January 27, 2014 |
Gawker's stock in trade is revealing things about celebrities and other public figures that they'd much rather keep private. And as long as what it prints is true, it's pretty much immune from libel lawsuits. Not so for copyright infringement, though. And though Gawker isn't the most sympathetic outlet, a new lawsuit against the site for linking to an infringing copy of an unreleased screenplay should send chills down the spines of every reporter who writes about copyright issues.
December 16, 2013 |
For opera fans in Southern California, Christoph Waltz has become a semi-regular presence in the audience of Los Angeles Opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. On Sunday, the two-time Academy Award winning actor officially made his debut as an opera director with a new production of "Der Rosenkavalier" in Belgium. Waltz's production premiered at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp with plans to travel to the Royal Opera in London in 2016. (The London cast is expected to include Renee Fleming.)
December 6, 2013 |
Northern Irish playwright Lisa McGee fashioned her piece "Jump" as a comedic thriller - likely with 1990s Quentin Tarantino in mind, with wisecracking thugs and reckless lovebirds teleported between different timelines in a maze-like narrative. When first staged in the 2000s, critics noted the play's cinematic potential. However, the humorless film adaptation by director Kieron J. Walsh (of "When Brendan Met Trudy") and writing partner Steve Brookes brings to mind something other than pulp fiction.
August 20, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard, whose work has fueled Hollywood films for decades, will have an impact on the business even after his death. Leonard, who died Tuesday , recently had his 1978 crime novel "The Switch" adapted into a movie titled "Life of Crime. " It is scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The picture centers around two criminals (John Hawkes and Yassin "Mos Def" Bey) who kidnap the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy real estate developer for ransom.
July 15, 2013 |
Lianne MacDougall, a film writer who specializes in genre movies and has been linked romantically to Quentin Tarantino, has been accused of repeated plagiarism and apparently has taken to Twitter to apologize for lifting whole sections of other articles. Mike White at the website the Impossible Funky said he has chronicled a series of verbatim lifting published by MacDougall, who uses the Web alias Spiderbaby and writes for the sites FEARnet.com and hosts the online show Frightbytes.
April 14, 2013 |
Django Unchained Weinstein/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Typical of Quentin Tarantino, this Deep South "western" is strong stuff, telling the epic story of an escaped slave (played by Jamie Foxx) on a quest for over-the-top bloody revenge on his wife's owner (Leonardo DiCaprio), with the help of a gentlemanly bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz, in a role that won him his second Oscar). Atypical of Tarantino, "Django" stumbles down the stretch, as the filmmaker who usually excels at endings settles into one apocalyptic shootout after another, with numbing results.