October 11, 2012 |
It's not only Americans who can make leaden, video game-style exercises in dumb war action. French import "Special Forces" whips up a lot of the same swirling camerawork, macho theatrics and fast-cutting mayhem we expect from testosterone-fueled Hollywood as it tells the tale of a tight-knit band of Gallic soldiers - led by a stoic Djimon Hounsou - tasked with rescuing a war correspondent (Diane Kruger) from Taliban captivity in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Writer/producer/director Stephane Rybojad likes his Islamic fundamentalists childishly ruthless, his Afghani victims helpless and his first-person-shooter heroes full of spit, vinegar and martyr-laced bravado.
February 11, 2007 |
THERE were no power tables at the 79th annual Oscar Nominees Lunch on Monday. "This is a power room," academy prez Sid Ganis told the Beverly Hilton ballroom filled with 140 nominees including 1. Martin Scorsese, Eddie Murphy, Abigail Breslin, 2. Will Smith, Clint Eastwood, 3. Leonardo DiCaprio (greeting Djimon Hounsou) 4. Forest Whitaker, Steven Spielberg and Mark Wahlberg. 5. Jennifer Hudson was first on the scene in an empire waist beige frock, signing autographs outside the ballroom.
November 9, 1997 |
It is late afternoon and the sun has begun to plummet from the sky, draining all but a faint glow--and the little warmth that remained--from the day. A small gale is blowing in off the waters of the Mystic Seaport, luffing the sails of a two-masted clipper ship that has been tied up at the end of the dock. Up and down the quay, oil torches are lit and in the raw March twilight a group of black men begins to help put shackles on each other's arms and legs.
February 11, 2007
"I hope my head isn't shiny." -- Eddie Murphy | "Eddie's head is so shiny." -- Djimon Hounsou | "I hope my head isn't shiny." -- Alan Arkin | "Alan's head is so shiny." -- Jackie Earl Haley | "Why am I the only one with hair?" -- Mark Wahlberg Best supporting actor nominees pose for Oscar photographer Todd Wawrychuk at the academy luncheon last week at the Beverly Hilton.
November 15, 2008 |
Two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou will provide the voice of the Black Panther in the BET animated series about the Marvel Comics superhero. The series is being developed by former BET President of Entertainment Reginald Hudlin, who has written for the comic series. "It's a blessing for African Americans and minorities to have a superhero they can identify with," said Hounsou, who was nominated for supporting roles in "In America" and "Blood Diamond." The series is scheduled to premiere next year.
January 5, 2007 |
Helen Mirren ("The Queen"), Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"), Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond"), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") and Will Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness") are among the honorees at this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which opens Jan. 25 with George Hickenlooper's Edie Sedgwick-Andy Warhol saga "Factory Girl."