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.
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 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.
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.
May 12, 2002 |
Remember Franklin in the "Peanuts" comic strip? In the wake of the criticism of mainstream popular culture for depicting a "whitewashed" world, Charles Schulz followed a trend by introducing this little fellow in 1968. But what was Franklin "like"? Charlie Brown was a loser, Lucy was bossy, Snoopy was insane--but Franklin was, well, "black." One of the TV specials had him giving Charlie Brown "five" once. But overall, Franklin had no personality traits at all. Beyond the tint required to render his skin tone, Franklin was a blank.
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.