September 4, 2007 |
In the spring of 2000, journalist Scott Anderson and four fellow reporters embarked on a brandy-inspired search for one of the most wanted war criminals in Bosnia, a surreal expedition in which they were mistaken for a CIA hit team, garnered the attention of the actual CIA and prompted the launch of a real black-ops mission.
March 5, 2006 |
TERRENCE HOWARD "Hustle & Flow" * TERRENCE HOWARD sees his performance as DJay, the pimp and wannabe hip-hop star in "Hustle & Flow," as a collaborative effort -- something that would have been impossible without the continuous support of his colleagues. "At the beginning of the table reading," he says, "we made a pact that we could do whatever it is we could do." The cast had been in rehearsals, he says, but "it was still disjointed because we were still frightened.
March 23, 2007 |
The role of Jim Ellis, the steely-eyed swim coach who turns five scraggly teens from inner-city Philadelphia into a championship swim team, is the kind most actors would tear into like a well-cooked steak. But Terrence Howard comes at the part like he's stalking live prey. Handed a mess of rousing speeches and believe-in-yourself bromides, Howard plays to the front row instead of the cheap seats, rarely raising his voice, as if he expects his young charges to lean in and listen to every word.
May 9, 2010 |
At the recent "Iron Man 2" premiere at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre, the film's stars seemed to be channeling their characters for the over-the-top event, which featured cheerleaders in provocative red and gold uniforms, fireworks and throngs of fans. Robert Downey Jr., who plays billionaire hero Tony Stark, was all ironic charm and sparkling hubris, for instance, while Mickey Rourke, who portrays the sullen villain Ivan Vanko, slowly made his way up the red carpet in sunglasses and a leather-lapel suit that gave him an air of reptilian menace.
May 3, 2008 |
It was hustle and flow, all right. Terrence Howard, the Oscar-nominated actor best known for his role as Djay, the rapping pimp protagonist of Craig Brewer's acclaimed 2005 film, was doing everything but serving smoked Gouda to the 40 or so people gathered Thursday night for the listening party for "Shine Through It," his Sony/BMG Records debut.
July 22, 2005 |
"Hustle & Flow" abounds with all the ingredients of a terrific popular entertainment. Writer-director Craig Brewer first of all cares deeply for his characters, with the result that each one emerges as a distinctive, involving individual, and this care extends from the film's casting down to such details as the gold teeth sported by one of its stars.