March 21, 2013 |
The high school "Let's Put on a Show!" genre has churned through so many Shakespeares that Steve Coogan was forced to invent "Hamlet 2. " No matter. "Hunky Dory" director Marc Evans is happy to recycle "The Tempest" with a twist: classic rock. Picture Caliban singing the Byrds. Minnie Driver plays the pushover drama teacher who tries, and largely fails, to wrangle her students at a blue-collar Welsh school in 1976. She's so bad at establishing adult boundaries that if this were a Lifetime flick she'd cross a criminal line with swoon-worthy student Davey (Aneurin Barnard)
October 5, 2005 |
Made by Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions for the BBC and premiering domestically tonight on the Sundance Channel, "I Am Not an Animal" is a deep, dark and funny six-part animated series that recalls variously "The Island of Dr. Moreau," "Animal Farm," the Robert Downey Sr. film "Pound," and "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey," that Disney movie about the dog and the cat and the other dog making their way out in the wild.
August 6, 2010 |
There is something so richly subversive, so vicariously appealing about turning accountants into action heroes who aim their big guns at Wall Street Ponzi schemers that the idea alone makes the new buddy-cop comedy, "The Other Guys," clever and funny from the first frame. Fortunately, many other clever and funny frames follow. Which is nice to be able to say about a Will Ferrell comedy again after a recent string of duds capped (hopefully tighter than a BP oil well) by the dismal "Land of the Lost" in 2009.
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 4, 2014 |
He came in from the rain wearing a scarf, tattered pants, unlaced canvas tennis shoes and a sweater somewhere between the colors of plum and rust. His hair looked like an approaching storm, and he had missed a spot shaving just above the collar. His publicist - he's not crazy about publicists - whispered a friendly warning: "Have you met Stephen before? He can be a bit dry, he has a dry sense of humor. British. " Stephen Frears, the director, walked past the concierge, through a half-lighted, polished lounge at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
February 1, 2014 |
The Writers Guild of America honored Spike Jonze for his future-set love story "Her" with its award for original screenplay and Billy Ray for "Captain Phillips," the true story of a hijacking at sea, for adapted screenplay on Saturday night. The awards were announced during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. The original screenplay category matched up five-for-five in nominations with the Academy Awards, perhaps tipping the hand of what awards-watchers may expect to see at the Oscars in a few weeks.
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.
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?"