January 12, 2009
Here are the winners at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'
March 7, 1999 |
"No hurt, no help," says massage therapist Moeul Neak with an infectious, high-pitched giggle. "I'm not kidding." Neak's specialty--"deep tissue to get the blood moving"--has made him the masseur du jour at the tony Burke Williams spa on Sunset Boulevard. Not only is Neak booked two weeks in advance, his clients include Elizabeth Hurley, Gabriel Byrne and D.W. Moffett. But there's no preferential pummeling here.
February 28, 2013 |
Have the Vikings gotten a bum rap? At least according to popular imagination, they were fearsome barbarians in horned helmets who pillaged their way across Northern Europe during the Dark Ages. And while it's true these seafaring Norsemen were hardly a bunch of peaceniks, the new History scripted series "Vikings" will attempt to bring some nuance to the caricature of the bearded brutes when it premieres Sunday. "The great thesis is, 'You think you know the Vikings, but you don't," said series creator Michael Hirst.
August 15, 2013 |
Teenage vampires have sexy fun at boarding school when the minds behind "Heathers" and "Mean Girls" adapt the "Vampire Academy" series into a movie coming next year. Brothers Daniel and Mark Waters -- Daniel is the writer of "Heathers, and Mark the director of "Mean Girls" -- are taking their teen-flick classic magic touch to the film adaptation of Richelle Mead's young adult series. Judging from the peek at its first trailer, "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters" could be a saucy , maybe even Buffy-like spin on what's been a self-serious age of mopey, brooding vampires. Mead's vampire world concerns the titular "Blood Sisters" of "Vampire Academy No. 1"; there are six books, which means if this film hits, there could be many sequels.
April 8, 2009 |
Bring a bottle of this Gruner Veltliner to a dinner party and guaranteed it won't disappear without anybody noticing it, the way an oaky Chardonnay or an indifferent Sauvignon Blanc might. Racy and full of life, the 2007 Kurt Angerer "Kies" has the wonderful green apple and white peppercorn note of the best Gruners. This one comes from Kamptal and a vintner whose family has been in the wine business for 150 years.
March 29, 1995 |
The Scene: The black-tie, if-we're-not-heirs-to Swifty-than-who-is? viewing party and post-telecast reception at Morton's hosted by Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter and "Forrest Gump" producer Steve Tisch. Here was a wildly eclectic range of talent, socialites and power brokers. "We wanted it to reflect the magazine," said Carter. "Washington, L.A., New York, Old Hollywood, New Hollywood, the whole thing."
November 22, 1995 |
There's a natural diminishment that occurs in the transference of autobiography to movie, just because so much about memoir has to do with personality. And personality on film, as we all know, is the exclusive domain of the actor. So it was Michael Lindsay-Hogg's good fortune to have found and cast Corban Walker and Alan Pentony, two dwarfs who'd never acted before, as the older and younger versions of the title character in "Frankie Starlight."
July 12, 1991 |
Disregard "Dark Obsession's" trite movie-of-the week title: Lurking behind it is a nifty drama of psychological suspense marking the fiction feature debut of director Nick Broomfield, best known for collaborating with Joan Churchill on such well-respected documentaries as "Tattooed Tears" and "Soldier Girl."
July 11, 1992 |
In Ralph Bakshi's new animated feature, "Cool World," cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) enters into a cartoon world of his own devising. It's a resonant theme: Jack encounters a universe of animated "doodles"--cartoon characters--and gets high on the wildness and strangeness of what popped out of his imagination. This is how all artists must feel at times about their own creations; their imaginary characters are a part of them and yet they're alien, uncontrollable.
September 10, 1994 |
"Trial by Jury," an absorbing and ingenious courtroom drama/lady-in-distress thriller, is all the more entertaining for having successfully made consistently plausible the increasingly improbable. It's the kind of film that requires star authority to bring it off, and it receives it in abundance from Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, in perhaps her best big-screen role since playing Christine Keeler in "Scandal," the 1989 retelling of Britain's Profumo affair.