January 29, 2014 |
As a reporter covering Hollywood for the New York Times, Bernard Weinraub was amused whenever producers or studio executives were unable to remember the names of the screenwriters of their latest films. "They would actually say, 'I'm not sure,' or 'A couple of people.' Very few of them actually knew who wrote the movie," Weinraub said. "It always cracked me up. It's such a collaborative process. Obviously, that never happens in the theater. " So when Weinraub retired from journalism in 2005 and began a second career as a playwright, he thought he would wield more clout than Hollywood screenwriters.
January 18, 2014 |
The very petite Holly Hunter walked the red carpet at the SAG Awards on Saturday in support of the Jane Campion-directed miniseries, "Top of the Lake. " Hunter is vying against her "Lake" costar, Elisabeth Moss, for the best performance by an actress in a television movie or miniseries. The gritty drama was filmed for Sundance in New Zealand, and when Campion first called Hunter about playing the role of feminist seer G.J., Hunter was at first unsure. SAG Awards 2014: Full coverage | Red carpet | Winners | Complete list "Jane, why?
January 16, 2014 |
BET's first original scripted drama, "Being Mary Jane," may be a solid performer for the network, but its initial ratings have not been encouraging. The second episode of the series, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful cable news personality with a messy personal and family life, attracted 2.8 million viewers Tuesday, according to Nielsen -- a drop of more than 15% from the premiere episode, which drew 3.3 million viewers. The debut installment had already dropped from the more than 4 million viewers who tuned in to the show's movie-length pilot, which aired last May. The series was created by Mara Brock Akil ("The Game")
January 8, 2014 |
"Being Mary Jane," BET's first original scripted drama, scored impressively when its movie-length pilot aired last July, attracting more than 4 million viewers. But Tuesday's offical debut of the series fell off considerably from that initial outing. The launch of "Being Mary Jane" drew 3.3 million viewers in the first of two airings. An encore airing brought it 1.8 million viewers. "Being Mary Jane" stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV personality at a cable news station whose personal and family life is somewhat of a mess.
January 7, 2014 |
Australian filmmaker and former Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion has been named president of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival competition jury. Campion will lead a group that has the task of handing out the Palme and other top prizes to the approximately 20 competition films. Campion has a deep history with Cannes. She is the only female director to have won the Palme, taking the honor for "The Piano" in 1993. She appeared at the festival with her period drama "Bright Star" in 2009 and godfathered the Australian coming-of-age drama "Sleeping Beauty" two years ago. Festival director Thierry Fremaux said in a statement that Campion "is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public.
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January 3, 2014
Henri Lazarof Composer, teacher and art collector Henri Lazarof, 81, a prolific composer and teacher who may have been best known for the modern art collection he and his wife amassed, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Janice Lazarof. The Lazarofs significantly bolstered the modern art collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005 when they gave 130 works - including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and others - to the institution.