March 23, 2005 |
As a very young actor, Kevin Rodney Sullivan played a school-age extra in Sidney Poitier's 1970 crime drama "They Call Me Mister Tibbs!" It was Sullivan's first paying role as a film actor, and a fleeting part at that, yet it marked the beginning of Poitier's long influence over Sullivan's career. Sullivan counts Poitier's groundbreaking "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" as one of his inspirations for pursuing a Hollywood career.
December 23, 2004 |
The old saw about undistinguished books making the best movie adaptations might easily be applied to the current vogue for remaking pictures as well. Though perhaps it is better to say "less well-known," such as the case with 1965's "The Flight of the Phoenix," a film that few would label a mint-condition classic but is nevertheless a solid and engaging drama about a group of plane crash survivors struggling to survive in the desert.
May 2, 2003
Production of "Shall We Dance," starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, is moving from Toronto to Winnipeg, Canada, in part because of Toronto's SARS outbreak. A Miramax spokesman said the fact that Winnipeg's locations fit the script better played a bigger role in the decision. The film, to be directed by Peter Chelsom, is a remake of a 1997 Japanese film released by Miramax, with the remake set in Chicago. Shooting is set to start June 23.
April 24, 2003 |
Filming has started in Germany's historic Babelsberg studios outside Berlin on a new version of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." The movie, starring Jim Broadbent, Jackie Chan and Kathy Bates, is being directed by Frank Coraci ("The Waterboy"). It's the first large-scale Hollywood production to be shot at the studio, and with costs running around $100 million, it's estimated to be one of the most expensive films ever made in Germany.
October 10, 2002 |
It's been 10 years since Jean Cocteau's transporting 1946 "Beauty and the Beast," as romantic a film as has ever been made, played theatrically in Los Angeles, and a lot has happened to it in the intervening decade, all of it good. In 1995, as part of France's celebration of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the film underwent a comprehensive restoration.
December 2, 2001 |
Maybe I missed something amid the five Emmy Award acceptance speeches, or the audible sobbing of grown men in front of their televisions, or the jet-fuel ignition of two young acting careers heading for higher altitude. Because after the country took its first look at "Brian's Song," in its original incarnation 30 years ago, I don't recall anyone saying, "How about a do-over?" What, Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers didn't quite nail that speech at the awards banquet?