October 11, 2012 |
"Cloud Atlas," based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, tells six nested stories spanning several hundred years and three continents. Cast members including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent play multiple interconnected roles across the centuries. 1. In 1849 in the remote South Pacific, where the slave trade is flourishing, Dr. Goose (Hanks) administers medicine of dubious value to naive traveler Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess). Ewing's peculiar connection to a slave creates trouble aboard their ship.
April 4, 2013 |
Roger Ebert's passing Thursday at age 70 leaves behind a staggering body of work: He reviewed as many as 285 movies a year, spent decades as a fixture on TV and published 17 books. Following are but a few highlights from his prolific career. Ebert began working as a film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times in April 1967. Among his first reviews was Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde," starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Ebert wrote , "Years from now it is quite possible that 'Bonnie and Clyde' will be seen as the definitive film of the 1960s, showing with sadness, humor and unforgiving detail what one society had come to. " A few years later, he wrote the screenplay for the exploitation film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" for Russ Meyer, though he would return to journalism before long.
April 13, 2003
Reading the article "MGM Tries on 'Urban' Mantle" (April 8) was like deja vu all over again. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has stumbled upon a business plan that identifies the urban audience as a viable niche for feature films. This same strategy rescued several of the major studios during the so-called blaxploitation era and spawned such stars as Pam Grier, whose "Foxy Brown" character is now being updated by Halle Berry. The formula in this plan remains essentially the same -- produce films with budgets well below the average cost of a major studio release, market it to the urban audience with fervor, and hope it crosses over to enough of a "mainstream" audience to create a franchise.
October 3, 2003
The new issue of Elle magazine features the now estranged-from-her-hubby Halle Berry on its cover, with the headline, "How to Be a Modern Bombshell." I'm sure Berry, who just put her marriage to R&B singer Eric Benet on hold, is feeling anything but bombshell-like today. In the mag she says, "I've been through 12 steps this year.... I've been through it with my husband -- but it's not about alcohol." She doesn't say what it was for. The couple met in 1999 and wed in January 2001.
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April 8, 2000
Actress Halle Berry, through a lawyer, pleaded not guilty Friday to leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor that could lead to a year in jail if she is convicted. Attorney Blair Berk entered the plea during arraignment before Superior Court Judge Charles G. Rubin, who set April 21 for a pretrial hearing. The actress, who is free on her own recognizance, wasn't in court.
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March 26, 2002 |
When Halle Berry sobbed through her acceptance speech as best actress, attorney Erica Teasley and her sister, Laura, watching at their parents' Baldwin Hills home, cried with her. "As soon as they announced her name, just seeing her reaction--that was enough to get you started," said Teasley, western regional counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
March 30, 2002
The problem with the Oscar telecast is that it has become in at least one important way like a National Basketball Assn. game: Most everything of importance is revealed in the last five minutes--the rest is just (boring?) prologue. KIRK HANEN La Mesa Not to sound too preachy, but here is an idea. How about we sell those million-dollar shoes that actress strutted around in and feed some of those unfortunate homeless kids in the real Hollywood? The stark contrast of such disgusting excess and poverty was very moving.
June 16, 2007 |
Sometimes you almost feel sorry for Pete Carroll -- and he's doing fine. Nick Saban's eight-year, $32-million contract to coach Alabama's football team was approved by the university's board of trustees this week, and it is believed to make him the highest-paid college football coach in history, certainly at a public school. Private schools don't have to report salaries, but Carroll reportedly makes in the neighborhood of $3 million a year at USC.
May 9, 2004 |
In July's hotly anticipated action adventure "Catwoman," Halle Berry plays Patience Philips, a shy artist who is murdered for witnessing acts of corporate espionage. In true comic-book style, a magical cat brings her back from the dead -- and in the process, gives her super-feline strength, speed and agility. Seeking to avenge her own death, Batman's former nemesis -- now reinvented as a super-heroine -- purrs softly but cracks a big whip.