July 25, 2012 |
As Caleb Medley lay in a medically induced coma at University of Colorado Hospital -- critically wounded in the Aurora theater shootings -- his wife, Katie, gave birth to their first child. Despite the recent trauma and the challenges to come, a little joy entered the world with little Hugo Jackson Medley. The boy was born at 7:11 a.m. Tuesday, the hospital said, "and both mom and baby are doing great. " Caleb is an aspiring comedian; his wife is studying to be a veterinary technician.
July 3, 2012 |
"I have nothing to lose," Tom Cruise says. He's not talking about his pending divorce from Katie Holmes, his wife of more than five years. Instead, the "Mission: Impossible" star utters that phrase - along with "I am not a hero" - in the trailer released Tuesday for "Jack Reacher," Cruise's next film. The Paramount Pictures action movie, due in theaters Dec. 21, is adapted from Lee Child's novel "One Shot" and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of"The Usual Suspects.
April 10, 2012 |
The online video touted an epic unveiling from one of Hollywood's most revered filmmakers: "In three days, Ridley Scott returns to the genre he redefined.... " For the next two days, subsequent videos ratcheted up the excitement for the new project from the director of "Alien. " Then, finally, it arrived: not the movie, not even the full-length trailer, but the one-minute "teaser" for Scott's upcoming 20th Century Fox release "Prometheus. " "We teased the teaser," Fox Chief Marketing Officer Oren Aviv said.
April 8, 2012 |
In a recording studio on Sunset Boulevard, Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix are banging on two giant taiko drums built especially for their company, Two Steps From Hell. The brawny musicians exude the fierce intensity prevalent in much of their music - until they suddenly get off-beat and let out loud laughs that reveal just how much fun this is for them. Bergersen and Phoenix revel in the world of music for movies, but not in the same way as film score maestros like Hans Zimmer and John Williams.
January 27, 2012
'Monsters, Movies and Trailers From Hell!' with filmmakers John Landis and Joe Dante Where: Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Price: Free Info: (323) 463-3273; larryedmunds.com
January 27, 2012 |
From the earliest days of cinema, audiences have loved to be scared. The three-minute film from French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès, "The Haunted Castle," hit screens in 1896 with celluloid skeletons, ghosts, witches and even the devil himself, and our appetite for thrills hasn't abated since. Franchises such as "Saw" and "Paranormal Activity" continue to redefine the horror genre while setting records at the box office. Directors John Landis and Joe Dante know about horror: Their respective films "An American Werewolf in London" and "Gremlins" are classics of the genre (even if they do have elements of humor)