November 8, 2013 |
The revival of Matthew McConaughey's career continues apace with the announcement he will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film festival. The awards gala will be Jan. 4, during the festival running Jan. 3-14, 2014. McConaughey is receiving rave reviews for his performance as Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyers Club," a real-life saga of a hard-living electrician and small-time rodeo rider who is diagnosed with HIV in the mid-'80s.
August 5, 2013 |
With the notable exception of 2012's "Flight" - a character piece that earned him fresh plaudits and an Academy Award nomination -- Denzel Washington has had a remarkably consistent career over the last five years. Every one of the five lead roles he's taken has had him playing a lone-wolf-in-danger in a commercial action pic. Sure, a bit more comedy has been drizzled on to some of the parts, and character nuances have been a little different--he's an all-powerful international spy one time, a veteran train operator the next - but the overall shape is remarkably similar.
April 24, 2013 |
Daniel Day-Lewis will soon have a new role to obsessively inhabit -- recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from the Juilliard School in New York. The arts school said it also would bestow commencement honors this year on opera singer Dawn Upshaw, pianist Alfred Brendel, choreographer Ohad Naharin and jazz musician Sonny Rollins. In addition, Juilliard said it would include writer Harriet Heyman and technology venture capitalist Michael Moritz among the honorees at its commencement ceremony on May 24 at Alice Tully Hall.
April 18, 2013 |
Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha and Chinese architect Wang Shu have been named to Time magazine's new list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The annual list, which features personalities from politics, business, sports and culture, was released on Thursday. Last year, Wang won the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in the field of architecture. A resident of Hangzhou, located west of Shanghai, Wang has worked almost exclusively in China. His buildings include the Ningbo Museum of Art and the Ningbo Museum of History.
March 9, 2013 |
In 2005, Romania's equivalent of the sensational O.J. Simpson trial rocked Eastern Europe when a priest and four nuns from a convent in the country's remote Moldavia region went to prison for accidentally killing a young woman during an exorcism. The case captivated the public, attracted interest from filmmaker Roman Polanski and ultimately inspired writer-director Cristian Mungiu to make "Beyond the Hills. " The 21/2-hour movie, which opens March 8, presents a slow-burn narrative that skips flashy special effects in favor of long takes and low-key performances.
March 1, 2013 |
Sure, “Argo” walked away with the big kahuna Sunday night at the Oscars. But in a year of anomalies, it's fitting that the director and producer of the best-picture winner is not the leader in the final Heatmeter rankings for top 2012-13 personalities. With Ben Affleck out of the running for best director at the Oscars, he missed out on some key points and finished in third. Instead, Daniel Day-Lewis, winning nearly every acting prize known to man this year, soared to the top, followed closely by Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook.