October 15, 2010 |
Less than five minutes into "Legacy," a nervous commando says, "I've got a bad feeling about this" ? and here come the conspiracies, betrayals and torture. But, aspiring for psychological drama rather than action movie, the film takes itself far too seriously. Idris Elba plays Malcolm Gray, who, if we can believe anything we're told, is a black-ops assassin who does really, really terrible things. A mission goes wrong (betrayal!), he's captured and tortured (told you). Later, shattered Gray is holed up in a hotel room, drinking gin and muttering to himself ?
December 2, 2013 |
Film and television director Robert Mandel ("F/X," "Lost") is stepping down as dean of the AFI Conservatory at the end of June 2014, the American Film Institute announced Monday. After nine years as academic head of the graduate-level film school, Mandel will be returning to directing while remaining on the faculty. Mandel is an alumnus of the conservatory's class of 1979. "Mandel embodies the ideal of the AFI Conservatory: storytellers who have enjoyed great acclaim returning to share their trials and triumphs with storytellers of the future," AFI President Bob Gazzale said in a statement.
June 5, 2012 |
"The Wire"may have earned plenty of honors during its five-season run on HBO, but one thing it didn't garner was a lot of laughs. The people at Funny or Die are working to fix that with "The Wire: The Musical," a short video parody of the grim and gritty drama series that has the added virtue of including several members of the original cast, includingMichael K. Williams, reprising his role as Omar. Other familiar "Wire" faces include Andre Royo, jonesing for a hit as the homeless junkie Bubbles; Sonja Sohn as Greggs the cop; Larry Gilliard Jr. as ill-fated dealer D'Angelo Barksdale; and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson as fans of "The Wire" have never seen her before.
May 3, 2011
The Early Show Tony Award nominations; LL Cool J. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Dick Van Dyke; "American Idol"; Stevie Nicks performs; Kristi Yamaguchi; Isaiah Washington. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Betty White; Rob Lowe; Donny Osmond; Jesse James. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Andy Samberg; Melissa McCarthy; Michelle Obama at the White House. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Rob Lowe; Alison Deyette; Betty White. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Food spoilage; a timetable for child-rearing; a workout.
July 4, 2013 |
Kanye West has a resume that is nothing if not diverse, including chart-topping musician, fashion designer, tabloid staple, music-video director and cultural firebrand. He has claimed to be creative director on an upcoming "Jetsons" movie and, in a recent interview promoting his album "Yeezus," he declared that his wide-ranging cultural interests have "only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. " In a pair of messages posted to his Twitter account Wednesday night, West added film critic to that resume when he stated, "I saw a pre-screening of Pacific Rim yesterday and it's easily one of my favorite movies of all time" and "This is not another 'Robot' movie.
January 13, 2014 |
The event: ”Help Haiti Home,” staged by Sean Penn & Friends and presented at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills by Giorgio Armani to benefit the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Anderson Cooper served as host and ceremonies ended with a surprise performance by U2. The scene: Held on Golden Globes weekend, the affair Saturday brought out a generous helping of A-listers, some of whom bid generously enough at the live auction to bring the gala's proceeds to a whopping $6 million.
December 2, 2013 |
Opening on a crowded holiday weekend during which "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" broke Thanksgiving records , the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" made a solid box-office debut in four theaters. The Weinstein Co. film, starring Idris Elba as the South African icon, opened Friday and made about $100,300 through Sunday, averaging more than $25,000 per theater. That's a decent showing for a limited release movie on a busy weekend, though not quite as strong as Weinstein Co.'s recent four-theater opening of "Philomena," the drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which brought in about $32,100 per location in its first weekend.