February 7, 2010 |
When girls are good they are very good, but when they are bad they are even better. And during the height of the film noir genre in the 1940s and '50s, some of the juiciest roles for women were as femmes fatales in snappy B-movies. Sony's terrific two-volume "Bad Girls of Film Noir" DVD collections, due out Tuesday, offer eight scrappy samples featuring several female icons of the genre. Volume I kicks off with the 1950 thriller "The Killer That Stalked New York." The killer in question is played by Evelyn Keyes, though she isn't a typical film noir villainess.
June 21, 2012 |
The drama and romance of "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, starts imploding long before the massive asteroid hurtling toward Earth is due to deliver annihilation. At least it's an ambitious misfire from the filmmaker, screenwriter Lorene Scafaria making a rocky directing debut. The movie ponders what people would do with their final days if the end were a fait accompli . Will anarchy reign or will humanity win out? Will Dodge (Carell)
March 7, 2013 |
Producer and former studio chief Sherry Lansing will receive the 2013 Israel Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening-night gala April 18 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Named president of 20th Century Fox in 1980, Lansing, 68, was the first woman to head a major film studio. She was chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures for more than 12 years and was involved in the producing, marketing and distribution of more than 200 films, including the Oscar-winning best pictures "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart" and "Titanic.
April 20, 2013 |
Orson Scott Card, the wildly popular author of "Ender's Game" and a string of other science-fiction books, spent much of his time at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival on Saturday talking about film adaptations of his work - some in progress, others he hopes for and at least one piece he never wants to see on screen. "'Speaker for the Dead' is unfilmable," Card said in response to a question from the audience. "It consists of talking heads, interrupted by moments of excruciating and unwatchable violence.
March 21, 1998
A pop quiz: 1--"Murphy Brown" is shot on (a) videotape (b) film; 2--L.A. Times staff photographers shoot on (a) film (b) videotape; 3--The L.A. Times is (a) a newsletter (b) a newspaper. "Murphy Brown" is, as are the majority of four-camera shows, shot on film, not tape ("Signing Off, Quietly," by Judith Michaelson, March 16). There is a world of difference--in style, in look, in production, in cost. This across-the-board generic use of the word "taping" has come to distort both the intrinsic and the artistic nature of the medium.
June 2, 2011 |
The Dances With Films Festival was born out of a typical Hollywood rejection: 15 years ago, Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent made a feature film for $50,000. They submitted it to a bunch of festivals, only to be turned down. "When we got back all of those generic rejection letters, you start wondering at some point did they even look at my film?" Scallon recalled about "Indemnity. " "Did they even see it?" Trent decided they should organize a festival that would feature their film plus 15 other starless, low-budget indies.
December 6, 2012 |
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Sally Field, currently starring as Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Awards Gala on Jan 5. The 24th annual festival takes place Jan. 3-14. "From her all-American roles that brought her early stardom on television to her memorable and award-winning film performances, Sally Field has impressed audiences with her incredible range," said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement Thursday morning.
March 6, 2011 |
Anthony Mackie had appeared in about two dozen films, including "8 Mile," "Half Nelson" and "The Manchurian Candidate" before "The Hurt Locker," 2009's best picture Academy Award winner. But apparently, it took that performance — as a no-nonsense Army sergeant opposite Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner — to get some people in Hollywood to realize he had even been working as an actor. "I loved the fact that everybody's like, 'Man, where were you?' And I'm like, 'I've been right here.
October 15, 1995
Bravo to Turan. Having seen a preview of the new Kathryn Bigelow film "Strange Days," I was shocked and horrified by the film's "high tech" rape scene. Its screenwriters must think themselves very ingenious to have created the idea of compounding a woman's terror by forcing her to experience her attack through the eyes of her rapist. Shame on Bigelow for allowing this sickening and debasing scene into her film. One would have hoped and perhaps even expected that a woman would show a modicum of sense and sensitivity toward the issue of rape.