August 8, 2012 |
Meryl Streep will be returning to the Oscars next year -- as a presenter, not as a nominee. And, yes, it's difficult to muster any measure of sympathy or outrage over a woman who has now won three Academy Awards and received 17 nominations. But the fact that Streep likely will be roundly ignored for her deeply felt turn in the domestic drama "Hope Springs" speaks volumes to the narrow range of movies and performances that academy members reward. In "Hope Springs," Streep plays Kay, a 60ish woman dissatisfied with her marriage after 31 years.
August 7, 2012 |
"Hope Springs,"starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, is an unusually intelligent cut at the relationship game. And considering the age of its stars, it's a rarity for the movies, which tend to favor youth in all things. This well-considered look at a long marriage that has lost its spark proves that old love is as fraught as any teenage crush and sex never fades as a source of contention. Darker and coming nearly a decade after Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson's middle-age flirtation in "Something's Gotta Give," Kay (Streep)
August 6, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 5 - 11 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning King Abdullah II of Jordan; Kristin Davis; Jeremy Renner. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Reports from the Olympics. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones; Michael Psilakis; Kate Dimmock. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Vanessa L. Williams.
August 3, 2012 |
Do they make men like Tommy Lee Jones anymore? Men who can rope a calf, direct a movie, and, you want to believe, write a love letter. Men who have no interest in opining about their work but care deeply about what they do. Men who can evoke both a danger and a comfort, depending on how they look at you. An actor who seems to embody the word "stoic," Jones, 65, makes occasional forays into rugged sexiness and gruff humanism. Etched with crevices and imperfections, his face conveys a life thoroughly lived, though don't look too hard for the specifics.
June 14, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before avoiding Kings parade traffic. The Skinny: Did Wednesday drag or what? Thursday's headlines include analysis of the Justice Department examination of the pay-TV business; Netflix is testing a new look; and Meryl Streep has some tough words for Hollywood. Daily Dose: As yours truly reported Wednesday, Dick Clark Productions is on the block . Now attention will turn to who may buy the production company whose biggest franchises include the Golden Globe Awards and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance.
June 13, 2012 |
Fourteen years ago, the gender breakdown for behind-the-scenes employment in the top 250 films was 83% men and 17% women. By last year, women had improved their representation -- ever so slightly. In 2011, the division of labor in the same number of movies was 82% men and 18% women, according to a San Diego State University study looking at directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers. "The shocking underrepresentation of women in our business" is how Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep described the "dreadful" statistics Tuesday night during Women in Film's 2012 Crystal and Lucy Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
April 8, 2012 |
The Iron Lady/Albert Nobbs Available on VOD April 10 Oscar veterans Meryl Streep and Glenn Close squared off in the lead actress category this year, both nominated for roles that saw them radically altering their appearances and voices. Streep won the statuette for "The Iron Lady," a biography of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that skips through decades of the stateswoman's life in breezy flashbacks. Given how controversial Thatcher's administration was — and how much the conservative-liberal divide continues to be a major story around the world — "The Iron Lady" is something of a missed opportunity by director Phyllida Lloyd and screenwriter Abi Morgan, as they take more of a Wikipedia approach to their subject than one that's relevant to today's headlines.
February 27, 2012 |
In the end, it was Meryl Streep's turn as a world leader that finally earned her a lead actress statuette after 12 years of losing to her competitors. Streep's third career Oscar win provided one of the evening's few surprises when the 62-year-old actress bested "The Help" star Viola Davis for her role as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady. " "I really understand that I'll never be up here again," said Streep with a laugh during her acceptance speech. The acclaimed actress has been nominated a record-setting 17 times -- 14 times in the lead actress category -- though she hasn't won since she took the statue in 1983 for her lead role in "Sophie's Choice.
February 27, 2012 |
The movie of the fewest words spoke the loudest at the Oscars this year. On an evening suffused with nostalgia, "The Artist," a nearly wordless, black-and-white romance celebrating Hollywood's formative era, won five Academy Awards, including best picture, on Sunday night. The French production also took home directing honors for Michel Hazanavicius, the lead actor award for Jean Dujardin and trophies for costume design and score. Producer Thomas Langmann dedicated his best picture Oscar to his filmmaker father, who died in 2009.
February 26, 2012 |
"The Artist," the black-and-white silent film about Hollywood's rocky transition to the “talkies,” took the biggest honors at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture, director and lead actor. It was a night filled with firsts - and an especially good night for the French. “The Artist” was the first silent film to nab best picture honors since the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, when “Wings” took the top prize. And for the first time in Academy Awards history, a French actor (Jean Dujardin)