October 14, 2013 |
Madonna appears to be a slave to her celluar phone, and business apparently, as her fervent texting has led to her ban from a movie theater chain. The Material Girl seems to believe she's above movie theater etiquette - namely not texting during a movie - and reportedly texted continuously during a New York Film Festival premiere screening of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," according to several reports. Charles Taylor, a film writer for Salon, partly catalyzed the media maelstrom when he shared an eyewitness account of the incident, which was originally posted on Facebook by one of his former NYU students who chronicled the dispute.
October 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Over a two-decade directing career, Spike Jonze has often been about the big hook, visually and conceptually. In his videos and films, he's offered up plenty of ideas, and made them look sharp to boot. But could he square all that with a gently told romance? That's the question posed by “Her,” Jonze's future-set, Joaquin Phoenix-starring story of love and technology - and answered with a resounding yes. The new movie lands on multiple levels and, not surprisingly, received a rapturous response Saturday night at the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere.
October 12, 2013 |
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "Unknown Pleasures," "The World" and "24 City" have been celebrated by critics and on the international festival circuit, but his work has yet to break through with a wider audience in America. That might change with his latest, "A Touch of Sin," an action film of sorts set in contemporary China and opening Friday in Los Angeles. Where Jia's earlier works have often blended fiction with documentary, here he overlays the style of traditional martial arts adventure storytelling known as wuxia onto his contemporary four-part tale of loners, revenge and violence based on recent real-life incidents in China.
October 11, 2013 |
When Tom Hanks released "Cast Away" in 2000, he was all alone in more ways than one. Playing a man stuck for years on a remote island, the Oscar winner was helping to bring back a genre, the so-called stranded film, that hadn't had a major entry in five years (since Hanks' own "Apollo 13"). Beginning Friday, the actor can be seen in another nautically-themed marooned movie, the Somali-hijacking tale "Captain Phillips.” Only this time Hanks' story of isolation has plenty of company.
October 10, 2013 |
With "Gravity" still floating atop the box office, "Captain Phillips" may find itself adrift this weekend. The 3-D space drama starring Sandra Bullock got off to a great start last weekend and has even attracted moviegoers to the multiplex mid-week, grossing $5.3 million on Wednesday alone. This weekend the movie could collect as much as $40 million, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. With $73 million already under its belt, the film will certainly pass the $100-million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday.
October 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Walking out of the theater after the official U.S. debut for Steve McQueen's slavery tour de force “12 Years a Slave” on Tuesday, a viewer could be heard adding skepticism to her admiration. “I wanted to ask about why there were so few redeeming characters,” she said as she spoke to her friend after a post-premiere Q&A at the New York Film Festival. “I mean, in most movies you don't find even the wife of the plantation owner part of the problem.” She never did ask her question.