December 25, 2006 |
When filming for "Letters From Iwo Jima" wrapped on that historic island in the Pacific, the movie's star, Ken Watanabe, scaled its dormant volcano with American members of the movie's crew. The group prayed at the cemetery atop Mt. Suribachi, which memorializes the Japanese soldiers who perished in the crucial World War II battle. Then crew members handed him two flags -- the Stars and Stripes and Japan's rising sun -- and snapped his photo.
July 16, 2010 |
Dreaming is life's great solitary adventure. Whatever pleasures or terrors the dream state provides, we experience them alone or not at all. But what if other people could literally invade our dreams, what if a technology existed that enabled interlopers to create and manipulate sleeping life with the goal of stealing our secret thoughts, or more unsettling still, implanting ideas in the deepest of subconscious states and making us believe they're...
January 25, 2004
Here follow some musings on the year's outstanding performances from a member of the nominating committee for the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominations in the Academy Award acting categories may not mirror the SAG Award nominations as much as the directing nods seem to reflect the DGA Awards, but it's interesting to note how Kenneth Turan's Oscar picks ("It's January -- Roll Out the Oscar Picks," Jan. 18) are similar to our nominations. We're all in agreement on the outstanding performances of Ben Kingsley, Sean Penn and Bill Murray -- and I certainly understand that Johnny Depp of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Station Agent's" Peter Dinklage are Oscar long shots -- but Russell Crowe and Jude Law?
January 13, 2008 |
Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart, welcome to Hollywood's elite and gaudy Arkham club. In the highly anticipated new Batman film "The Dark Knight," which opens July 18, Ledger is stepping into the purple suit of the Joker, while Eckhart will portray Gotham City Dist. Atty. Harvey Dent, who starts the movie as a handsome lawman but ends up as Two-Face, the villain driven insane by disfiguring wounds.
July 26, 2010
Summer's biggest hits at the U.S. box office had a huge weekend overseas. "Inception" debuted in several major foreign countries and generated strong receipts in all of them, proving that its sophisticated plot can translate well around the world. Japan was the biggest market for "Inception," thanks in part to publicity work done by native costar Ken Watanabe. The movie took in $8.9 million in the country. It opened to $8.1 million in France, $6.8 million in South Korea, virtually the same in Russia and $6.4 million in Australia.
August 21, 2004 |
Production of the long-in-the-works movie version of "Memoirs of a Geisha" will begin next month in Los Angeles and Japan with Rob Marshall in the director's chair, Columbia Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures announced. Chinese-born Zhang Ziyi of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" will play the title role of the young girl Sayuri who becomes a geisha, and Japanese star Ken Watanabe, who appeared as the title character in "The Last Samurai," will portray the businessman with whom she falls in love.