January 26, 2011 |
In writer-director Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio portrays a dream-time cat burglar who smuggles ideas in and out of people's minds. But on Tuesday, many Oscar prognosticators felt that "Inception" itself had gotten hijacked ? with Nolan passed over for a widely expected best director nomination even as the movie found itself in the best picture category. But Nolan was hardly alone in the Academy Awards snubs department, with a number of presumed shoo-ins not being invited to this year's ceremony ?
September 2, 2011 |
The title "Seven Days in Utopia" might suggest a flight of metaphoric whimsy or irony, but it's as literal and earnest as everything in this inspirational drama: It refers to a week the protagonist spends in the small town of Utopia, Texas. Played by Lucas Black, he's a young golfer fresh off a humiliating pro-circuit debut, and he receives life-changing mentoring from a soulful old rancher — Robert Duvall, as a milder version of the many country-wise characters he's brought to life over the decades.
September 12, 2013 |
The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's "One False Move" co-writer Tom Epperson, the movie even gets away with its classicist vibe for a good while too. Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie Kevin Bacon)
January 6, 2011 |
Few events straddle the glitz and grit of world cinema quite like the Palm Springs International Film Festival . That's thanks to the affair's wildly divergent aims ? to be the U.S.' definitive, highbrow showcase for international movies, and the Coachella Valley's starry, hard-partying answer to the Golden Globes. Both objectives will be served at the 22nd annual festival, which opens Thursday with a screening of "Potiche," a French screwball comedy starring Catherine Deneuve.
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August 10, 2012 |
Dale Olson, an elder statesman of the Hollywood publicity corps whose assignments over a four-decade career included representing Rock Hudson during the last months of the actor's struggle with AIDS, died Thursday of complications of liver cancer. He was 78. Olson, who lived in the Hollywood Hills, died at a nursing facility in Burbank, said his spouse, Eugene Harbin. A savvy promoter of Oscar-worthy movies, Olson helped craft campaigns for stars such as Maggie Smith in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969)
January 12, 1992 |
Economic hardship, lengthening food lines, a failed coup attempt and the very dissolution of their country--people here have had quite enough problems recently. But now Stalin and Lenin, those twin pillars of a dark communist era that's just come to a dramatic close, have once more been strutting around Red Square. Art and life have been colliding here since the arrival of the cast and crew of "Stalin," a three-hour, $7.5-million TV film to be aired by Home Box Office later this year.
May 2, 2004 |
Two decades ago, on a warm summer night, the wife of a minister and mother of three died under heartbreaking circumstances. Her station wagon ran off a gravel country road and overturned in the Cottonwood River outside Emporia, Kansas. Early Sunday morning hikers came upon the body, floating in shallow water. But the death of Sandy Bird wasn't an accident.
January 4, 2011 |
Most remakes of classic films are shadows of the originals. But Joel and Ethan Coen's version of the western "True Grit" ? with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as the plucky Mattie Ross and Matt Damon as Texas Ranger LaBoeuf ? has won over critics, audiences and even Kim Darby, who played the resolute Mattie in the 1969 original for which John Wayne won his only Oscar as the irascible Cogburn. "It's a wonderful movie," said Darby, now 63. "It's top drawer.
December 14, 1986 |
The rise and fall and wising up of Sheriff Johnny France didn't take very long: just time enough to capture a couple of outlaw mountain men, visit the White House, write a book, then get trounced in the next election. This age of instant communication creates instant celebrity. Royalty, movie stars, jet-setters and politicians no longer have a monopoly on household names.
June 24, 1990 |
Francis Ford Coppola's sensitive, early (1969) film stars Shirley Knight (pictured) as a housewife trying to get away from her own life and James Caan (pictured) as the brain-damaged young man she runs into; intense and affecting; also starring Robert Duvall. A&E Monday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m.