December 23, 2012 |
In front of Naomi Watts sat a pen and paper. Across the table sat Tom Holland, a pale young British actor in his early teens. Soon enough, they both knew, they would leave the comfort of their rehearsal room in Spain. They would be dressed in ripped clothes and covered in fake blood, pummeled by murky waves and pushed to their physical limits. But first, they had to draw each other. "I can't draw at all," Watts confessed in a recent phone interview. "And it was quite clear that Tom was having problems too. " Holland picked up his pen and sketched a few tentative lines.
December 19, 1986 |
A couple of years ago Bay Area abstract painter Tom Holland defected to Neo-Expressionism, to the consternation of his admirers. Now he has redefected to abstraction again. Such flip-flops, like the case of the KGB man who came over to our side and then decided to go home, are confusing and raise questions about the defector's convictions and motives.
January 17, 1988 |
Writer-director Tom Holland scared audiences with "Fright Night." Now he's "chilling the cast," according to a spokesman for UA's "Childsplay," which has eight outdoor locations this month in Chicago, where it's been as cold as 20 below--with a wind-chill factor of 50 below. But: "At least it hasn't snowed." Yet.
May 13, 1995 |
President Carlos Menem has weathered corruption scandals in his administration, high unemployment rates and a national financial crisis this year to end up as the favored candidate in Argentina's presidential elections set for Sunday. Most pollsters say Menem, 64, is likely to win reelection in the first round. But some give challenger Jose Bordon, 49, a small chance of forcing Menem into a runoff. The latest polls show Menem leading with 45% to 47% of the vote, against 33% for Bordon.
September 10, 2012 |
"The Impossible," from director Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage"), offers a fictionalized account of one family's real-life experience of being caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed close to 300,000 people. The film premiered Sunday night to an intensely engaged audience at the Toronto International Film Festival. "The Impossible," starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, is part horror film, part triumph of spirit. The happy parents of three young boys vacationing in Thailand during the Christmas holiday are torn apart when the tsunami strikes in the middle of a sunny day. The movie illustrates the family's post-tsunami journey - the oldest son must help his very injured mother to safety, while the father is left with the two youngest boys, trying desperately to locate his wife and eldest child.
March 12, 2004 |
Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic Tom Holland Doubleday: 408 pp., $27.50 * The Rubicon is an ancient river associated not with romance, like the Seine, or boyhood adventure, like the Mississippi, but with decisive turning points. The river's fame -- infamy, really -- can be credited to Julius Caesar, who marched his legions across it and installed himself as dictator of Rome, destroying an ideal of republican governance that had lasted for 500 years.