May 24, 2013 |
Steven Soderbergh's latest film, “Behind the Candelabra,” looks at the relationship between flamboyant pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). The film, which is in competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, premieres Sunday on HBO. But how much do you really know about Liberace, who died of AIDS in 1987 at the age of 67? Here are some fun facts and interesting tidbits about “Mr. Showmanship”: He was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, in West Allis, Wisc.
June 29, 2007 |
The New York Film Festival will open with Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" and honor the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" as its centerpiece in a particularly American slate for the internationally-minded festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which produces the festival, announced the opening and centerpiece films Thursday, but not the closing movie. The 45th annual festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 14.
December 27, 2007 |
Today is the last day you can see the hottest film on the international film scene, the Romanian "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." Yes, it will be back in February, but Los Angeles is not a city that smiles on those who hold back. This Palme d'Or-winning film will reward your efforts. Instead of being flashy, it takes pains to convey unblinking and despairing emotional truth with enough intensity to leave you gasping for breath.
January 12, 2007 |
British film director Stephen Frears will lead the jury at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in May. Frears -- whose latest movie is "The Queen," starring Helen Mirren -- first came to public attention in 1985 with the offbeat film "My Beautiful Laundrette," which was followed three years later by "Dangerous Liaisons." "Of course, it's an honor, but it's also a treat to be able to watch terrific films from all over the world in such heady surroundings," Frears said in a statement.
November 6, 1998 |
Inchacooley took the lead midway through the stretch and held off Statua to win Thursday's $49,000 feature race in Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting by a head. Inchacooley, ridden by Alex Solis and carrying 117 pounds, covered one mile on turf in 1:39 2/5 and paid $11.20. The victory was the first in five U.S. races and the fourth in 25 lifetime starts for Inchacooley and was worth $29,400, increasing her earnings to $121,955. Statua finished one length ahead of Palme D'or, the 5-2 second choice.
May 25, 2008 |
Cannes 2008 is turning into a bad-boys convention. First was the collaboration between Mike Tyson and James Toback, and now, "Maradona by Kusturica," a fan's-notes film about the great Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona by the two-time Palme d'Or-winning Serbian director Emir Kusturica. The film includes vintage clips of some of Maradona's astonishing goals, which lead the director to call him "the Sex Pistol of international football." This film also offers a glimpse into the intensity of the admiration Maradona inspires.