June 9, 2010 |
On the eve of being honored by the American Film Institute, Mike Nichols shared memories of some of the actors he has directed. Elizabeth Taylor (Nichols directed her to the best actress Oscar in 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"): She understood, since she had been doing it since she was 4 years old, what movie acting was, and she had that kind of secret deal with the lab that, overnight in the bath, what we had seen her do on the set was about three times better [on screen]
May 2, 2010 |
When Julia Roberts signed on to play the title role in "Eat, Pray, Love," she made one thing clear: She wanted the film to be shot in the locations where the story was set. That wish, of course, would mean quite a lot of work for the film's crew, which spent nine months in pre-production trying to figure out how to logistically shoot a movie in New York, Italy, India and Bali. But the effort was essential to making the movie work, said director Ryan Murphy. He wanted the film to stay true to the work it is based on, Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 bestselling memoir about a post-divorce journey of self-discovery that leads her around the world.
February 11, 2010 |
It's a little disconcerting to hear Anne Hathaway talk dirty. Huddled in an office cubicle on the set of the new romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day," Hathaway, she of the pearly white skin, the doe-like eyes, the fantasy pedigree in the "Princess Diaries" movies, is purring lasciviously and furtively into the phone, lines like "I'm going to show you the wildest ride," and "I don't mind the fetishists." Puckishly presiding over the tweaking of her wholesome image is "Valentine's Day" director Garry Marshall, who a decade ago put the tiara on Hathaway's head by casting her in the first "Princess" film.
March 23, 2009 |
Nicolas Cage -- with a timely assist from college hoops -- powered sci-fi action picture "Knowing" to the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $24.8-million haul. The gross receipts were more than one-third better than those of its closest competitor, the comedy "I Love You, Man," which took in $18 million. Finishing third was the Julia Roberts vehicle "Duplicity," her first big leading role in half a decade. It brought $14.
March 20, 2009 |
The only thing you can trust about "Duplicity" is its title. Nothing else in this sleek, dizzying entertainment is even remotely what it seems to be. A throwback to the days of old-school caper movies like "To Catch a Thief," "Duplicity" is just the kind of sophisticated amusement you would expect from filmmaker Tony Gilroy.
March 15, 2009 |
Michelle Obama has nothing on Julia Roberts. On the Monday after the Oscars, there was the elusive actress, in a fitted black blazer, jeans and rippling locks, with all the presence of a polished but approachable politician, pressing palms and personally greeting each member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. -- that idiosyncratic group that bestows the Golden Globes -- in a conference room of the Four Seasons Hotel.
April 12, 2008 |
Billy Bush, co-host of the syndicated TV show "Access Hollywood," is expanding into radio. He'll host a syndicated talk and music show that will be heard locally on KBIG-FM (104.3) weekdays from 7 to 11 p.m., beginning Monday. If the show has much the same focus as "Access Hollywood" -- the news and celebrities of the entertainment capital -- it won't be an accident. It will be produced by Bush and Rob Silverstein, executive producer of the TV program. Both have worked in radio previously.
October 15, 2007 |
Tom Hanks started off the night at the American Cinematheque's award dinner by welcoming everyone to "Julia Roberts' bat mitzvah." He then gave a comical description of what it's like to be one of the many who have worked with her, having just done so in the upcoming "Charlie Wilson's War." "You might as well be a waffle iron sitting up a tree" when sharing a scene with Roberts, he lamented. "No one is even looking at you."