April 20, 2008 |
The BBC Natural History Collection Featuring Planet Earth BBC, $199.92 Nirvana for nature-doc geeks -- and a likely source of slack-jawed wonderment for most other demographics -- this expansive collection brings together four recent series, all narrated by David Attenborough. The 17-disc set (33 hours of programming, 12 hours of bonus material) includes "The Life of Mammals," "The Life of Birds" and "The Blue Planet: Seas of Life," all vivid and arresting travelogues.
April 29, 1996 |
The Scene: Plenty of "Friends" and other friends were among the 700 or so people who showed up at the Directors Guild on Thursday night for the premiere of "The Pallbearer," a dark but sugary romantic comedy starring the "Friends" TV series' cute nice guy David Schwimmer in his first feature film lead role--where he coincidentally plays a cute nice guy who is mired in perpetual adolescence.
October 21, 1988
Irving Rudd, 71, Top Rank publicist, is working at the training camp of boxer Thomas Hearns. Says Rudd: "Hearns and I have had a very close relationship. There's nothing I wouldn't do for him and there's nothing he wouldn't do for me, and that's how it's been for 10 years now--we've done nothing for each other." Was Orel Hershiser really cut from his high school baseball team? It's news to the kid who caught him. Rick Santarone, Hershiser's batterymate at Cherry Hill East (N.J.
November 2, 2010 |
During the Toronto International Film Festival, a Hollywood manager, an up-and-coming director and some executives from the Weinstein Co. had gathered for dinner at the city's Windsor Arms Hotel. It appeared to be a typical movie-business gathering ? except that most of the people at the table were speaking with Swedish accents. The diners were celebrating Weinstein's upcoming U.S. release of "Snabba Cash," a Swedish crime drama that created a sensation among American distributors when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
July 17, 1995 |
In "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" Steven Seagal is back as Casey Ryback, ex-Navy SEAL and current cook, and he's as snidely catatonic as ever. Ryback spends most of the movie cracking necks and clambering atop speeding trains, which is just as well, because whenever he slows down for a quiet scene with his estranged 17-year-old niece, Sarah (Katherine Heigl), he resembles one of those impassive cartoon characters whose only mobile feature is a movable mouth.
January 30, 2011 |
Let Me In Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Writer-director Matt Reeves doesn't take any huge chances in his remake of the popular Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In," but everything that worked the first time works just as well the second. Chloë Moretz stars as an ancient vampire who looks like a 12-year-old girl, while Kodi Smit-McPhee plays a lonely neighbor boy who falls for her and is inspired to stand up to vicious bullies at school. "Let Me In" retains the moody atmosphere of Tomas Alfredson's film right down to the snowy setting and muted earth tones, and it effectively translates what makes the original special: the merging of adolescent alienation and literal, visceral pain.
June 6, 2008 |
IF THERE is one thing Hollywood understands, it's casting. That's why the industry's Democratic activists are rallying behind Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as November's leading man, with some still open to the idea of a supporting role for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Sen. John McCain will be lucky if he gets the walk-on part for which he now seems to be angling in his search for Hollywood dollars.
July 22, 2010 |
Just as some movies are impervious to bad reviews, there are films that debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego whose fates simply cannot be doomed. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" won't likely suffer if Warner Bros. does nothing more than hold up one of star Daniel Radcliffe's dirty socks before thousands of the movie's fans. Any number of other films — particularly those flying just below the pop culture radar — face a more perilous test at the annual gathering of comic book, fantasy and sci-fi fans running Thursday through Sunday.
September 8, 2009 |
Forget the garlic, the crucifixes, the security of daylight. Nothing is holding the vampires at bay these days. With the wild popularity of movie, TV and literary properties including "Twilight" and HBO's hit series "True Blood," the bloodthirsty undead are dominating the pop culture landscape in ways Count Dracula could have never imagined, and the trend seems unlikely to abate any time soon. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the second film adaptation of the popular series of novels, is set for release in November, with the third installment to follow in June 2010.
March 8, 2009 |
Vampire stories are always about desire and repression, which makes the teenage vampire an especially potent symbol of the hormonal confusion and awkward intensity of the wonder years. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" confirmed the pop-culture potential of adolescent bloodsuckers, and the phenomenon reached a frenzied peak with the recent teen-girl hit "Twilight" (out on DVD and Blu-ray March 21).