August 2, 2009 |
The Soloist DreamWorks, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. deliver strong performances in "The Soloist," the adapted-from-real-life tale about the friendship between homeless, Juilliard-trained musician Nathaniel Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who tried to help him get his life back in order.
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.
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.
May 4, 2013 |
In a move to expand the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership's involvement in Oscar voting, the organization announced Saturday during its first general membership meeting that it will allow all members to vote in the foreign-language film and documentary short categories. This changes the previous rule that required members to see the nominated films in both categories in a theater in order to vote. The academy's board of governors approved a plan that will now allow members to see the nominated documentary pieces in either a theatrical screening or on a DVD. The announcement was made at a meeting in Beverly Hills at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater and simulcast to locations in Emeryville, Calif., and New York City.
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?
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.
February 17, 2001
The commentary by Geoff Boucher on the Oscars "snubbing" the youth market was one of the dumbest things I've ever read ("A Show Meant for Adults Only?," Feb. 14). First, he's not really suggesting that "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Scary Movie" should be nominated for best picture Oscars, is he? Even people who liked these movies thought they were stupid. Second, some of the movies he mentioned were nominated for Oscars in categories that were appropriate (best song, makeup, etc.)
January 29, 2007 |
It may not become a blockbuster like the movies it spoofs, but the goofy comedy "Epic Movie" is off to a promising start. The parody of recent hits including "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Da Vinci Code" grossed $19.2 million over the weekend in the U.S. and Canada, according to Sunday's studio estimates. The 20th Century Fox release topped the box-office charts, outperforming another strong newcomer, the action comedy "Smokin' Aces."