April 8, 2010 |
It's the time of year when anything seems possible. The Chicago Cubs are not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, your taxes could still yield an unexpected refund and some little art-house movie just might exceed all expectations. The last is the fantasy shared by any number of independent film distributors as they head into what have been some of the most perilous -- but also potentially rewarding -- weeks in the theatrical release schedule: For every breakout specialized film hit in the late spring and early summer, there are many more crash-and-burn disasters.
March 23, 2012 |
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has taken back full control of its legendary film label United Artists, is booking a loss on its recent release "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and has added a top TV executive to its board of directors, the independent studio revealed in financial filings this week. Formed in 1919 by film luminaries including Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, UA became part of MGM in 1981. In 2006, UA became a joint venture between MGM and Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner, who together got 30% of the company.
March 8, 2013 |
When Noomi Rapace and Niels Arden Oplev first met to discuss adapting the bestselling "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" nearly five years ago, one filmmaker's name kept coming up. "We talked about movies that inspired us, and it always came back to 'Zodiac' and David Fincher," the Swedish-born actress, 33, said in a joint interview last week with the Danish-born Oplev, 51. "It was a little strange. " It's not lost on the duo that Fincher would later helm the English-language remake of their Swedish-language thriller.
July 27, 2009 |
Already, a nimbus of legend surrounds the story: In late 2004, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson delivered to his publisher three finished manuscripts -- the opening salvos in a rumored 10-part suspense narrative.
March 3, 2014 |
Angelina Jolie showed up at the Academy Awards on Sunday night on the arm of partner Brad Pitt, who ended up winning an Oscar as one of the producers of "12 Years a Slave. " Don't be surprised if you see Jolie at the Dolby again next year, this time with Pitt applauding from the audience as Jolie wins the Oscar for directing "Unbroken," a survival tale depicting the life of World War II hero and former Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini. Too soon? Definitely. But after spending the past six months writing about "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity," can you blame us for wanting to take just a peek at the movies that will likely by vying for next year's awards?
September 9, 2011 |
Like detention, "Tanner Hall," the new coming-of-age-in-a-boarding-school drama, allows room for a lot of thinking about other things — its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful. I found time to wonder how Rooney Mara, the film's studious Fernanda, will do morphing into the angry punk enigma Lisbeth Salander for director David Fincher's version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in a couple of months. And why Tom Everett Scott, who blows in like an autumn wind as major crush material and can do sexy-brooding intellectual so well, doesn't turn up in better films.
July 11, 2013 |
Assuming the scheduling stars align, Ben Affleck will play protagonist Nick Dunne in David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller "Gone Girl. " The high-profile acting gig would be slotted into Affleck's fall, giving the hyphenate time to prep his next helming effort, Warner Bros. crime drama "Live By Night," which is scheduled to start pre-production in January. As fans of the book know, Dunne is a magazine writer-turned-bartender who moves with his wife, Amy, back to his Midwestern hometown after he loses his prestigious NYC job -- and he is accused of murdering his wife after she disappears one morning from their North Carthage, Mo., home.
November 2, 2010 |
During the Toronto International Film Festival, a Hollywood manager, an up-and-coming director and some executives from the Weinstein Co. had gathered for dinner at the city's Windsor Arms Hotel. It appeared to be a typical movie-business gathering ? except that most of the people at the table were speaking with Swedish accents. The diners were celebrating Weinstein's upcoming U.S. release of "Snabba Cash," a Swedish crime drama that created a sensation among American distributors when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
September 13, 2009
Fiction 1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95) 2. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14) 3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ($14.95) 4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ($12.95) 5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15) Nonfiction 1. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($15) 2. My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme ($15) 3. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ($15.