July 26, 2011 |
Twenty years ago this month, a small, hip-hop infused coming-of-age drama set in South-Central Los Angeles called "Boyz N the Hood" was causing extreme reactions from two very different audiences. Written and directed by John Singleton, a brash 23-year-old just months out of USC's film school, and made for a mere $5.7 million, largely with an unknown and untested cast of African American actors, the film had just played May's prestigious Cannes Film Festival where it received a 20-minute standing ovation.
April 25, 2013 |
His walk is slow, his speech is measured, but at 86, Sidney Poitier is still a commanding presence. The Academy Award-winning actor and a founding board member of the American Film Institute in 1967 was on hand for AFI Night at the Movies at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Wednesday to introduce "In the Heat of the Night," the 1967 best picture winner in which he starred with Rod Steiger. Introducing films in other theaters for the AFI fund-raiser were Harrison Ford ("Blade Runner")
August 15, 2013 |
Got plans for Earth Day 2014? If not, Disney has an option for you that's sure to tug on your heart strings. Following up on its 2012 nature documentary "Chimpanzee," which also opened on Earth Day and went on to make $29 million, Disneynature will debut the documentary "Bears," about a family of bears living in Alaska, on April 18, 2014. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The studio just released the first trailer for the film that tracks...
May 4, 2003
The title may not sing, but you have to say the cast is intriguing. Few young actors have grabbed moviegoers' attention as effectively as Colin Farrell ("Minority Report," "Phone Booth," Us Weekly) and Olivier Martinez ("Unfaithful") did in the past year. Add the perennially powerful Samuel L. Jackson, "The Fast and the Furious' " Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J, and you hope this promising crew has a good script. Contributors to this one include "Training Day's" prolific David Ayer.
February 3, 2003
Here are this week's key releases on video/DVD, available beginning Tuesday. *--* Video/DVDs BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) DOMESTIC FOREIGN "Sweet Home $126.4 $7.6 (United Kingdom only) Alabama" Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas; directed by Andy Tennant "Igby Goes Down" $4.7 -- Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon; directed by Burr Steers "Formula 51" $5.1 $6.1 (United Kingdom only) Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle; directed by Ronny Yu *--* *--* Source: Internet Movie Database *--*
December 23, 2012 |
Here is the particular brilliance of Quentin Tarantino: He can rip a horrific page out of history - for his latest, "Django Unchained," slavery in the antebellum South - put it through his favorite grindhouse mill, kick in biting comedy whose sheer audacity and searing irony demands laughter, and yet ... and yet ... never for a moment diminish or let us forget the brutal reality. What the writer-director did so caustically to Nazis in 2009's "Inglourious Basterds" - scalping (literally)
January 8, 2005
Halle Berry has shed husband Eric Benet for good. Celebrity Justice has confirmed that the final divorce settlement, filed in court earlier this week, allows the Oscar-winning actress to keep all assets she brought into the marriage. Berry has been living in the Hollywood Hills but recently bought a Malibu home for $8 million. Benet, a singer, did not challenge the prenuptial agreement.