August 20, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard, whose work has fueled Hollywood films for decades, will have an impact on the business even after his death. Leonard, who died Tuesday , recently had his 1978 crime novel "The Switch" adapted into a movie titled "Life of Crime. " It is scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The picture centers around two criminals (John Hawkes and Yassin "Mos Def" Bey) who kidnap the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy real estate developer for ransom.
August 8, 2013 |
The year-end awards race is quickly snapping into place as more materials become available for films such as "The Monuments Men. " Directed by George Clooney, who wrote the script along with frequent collaborator Grant Heslov, adapting the book of the same name, the film is a fact-based tale of a special unit formed during World War II to save rare antiques, art and architecture from destruction. The film stars Clooney as the man tasked with pulling together and training the team of curators and historians and molding them into something like a fighting force.
August 5, 2013 |
With the notable exception of 2012's "Flight" - a character piece that earned him fresh plaudits and an Academy Award nomination -- Denzel Washington has had a remarkably consistent career over the last five years. Every one of the five lead roles he's taken has had him playing a lone-wolf-in-danger in a commercial action pic. Sure, a bit more comedy has been drizzled on to some of the parts, and character nuances have been a little different--he's an all-powerful international spy one time, a veteran train operator the next - but the overall shape is remarkably similar.
July 24, 2013 |
“We need to get the hell out of here,” George Clooney can be heard saying, through a space mask to an increasingly panicked Sandra Bullock, in the new trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's “Gravity.” Earlier marketing material for the into-the-blackness adventure focused on the quiet beauty before the trouble hits. This one gets right to the danger: debris is falling and hitting Explorer, the craft to which the pair of heroes are (tenuously) tethered. As Bullock is swung wildly by a space arm as though in a horrifyingly existentialist amusement-park ride, contact with Houston is lost and Clooney's character tries desperately to save her (“Listen to my voice!
July 9, 2013 |
It's already been an eventful week for George Clooney. The Internet was buzzing over reports Monday that he and girlfriend Stacy Keibler had split. But on Tuesday, his personal life was put on the back burner with the announcement that People magazine's former Sexiest Man Alive is the 2013 winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles' Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award, honoring excellence in film. Clooney will receive the honor at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
July 8, 2013 |
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler are a couple no more, or are simply on the rocks, depending on which source you put more stock in Monday morning. According to People and Britain's Sunday People, the two have called it quits after about two years of dating - meaning Clooney is once again a single man, a status the debonair leading man seems to enjoy. But then there's TMZ , which said the couple are still living together but having "trouble in paradise" due to schedules that are keeping the two apart.
April 11, 2013 |
The Republican National Committee's Spring gathering is taking place this week at Loews Hollywood. That is not Hollywood, Fla., or Hollywood, S.C., or Hollywood, Ala. - all real towns in really red states - but Hollywood, Calif., the place where Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, George Clooney and the rest of the entertainment industry's liberal horde earn their keep. Like Nixon going to China, the Republicans have entered hostile territory.
April 10, 2013 |
If you ever found yourself thinking that Sonia Braga or Scarlett Johansson had a sexy chin, or were oddly attracted to the mandible of George Clooney or Brad Pitt, you may be a victim of your genes. Or not, as it turns out. Some anthropologists believe sexual selection has driven the evolution of faces toward an ideal set of characteristics -- perfect shape, eyes, chin -- common across many cultures. The face, according to the theory of universal facial attraction, serves as a “reliable signal of mate quality” in our evolutionary drive to replicate our genes in future generations.
December 20, 2012 |
He didn't say "no. " Ben Affleck didn't say much, but he didn't say "no" when pressed by Bob Schieffer to chat about the possibility that he might run for a Senate seat in Massachusetts should Sen. John Kerry be tapped as secretary of State. "I'm not going to get into speculation about my political future," Affleck said in an interview taped for this Sunday's "Face the Nation" on CBS. "I do have a great fondness and admiration for the political process in this country. " He said he's pretty happy working from outside government right now, advocating on behalf of Congolese civilians through his Eastern Congo Initiative and using his film "Argo" to start a conversation on the United States' relationship with Iran.
December 7, 2012 |
President Obama's longtime campaign advisor David Axelrod put his money where his mouth is -- or slightly above it to be more accurate -- having his trademark mustache shaved off on live TV this morning, making good on a pledge to raise $1 million for epilepsy research. Axelrod, who'd already offered up his lip spinach as a wager once before -- vowing to shave it off if Obama didn't carry the electoral votes in Pennsylvania, Minnesota or Michigan -- had promised to shave it off in exchange for $1 million in donations to CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy)