July 13, 2011 |
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Cheers to Ted Danson! The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Damages" actor will replace Laurence Fishburne as team leader on "CSI. " ( Los Angeles Times ) "True Blood" actress Deborah Ann Woll better get used to the sunlight because she, Antonio Banderas and Steve Coogan have signed on to "He Loves Me," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' follow-up to their 2006 road-trip hit "Little Miss Sunshine. " ( Los Angeles Times )
November 27, 2012 |
Two offbeat comedies dominated the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations Tuesday morning. David O. Russell's quirky "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and Wes Anderson's charming coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," each earned five Spirit Award nominations, including best feature, director and screenplay. It was the second nod of support this week for "Moonrise Kingdom," which was named best film Monday evening at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.
October 14, 2010 |
As a timid Belgian schoolgirl, Cécile de France was called upon by her teacher to stand in front of the classroom and recite a poem. "I was a bit shy, and she said, 'OK, Cécile, come on,' " recalled the French film star, now 35. She read the poem as her classmates watched her with big eyes. "And the next week, after the teacher said, 'OK, who wants to tell the poem?' Everyone said, 'Cé-cile! Cé-cile!' And this moment, I felt like, I have my place in the classroom. I have my passion.
June 16, 2004 |
"Around the World in 80 Days" sails along on a slipstream of pleasant scenery, amusing incident and the boundless charms of its appealing leading men, Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan: It's an unexpectedly buoyant spectacular.
December 17, 2006 |
THE process of winnowing down the year's best films to 10 always feels needlessly arbitrary and Solomonic, as problematic during the lean years (grade inflation) as during the fat ones (pointless exclusivity). As ever, compiling the list raises questions about what "best" means in a medium of such fungible qualities. Year-end lists reward slickness and rawness; originality and conformity; sensation and insight; myth-making and iconoclasm; apples and oranges in more or less equal measure.
September 30, 2008 |
That the funniest straight-ahead sitcom of the American fall television season is a 2-year-old British import airing on a basic-cable network is because of a few things: a dearth of new American sitcoms, the availability of road-tested foreign product, and the ongoing expansion of the vast tracts of basic cable into the kind of programming that has traditionally defined broadcast television. There is a small but growing rage in those precincts for "original" scripted series, even if the series are not technically original, and licensing series from other English-speaking countries is a way to get in that game.
February 12, 2010 |
If motion pictures that astound you or break new artistic ground are the reason you go to the movies, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is not for you. But then you already knew that, didn't you? As directed by the risk-averse and reliably commercial Chris Columbus, "Percy Jackson" has standard Hollywood product so written all over it that the fact that it is unadventurous and uninteresting can be figured out from the film's advertising and promotion material alone.
September 12, 2012 |
TORONTO -- Alexander Skarsgard's fame is closely tied to his starring turn on HBO's hit show “True Blood.” But playing the brooding Viking vampire Eric Northman -- and such other alpha male roles as Charlie in Rod Lurie's remake of "Straw Dogs" or Cmdr. Stone Hopper in this summer's water-logged action movie "Battleship" -- has left the actor eager to explore other types of characters. Along came “What Maisie Knew,” from directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, a modern-set adaptation of the Henry James novella centering on 6-year old Maisie and her understanding of her parents' messy custody battle.
October 26, 2013 |
Finally, a film festival for the over-50 crowd. AARP's Movies For Grownups Film Festival , opening Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 17 at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live, will feature nine films with appeal to the 50-plus moviegoer that are being considered for the organization's annual Movies For Grownups Awards. The majority of the films are likely Oscar contenders, and there will be Q&As with cast and filmmakers after the screenings. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "It's clear that Hollywood is paying attention to the tastes of the 50-plus moviegoer as films for grownup audiences dominate the box office this year," said AARP editorial director Myrna Blyth in a statement.