April 3, 2014 |
Rhys Darby, who played personal manager (and New Zealand deputy cultural attache) Murray Hewitt on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," has created a series in which to star. "Short Poppies" gets a U.S. premiere Thursday via Netflix, all eight episodes at once, only a couple of days after it bows in its native New Zealand. The title plays off "tall poppies," a common Commonwealth phrase, borrowed from the Greeks to describe persons of accomplishment or quality whose distinction can also make them targets.
January 10, 2014 |
The event: W editor in chief Stefano Tonchi, editor at large Lynn Hirschberg and hotelier André Balazs hosted a massively star-studded shindig Thursday at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, in celebration of the Golden Globes Awards, which are set for Sunday, and the magazine's “Best Performances” issue. The scene: Celebrants swarmed into a penthouse suite thick with Golden Globe contenders, presenters and other A-listers straight from W's past, present and future movie-themed pages.
December 22, 2006 |
Someone had a terrific idea to make a movie from the Milan Trenc children's book "The Night at the Museum," in which the displays at a natural history museum come to life at night. But at 32 pages, it would require some imaginative fleshing out. Unfortunately, the ideas seem to have dried up after someone decided to drop an article and retitle it "Night at the Museum."
August 31, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 2 - 8 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SPECIALS One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute: The late astronaut, who in 1969 became the first human to set foot on the moon, is saluted in this new special (8 p.m. Discovery). MOVIES 2010: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban and Keir Dullea star in director Peter Hyams' lesser-than 1984 sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" (3 p.m. TCM)
December 2, 2013 |
Opening on a crowded holiday weekend during which "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" broke Thanksgiving records , the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" made a solid box-office debut in four theaters. The Weinstein Co. film, starring Idris Elba as the South African icon, opened Friday and made about $100,300 through Sunday, averaging more than $25,000 per theater. That's a decent showing for a limited release movie on a busy weekend, though not quite as strong as Weinstein Co.'s recent four-theater opening of "Philomena," the drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which brought in about $32,100 per location in its first weekend.
February 6, 2014 |
It has been said that every movie is made three times: in the writing, in the shooting and in the editing. At the Writers Guild of America Awards last Sunday, "Captain Phillips" scribe Billy Ray paid tribute to the latter stages upon winning the prize for adapted screenplay. (The film is based on Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty's book "A Captain's Duty. ") Accepting the honor, Ray kissed his new statuette and said: "There are a lot of wonderful writers in this room tonight. And on this night my wish for each of you is that once, just once, you can know what it feels like to have the kind of luck that I had on this movie.
January 9, 2014 |
The authors and screenwriters of "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now," "12 Years a Slave" and "What Maisie Knew" have been nominated for the 26th USC Libraries Scripter Award. Unlike other feature film awards, the Scripter Award honors both the screenwriter or screenwriters of an adaptation, as well as the author on which the screenplay is based. The nominees announced Thursday morning are: "Captain Phillips": Billy Ray, screenwriter; Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty, authors of "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea. " GOLDEN GLOBES 2014: Play-at-home ballot "Philomena": Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, screenwriters; Martin Sixsmith, author of "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " "The Spectacular Now": Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, screenwriters; Tim Tharp, author of the novel of the same name.
November 7, 2013 |
Nobody takes advantage of a well-placed F-bomb quite like the Weinstein Co. The studio's latest demonstration of the martyring -- and marketing -- power of profanity is a brief YouTube video of Judi Dench, resurrected as M., her deceased character from the James Bond series, decrying the Motion Picture Assn. of America. "Just when you thought I was dead," Dench says in the video, a 23-second teaser for yet another video that will appear on FunnyorDie. "I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA?"
January 13, 2014 |
The event: In a tent beside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Weinstein Co. threw a lively after-party bash, which drew many of the biggest stars who had attended the Golden Globe Awards. There, the champagne flowed, as did the Fiji Water, a sponsor of the effervescent affair. The crowd: After winning for lead actress in a dramatic TV series for “House of Cards” on Netflix, Robin Wright said she was still in shock. Looking especially elegant in her backless beaded frock, she and new fiancé Ben Foster then spent much of the night dancing.
January 12, 2014 |
The event: Guests didn't need to be British to attend Saturday's BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, “but you have to love the Brits,” joked Nigel Daly, the chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' L.A. chapter. The scene: Sure enough, Hollywood VIPs -- British and otherwise -- streamed nonstop into the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to meet the organization's members and mingle with fellow BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Awards and yet-to-be-named potential Oscar nominees. PHOTOS: Stars dress for BAFTA tea party The crowd: Among others in the crush were Sandra Bullock, writer/director Alfonso Cuaron and producers David Heyman and Gabriela Rodriguez of “Gravity;” Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, director Paul Greengrass, writer Billy Ray and producer Dana Brunetti of “Captain Phillips;” Bradley Cooper, director David O. Russell, and producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of “American Hustle;” Leonardo DiCaprio, director Martin Scorsese and producer Joey McFarland of “Wolf of Wall Street;” Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley of “12 Years a Slave;” Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins of “Blue Jasmine;” Jacqueline Bisset of “Dancing on the Edge;” Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, James Frain and writer Emma Frost of “The White Queen;” Daniel Bruhl of “Rush;” Steve Coogan and producers Tracey Seaward and Gaby Tana of “Philomena;”...