December 19, 2007
1 Tom Hanks, star of "Charlie Wilson's War," arrives at the film's world premiere at Universal CityWalk. Though the picture is about political intrigue in Washington, D.C., and covert operations in Afghanistan, it must have some funny business: The Golden Globes pegged it as a comedy. 2 Cleanshaven "Into the Wild" star Emile Hirsch, left, and Jonah Hill at the 7th Annual Hollywood Life Breakthrough of the Year Awards at Hollywood's Music Box @ Fonda.
December 28, 2007 |
The five scariest words in cinema: "Based on a true story." That familiar disclaimer is so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible. But consider those five words more closely: At once grandiose and weaselly, full of both historical gravitas and mushy ambiguity, proclaiming both fact (it's a true story) and fiction (not so fast, we said "based on"), they elegantly, if inadvertently, distill the ethos of a movie industry that has always strived to have it both ways.
July 25, 2013 |
A white-trash ensemble drama with a nasty comic bite, "Killer Joe" was playwright Tracy Letts' first stage effort, premiering in Chicago in 1993. Having already been adapted for the big screen in 2011 by director William Friedkin -- and starring Matthew McConaughey in the title role -- the play will have its Broadway debut in 2014, producers announced Thursday. "Killer Joe," directed by Pam MacKinnon, hasn't set an opening date or cast. Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel previously worked with Letts and MacKinnon on the recent Broadway revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
November 7, 2002 |
"The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" Kieran Culkin, Emile Hirsch Columbia TriStar, $28 This is an offbeat and thought-provoking coming-of-age story based on the novel by the late Chris Furhman about the friendship between two Catholic schoolboys (Culkin and Hirsch) who are always causing mischief. Their lives take a tragic turn when they steal a statute of the Virgin Mary from the school.
July 30, 2012
Did a prohibitive NC-17 rating stop moviegoers from seeing "Killer Joe" at theaters this past weekend? Maybe. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey as a Dallas detective who also kills people for money, debuted in limited release and grossed $37,864, according to an estimate from distributor LD Entertainment. Playing in three New York theaters, that amounted to a so-so per-location average of $12,621. The last NC-17 rated film to hit theaters, the sex-addict drama "Shame," started with a per-theater average of $36,118 in December.
November 2, 2013 |
Michelle Monaghan previously touted her baby bump on the red carpet and the streets of Los Angeles. Finally, she's popped! The “True Detective” actress and graphic artist husband Peter White welcomed their second child the day before Halloween. Their baby was a boy named Tommy Francis. Little Tommy joins his 4-year-old sister Willow Katherine, rounding out Monaghan's bunch. The new mom can now pour her attention toward another bundle of joy. “Every day feels like Christmas.
July 31, 2013 |
“There are decisions that change your life.” About halfway through the new trailer for “Lone Survivor,” those words flash on the screen, moments after four Navy SEALs, operating deep in hostile territory in the mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, come across three goat herders. The U.S. warriors have two basic options: kill the three, including a young boy, or set them free, knowing they are certain to alert the Taliban, who will hunt down the SEALs immediately.
November 21, 2013 |
What's the best way to film a five-story drop? That was one of the questions faced by director Peter Berg - twice - while making "Lone Survivor," a war drama based on former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's nonfiction account of a mission gone horribly awry in the mountains of Afghanistan. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , Berg talked about how he approached shooting two scenes in which a group of SEALs - including Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell and Emile Hirsch as fellow SEAL Danny Dietz - had no choice but to leap off a mountaintop for their lives.
March 2, 2008 |
You will talk about: "10,000 BC." Hollywood has been plundering deep history for the last several years, looking for special-effects-heavy battle stories that will appeal to video game-loving teen boys. And so, in the spirit of "Beowulf" and "300," we have "10,000 BC." It doesn't look like our cup of mastodon tusk tea, but "300" killed at the box office last year with a similar release date. (Friday) -- You could talk about: "Oprah's Big Give." Is there anything Oprah can't do?