November 2, 2012 |
Russell Crowe: Serious thespian, Oscar winner, rage-prone phone thrower -- kung fu movie star? Fans of New Zealand's most celebrated dramatic export were mystified to discover that Crowe had signed on to appear in hip-hop superstar turned first-time filmmaker the RZA's directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists.” The rollicking martial arts mini-epic, shot on location in Shanghai, features ninja prostitutes, a bad guy with body-morphic brass...
December 30, 2010 |
How's this for a slice of irony? Mario Batali, dressed in a suit, no orange Crocs in sight, is seated at a gleaming restaurant counter in a Manhattan eatery, haranguing a chef who works for him: "In a down economy, green doesn't play," Batali insists as part of a profanity-laden rant. "People don't give a damn where their hamburger comes from as long as it tastes good. " It's the last thing anyone would expect to hear from the ambassador of Italian cuisine, a man who wholeheartedly endorses the eating local philosophy.
April 6, 2010 |
Ever since the astounding grosses for "Avatar" started rolling in, Hollywood has been pretty much going gaga over 3-D. At a time when DVD revenues have been plummeting, who would've believed that 3-D would help save the studios' bacon? According to Warners distribution chief Dan Fellman, roughly 52% of the studio's box-office take for this weekend's "Clash of the Titans" was from 3-D ticket sales. According to industry marketers, the 3-D ticket price premium gave a huge boost to "Clash's " $61.4-million box-office take, which would've been closer to $41.4 million if it was only playing in 2-D. The film, which was retrofitted with 3-D at the last minute, inspired my colleague Kenny Turan to write that "Clash" could be "the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D."
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February 28, 2013 |
Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma horseman who became a TV and western movie star during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. He was 89. Robertson, who was best known for starring in the series "Tales of Wells Fargo" from 1957 to 1962, had pneumonia and lung cancer, his family said. The handsome, square-jawed actor, who was often said to resemble Clark Gable, was an able horse rider by age 10 and was training polo ponies in his teens. He applied those skills in Hollywood, where he appeared in more than 60 movies, including a prime role as Jesse James in 1949's "Fighting Man of the Plains.
April 9, 2002
Behind the glasses there--is that movie star Sandra Bullock playing for yuks on a TV sitcom? It is. She puts in an appearance Wednesday on "The George Lopez Show" (8:30 p.m., ABC). Why? Read the credits: She's one of the program's executive producers.
October 14, 2008 |
WE ALL know that the stock market has been plummeting in recent weeks. But what's dropping even faster is the stock Hollywood studios put into the value of movie stars. This past weekend's disastrous opening of Warners' costly "Body of Lies" was just another nail in the coffin. Buoyed by the presence of two mega-stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, with Ridley Scott in the director's chair, the Middle East spy thriller was supposed to easily win its weekend. Instead, it finished No.