December 13, 2012 |
Hollywood Foreign Press voters didn't go for Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt this year, saving their lead actor surprises for men who headlined smaller, more intimate films. In the comedy-musical category, lead honors went to Jack Black for the dark indie character study "Bernie," Ewan McGregor's turn as a fisheries expert in the little-seen "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and Bill Murray's portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the small-budget biopic "Hyde Park on Hudson. " More high-profile performances by Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook")
October 18, 2012 |
The Gotham Independent Film Awards, the first significant awards show of the season, announced its nominees today, giving a nice boost to Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and Richard Linklater's "Bernie. " "Moonrise" and "Bernie" were both nominated for best feature and best ensemble, the only two films to pull off that double-dip. Two separate committees, primarily composed of film critics, handled those categories, indicating, if nothing else, that the movies could be prime players as critics groups begin announcing their awards in December.
December 26, 1997 |
Imagination is one of the greatest antidotes to captivity. Whether one's confinement is physical or psychological, the chance to wander mentally, to conjure an alternate existence for oneself, is every human being's refuge against unhappiness. For Dervla O'Shannon, the 13-year-old narrator of John Hawkes' concise and atmospheric new novel, "An Irish Eye," invention is both a balm against the Oliver Twistian deprivations of her life at St.
August 19, 1993 |
What Robert Coover did for "Pinocchio" several years ago, John Hawkes now does for "Black Beauty." Clever and crushingly ornate, Coover used "Pinocchio in Venice" to turn Collodi's wooden puppet into a postmodern creature of relays, solenoids, pulsing green lights and gibbering anguish.
October 18, 2005 |
A fast-moving urban fantasy/techno-thriller, John Twelve Hawks' "The Traveler" is the much-hyped first installment of a promised trilogy, to be collectively known as "The Fourth Realm." Although it is never as clever or affecting as it wants to be, there's much to recommend in this impassioned cultural critique masquerading as mainstream science fiction. Set in the near future, the novel unfolds against the backdrop of a chillingly familiar consumer society.
January 14, 2014 |
"Fargo" is coming back as a TV series. But viewers shouldn't confuse the FX series with the Oscar-winning 1996 film from Ethan and Joel Coen. The new series will be a limited drama series inspired by the film that will feature an all-new true crime story with new characters established in the trademark humor, dialect, murder and "Minnesota nice" of the original film. The 10-part series will premiere April 15. The character of Marge Gunderson, the pregnant law enforcement officer played by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning performance, will not be a part of the new series. TRAILERS: Winter TV 2014 Key to the new "Fargo" will be the feel of the Minnesota region, where people "have an inability to communicate," said Noah Hawley, executive producer and writer of all the episodes.
September 12, 1990
The Lannan Foundation announced six recipients of its second Lannan Literary Awards in fiction, nonfiction and poetry on Tuesday. The $35,000 international awards recognize "writing that is critical and questioning and calls attention to essential humanistic values in imaginative and skillful ways," said Meghan Ferrill, director of the Los Angeles-based foundation's literary programs.
May 7, 2000 |
It's hard to say what the strangest sight in Gloucester was on an October day last year. Maybe it was a woman suggestively raising and lowering her convertible top to grab George Clooney's attention. Or Mark Wahlberg's agent apparently monitoring the door at a divey bar called the Crow's Nest. Or a church full of black-clad mourners being herded into school buses. More likely, it was simply the presence of the Andrea Gail, tied up to the end of a long pier that juts into Gloucester's harbor.