March 5, 2006 |
JOAQUIN PHOENIX "Walk the Line" * IN "Walk the Line," there's no way to miss the moment when the young Johnny Cash finds his true voice. At the studios of Sun Records, the aspiring singer is absorbing a crushing critique from legendary producer Sam Phillips, who mocks him as a bland cipher for bringing nothing original to the microphone. Cash responds by performing a composition of his own, "Folsom Prison Blues," and in the span of one short song, the real Man in Black seems to emerge.
March 6, 2006 |
"Oh my goodness. I never thought I'd be here in my whole life, growing up in Tennessee," Reese Witherspoon said, holding the Oscar statuette she'd just received for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line." Frankly, Reese, it didn't much surprise anyone else. Even Charlize Theron, nominated in the same category for "North Country," told the press, "I love Reese, and it's definitely her year....
October 23, 2005 |
IN a pivotal scene in "Walk the Line," the new biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, the maverick country singer goes behind the gray walls of Folsom prison for a 1968 concert that would become a landmark live recording. As he sings about lost souls and redemption, Cash strikes such a nerve with the 1,000 or so convicts in the prison cafeteria that many believe he's actually spent time behind bars himself.
January 17, 2006 |
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., all 84 voting members strong, joined the critical consensus Monday night, awarding "Brokeback Mountain" a leading four trophies. The tragic account of a doomed romance between two cowboys, which has dominated critics awards and is considered the top contender for the Academy Awards, won Golden Globes for best dramatic picture, best director for Ang Lee, best screenplay and best song.
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January 5, 2006 |
Joaquin Phoenix, whose portrayal of Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line" has made him an early Oscar front-runner, returned this week to the scene of one of the musician's most famous concerts: Folsom State Prison. Cash's Jan. 13, 1968, performance in a prison yard cemented his image as working-class hero and became a popular album.
January 21, 2006 |
THE first sound is a toddler huffing into a microphone, a sound familiar to any parent who has vainly tried to coax a child into speaking for posterity. The next sound is the child's father. His voice, a hickory rumble, is instantly recognizable as the late, great Johnny Cash. "Rosanne, say 'C'mon.'