July 6, 2002
Angela Bassett doesn't need to feel she missed her chance at an Oscar when she turned down Halle Berry's role in "Monster's Ball" ("Dust-Up Over an Oscar Role," by Greg Braxton and Anne Valdespino, July 1). Her obvious reverse racism and misplaced feminism would have made it impossible for her to portray the heroic character that Halle revealed herself and the character Leticia to be. JOHN A. SAYLOR Long Beach Angela Bassett states: "I would love to have an Oscar. But it has to be for something I can sleep with at night."
June 23, 2005 |
Whether drawn as a cartoon or disguised as Catwoman, the striking features of Halle Berry are readily recognized by movie fans. That recognition is achieved by a surprisingly small group of brain cells, an international team of researchers reports today in the journal Nature. Most researchers had thought that specific memories were spread out over large groups of brain cells, or neurons.
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.
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.
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.
January 8, 2014 |
Episodes of "Extant," the CBS drama series starring Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, will be available on Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Instant video streaming service four days after they first air. The content licensing deal between CBS and the online retailer mirrors the agreement for 2013's summer hit "Under the Dome," based on the Stephen King book. Episodes of "Under the Dome" were also available four days after their original broadcast date for Amazon Prime subscribers. The "Under the Dome was the most-watched TV season on the Amazon streaming service in the last year.