April 23, 2013 |
As a movie icon, the American farmer has, for many a year, occupied a hand-whittled pedestal, standing tall as a weathered symbol of all that's good and true in this screwed-up world. One of the galvanic surprises of "At Any Price," the Iowa-set drama starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, is that it upends every cliché and worn-out romantic notion about farming and places it in the real world of agribusiness and high-stakes economic pressure. Director Ramin Bahrani approaches the subject with the same journalist's curiosity that made his earlier films, among them the pitch-perfect "Chop Shop," such sharp depictions of otherwise invisible subcultures and the outsiders who inhabit them.
April 21, 2013 |
Expand or die. This ominous motto of economic imperialism courses throughout the film "At Any Price," set against the imperiled world of modern-day family farming. Director Ramin Bahrani, who co-wrote the screenplay with Hallie Elizabeth Newton, spent six months in Iowa living among farmers as the duo spoke to people about the issues facing their lives and businesses. The film grapples with enduring issues of generational conflict and transition as well as the perennial drama of success and failure in America.
February 18, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Chris O'Donnell; Neal Barnard; Sgt. Leonard Anderson. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Joan and Melissa Rivers; Chloe Coscarelli; Flo Rida. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael At Walt Disney World: Howie Mandel; Gary Allan performs.
January 28, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan: Aracnophobiacs beware! The second episode of this new adventure/travel series journeys to Laos in search of a rare, venomous, massive-fanged spider the size of a dinner plate (7 and 10 p.m. BBC America). The Taste: Teams of professional and amateur cooks try to create the best dish in this new episode (8 p.m. ABC)
October 19, 2012 |
Dennis Quaid's wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, has filed for legal separation, despite calling off divorce proceedings earlier this year. A representative confirmed the separation to People magazine on Friday, asking that the couple's privacy be respected as they split after eight years of marriage. The separation filing is a mere formality, sources told TMZ, with divorce coming as soon as possible down the line. Kimberly filed for divorce in March but pulled the papers in late April as the two attempted to patch things up. They moved from Texas back to L.A. over the summer, complicating residency requirements.
September 24, 2012 |
The Midcentury Effect that rippled outward from "Mad Men" and produced "Pan Am," "The Playboy Club" and "Magic City" has now tossed "Vegas" upon our shores. Premiering Tuesday on CBS, it is set in 1960 in the City sometimes called Sin, when men were men and women were showgirls and Las Vegas was still an expression - or an impression, perhaps - of the Wild West and not the fantastical, international theme park it has since become. The series comes from Nicholas Pileggi - who cowrote the screenplays for Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" and "Casino," from his own books - with "Without a Trace" vet Greg Walker aboard to give it that TV shape and pace.