March 30, 2002 |
Two British actors have returned to the stage with different results. Kenneth Branagh is playing to sold-out audiences at the Crucible Theatre, giving one of the most bracing performances of his career in "Richard III." But Jude Law's appearance at London's Young Vic as the title character in Christopher Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus" is just plain boring. From the very outset, Branagh's Richard captures a startled audience.
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.
April 11, 2007 |
As director David O. Russell's now infamous "I (Heart) Huckabees" on-set freakout on Lily Tomlin, posted as a Web video, reaches the parody phase, his friends are coming forward to defend his shocking tirade -- and his colorful directing style. Sure, they say, he's "exacting" and doesn't suffer fools; to an outsider, they admit, his tantrum toward the film's costar captured on video might look like a madman's rant.
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 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.
August 22, 2010 |
The gig: Founder and chief executive of Hudson Jeans, one of the nation's hottest premium denim brands. Hudson is best known for its Union Jack logo, hefty sticker price and advertising campaign that features Mick Jagger's daughter. With jeans sold at select boutiques and high-end stores in countries around the world, the company reportedly had annual sales last year of more than $50 million. The image: Kim's goal is to make Hudson Jeans a sought-after item, and he's won over a number of celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie, soccer star David Beckham and actor Jude Law. He employs an in-house marketing team and uses a public relations company to create buzz on the Web. Hudson's Facebook page includes images of actress Renee Zellweger "rockin' a pair" of Hudson skinny jeans.
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.