April 23, 1993 |
It may have been a case of wishful thinking on the part of the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival. That was the response Thursday at Hollywood studios to the announcement that several high-profile American films the organizers were counting on will not be shown at the May 13-24 event.
December 21, 2010 |
Easy A Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $34.95 John Hughes meets "The Scarlet Letter" in the whip-smart high-school comedy "Easy A," which stars Emma Stone as a bright nobody who becomes a controversial cult hero when her classmates mistakenly believe she's had sex. The movie isn't always as gutsy as it could be in taking on teenage hypocrisy and image control, but screenwriter Bert V. Royal's dialogue is crisp and funny, director Will Gluck keeps...
April 24, 2003 |
The Crime of Padre Amaro Gael Garcia Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancon Columbia TriStar, $25 Mexican heartthrob Bernal, of "Amores Perros" and "Y Tu Mama Tambien," gives another searing, sexy performance as a young, ambitious priest assigned to a parish in a small country town. Upon arrival, Amaro finds the town and the church awash in hypocrisy and corruption. Then Amaro finds himself in hot water when he falls for a beautiful young woman.
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January 7, 1994 |
Actor Harrison Ford was stalked by an assassin Thursday night at John Wayne Airport before dozens of onlookers. As he picked up his luggage from the carousel in the baggage claim area, a steely, gun-wielding CIA operative watched his every move from the level above and seemed ready to strike at any moment. But rest easy.
July 21, 2010 |
Can the Cold War make a comeback? Not the real Cold War, but the one at the multiplex, where Russian spies are American agents who are really Russian spies working for a super-secret international coalition. This weekend, "Salt" will try to do just that, as Angelina Jolie plays a well-reputed CIA agent who, after being accused of working for the KGB, goes on the run in a violent spree that alternately confirms both her innocence and her enemies' accusations. The Phillip Noyce film, which is being released by Sony Pictures, harks back to twisty Cold War thrillers like " "No Way Out" -- who works for the Russians and who for the Americans?
November 22, 2006 |
As chief executive of Universal's Focus Features, James Schamus knows firsthand what his awards nominees feel because he's been there himself. Schamus' longtime collaboration with director Ang Lee gave him best screenplay and best song nominations for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and a best picture nomination in last year's Oscars for "Brokeback Mountain." He lost each time.
May 21, 1993 |
The Scene: Wednesday night's premiere of "Sliver," the new thriller from Paramount Pictures, at the Mann National in Westwood, followed by a lavish party at the Armand Hammer Museum. Opening today and starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin and Tom Berenger, "Sliver" is the first salvo in Hollywood's summer blockbuster wars. The evening was a benefit for Stop Cancer, the charity headed by Paramount chairman and CEO Sherry Lansing, and $380,000 was raised.
July 15, 2010 |
Decades before Robert Pattinson's portrayal of brooding vampire Edward Cullen turned him into an international heartthrob, Jonathan Frid was inspiring a similar kind of ardor with his turn as the charismatic, enigmatic Barnabas Collins on ABC's gothic daytime drama "Dark Shadows," which ran from 1966 to 1971. This weekend, the Dark Shadows of the Sun convention will take place at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. And at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the vintage Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, Frid will put his footprints in cement in the theater's courtyard.
May 23, 2002 |
For "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" and "Episode III," now in the works, George Lucas, the ultimate Californian, has worked largely in Australia, far from his home base of Marin County and the American Southwest, where he filmed many scenes of the hugely successful original trilogy. Lucas hasn't turned his back on his country. After his breakthrough 1973 "American Graffiti," he chose English sound stages for "Star Wars," with location work in Tunisia as well as Death Valley.