January 24, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Since opening in theaters last month, the Osama bin Laden manhunt film “Zero Dark Thirty” has intrigued audiences with its inside look at how CIA officers do their jobs. But the employees of the agency who tracked the Al Qaeda leader say that while they understand the need for dramatic license, the Kathryn Bigelow film gets a number of details about their professional and personal lives wrong. “The individual hunches [are what] came through on 'Zero Dark,' and that's not exactly how it happens,” said Nada Bakos, who spent years as a CIA target officer, gathering intelligence that helped lead to the elimination of suspected terrorists.
February 24, 2013 |
The second time's the charm for Jennifer Lawrence. The 22-year-old Kentucky native landed the lead actress Oscar statuette Sunday for her tragicomic performance as an emotionally bruised widow in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Her win comes a month after Lawrence picked up the Golden Globe for actress in a comedic movie and just two years after the actress' breakthrough performance in “Winter's Bone” -- the role that first put her on the academy's lead...
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.
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.
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")
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.
March 6, 2013 |
PARIS -- With a runway in the round surrounded by closed doors, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Lily Collins and the rest of the fashion crowd waited to see what surprise Marc Jacobs had in store for the fall 2013 Louis Vuitton show held Wednesday, the final day of Paris Fashion Week. The inspiration: A focus on materials and surface details redolent of the boudoir, according to the show notes. "An attitude of getting dressed up only to find the most glamorous destination is one's own hotel room.
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.
February 25, 2013 |
It was like an Oscar flashback with all the Giorgio Armani gowns, Harry Winston bling and Veronica Lake waves on the red carpet Sunday. Then there was a Sharon Stone Gap turtleneck moment, when Helen Hunt revealed that her navy blue gown was from none other than cheap chic retailer H&M. (Apparently it was a custom job; Hunt worked closely with H&M designers exchanging sketches, fabrics and samples, according to the retailer.) PHOTOS: Oscars 2013 best dressed on the red carpet Back to Armani, though.
January 23, 2013 |
As the debate over “Zero Dark Thirty” and torture rages on , director Kathryn Bigelow staunchly defended the Oscar-nominated film Tuesday on “The Colbert Report.” Describing the movie as a “first rough cut” of history, Bigelow expressed her own unequivocal objection to torture, which she characterized as “reprehensible.” But she said she would have been “whitewashing” history if she had chosen not to include scenes...