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January 11, 2011 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A longtime stage veteran (clocking about 100 plays), Jacki Weaver hasn't made nearly as many films in her 48-year career ? 15, she thinks ? but they've been ones that counted. She was in Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock," and her awards include Australian Film Institute honors for "Caddie" (1976) and "Stork" (1971), as well as a Logie (the Australian Emmy) for the 1976 TV movie "Do I Have to Kill My Child?" The latter title could well represent a question her character in this year's "Animal Kingdom" might answer with, "I suppose," without ever looking up from mixing cake batter.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
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December 20, 2012 | By Amy Dawes
Jacki Weaver is a big star in her own right in her native Australia. She works constantly, doing movies, TV series and major stage productions. But you'd never know it listening to the merry way she enthuses about her American costars in "Silver Linings Playbook. " "I think you people should have knighthoods," she says about Robert De Niro, who plays her character's husband in David O. Russell's off-kilter Philadelphia-set romantic comedy. "He should be Sir Robert De Niro, Lord of Greenwich Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Woody Allen has revealed the title of his next movie: "Magic in the Moonlight. " The prolific director isn't saying yet what the film is about. But it is set in the South of France and, judging by images released from the production, appears to be set sometime in the 1930s. (The title may be a reference to Dean Martin's romantic ballad "Magic Is the Moonlight. ") The movie stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver, and costars Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter and Jeremy Shamos.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Animal Kingdom" is an art house crime saga that will put your heart in your mouth, a moody, brooding, modern-day film noir that marks the impressive debut of an Australian writer-director who knows how to make a film that is, in his own words, "dark and violent yet beautiful and poetic at the same time. " That would be David Michod, a compelling creator of story and atmosphere whose assured film, which took the highly competitive world cinema jury prize at Sundance, manages to be both laconic and operatic.
NEWS
January 6, 2011
Ricky Gervais is back for a second year to host the Globes and says he's going to push the comedy a little further this time, that he'll just look around the room and spot someone to target. What might that mean for you? "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky: "There will be a lot of ballet jokes. Last night, Letterman made fun of the film. I think he said, 'If you don't want to celebrate Christmas, you can go see two Jewish girls make out.' " "Animal Kingdom" actress Jacki Weaver: "He's right up my alley, the British ironic humor.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Woody Allen has revealed the title of his next movie: "Magic in the Moonlight. " The prolific director isn't saying yet what the film is about. But it is set in the South of France and, judging by images released from the production, appears to be set sometime in the 1930s. (The title may be a reference to Dean Martin's romantic ballad "Magic Is the Moonlight. ") The movie stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver, and costars Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter and Jeremy Shamos.
NEWS
January 11, 2011
Here's a look at four fascinating film matriarchs and the actresses who admire them "Lolita" (1962) The magnificent mom: Blowsy and deluded, Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters) didn't realize she was raising the archetypical jailbait ? and lost her daughter to an obsessed older man. Seal of approval: "Shelley Winters was brilliant ? she brought a subtle edge to that role, which became both terrifying and touching. " ? Sally Hawkins ("Made in Dagenham") "Tootsie" (1982)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Robert De Niro constructs a highly memorable sports-fan character in David O. Russell's new dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook," playing a Philadelphia Eagles supporter so superstitious he believes the positioning of the remote can affect a game's outcome. The real-life De Niro? He's not exactly a team colors face-painter. VIDEO: Trailers to upcoming films   "People can watch certain football players and get genuinely excited about it, and I just don't understand it," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Continuing the relationship that has yielded such recent box office successes as "Midnight in Paris" and "Blue Jasmine," Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen's next film, "Magic in the Moonlight. " This will be the seventh collaboration between the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Allen notoriously keeps the subjects of each of his films a closely guarded secret. "Magic" stars Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Four score and seven years ago (OK, it wasn't that long ... it just feels that way) , we began trudging down the path that on Thursday will yield a fresh slate of Oscar nominees. Who will be among the names called at the crack of dawn? Our final predictions, along with a thought or two: PICTURE The nominees: 1. "Lincoln" 2. "Argo" 3. "Zero Dark Thirty" 4. "Les Miserables" 5. "Silver Linings Playbook" 6. "Life of Pi" 7. "Django Unchained" 8. "Skyfall" 9. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" The spoilers: "Moonrise Kingdom," "Amour" A thought: How many nominees?
