December 15, 2006 |
The new live-action rendering of E.B. White's perennial children's favorite, "Charlotte's Web," is so carefully spun that it's lifeless. Which is ironic because, since it was first published in 1952, the book the movie is based on has been a gentle introduction for children to the harsh realities of the cycle of life.
September 23, 2011 |
The new CBS drama "A Gifted Man" has more natural resources than two or three of most new dramas combined. Created by Susannah Grant ("The Soloist," "Erin Brockovich"), the show's cast includes Patrick Wilson ("Angels in America," "Little Children"), Jennifer Ehle ("The King's Speech," "Pride and Prejudice") and brand new Emmy winner Margo Martindale ("Justified"), and to top it all, the pilot is directed by Jonathan Demme. So why on Earth isn't it better? Surprisingly, earthliness, or in this case unearthliness, isn't the issue.
October 31, 2000 |
I'm probably going to lose a little money on "Charlie's Angels." But that's OK--the movie's been a bonanza for nearly every other writer in town. Sony Pictures, desperate for a hit, managed to spend $6 million on the script for the $92-million action comedy that opens Friday. The studio didn't give all the loot to just one lucky stiff; it spread the wealth.
March 17, 2000 |
Underqualified, underdressed and increasingly desperate, Erin Brockovich opens the film with her name on it pleading for a skilled job she can sense is not going to be hers. No, she says, she has no actual medical training, but she does have three kids. She's great with people, and a fast learner, too. And she's always been interested in science, to the point of once being "madly in love with geology." Doesn't all that count for anything?
March 31, 2001
Julia Roberts' performance at the Oscars was a poor example of manners. Her crass comments to Bill Conti, a highly regarded musician and conductor, were totally tasteless and uncalled for. She did not even know his name, and her "Sir" did not sound respectful in the least. Sorry, Julia, you're nowhere in my book!
February 21, 2010 |
Certainly, Academy Awards night is one of the most glamorous of the year, but the ceremony does far more than offer up red carpet glitz and golden statuettes. Those three-plus hours of television also fund a year's worth of philanthropic endeavors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the license fee somewhere north of $65 million that ABC pays for the rights to air the Oscars, the academy funds an entire year's worth of projects that fulfill the organization's original mission: to promote the art and science of filmmaking.
December 7, 1997 |
Last dollar in hand, writer Andrew Marlowe faced a tough choice: Enter or eat? The deadline for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting was upon him, and he hadn't yet mailed his script, "The Lehigh Pirates." "The $25 [now $30] entrance fee, plus the cost of copying and mailing the script, meant a lot to me," he said. "That money represented a week's dinners to me at the time."
April 3, 2008 |
As long as they keep releasing movies, I suppose they'll keep publishing books about them. Here's another one: David S. Cohen's "Screen Plays" -- whose subtitle promises to reveal "How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You -- For Better or Worse." Cohen had me at "How" but lost me soon after.
March 25, 2001
For your consideration . . . here are all the nominees--now it's up to you to guess the winners.