November 25, 2009 |
"Me and Orson Welles" is a frothy backstage pass, courtesy of director Richard Linklater, to the early days of the great director (that would be Welles) during a stint as the mercurial head of the Mercury Theater Company in 1937. Adapted from Robert Kaplow's novel, the "Me" is a teenager whose coming-of-age story unfolds during the staging of Welles' groundbreaking reimagining of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar as a '30s-era Fascist dictator. The teen in question is Richard Samuels, played by "High School Musical" heartthrob Zac Efron, a senior who slips out of class and into NYC only to get swept up in Welles' retinue, with a small part tossed his way as a bone.
April 21, 2013 |
Expand or die. This ominous motto of economic imperialism courses throughout the film "At Any Price," set against the imperiled world of modern-day family farming. Director Ramin Bahrani, who co-wrote the screenplay with Hallie Elizabeth Newton, spent six months in Iowa living among farmers as the duo spoke to people about the issues facing their lives and businesses. The film grapples with enduring issues of generational conflict and transition as well as the perennial drama of success and failure in America.
November 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - She knew they were waiting to hear from her - Channing Tatum's millions of fans. It had been more than an hour since LaQuishe Wright had posted a photo of the actor on his Twitter account, dressed in a suit "Headed to the Zeigfield. " Now she and Tatum had arrived at the "White House Down" premiere, and Wright needed to give his followers another update. So as he began walking down the red carpet, posing for photographs and greeting reporters, she stayed close by. Glued to her iPhone, she was barely noticeable among the melee, a diminutive 38-year-old in an airy halter dress flanked by hulking bodyguards, publicists, studio handlers.
April 23, 2012 |
Moe, Larry and Curly couldn't do it. Neither could Snow White, an army of Greek gods or a baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio. After four weeks, the film finally able to dethrone "The Hunger Games" at the box office was "Think Like a Man," an ensemble relationship comedy about five ethnically diverse couples. The movie's success surprised many in Hollywood over the weekend, because the picture came in more than $10 million ahead of industry projections with what distributor Sony Pictures estimated to be a $33-million debut.
January 10, 2014 |
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F. " had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. - Jan. 17 Back in the Day An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame.
January 22, 2014 |
Children of the kitschy '70s, we're all latchkey kids now: The Captain & Tennille are getting divorced. Toni Tennille, 73, real name Cathryn Antoinette Tennille, filed for divorce from the "Captain," Daryl Dragon, 71, in an Arizona courthouse Thursday, according to RumorFix . People later confirmed the news, as did TMZ , which talked to Dragon. The keyboard player said he didn't know why she'd filed, adding, "I gotta figure...