February 7, 2013 |
Steven Soderbergh - who's indicated, not for the first time, that he's tired of filmmaking and may retire - has had a most unusual career. His persistent ennui has led him to all manner of narrative experiments, benighted projects like "Schizopolis" and "The Good German" that were doubtless more involving for him to make than for audiences to experience. But, as successes like "Erin Brockovich," "Out of Sight" and his new film, "Side Effects," demonstrate, when Soderbergh is willing to play it on the square, he's as good as anyone at bringing intelligence and verve to straight-ahead material.
May 31, 2009 |
He's probably the most adapted literary character in history -- and perhaps the only nonexistent person with an honorary degree from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Upward of 70 actors have portrayed him in more than 200 films, since the early days of silent movies. But there's not been a major cinematic adaptation of Sherlock Holmes in decades.
September 19, 2011 |
The hit movie "Contagion" depicts a nightmare scenario: a bat virus jumps to pigs and then to humans, infecting them with abandon since they have no immunity to the novel bug. The virus circles the globe in a matter of days, causing coughs, fevers and seizures as scientists from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scramble to identify the pathogen and develop a vaccine. Before they do, millions are infected and about a quarter of them die. Those who are not sickened hunker down at home or panic in the streets, scrounging for food and supplies until the outbreak can be contained.
January 6, 2007 |
Thirty-five years after starring in the film version of "Sleuth," Michael Caine is going to star in a remake. But this time around he'll play the role that Laurence Olivier portrayed in the 1972 adaptation of Anthony Shaffer's play about two men involved in a game of wits surrounding an affair the younger one is having with the older man's wife. Jude Law will take the part that Caine essayed initially.
December 5, 2003
Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Sting, Alison Krauss and Jack White will take the stage at UCLA's Royce Hall on Monday to perform "The Words and Music of Cold Mountain." The event helps promote the release this month of the film version of "Cold Mountain," in which Kidman and Law appear, but proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville. * Tickets for the 7 p.m. event, ranging from $10 to $75, are available at Ticketmaster.
October 15, 2003 |
Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman won a five-figure sum and an apology Tuesday from a British newspaper that said she had had an affair with actor Jude Law and that it was to blame for the breakup of his marriage. At London's High Court, the tabloid Sun newspaper admitted that the allegations about Kidman, which were published in March, were untrue. Kidman, who was not in court, said in a statement that she was glad the case was over and that she would donate the money to charity.
January 17, 2011 |
The opposite of dull and deferential is not snotty and abusive. Just a little notion someone might have mentioned to Ricky Gervais before he once again took the stage at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night as host of the 2011 Golden Globes. Last year, the famously astringent comic was mildly disappointing ? he swore he wasn't going to break a sweat hosting, and he didn't. This year, he was far better prepared, and one would imagine, much sweatier, as it quickly became clear that his material wasn't just falling flat, it was making many audience members and presenters uncomfortable and even angry.