January 11, 2011 |
On the set of his first movie, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," future "Rabbit Hole" director John Cameron Mitchell was decked out in drag ? and running around the set barking orders at Teamsters. His father, then an Army major general, was visiting the set that day. "He told me, 'Oh, you're doing what I do,'" recalls Mitchell. On most sets, that's the truth: A director's vision may be one thing, but how he or she achieves it through managing cast, crew and a thousand other tiny details is another.
January 11, 2011 |
In Mike Leigh's "Another Year," Ruth Sheen plays Gerri, a compassionate therapist/mom/wife whose household flows with cheer, food and wine. But toward the end of the film, lonely colleague Mary steps out of line by flirting with Gerri's (much younger) son, then snipes at his new girlfriend. Gerri gives her a quiet but searing what-for. The reaction to that scene has surprised Sheen. "Lots of people have said to me they thought Gerri was very unkind to Mary ? because Mary was, in a sense, pathetic ?
January 6, 2011 |
We've had Johnny and June in "Walk the Line," Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda's grouchy old-timers in "On Golden Pond" and real-life marrieds Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton bickering their way through "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" But they've been the exceptions. Usually, when it comes to Oscar couplings, the academy seems to prefer the sizzle of first love to the monotony of matrimonial nesting. This year, however, for better or worse, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that ring.
January 3, 2011 |
Seven years after the U.S. government proclaimed victory over the rogue Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan, the seeds of catastrophe he sowed are still sprouting worldwide. Iran's march toward an atomic bomb? We have Khan's nuclear trafficking network to thank. North Korea's continuing development of nuclear weapons? Again, Khan's doing. Despite putting the world's most dangerous weapons in the hands of the world's most dangerous regimes, not one participant in Khan's network is in jail today.
December 28, 2010 |
Miles Teller almost died a few years ago. After spending a few days at a Connecticut music festival, he and two buddies were road tripping home to Florida. Cruising down the highway at 75 mph, Teller's friend tried to switch lanes and nearly hit another vehicle. He jerked the steering wheel back but lost control of the car, which went across three lanes of traffic, into a grass median, and flipped seven times. Teller was thrown 25 feet and awoke covered in blood. "I still have two rocks in my face," the boyish 23-year-old actor said, showing off scars on his chin, neck and shoulder.
December 27, 2010 |
Several of the indie films hoping for Oscar attention are moving beyond the art house to play to mainstream moviegoers. Others are struggling to get there. "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" significantly expanded their presence nationwide to strong results this weekend, but "Rabbit Hole" is struggling, "127 Hours" is petering out, and "Somewhere" remains a question mark. The Darren Aronofsky-directed ballet drama "Black Swan" is at 1,457 theaters and brought its total this weekend to $29 million, a strong figure for a low-budget film.
December 23, 2010 |
Beaten down by the recession? Want a sunny respite from the dreary weather? Need two hours to get away from the holiday stress? Hollywood has the answer: movies about a crumbling marriage, a 4-year-old's death in a car accident and a single father dying of cancer. The fall and winter movie seasons always deliver some demanding dramas, but the gloom factor this year feels so intense that "127 Hours" ? in which the lead character hacks off his own arm ? plays like a bubbly comedy in comparison.
December 17, 2010
'Rabbit Hole' MPAA rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, some drug use and language Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes Playing: In limited release
December 17, 2010 |
A tragedy devastating to experience can feel generic when transferred to the screen, and that, despite everyone's best intentions and an outstanding performance by Nicole Kidman, is what happens with "Rabbit Hole. " Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire's play about a married couple trying to cope with the accidental death of their 4-year-old son was nominated for five Tonys and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, and it's likely that the intensity and intimacy of the theatrical experience was a factor in its success.
December 15, 2010 |
That was quite a performance by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Tuesday morning ? it had sort of an Alice in Wonderland quality about it, though maybe "quality" isn't exactly the right word. Johnny Depp, who is having an off year at best, gets two nominations? Seriously? Angelina Jolie picks up one for that laugh riot "The Tourist"? Meanwhile Tilda Swinton, incomparable in "I Am Love," Kim Hye-ja stunning in "Mother," Hailee Steinfeld remarkable in "True Grit" are nowhere to be found.