January 18, 2011 |
Ricky Gervais' humor might have polarized the crowd at Sunday night's Golden Globes award ceremony, but as soon as the show wrapped, grudges seemed to have been checked at the velvet rope and the Beverly Hilton morphed into a party-hoppers' paradise. A-listers streamed out of the ballroom ? Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale (alongside the real-life Temple Grandin) ? into the hotel lobby, which was awash in a flowy mess of peach, red, emerald and black formal wear.
January 12, 2011
HBO led the pack with 14 nominations in the Directors Guild of America's awards for television and commercials for 2010, including nods for "Boardwalk Empire," "Entourage," "The Pacific," "Temple Grandin," "You Don't Know Jack" and Bill Maher's "But I'm Not Wrong. " DGA President Taylor Hackford announced the nominations Tuesday. Nominations for dramatic series included ABC's "Lost" (ignored by the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards) and AMC's "The Walking Dead" and "Mad Men," and comedy nods went to ABC's "Modern Family," NBC's "30 Rock" and Fox's "Glee.
November 26, 2010 |
Writers-directors Álvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro's beguiling "Me Too" is a coming-of-age story with a difference: Its hero has Down syndrome ? and so does the actor who plays him. Pablo Pineda's Daniel is a university graduate who has just landed a job in a social services agency in Seville, where he quickly forms a friendship with a coworker, Laura (Lola Dueñas). Outgoing, free-spirited, a little edgy and sporting a bad bleach job, Laura quickly warms to the thoughtful, good-natured Daniel.
October 24, 2010 |
Winter's Bone Lionsgate, $27.98; Blu-ray, $29.99 This is a tense, affecting crime saga that treats its Ozark setting like something out of Greek myth. Jennifer Lawrence stars as 17-year-old Ree Dolly, a high school dropout who goes looking for her bail-jumping father when the sheriff threatens to take away her family's property. As Ree roams up and down, knocking on doors, she angers the local drug lords, including her temperamental Uncle Teardrop, played by the magnificent John Hawkes.
September 23, 2010 |
The world of autism seems truly mysterious and daunting: A neurological disorder that short-circuits communication in the brain and in severe cases can make a prison of the mind. Imagine how frustrating that darkness, the density of that persistent fog, must be to parents struggling to communicate with autistic children. Despite its unfortunate title, the new documentary "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism" is a largely unsentimental journey into these murky waters. It follows Margret, an Icelandic woman with a severely impaired 11-year-old son, as she looks for answers in America and Europe.
September 21, 2010
More than two decades ago, Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his portrayal of an autistic adult in the 1988 film "Rain Man. " This year, Claire Danes snagged an Emmy for her role in "Temple Grandin," an HBO movie that chronicled the remarkable life of an autistic woman who graduated from college and became an expert in the humane handling of livestock. Movies and TV shows can be a powerful force in shaping attitudes about mental health disorders, but do Hollywood-crafted tales tell the whole story?