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Amy Dawes
Jacki Weaver is a big star in her own right in her native Australia. She works constantly, doing movies, TV series and major stage productions. But you'd never know it listening to the merry way she enthuses about her American costars in "Silver Linings Playbook. " "I think you people should have knighthoods," she says about Robert De Niro, who plays her character's husband in David O. Russell's off-kilter Philadelphia-set romantic comedy. "He should be Sir Robert De Niro, Lord of Greenwich Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
David O. Russell rewrote "Silver Linings Playbook" more than 20 times, honing the material so it would feel completely real and natural, a vibe he values most in his filmmaking. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, Russell and lead actor Bradley Cooper talk about the work involved in achieving that authenticity of the everyday. "I wanted it to feel like we're almost spying on people," Russell says, "that we've captured them in mid-performance, so the performances are not teed-up like, 'Here is a performance.' It's more like you're just dropped into the middle of somebody's house.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Robert De Niro constructs a highly memorable sports-fan character in David O. Russell's new dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook," playing a Philadelphia Eagles supporter so superstitious he believes the positioning of the remote can affect a game's outcome. The real-life De Niro? He's not exactly a team colors face-painter. VIDEO: Trailers to upcoming films   "People can watch certain football players and get genuinely excited about it, and I just don't understand it," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
On the surface, Cate Blanchett would seem to be the least Chekhovian human being on the planet. No idle longing for Moscow for this international stage and screen star, whose frequent flier mileage must have broken the million mark since she and her husband, writer Andrew Upton, took over the Sydney Theatre Company in 2008 and became intercontinental barnstormers. Yet there she is, this paragon of professional fulfillment, garnering raves at home and abroad for her performance in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" as a trophy wife who has backed herself into a domestic corner by marrying a cranky codger professor.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Buried Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $29.95 In the ingenious "Buried," Ryan Reynolds plays contract truck driver Paul Conroy, who wakes up in an Iraq desert in a sand-covered coffin, with only a cellphone and a lighter. For the next 90 minutes, Conroy makes calls to try to arrange his ransom ? or his rescue. "Buried" could use a little more back story, but Reynolds holds the audience's attention well for an hour and a half, while director Rodrigo Cortés and screenwriter Chris Sparling overlay a preposterous premise with familiar modern complaints, making the movie as much about the limitations of technology (stupid, weak cellphones!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
David O. Russell rewrote "Silver Linings Playbook" more than 20 times, honing the material so it would feel completely real and natural, a vibe he values most in his filmmaking. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, Russell and lead actor Bradley Cooper talk about the work involved in achieving that authenticity of the everyday. "I wanted it to feel like we're almost spying on people," Russell says, "that we've captured them in mid-performance, so the performances are not teed-up like, 'Here is a performance.' It's more like you're just dropped into the middle of somebody's house.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Buried Lionsgate, $29.95; Blu-ray, $29.95 In the ingenious "Buried," Ryan Reynolds plays contract truck driver Paul Conroy, who wakes up in an Iraq desert in a sand-covered coffin, with only a cellphone and a lighter. For the next 90 minutes, Conroy makes calls to try to arrange his ransom ? or his rescue. "Buried" could use a little more back story, but Reynolds holds the audience's attention well for an hour and a half, while director Rodrigo Cortés and screenwriter Chris Sparling overlay a preposterous premise with familiar modern complaints, making the movie as much about the limitations of technology (stupid, weak cellphones!
NEWS
January 11, 2011
Here's a look at four fascinating film matriarchs and the actresses who admire them "Lolita" (1962) The magnificent mom: Blowsy and deluded, Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters) didn't realize she was raising the archetypical jailbait ? and lost her daughter to an obsessed older man. Seal of approval: "Shelley Winters was brilliant ? she brought a subtle edge to that role, which became both terrifying and touching. " ? Sally Hawkins ("Made in Dagenham") "Tootsie" (1982)
NEWS
January 11, 2011 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A longtime stage veteran (clocking about 100 plays), Jacki Weaver hasn't made nearly as many films in her 48-year career ? 15, she thinks ? but they've been ones that counted. She was in Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock," and her awards include Australian Film Institute honors for "Caddie" (1976) and "Stork" (1971), as well as a Logie (the Australian Emmy) for the 1976 TV movie "Do I Have to Kill My Child?" The latter title could well represent a question her character in this year's "Animal Kingdom" might answer with, "I suppose," without ever looking up from mixing cake batter.
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