November 15, 2002 |
An appeals board has overturned the R rating given Steven Soderbergh's romantic outer-space drama, "Solaris," and the film will now carry a less restrictive PG-13 rating, 20th Century Fox confirmed Thursday. The Motion Picture Assn. of America initially had rated the film R for "some sexuality/nudity," objecting to two scenes depicting actor George Clooney's naked backside. The director vowed to appeal.
May 10, 2009
UNDERRATED Depeche Mode: Between the absurd-in-hindsight "riot" at the Beverly Center in 1990 and last month's free concert on Hollywood Boulevard, the English synth-pop band has been L.A.'s house band of sorts for going on two decades. Now they're back with a new record and two nights at the Bowl this summer, but the real surprise is how good they still sound after so many years. Guitar bands may age, but electronics are forever.
November 5, 2002 |
Director Steven Soderbergh vowed Monday to appeal a restrictive R rating the Motion Picture Assn. of America has assigned to his outer-space romantic drama, "Solaris," for "some sexuality/nudity." Two scenes depict actor George Clooney's naked backside. "We all agreed that we are not going to cut the film," Soderbergh said, referring to executives at 20th Century Fox, which plans to open the movie Nov. 27.
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March 28, 2006 |
Stanislaw Lem, a science fiction writer whose novel "Solaris" was made into a movie starring George Clooney, died Monday in his native Poland, his secretary said. He was 84. Lem died in a Krakow hospital from heart failure "connected to his old age," the secretary, Wojciech Zemek, told the Associated Press. Lem was one of the most popular science fiction authors of recent decades to write in a language other than English, and his works were translated into more than 40 languages.
June 9, 2000 |
Writing musical theater was not an option for William Shakespeare, but Kenneth Branagh hasn't let that trouble him. He's turned Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" into a 1930s-style romantic musical comedy, garnished with retro dance numbers and classic songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George and Ira Gershwin. It ought to be delightful, but it isn't. For while the idea is a charming one, in execution "Love's Labour's Lost" feels clumsy and jerry-built.
September 25, 1998 |
They're tense and intense, been there and been around, world-weary and drop-dead professional. They're five hard men with implacable faces and murky pasts brought together to do a dirty job they don't even pretend to understand. If their story sounds familiar, that turns out to be a very good thing. "Ronin," directed by John Frankenheimer from a script that David Mamet had a noticeable hand in, is an old-fashioned thriller brought efficiently up to date.