July 2, 2012 |
With the debut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" on Tuesday, Sony Pictures has six days to prove that a reboot of its marquee superhero can still ensnare moviegoers into its web. The Marc Webb-directed film, which stars Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger, cost a hefty $230 million to produce. Because July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, Sony is opting for the unusual strategy of opening the film on a Tuesday in order to take advantage of the holiday crowd. Due to its early-in-the-week debut, traditional opening-weekend comparisons are not applicable to the latest "Spider-Man" movie. However, expectations among people who have seen pre-release audience surveys are that, by Sunday, the film will collect $130 million to $150 million -- a solid, but not fantastic start.
May 6, 2011
Andy Warhol star Candy Darling loved movies so much that she strived to live in that projected flicker between illusion and reality. A transgender icon with a life as tragically short as some of the idols she worshipped, she's the deserving subject of an archivally rich remembrance, and such is James Rasin's poignant documentary "Beautiful Darling. " Using plenty of movie clips ("Flesh," "Women in Revolt"), new interviews on camera and old ones recorded by close friend Jeremiah Newton after her 1974 death, footage of her star-making off-off Broadway shows and readings from letters and diaries (with Chloë Sevigny as Candy)
April 9, 2014 |
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" doesn't swing into U.S. theaters until May 2, but early reviews have begun trickling out as the superhero sequel readies its international rollout. So far, most film critics agree that director Marc Webb's second installment is somewhat overstuffed but benefits greatly from the sparks that fly between Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy). Variety's Guy Lodge says that although "Amazing Spider-Man 2" feels redundant, coming just five years after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3," the movie "acrobatically spins enough sound and fury to distract from the issue, while the tinderbox chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone delights once more.
July 21, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Katy Perry and Adele lead MTV's 2011 Video Music Awards nominations. And perhaps Kanye West has been forgiven for that little snafu with Taylor Swift at the 2009 show, as he's leading the male nominees with seven nods from the network. ( The Envelope ) The official trailer of "The Amazing Spider-Man" starring a brooding Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone has hit the Web just a day after it unofficially leaked online. ( Washington Post )
May 20, 2013 |
If not Seth, who? With Seth MacFarlane's tweeted announcement that he would not be returning as host of the Academy Awards after his controversial but highly rated turn earlier this year, the question becomes "Who next?" Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will have quite a challenge. The motion picture academy continues to strive for a certain respectful solemnity with a fizzy nod to old-school Hollywood glamour while also needing to attract younger viewers, grooming the next generation of Oscar watchers.
December 1, 2011 |
Costume designer Sharen Davis says she struggled somewhat with the glowing Easter-egg palette in this summer's "The Help. " It's based on the bestselling novel from Kathryn Stockett about a young journalist (Skeeter, played by Emma Stone) who writes a book chronicling the domestic help horrors of the Jim Crow South and is filled with young bridge-club-type Southern belles of the early 1960s. Davis, who is originally from the South and who majored in acting in school, says she "got what the characters were about early on. For me to do my job, I need to know how a character feels and how the director feels, and then I work off the character.
January 9, 2013 |
Emma Stone has been very busy the last couple of years, appearing in the blockbuster "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Help" and "Crazy Stupid Love" while becoming one of the young starlets worth watching on the red carpet. The frequent redhead, who actually happens to be a natural blond, really hit her style stride at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards when she chose a minimal, peach, cap-sleeve Calvin Klein gown. She's gone on to more daring choices with a svelte Martin Grant top and skirt at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards and a red Lanvin dress embellished with crystal flowers at last year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.
December 15, 2010 |
Emma Stone, the brassy young star of the high school comedy "Easy A," says she's well aware that she's yet to gain a reputation as a "serious actress. " Still, Tuesday morning the relative newcomer found herself nominated for a Golden Globe alongside such stalwarts as Angelina Jolie, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Stone was the first to express her surprise. "I mean, yeah, it's 'Easy A,'" she joked, shortly after receiving word of her nom in the Globes' actress in a motion picture comedy/musical category.
January 16, 2012 |
It was a Golden Globes red carpet with more fashion fizzles than sizzles. Shades of pale were a popular trend, as were fishtail hems. And there was a certain boring sameness to many of the looks, including Bérénice Bejo's blue strapless Gucci gown, Freida Pinto's blue strapless Prada gown and Mila Kunis' black strapless Dior gown. But for those who dared to make more unconventional choices, it paid off. PHOTOS: Golden Globes 2012 best and worst dressed Charlize Theron embodied the stuff of which Hollywood fairy tales are made.
September 17, 2010 |
The story of a smart, funny girl who becomes a self-styled Hester Prynne, "Easy A" is neither as smart nor as funny as it wants to be. With the verbal-cleverness dial set at 11, the teen comedy wears its glib cultural references — pop and 19th-century literary — in boldface embroidery. Much of what passes for fresh in this "Scarlet Letter" update doesn't bear closer inspection, yet the movie is not without its pleasures, chief among them the potentially star-making lead performance by Emma Stone.