January 28, 2013 |
How many directors does it take to screw in a star-studded piece of aggressive stupidity and call it a movie? An even dozen, and there is no punch line. Comic payoffs are MIA in the bad-taste extravaganza "Movie 43," a monumental missed opportunity of a comedy anthology that opened Friday, understandably without screening first for press. The one-joke shorts include a few successful sight gags, chief among them Dennis Quaid in boy-band hair and a hoodie. He plays a has-been filmmaker whose desperate pitch to a put-upon studio exec (Greg Kinnear)
November 30, 2003 |
"Too intense." "Too desperate." "Not funny." "Not sexy." "Too old." "Too young." For a decade Hollywood kept telling Naomi Watts that she didn't have the right stuff. And it hurt. "When you hear such comments made about yourself," she says today, "you start believing them. You start seeing them as the truth. You become so afraid of being any one of those things that you become nothing." Except Watts became everything.
October 12, 2001 |
"The first time it was just magical and beautiful," actress Naomi Watts recalls of her introduction to Mulholland Drive, that long, windy stretch that traverses the spine of Los Angeles. When she looked down from the hills to the city spread before her, she thought, "it looked all dreamy, like a vast unknown and therefore exciting, but kind of eerie at the same time."
November 14, 2013 |
Early on in the excellent new indie drama "Sunlight Jr.," a thunderstorm turns the Florida sky a low-hanging gray. A car runs out of gas. A couple on their last dime are stranded - on the roadside and in lives as empty of promise as that tank. The scene is a modern-day reality and "Sunlight's" central metaphor. Filmmaker Laurie Collyer uses a conspiracy of hardships to set the tone for this bittersweet romance. The film stars Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon as Melissa and Richie, the down-market lovers who will take us into a world of suburban decay where the American Dream is reflected in the broken glass of bankrupt stripmalls.
December 23, 2012 |
In front of Naomi Watts sat a pen and paper. Across the table sat Tom Holland, a pale young British actor in his early teens. Soon enough, they both knew, they would leave the comfort of their rehearsal room in Spain. They would be dressed in ripped clothes and covered in fake blood, pummeled by murky waves and pushed to their physical limits. But first, they had to draw each other. "I can't draw at all," Watts confessed in a recent phone interview. "And it was quite clear that Tom was having problems too. " Holland picked up his pen and sketched a few tentative lines.
January 7, 2013 |
Unless you're an especially plugged-in moviegoer, chances are you don't know much about "The Impossible," a drama about a real-life Spanish family that was caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami while on holiday in Thailand and suffered both tragedy and triumph in the process. Despite the high-profile, heart-tugging subject matter, and stars including Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, the movie from Spanish genre auteur Juan Antonio Bayona has barely made a dent in the U.S. Widening from a niche release to nearly 600 theaters this weekend, only about 400,000 moviegoers turned out to see the film --a number that puts it cringingly behind such offerings as "The Guilt Trip" in that film's third week of release.
January 15, 2014 |
The critically lambasted Adam Sandler comedy "Grown-Ups 2" dominated the nominations for the 34th Razzie Awards on Wednesday morning, receiving eight, including worst picture, worst actor, worst supporting actor and worst director. Johnny Depp ("The Lone Ranger") and Naomi Watts ("Diana") earned their first Razzie nominations for worst actor and actress, while Sylvester Stallone scored his 31st nomination for worst actor in three films: "Bullet to the Head," "Escape Plan" and "Grudge Match.
July 31, 2013 |
New details have emerged about a secret romance friends say the late Princess Diana had after ending it with Prince Charles but before dating Dodi Al Fayed. And it wasn't just any relationship. The man involved was supposedly Diana's "true love," according to Vanity Fair , which has a cover story on Diana and her alleged mystery man out this month. Diana's lover was Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, friends of the late royal told VF. Diana and Hasnat reportedly dated between 1995 and 1997, before she was introduced to Fayed.
December 7, 2012 |
Director Juan Antonio Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez would never have made "The Impossible" if it wasn't for their producer's chance discovery of a radio program featuring Maria Belon, a Spanish wife and mother who along with her family survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami . That initial discovery led to a long-term relationship with Belon, her husband and their three sons. The collaboration extended from Sanchez's script onto the set of the film. She spent hours with Bayona and Sanchez as they were writing the screenplay.
November 15, 2012 |
Actors often talk about the scene : The big moment in a script when their character is supposed to do something brave, or when they must dig deep to tap something inside themselves - when an emotion is unveiled that proves so true it is somehow scary. For Ewan McGregor, that moment couldn't have been more heightened during the making of "The Impossible," Juan Antonio Bayona's harrowing drama about a family's experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It was a moment in a bus station when his character, a man whose wife and oldest son have been swept away in the charging wall of water, finally breaks down while contemplating the sheer magnitude of his loss.