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...
October 23, 2012 |
Every movie star handles award season differently. Some are openly disdainful of the dog-and-pony shows - Joaquin Phoenix, anyone? - while others are able to at least feign excitement at the prospect of traipsing down yet another red carpet. For the most part, the celebrities making their way to the Beverly Hilton ballroom for the Hollywood Film Awards on Monday evening seemed to be in good spirits. After all, the event was only the first stop on the long road to the Academy Awards in February, so fete-fatigue had yet to set in. Marion Cotillard, who took home an acting prize for her role in the foreign-language film "Rust and Bone," said she was reveling in an experience that doesn't exist in her native France.
October 19, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 21 - 27 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SPECIALS Funny as Hell 2012: More performances from the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal (8 p.m. BBC America). MOVIES A Nanny's Revenge: A woman schemes to punish the man she blames for the death of her parents in this 2012 TV drama starring Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Victoria Pratt (8 p.m. Lifetime). I Married Who?
October 18, 2012 |
Dr. Alex Cross isn't the kind of guy who should need a comeback. The hero in novelist James Patterson's book series, Cross is a formidable detective, an African American family man who uses his training as a psychologist to track down society's baddest seeds. But Friday's new movie about the crime fighter, "Alex Cross," could be his hardest case yet. Not only is it a test of actor Tyler Perry's appeal beyond his own brand of comedies, but also of director Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious")
October 17, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 21 - 27 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Jon "Too Many Emmys" Stewart, below, hosts "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs," the latest edition of the benefit/telethon, with Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and Katy Perry among the aforementioned "too many stars. " (Comedy Central, 8 p.m) MONDAY From that "Psycho" shower scene to Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!"
October 14, 2012 |
Should they need to get away from "The Office" from time to time, actor John Krasinski and his movie star wife, Emily Blunt, have bought a country home in Ojai for $2.15 million. Once the site of the Ojai Foothills Hotel, the 5-acre-plus property centers on a 4,177-square-foot main house with high ceilings, four fireplaces, four bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms. There is solar power, a swimming pool with spa and a three-car garage. Krasinski, who turns 33 on Oct. 20, has starred on "The Office" since 2005.
September 29, 2012 |
It's a typical weekday at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons. Clint Eastwood is signing autographs just outside the hotel's front window for a cluster of near-frantic fans. A parade of the wealthy and connected pass through the lobby on their way to lunch at the hotel, ground zero for industry deal-making. Inside the bar, however, no one gives even a sideways glance at the handsome, tousle-haired actor Byung-hun Lee, who at first appears somewhat unsure of himself as he speaks quietly in halting English.
September 21, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The First Family: Christopher B. Duncan, Gladys Knight, John Witherspoon, Jackée Harry and Marla Gibbs stars in this new sitcom set at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (5 p.m. KCAL). Mr. Box Office: Bill Bellamy plays a movie star turned inner-city high school teacher in this new comedy (5:30 p.m. KCAL). Unsealed: Alien Files: Alleged encounters with extraterrestrials are probed in this new series (11 p.m. KTLA)
September 16, 2012 |
Elsa Emerson leaves home, becomes a movie star named Laura Lamont, marries a studio executive, wins an Oscar, suffers the inevitable career decline, takes too many pills and winds up in the hospital, works in a dress shop, then gets a chance to make a comeback on Broadway. We've heard this Hollywood tale an awful lot of times before, haven't we? Yes and no. Emma Straub, who has published two well-received story collections, makes an interesting decision in her first novel. Her heroine is not a self-destructive, self-dramatizing diva; she's a down-to-earth, professional actress who has few pretensions about what she does.
September 9, 2012 |
A movie contemptuous of advertising, the choppy, formless dystopian-sci-fi doodad "Branded" wasn't screened for critics and was barely hyped before release last Friday, which means some marketing choices aren't that unwise. Misha (a charmless Ed Stoppard) is a Moscow-based ad executive and sometime spy who falls for the boss' American niece (Leelee Sobieski), a go-getter producing a makeover reality show that backfires when its plus-size star goes into a coma, ushering in a worldwide big-is-beautiful movement, which is really a global conspiracy cooked up on a Polynesian island by a fast-food corporate cabal and a marketing guru (Max von Sydow)