May 3, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. We'll admit it -- here at the Ministry, we love a popularity contest. Especially in the case of "The Avengers," which boasts an all-star cast playing Marvel's beloved superheroes. For those curious about which of the characters played by A-listers Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans fans would most like to be, Facebook has taken...
November 18, 2010 |
Into the seemingly idyllic, if nontraditional, two-mom family world of "The Kids Are All Right" saunters trouble in the form of Mark Ruffalo. His rakish Paul, the family's heretofore anonymous sperm donor of the now teen children, brings the swaggering fun you'd expect from any motorcycle-riding, organic-fare restaurateur. Costar Julianne Moore said after all this female energy on the set, when you showed up, you were "über-male" and "all hairy and beardy," and all this male stuff came through.
July 8, 2010 |
Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining, "The Kids Are All Right" is an ode to the virtues of family, in this case a surprisingly conventional one even with its two moms, two kids and one sperm donor. Whatever your politics, between peerless performances, lyrical direction and an adventurous script, this is the sort of pleasingly grown-up fare all too rare in the mainstream daze of this very dry summer. Before delving into the layered perfection of Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, let's start by getting past any hesitations or reservations about the lesbian household premise on which "The Kids Are All Right" is based.
January 30, 2010 |
Exactly 10 years ago, Mark Ruffalo became the toast of Sundance when "You Can Count on Me" won the Grand Jury Prize for drama and went on to become one of the year's biggest art-house hits. His career took off from there, with roles in indie classics such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to go along with the occasional studio paycheck (including this February's "Shutter Island" directed by Martin Scorsese). A decade later, the actor was again back in Park City as a lion of the festival -- and, briefly, as its punching bag. Sundance fortunes rise and fall, but rarely do they rise and fall during the same festival.
January 24, 2010 |
There is faith, the showy display of religiosity that is the trick-of-the-trade of faith healers, and then there is faith , a kind of belief in a transcendent reality. In a plain Hollywood church, both were on display last February, as actor-turned-director Mark Ruffalo finished filming on his directorial debut "Sympathy for Delicious," an unusual story about a jaded, homeless, paraplegic disc jockey, "Delicious" Dean O'Dwyer, who suddenly finds he has the power to heal, although he can't heal himself.
May 17, 2009
Charles McNulty's article on the L.A. theater scene and the Hollywood connection ("Broadway Bound," May 3) missed the venue that really proves his point. Month after month, "The Play's the Thing" theater series presented by L.A. Theatre Works at the Skirball Cultural Center and broadcast on KPCC-FM and nationwide demonstrates the commitment of our greatest actors to perform and champion theater. L.A. Theatre Works subscribers regularly see the likes of Paul Giamatti, JoBeth Williams, Hilary Swank, Ed Asner, Hector Elizondo, Jimmy Smits, Mark Ruffalo, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Burton, Brian Cox, Neil Patrick Harris and many more of theater's most accomplished artists.