August 1, 2004 |
When actress Viola Davis was first approached about starring in Lynn Nottage's new play, "Intimate Apparel," the timing was all wrong. Film and television commitments had temporarily nudged theater off the dance card for Davis, who'd won a 2001 Tony Award for her work in August Wilson's "King Hedley II." But Davis got another chance.
December 1, 2002 |
As a working actress, Viola Davis would like to get something off her chest: There are such things as small roles. "Sometimes, you just have to come in and deliver the pizza," she says. "Because I'm a firm believer that you have to fit into the grand scheme of the movie. It is your role, but you also play a part in the scheme of the whole picture, and you have to understand what your role is in that." The 37-year-old Juilliard-trained actor knows whereof she speaks.
June 13, 2010 |
The recent parade of Hollywood stars on Broadway has allowed theater critics to indulge in their two favorite pastimes — grousing and fawning. The hypocrisy is perfectly natural: Standards need to be upheld while luminaries are there to be adored. Yet pity the poor conflicted reviewer — committed to "The Theatuh" on the one hand, swept up in the tidal surge of celebrity charisma on the other. I've always maintained that a good actor is a good actor. But famous novices and returning legends need to choose their theatrical ventures wisely.
February 18, 2009
Marisa Tomei got lots of attention for taking off her clothes in "The Wrestler," and Penelope Cruz seems to be the critics' favorite to win for her role in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," but in the supporting actress category, everyone's got a shot at winning. Just look at Tomei, who came out of nowhere to win it in 1993. This year, it's still anybody's game -- Amy Adams, Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, above, are all in the running. See our panelists' last-minute changes at TheEnvelope.
August 6, 2004 |
In 1905 New York City, an African American seamstress spends hour after hour at a sewing machine to make gorgeous garments for her clients, while she wears plain, inexpensive clothes. "I been working since I was 9 years old," 35-year-old Esther Mills recalls, "with barely a day's rest." Down in Panama, George Armstrong risks death daily to help dig the canal that will become an engineering marvel and an economic engine.
June 23, 2010 |
Why is everyone giving Tom Cruise such a hard time? Can't we just forget about what happened on Oprah's couch? Is that asking too much? Is the movie business so flush with charismatic stars who can carry a picture that it can afford to eat its young? I don't think so. If you doubt Cruise's skills in the star department, "Knight and Day" should make you a believer. It's hardly a perfect film, not even close, but it is the most entertaining made-for-adults studio movie of the summer, and one of the reasons it works at all is the great skill and commitment Cruise brings to the starring role.