March 1, 2012 |
The Santa Paula ranch that box-office star Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, once owned is now bank-owned, public records show. The property had been for sale in 2009 at $1.95 million and had been reduced to $799,000 when it was removed from the market late last year. The pair moved to the 15.3-acre Ventura County ranch in 1979 and were married in the home's living room in January 1980. He died that year at age 50. The Victorian-style house, built in 1892, has antique stained-glass windows, mountain views and fireplaces in the family room and kitchen.
January 14, 2012 |
In "The Fades," which premieres Saturday on BBC America, Paul (Iain De Caestecker) and Mac (Daniel Kaluuya) are best friends; they would have to be, having no other ones. Seventeen going on 14, they share a world in which all useful metaphors, if little practical knowledge, are available in the works of Spielberg, Lucas and Tolkien. We've met them before, in many places: Mac is the Virgin Who Can't Stop Talking About Sex; Paul is the Guy Who Would Be Hunky If He'd Only Stand Up Straight.
December 22, 2011 |
Four human beings writhe together in the frenzied climax of Steve McQueen's "Shame. " There's Michael Fassbender, starring as the emotionally stunted, sex-addicted New Yorker Brandon Sullivan. Then there are two female actors, DeeDee Luxe and Calamity Chang, Brandon's playmates in his final bout of impersonal, soul-destroying physical release. And the fourth participant? Why, that would be you, dear viewer, says McQueen, the film's British director and co-writer with playwright Abi Morgan.
December 22, 2011 |
"It was more nerve-wracking than the nudity. " Thus speaks Carey Mulligan about what she calls her toughest scene in "Shame," playing Sissy, the emotionally extroverted sister of repressed Manhattan sex addict Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender). Mulligan first appears in Steve McQueen's psychological drama completely starkers, having barged unannounced into her sibling's apartment, where Brandon encounters her taking a shower. "It's funny because I've never been comfortable with the idea of nudity before and have never done it," Mulligan says.
December 2, 2011 |
"Shame" is a dispassionate treatment of a disturbing topic, and therein lies its power. Sexually graphic enough to earn its NC-17 rating yet made with a restraint that's both unflinching and unnerving, this is a psychologically claustrophobic film that strips its characters bare literally and figuratively, leaving them, and us, nowhere to hide. Directed by Steve McQueen from a script he co-wrote with Abi Morgan, this story of the obsessive behavior of a man addicted to sexual activity demands an actor willing to completely reveal himself emotionally as well as physically.
November 27, 2011 |
It has been a busy real estate year for former "Friends" cast mates. Actors Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry have both sold places. Now actor-director David Schwimmer has put his home in Hancock Park on the market at $10.7 million. The roughly 11,000-square-foot gated Mediterranean sits on slightly more than an acre. The house was built in 1926 by architectural firm Koerner & Gage, which also contributed to the design of Beverly Hills City Hall. The restored main home features nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, a wood-paneled library, a den, a state-of-the-art screening room, a formal dining room, two powder rooms, five fireplaces and a butler area.
November 27, 2011 |
Actors will endure a lot for a director they believe in. Michael Fassbender swallowed his pride and wore a superhero helmet for Matthew Vaughn in "X-Men: First Class" and toggled trickily between English and German for Quentin Tarantino in "Inglourious Basterds. " But none of that compares to what he's been willing to go through for Steve McQueen. Four years ago, when Fassbender began working with the punctilious filmmaker (no relation to that other Steve McQueen) in the prison drama "Hunger," the actor lost 35 pounds to incarnate Irish Republican Army hero Bobby Sands.
November 16, 2011 |
A triplex in Silver Lake that was once home to a teenage Steve McQueen is on the market for $599,900. The updated Spanish-style building, constructed in 1923, contains three one-bedroom units in 1,660 square feet on two levels. The landscaped property is walled and gated with a lawn and deck. There is also a storage room, wine cellar and laundry. McQueen, who died in 1980 at 50, was known for his tough-guy persona. The box-office star appeared in such films as "The Magnificent Seven" (1960)
November 14, 2011 |
The Beverly Hills home of talent agent Sue Mengers, who died last month at 79, has come on the market at $4.995 million. The Hollywood Regency house, built in 1959, is a showcase of John Woolf's signature style. Centered on a rounded portico with Greek Revival columns, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features an open living room with a fireplace, high ceilings and French doors that open to an oval pool. The 4,434-square-foot house sits on nearly a half acre. Mengers, considered a trail blazer for female talent agents, represented such stars as Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen, Steve McQueen and Burt Reynolds.
November 10, 2011 |
With late-arriving prestige pictures "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (Stephen Daldry!) and "War Horse" (sentimental Steven Spielberg!) and the looming shadow of Oscar magnet Meryl Streep playing England's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, the award season, at its outset, sported an air of uncertainty all but absent from last year's front-loaded race. Or it did, until right about the time we handed out candy to a kid dressed up like J. Edgar Hoover (the angry old guy version) and realized that, yes, some spots continue to be up for grabs, but in terms of who'll get the nominations, the major races have already narrowed into focus.