December 21, 2012 |
Maria Belón wasn't proud of her dumb luck. It had been nearly three years since the Indian Ocean tsunami roared into her family's Christmas vacation in Thailand, killing 230,000 people but somehow sparing her, her husband and her three sons. The family had since returned to Madrid, resumed their routines, but she carried on her shoulders the pain and suffering of surviving something that took so many others' lives. Lost in a quiet grief, unable to enjoy simple pleasures, she wasn't eager to share her story.
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 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.
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.
December 20, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Cardiologist Dr. William Davis; Led Zeppelin; Billy Crystal; Marisa Tomei. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christina Perri performs; figure skater Johnny Weir; chef Giada DeLaurentiis; Judd Apatow. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Christiane Amanpour; chef Danny Boome; chef Emeril Lagasse.
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.
April 21, 2013 |
The everyday handbags of choice for Hollywood this spring, as seen on the arms of Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Watts, Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth, aren't by Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Dior. They're by Paris-based Jerome Dreyfuss, who shares his laid-back, bohemian design sensibility and his home with another hot-in-Hollywood designer, Isabel Marant. Parker has been photographed running errands with Richard, a colorful, perforated patchwork leather bag, Roberts has fallen for the black leather drawstring Alain, and Watts has been spotted out and about with Igor, a black python cross-body style.
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.