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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
November 4, 2012 |
As in most countries, James Cameron's last two films "Avatar" and "Titanic" top the box-office list of all-time highest grossers in Spain. But that could change if native son Juan Antonio Bayona and his latest film about a family caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami "The Impossible" continues its unlikely drive in the European country. Since its Oct. 11 opening, the film has grossed 29 million euros, over $37 million, in only four weeks of release. "Titanic" grossed 41 million euros in the country when it opened some 15 years ago, and only 2009's "Avatar" has beaten it. Currently the film is the highest-grossing film of the year in the country and the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time.
November 15, 2013 |
As part of what is shaping up to be a busy awards season for the actress, Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. The Oscar winner has been receiving strong reviews for her role in "Gravity" and is considered a top contender in this year's lead actress race. Matthew McConaughey was also recently announced as a recipient of the Desert Palm award at the Palm Springs festival's Jan. 4 awards gala. Past recipients of the actress prize include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Bullock's turn in the sci-fi survival adventure "Gravity," which has been a surprise smash at the box office, comes hot on the heels of her role in the summer female buddy cop comedy "The Heat.