January 27, 2012 |
When a guy steps onto a narrow ledge, many stories above a messy bit of New York City asphalt, you figure it is someone in dire straights taking desperate measures. In "Man on a Ledge" that guy is an ex-cop, convicted felon and recent prison escapee played by Sam Worthington - a situation that is about as fraught as it gets. And yet, Worthington's Nick Cassidy doesn't seem all that frantic, in fact, except for a couple of deep breaths he barely breaks a sweat. I, on the other hand, was gripping anything in reach, palms dripping, thinking I might not have survived the effects had they been 3-D. Though there were other production sites, serious time was spent actually shooting on that 14-inch ledge wrapping the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel to create the vicarious sensation of being there.
June 24, 2011
SERIES Friday Night Lights: Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is courted by an elite college football program, while Vince (Michael B. Jordan) is determined to get his starting spot back in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: In the season finale Jamie puts together a cooking competition for high-school students, and a meeting with the school district's incoming superintendent sparks hope (9 p.m. ABC). Whale Wars: Skipper Cornelissen and the crew of the Bob Barker carry out a daring plan that involves the small boats hiding behind an iceberg and putting a GPS device on the harpoon ship (9 p.m. Animal Planet)
December 28, 2008 |
MALIN AKERMAN GETTING IN ON THE ACTION The tag line for March film "Watchmen" is "Who watches the Watchmen?" But the better question may be: "Who could keep their eyes off of Malin Akerman?" The superhero epic has a glowing blue man who grows to skyscraper size, but its most memorable image may be Akerman's Silk Spectre tearing through a mob of convicts during a fiery prison riot -- all while in stiletto heels. The 30-year-old is more than a curvy action figure; she caught the eye of moviegoers in "27 Dresses," showed ribald bravery playing opposite Ben Stiller in "The Heartbreak Kid" remake and won praise in HBO's "The Comeback."
January 18, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 20 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Here in L.A., it's all about the car. Except, of course, when “It's All About the Food.” Which must be why host Josh Stone will be visiting a trio of auto-centric eateries - at a car dealership, a gas station, and a car wash - in this new special. (Travel, 7:30 p.m.) MONDAY A serial killer develops quite “The Following” while in prison … only he escapes, and it'll take all six degrees and then some of Kevin Bacon's former FBI agent to bring the madman and his minions to justice in this creepy new procedural drama.
February 10, 2010 |
When "Up in the Air's" Ryan Bingham says "moving is living," he's standing at a podium in front of a group of anonymous businesspeople, discussing the benefits of eliminating the literal and figurative baggage in their lives. But as the movie progresses, it's clear that Bingham's ability to travel light is much more about avoiding any emotional attachments than it is about gliding with ease through an airport security line. Although Bingham, played by the Oscar-nominated George Clooney, is using travel as a way of escaping emotional growth -- or, some might say, making time stand still -- "Up in the Air" isn't the only film this season -- or even the only Oscar nominee -- that uses the physical journey as a metaphor for a character's visceral transformation.
December 13, 2009
Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Betsy Sharkey (B.S.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Anthony Miller. Openings WEDNESDAY Crazy Heart A broken-down country singer, Bad Blake, becomes involves with a journalist and takes stock of his career and his life. With Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Colin Farrell. Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb. Written and directed by Scott Cooper. (1:52) R. FRIDAY Avatar An "avatar," a human mind in an alien body, finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.