January 8, 2014 |
"Lone Survivor," director Peter Berg's hard-charging war drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, is very much about the physical damage wrought by fierce, face-to-face combat. It is also a movie about the unexpected humanity that finds a way to exist even when battle lines are drawn. The film is loosely based on a 2005 special ops mission in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong, and the unraveling begins when the operation's leader, played by Kitsch, makes a controversial decision to release a trio of unarmed goat herders.
HOME & GARDEN
May 17, 2011 |
AIDS activist and gay rights leader Cleve Jones has sold his Palm Springs home for $380,000. The 1935 cottage-style home, in the Warm Sands area, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Including a one-bedroom guesthouse, the property has 1,956 square feet of living space. A flagstone-decked pool with a raised spa and the original flagstone barbecue are among outdoor amenities. Jones, 56, conceived the Names Project Foundation's AIDS Memorial Quilt, which has grown to be the largest piece of community folk art in the world, and is the author, with Jeff Dawson, of "Stitching a Revolution: The Making of an Activist.
January 6, 2014 |
Marcus Luttrell is very polite and quiet - "Yessir," "No, ma'am," "Thank you very much" - but his abiding civil demeanor can't mask the fact that the physically imposing former Navy SEAL isn't inclined to suffer fools. At a breakfast meeting at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills not that long ago, a waitress informed Luttrell that his companion dog, which Luttrell uses to help him deal with a traumatic brain injury suffered in combat, could no longer sit next to him on a banquette.
December 27, 2011 |
When the end of the world comes, would you really want to be in a sleazy Russian nightclub? That's one of the essential questions pondered in "The Darkest Hour," in which aliens invade the planet and a small group of attractive young people fight to survive and make their way elsewhere. As the film opens, two American web entrepreneurs (Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella) are heading to Moscow looking for funding for their location-based social media service. After they are double-crossed by a would-be business partner (Joel Kinnaman)
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.
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.
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.
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.