December 4, 2012 |
Brittany Murphy died in December 2009, but her final film hasn't seen the light of day. When Murphy passed away at age 32, she had completed production of her last movie, "Something Wicked. " But because of her death - caused by pneumonia, iron deficiency and multiple drug intoxication - the film's post-production was delayed until this year. Now the independent production directed by Darin Scott has finally been completed. However, since the film doesn't have a distributor, it's unclear when it will be seen by fans.
June 6, 2013 |
Poised before a lawn full of film enthusiasts seated on blankets and in folding chairs, many with alcoholic beverages in hand, the cast of “Much Ado About Nothing” reminisced and laughed as though they were being featured on a reunion special of a reality show. The film kicked off the Oscar outdoors summer screening series Wednesday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Hollywood campus. Scents of grilled meats wafting from food trucks filled the air. In a Q&A with the audience following the screening, the cast, free of iambic pentameter and their inhibitions, openly aired embarrassing moments on set, discussed their own doubts in making the film and some even begged for work.
October 18, 2013 |
Critical acclaim continues to mount for Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years a Slave," which has garnered near-universal praise since its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in late summer. Adapted from the 1853 autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northup, the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man from upstate New York who is kidnapped, spirited to the South and enslaved for more than a decade. Reviewers are applauding the unflinching direction and strong performances.
November 17, 2012 |
In director Joe Wright's highly stylized adaptation of "Anna Karenina," dance serves as a metaphor for characters' passions and fears. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series on Thursday, Wright and his leading lady, Keira Knightley, explain the challenges of executing that vision. The most difficult sequence, Wright and Knightley agreed, was a dramatic ballroom scene staged by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, involving Anna (Knightley), her paramour Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)
December 7, 2012 |
“The Bathtub,” the grittily colorful Bayou region in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” may seem like a difficult and impoverished place. After all, director Benh Zeitlin based it on towns outside the Louisiana levee system that have been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times and lack what might be considered a conventional quality of life. But Zeitlin says that he views the Bathtub -- and the real-life towns that inspired it -- as something very different. “There's this kind of joyous spirit that's still intact and this culture that's still intact,” he told the audience at the Times' Envelope Screening Series earlier this week.
December 21, 2012 |
It's the fundamental conceit of Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" : Rather than have his actors record their songs in a studio and then lip-sync when cameras were rolling later, he filmed his cast, which includes Hugh Jackman and Oscar front-runner Anne Hathaway, performing their songs live on set. But the very conceit of the movie also proved to be one of the production's biggest challenges, Hooper said. DIRECTOR'S ROUNDTABLE: Six filmmakers talk shop In this clip from the Envelope Directors Roundtable moderated by the Times' John Horn, Hooper and five fellow top directors -- Ang Lee ("The Life of PI')
December 20, 2012 |
For a musician, there are probably more flattering movie roles to be offered than that of a guy who single-handedly ruins a record label with his dismal sales. Fortunately for British rocker Graham Parker, who plays such a character in the new Judd Apatow comedy "This Is 40," his decades in the music business have left him with a thick skin and a good sense of humor. In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series with The Times' Rebecca Keegan, Parker talks about his real-life reunion with his band the Rumour after 31 years and how they got involved in Apatow's film.
December 13, 2012 |
"The Intouchables" can justifiably be called an international sensation. Having taken in more than $414 million worldwide, including some $13 million in the U.S., is impressive enough. That the film is a French comedy-drama based on a simple story of two men makes it all the more impressive. The film is also France's submission for the foreign language Academy Award, a prize the country has not captured now for 20 years. In it, actor Omar Sy plays Driss, a resident of the drab, poor suburbs outside Paris who applies for a job as a caretaker for a wealthy quadriplegic aristocrat in the city.
June 14, 1996
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, will present "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) June 21 at 8 p.m. as part of its monthly Standards Screening Series. Members of the cast and crew of the landmark Stanley Donen musical will participate in a panel discussion after the screening (for which Turner Entertainment has provided a newly restored print). Information: (310) 278-5673.
August 16, 2012
MOVIES Half the fun of sleepovers was not sleeping a wink, and the beloved Hollywood screening series Cinespia replicates it with a witty bill of the teen-rampage staple "Wet Hot American Summer," the campy horror-flick "Sleepaway Camp" and a bevy of other lighthearted good fun. Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Sat. to 6 a.m. Sun. $12. cinespia.org.