December 3, 2013 |
The Motion Picture Assn. of America says its Classification and Ratings Appeal Board has overturned the R rating given to the film "A Birder's Guide to Everything" for "some language and crude references. " The film is now rated PG-13 for "langauge, sex and drug references, and partial brief nudity. " The film has been playing festivals since its premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival and, according to its website, will be in theaters and video on demand this spring.
April 16, 2013 |
In “Silver Linings Playbook,” Robert De Niro won plaudits for playing a complicated father. Now he'll spend some time exploring his own. In a new documentary from director Perri Peltz (”The Education of Dee Dee Ricks”), De Niro will examine the life of his father, Robert, a painter and bohemian figure who died in 1993 at the age of 71. Currently titled "Robert De Niro Sr.," the film is being produced by De Niro producing partner Jane Rosenthal and involves the work of Peltz collaborator Geeta Gandbhir.
March 1, 2012
A little bit of the European theater world is coming to the skid row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. Inner-City Arts is teaming up with the British-German theater company Gob Squad and L.A.'s Center Theatre Group to launch a two-year stage project. The initiative will involve a handful of Inner-City Arts students participating in a theater production about the process of aging. The British Council, a nongovernment cultural organization, is investing $10,000 in the project.
April 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- "He's not a villain," Matt Berninger said of his brother Tom. "He's the nicest guy in the world. " The 42-year-old front man of the band the National was standing on stage between songs at the New York's Highline Ballroom, gesturing to his brother about 20 feet away. Tom raised his hands, let out a howl, then accepted a noogie of appreciation from a friend nearby. Those who had watched the Berningers on screen in the documentary "Mistaken for Strangers," the opening-night film of this year's Tribeca Film Festival, wouldn't have thought Tom was a villain.
April 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK--Nearly all sports documentaries follow a rise and fall pattern, sometimes changing up the sequence but rarely the elements. The good ones, though, manage to follow the formula with style and depth. It's easy to make the case that the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere "McConkey," a new documentary from a group of directors working for Red Bull's media arm, falls in the latter category. The profile of the extreme-sports pioneer Shane McConkey is both remarkable to look at and, at a screening I attended, didn't leave a dry eye in the house.
April 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK--As Roger Sterling on "Mad Men," John Slattery plays it brash, slick and debauched. But even a hard-drinking womanizer needs a break once in a while. And so it was that Slattery found himself in Maine last year starring as Richard, a taciturn logger thrust into the center of a tragedy, in the indie film "Bluebird. " "You take six months of the year doing [Roger Sterling] and you want to do something different," Slattery told The Times in an interview here Saturday.
May 5, 2004 |
Lilibet Foster didn't want to create yet another documentary about Sept. 11. She wanted to make a film about how New York City firefighters have carried on their traditions and fraternity after losing so many friends and colleagues that day. The result is "Brotherhood," which made its premiere Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival.
April 26, 2008
WHILE I read Patrick Goldstein's column regarding the poor film choices of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro with great interest ["How the Mighty Have Fallen," by Patrick Goldstein, April 22], I can't help but point out the glaring omissions in his argument. First off, Goldstein begins the column by quoting Francis Ford Coppola, a filmmaker whose recent work has been lackluster at best. Then we are given examples of some of the mediocre films that Pacino and De Niro have recently starred in, failing to dig deeper into their extracurricular activities.
April 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A scripted feature about life in Laos and documentaries about U.S. war crimes and a town in the grip of a debilitating drug addiction were among the big winners at the Tribeca Film Festival's jury prizes Thursday night. "The Rocket," the Australian Kim Mordaunt's tale of a displaced 10-year-old boy who must find a new home in the tribal mountains of Laos after his house is destroyed to make way for a dam, won best narrative feature. Sitthiphon Disamoe, a nonprofessional actor who played the lead role, was awarded the best actor prize.
March 18, 2011 |
In "Monogamy," Israeli-born actress Meital Dohan receives top billing for a movie in which she doesn't speak and is only referred to as Subgirl, an e-mail handle. All that's seen of her is what's captured through the lens of Theo (Chris Messina), the photographer protagonist, who unwittingly finds himself chasing this sexually adventurous woman. She is a silent enigma, the one thing standing between an engaged man and monogamy. "The character is a fantasy," Dohan said, perched on a white sofa in her sunny Los Angeles home.