December 19, 2012 |
Opening in limited release Wednesday, director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," a dramatized account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is already the talk of two towns. In Washington, questions have arisen about whether Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal got access to classified information (the Pentagon says they didn't), and controversy has swirled around the film's depiction of CIA torture. Back in the land of Hollywood, meanwhile, the film is widely viewed as an award season front-runner, and initial reviews are overwhelmingly positive, praising it as a taut, complex and morally ambiguous thriller.
July 25, 2013 |
Ned Benson has had a pretty typical life toiling on the Hollywood assembly line. Relocating to Los Angeles after graduating from Columbia in 2001, the former English major and aspiring filmmaker placed a few scripts on the industry's coveted Black List and landed work-for-hire writing jobs with some respected producers. But as he banged out scripts for others' conventional projects, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movie to be made. Or, rather, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movies to be made.
October 26, 2011 |
Comb the list of actors contending for an Oscar this year, and you might think you're seeing double. Award season sometimes brings the occasional star with a pair of movies in the running, but this year no fewer than a half-dozen performers could find their biggest rival staring at them in the mirror. The list of acting award hopefuls with multiple movies is long and diverse: Brad Pitt, Carey Mulligan, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender and George Clooney, who, with his turn as a grieving father in the low-key drama "The Descendants," will try to win his first lead actor Oscar even as he's pushing "The Ides of March," the political drama he directed, produced, co-wrote and costars in. "I always feel like I'm competing against myself," Clooney told The Times.
May 22, 2011 |
— When Jessica Chastain, the up-and-coming actress who stars opposite Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life," had a meeting with Ben Stiller a few years ago, the actor caught her off guard with an unexpected request: "Tell Terry I said hi," Stiller told her, referring to "Tree" director Terrence Malick. Chastain assumed that Stiller was kidding. How on Earth would the star of comedies like "Dodgeball" and "Meet the Fockers" be on such casual terms with a reclusive, enigmatic auteur like Malick?
February 5, 2013 |
Floral prints are making a big comeback this spring after having been in full bloom on the fall runways back in 2011 at Miu Miu, Givenchy and more. Featuring tropical Hawaiian breeds, orchids or classic daisies, some prints look as if they were plucked straight from the garden. Floral prints and flower embellishments also made their way onto the red carpet. At the recent SAG Awards, Julianne Moore wore a white Chanel haute couture gown with black flowers, Nicole Kidman choose a Vivienne Westwood gown with black-and-navy blue floral embroidery and Ellie Kemper donned a sea-foam green Reem Acra dress also with floral embroidery.
November 2, 2012 |
"The Heiress," Ruth and Augustus Goetz's oft-revived 1947 stage adaptation of "Washington Square," Henry James' novel of 1850s New York, is back again -- Thursday was opening night for the latest of the tale of misplaced love, coveted property and a plain, diffident heroine who learns to bare her fangs. Jessica Chastain's profile has shot up via recent film roles, including "The Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" and "The Help" She made her Broadway debut as Catherine Sloper, the mousy heiress who's caught between an insincere suitor (Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey")
February 1, 2013 |
Daniel Day-Lewis may have been "clothed in immense power" in "Lincoln," but when it comes to memorable movie lines from the past year, it would be hard to top Jessica Chastain's forceful explanation of why she happens to be attending a particular CIA briefing in "Zero Dark Thirty. " When Chastain's CIA operative, Maya, feels herself being pushed to the margins of decision-making after discovering Osama bin Laden's location, she tells CIA Director Leon Panetta, "I'm the ... who found this place, sir. " In the video interview above, the second of three parts, Chastain said she still can't believe the life that particular line has. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Jessica Chastain on 'Zero Dark Thirty' "I would never have imagined that line would hit such a button as it does," the lead actress Oscar nominee said.
January 16, 2011 |
Terrence Malick's coming-of-age epic "The Tree of Life" has been shrouded in mystery since news of it surfaced in 2005. So it's fitting that the first thing cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki says about the film is that, well, there's not much he can say about the film. "It's very hard to talk about this movie because almost anything I say will reduce it and make it seem prosaic and simplistic," he said. But then the veteran cinematographer, whose credits include "Children of Men" and "Ali" and who collaborated with Malick on his "The New World," goes on to say plenty, comparing the May 27 release to, among other things, a symphony and a novel.
September 20, 2010
The Toronto International Film Festival is famous for its star-studded, Oscar-caliber lineup, but it showcases films featuring stellar turns from lesser - known performers too. Before the festival's conclusion Sunday, The Times' film staff caught up with some of the players poised to break out of this year's pack. As many stars have found, it can take a small film to finally move an actor from the side to center stage. "The First Grader," which rests heavily on Naomie Harris' slim shoulders, may be that film for her. The role of Teacher Jane — a headmistress in a rural Kenyan school who puts her job, her marriage and indeed her life on the line to fight for an 84-year-old's right to an education — captivated the 34-year-old actress when she read the script, based on a true story.
April 27, 2006
Looking for ... Herod? Al Pacino stars in "Salome," Oscar Wilde's interpretation of the biblical tale of lust and revenge, directed by Estelle Parsons and with original music by Yukio Tsuji. The production, which had a Broadway run in 2003, was developed by Pacino and Parsons. Jessica Chastain plays the infamous woman scorned, Pacino portrays King Herod and Kevin Anderson is John the Baptist. "Salome," Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A. Opens 8 p.m. today. $68 to $93.