January 7, 2006 |
Just so no one forgets that some top films of 2005 were actually based on er, books, with characters created by er, authors, USC on Friday announced this year's nominees for the USC Scripter Award, the only film award this season that not only mentions the screenwriter, but also includes the creator of the original source material.
May 30, 1998 |
The new TNT film "Thicker Than Blood" is a bit of a posthumous reunion for the crowd from "Nothing Sacred," ABC's recently deceased series about an unconventional Catholic priest. "Nothing Sacred" co-creator Bill Cain adapted "Thicker Than Blood" from his play, "Stand Up Tragedy." Richard Manson, executive producer for the series, carries the same credit on the film, which is directed by Richard Pearce, who also guided the controversial "Nothing Sacred" pilot.
May 24, 2002 |
Wife beaters with large bank accounts are above the law. Abused wives, especially those who used to work for tips, are toast. The only recourse for these women is to change their identity, muscle up and kill the bum. This is not the only simplistic notion that drives "Enough," the preposterous new Jennifer Lopez rabble-rouser. It is merely the most reckless, particularly at a time when more abused women are giving up on The System and polishing their aim at rifle ranges.
February 1, 2001 |
Noel Coward has been sighted yet again. In "Private Life," at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Craig Archibald is a suave, troubled Coward woozily waking up at New York's Plaza Hotel while on tour to promote his new autobiography. The production at the Hudson follows the recently closed "A Private Spirit . . . A Celebration of the Music and Wit of Noel Coward," in which Don Snell played Coward at the Tiffany. Where Snell inspired ennui, Archibald projects it.
April 22, 2014 |
"Foxcatcher," Bennett Miller's fact-based drama set against the world of Olympic wrestling, has pinned down a Nov. 14 release date, a clear indication Sony Pictures Classics is positioning the film as an awards-season contender. Miller's highly anticipated follow-up to "Moneyball" was originally slated for release last December but was ultimately pulled from that date to give Miller more time to finish the film. "Foxcatcher" was also intended to debut at the AFI Fest last November but will now bow at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
May 1, 1998 |
"Shooting Fish," not as inspired or amusing as it might be, leans heavily on the considerable charm of its three young and attractive principals. Their charisma and the film's larky spirit, English locales and elaborate cons might be just enough to divert easily satisfied date-night audiences. Even so, "Shooting Fish" is an awful lot like lots of other pictures with an overly complicated and improbable plot that you try to follow at your peril.