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.
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.
August 12, 2010
'Winter's Bone' In summer, when a raft of new movies floats into theaters each Friday, it's easy to miss the small indie films. So you might not have seen "Winter's Bone," a very un-summery sounding film, but try to catch it before it slips away. This finely wrought drama about a teenager's fight to take care of her family in the drug-infected and poverty-saturated Ozark Mountain back country is sure to be an Oscar contender. Director Debra Granik captures the beauty and the pain of the region, Jennifer Lawrence's performance as 17-year-old Ree Dolly is heartbreaking and John Hawkes' as her uncle, Teardrop, is fearsome, as is the deadly crystal meth culture — the making and dealing and dying.
October 3, 2012 |
The cast of Ben Affleck's latest film, "Argo," which includes Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston, are set to receive the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards on Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. There's already a lot of Oscar buzz swirling around the political thriller set in Iran in 1979, which opens Oct. 12, after it received strong reviews at the Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals. "Argo" is Affleck's third film that he directed.