October 23, 2012 |
Retired movie makeup artist Robert Sidell got chills when he met actor John Goodman at the party following the Beverly Hills premiere earlier this month of Ben Affleck's acclaimed new film "Argo. " It was like seeing an old friend again. Goodman plays real-life Oscar-winning movie makeup artist John Chambers, who created the makeup for the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes," as well as Spock's ears for the original "Star Trek" series. Chambers was one of the key players who helped CIA operative Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck)
September 7, 2012 |
TORONTO -- Ben Affleck's crowd-pleasing political thriller “Argo” earned a few ovations when it played at the Telluride Film Festival last week, but, really, the screening there was just a warm-up act to its Toronto gala premiere Friday night. “Any self-respecting Canadian of a particular age knows what happened,” said festival chief operating officer Michele Maheux, introducing the film and its actor-director Ben Affleck. “Now, through 'Argo,' we discover the how.” There were plenty of self-respecting Canadians of a particular vintage seated in the cavernous Roy Thomson Hall, and they cheered loudly and often throughout the movie.
August 9, 2012 |
“Flight,” starring Denzel Washington as a pilot who saves almost all his passengers after a nearly miraculous crash landing, will be the closing night film at the New York Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the Paramount Pictures film's supporting cast includes Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman and Don Cheadle. It will screen at the New York festival on Oct. 14, and open in general release Nov. 2. “Flight” marks Zemeckis' return to directing live-action films after a number of years on animated projects like “Mars Needs Moms” and “Polar Express.” Previously, Zemeckis had hits with films including “Cast Away,” “Forrest Gump” and “Back to the Future.” The New York Film Festival runs Sept.
July 12, 2012 |
If "Drunkboat" understands anything, it's the louche intensity with which John Malkovich commands a frame, whether staring into space with a cigarette or teetering under the influence of Cutty Sark. In most other respects, though, this self-consciously mannered indie fails to ignite. Adapted by co-writer/director Bob Meyer from his own autobiographical play, the story drops Malkovich's reformed-drunk Vietnam vet Mort at the suburban house of his long-estranged widower sister (Dana Delany)
June 16, 2010 |
Fans of classic TV may always look into John Goodman's face and want to cry out, "Dan!" — recalling him as the gentle working-class husband he played for nine seasons on "Roseanne." Goodman's OK with that, but lately he's been working on shifting his image with other roles, working alongside Al Pacino in HBO's "You Don't Know Jack" and in a regular part on David Simon's "Treme." Plus, with "Treme," Goodman gets to work out of his own backyard, as a longtime resident of New Orleans.
April 22, 2010 |
There are three intertwining streams of interest in the unfortunately, if aptly, titled "You Don't Know Jack," a new HBO TV film about Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide man. There is Kevorkian himself, played by Al Pacino, and the imagined private life of a figure known mostly in news bites, all around the single issue of euthanasia and his hands-on crusade to gain it legitimacy — the man behind the myth, the usual draw of the biopic....