In a victory against the Motion Picture Assn. of America that could be as much publicity win as potential box-office triumph, the Weinstein Co. successfully appealed the R rating given to the Dench movie, which had been handed a PG-13 mark. "Philomena," which stars the Academy Award winner as a mother searching for a son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier, was initially given the restrictive rating because it included more than one utterance of a certain expletive, an automatic trigger in most instances of an R rating.
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.
October 9, 2012 |
The registrar's office at the University of Southern California is about to get very busy. James Franco, the actor-Oscar-host-soap-star-artist-poet-novelist, is set to teach a film production class at USC next spring, according to an email sent to USC film students from the School of Cinematic Arts. The class, which will be co-taught by Franco's business partner Vince Jolivette, will require students to direct a short film of no more than 10...
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.