April 25, 2013 |
"Bates Motel": It is impossible for me to overstate how truly fabulous Vera Farmiga's performance is in the crazy, creepy yet emotionally resonant prequel to "Psycho. " The setting is "Twin Peaks"-evocative and the writing is terrific, if a bit overly concerned with making every person in the mythical White Pine Bay, Ore., (which is really Canada) Not Quite What They Seem. All the actors are solid, especially Freddie Highmore as a young sweater-tugging, fugue-state-experiencing Norman and Max Thieriot as his older black-sheep brother Dylan.
March 14, 2013 |
The big screen's most formidable mama's boy is coming to TV. Norman Bates, the deranged character of "Psycho" fame, is proving movie stars aren't the only ones hunkering down to the small screen - some of cinema's fictional personas are also making the move. "Bates Motel" is a sort-of prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 standard set to roll out Monday on A&E. The new series, from Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights"), tracks the notorious psychopath during his adolescent years in the present day. (Cue the violin screeches.)
March 18, 2013 |
When, in her famous essay "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf conjured the tragically compelling possibility of Shakespeare's sister, a new sort of narrative was born - the reclamation of female characters who previously lurked at the edges of epic tales. Queens and consorts, mothers and parlor maids have all gotten their due in retellings of famous works, from the Bible to the tales of Sherlock Holmes. And now here's Mama Bates. The mother of cinematic serial killer Norman Bates is among the most famous off-stage characters in dramatic history.
March 3, 2006 |
Luc Besson, the director of such films as "The Fifth Element" and "La Femme Nikita," is directing a combination live-action/computeranimated adaptation of his 2003 children's book "Arthur and the Minimoys." It stars Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow and will feature the voices of Madonna, Snoop Dogg and David Bowie. The Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to the film in the United States and other English-speaking territories.
February 28, 2008 |
Creating a "real" fantasy means riding herd on digital characters to avoid the temptation to squish and stretch them into awkward -- not to mention anatomically incorrect -- poses. When making "The Spiderwick Chronicles," director Mark Waters and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel blocked camera moves to accommodate the live actors, and visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett made sure that the digital creations got the same respect.
June 20, 2011 |
"The Art of Getting By," about a high school slacker more interested in a girl than in his homework, barely lived up to its name this weekend at the box office. The film, which stars young actors Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, had what even distributor Fox Searchlight acknowledged was a "disappointing" opening. According to a studio estimate, the movie collected only $700,000 from 610 theaters for a dismal per-theater average of $1,148. "The Art of Getting By" — previously titled "Homework" when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January — did worse than two other independent movies that opened this weekend and also played at the Utah event.