November 2, 2012 |
Is there anything Denzel Washington can't do? As an actor, he's tackled such diverse roles as a level-headed submarine officer, a homophobic lawyer, a crooked narcotics cop and a number of real-life figures, including Malcolm X and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Now in "Flight," the first live-action film directed by Robert Zemeckis in more than a decade, Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a substance-abusing airline pilot who pulls off a miraculous crash-landing but faces dire consequences for flying drunk.
November 1, 2012 |
A commanding performance elevates a film, but it can expose it as well, underlining that the surrounding material is not up to the standard it sets. That's the case with "Flight," a solid, often engrossing film that doesn't engage us overall the way Denzel Washington's work does. Unquestionably one of America's best actors, Washington has increasingly relished playing morally ambivalent characters, and in this film, "Forrest Gump" director Robert Zemeckis' first live-action effort in a dozen years, he gets to play one of the most intriguing, Whip Whitaker.
October 29, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Darrell Hammond; Pauley Perrette; Kevin Systrom. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen; Ina Garten; Jennie Garth; Anita Baker performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Denzel Washington; Billy Ray Cyrus performs; J.R. Martinez. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Regis Philbin. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Jimmy Kimmel.
October 22, 2012 |
People who obsess about airline safety will doubtlessly be drawn to “Flight,” Nov. 2's drama about the culpability of alcoholic pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) in an aviation disaster. But there's one place you likely will never be able to see the movie: on an airplane. The fees that airlines pay for movies are but a small slice of a film's overall income, but in some cases can add up to several million dollars, which can benefit a risky drama like “Flight.” But Paramount Pictures, the film's financier and distributor, concedes “Flight” will be a tough sell to any airline, even though the carrier and the plane in the film are fictional creations, and Whitaker's heroic flying may have saved countless lives.
October 20, 2012 |
As an experienced pilot who has logged about 1,600 hours in the cockpit, director Robert Zemeckis understands stalls, turbulence and dead stick landings. But when it came to making "Flight," his new movie about an alcoholic commercial airline pilot, the "Forrest Gump" filmmaker had to contend with a different set of aerodynamics: Hollywood's reluctance to clear difficult dramas for takeoff. More than a decade in the making, "Flight" marks Zemeckis' first live-action film since 2000's "Cast Away" and an atypical wager for Paramount Pictures, which financed the film's $31-million budget.
October 13, 2012 |
In the new film "Middle of Nowhere," Emayatzy Corinealdi plays Ruby, an aspiring doctor who puts medical school on hold to spend hours commuting to and from the prison where her husband is serving an eight-year sentence, five with good behavior for his involvement in a nonviolent crime. It's an aspect of the incarceration story that's rarely told - what happens to the loved ones of the convicted, the people existing in a state of suspended animation waiting for their lives to resume.