December 11, 2013 |
Attention film geeks: These books are for you! And for your loved ones, and for your movie-obsessed cousins and nephews, grandparents and best pals. And for you, if you want to immerse yourself in the world of moving images - even when you're nowhere near a theater or a smartphone, sitting on your sofa, or in a cafe, not a remote control or flat screen in sight. Just the pages of a book. From an epic and authoritative chronicle of the Oscars to behind-the-scenes anecdotes of filmcraft, to a deep, detailed exploration of digital imaging, to ridiculously captivating photos of film gods and goddesses and their canine friends, the season is a time for Hollywood-themed books.
June 14, 2013
1. "Top Gun: Limited 3D Edition" Surprisingly deep aerial thrills in the new Blu-ray 3-D transformation. An upgraded surround-sound mix helps. (Paramount) 2. "Jack Reacher" Tom Cruise plays a death-defying, lone-wolf maverick here, too, with an even better (sleuthing) story line and spectacular car chases. (Paramount) 3. "Trouble with the Curve" Baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) in the autumn of his years bonds with game-lovin' daughter (Amy Adams). And you with yours?
March 14, 2013 |
MOVIE STUDIOS get sued a lot. They get sued by disgruntled writers ("Hey, you stole my idea!), P.O.'d producers ("Where are my residuals?")Hollywood looks bad in Iranian suit and angry actresses ("My contract says you have to provide private electrolysis for my bikini line!"
February 26, 2013
HEAVILY FAVORED "Argo" won the Academy Award for best picture last night, but there was a silver lining for Philadelphia. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role as a troubled widow determined to woo a bipolar man (Bradley Cooper) in "Silver Linings Playbook. " The shot-in-Philadelphia movie had earned eight nominations - this was the only win. The excited 22-year-old Lawrence tripped on her way to the stage. "I feel bad that I fell. This is really embarrassing. This," she said, looking at her new Oscar, "is nuts.
February 25, 2013 |
Argo , the Hollywood-saves-the-day thriller based on declassified CIA accounts of the rescue of six U.S. embassy workers during the Iran hostage crisis, capped its awards-season sweep with the 2013 best picture Oscar at the end of a long, long 85th Academy Awards ceremony. The Oscar was announced live from the White House by first lady Michele Obama. Argo glommed three Oscars in all, in a year when the trophies were spread around. Life of Pi had the biggest batch, with four gold statuettes, including Ang Lee for best director.
February 25, 2013 |
It was supposed to be Lincoln vs. Zero Dark Thirty , Spielberg vs. Bigelow, the Great Emancipator vs. the CIA girl who hunted down bin Laden. But then, on Jan. 10, they actually announced the Oscar nominations. Kathryn Bigelow's name, shockingly, wasn't on the best-director list, and senators and Pentagon-ers had raised flags about the film's depiction of "enhanced interrogation techniques. " Zero Dark Thirty lost its momentum. So Lincoln and Steven Spielberg had it in the bag, right?
February 22, 2013
IN MOST OSCAR races, the only can't-miss prediction is that folks will be asleep before 10:30. Including a few hosts. James Franco comes to mind. So let's hear it for the movie year that was 2012 - a slate of great movies that people actually care about, pointing to an Oscar night that promises to be among the most intriguing in recent history. Culminating in the Oscar for . . . Best picture The experts say Philly's "Silver Linings Playbook" has no real chance.
February 22, 2013 |
IF THERE'S going to be a best-picture upset on Oscar night, "Silver Linings Playbook" stands the best chance of being the surprise winner. That's what Oscar watchers say. Problem is, they add, there's not going to be an upset. "The short answer is no, it's not going to win. Sorry to disappoint all of the movie's Philly fans," said Benjamin Eckstein, oddsmaker at America's Line, a nationally syndicated odds service. "Right now, 'Argo' is the favorite, and it's a huge favorite, with "Lincoln" in second," said Eckstein, known to longtime Daily News readers as Vegas Vic. "Argo" is a prohibitive 1-to-5, "Lincoln" is 5-to-1.
February 12, 2013 |
AS IF Lindsay Lohan doesn't have enough problems, numerous gossip sites are reporting that her crazy parents are both writing books. Her mom, Dina , is penning a tell-all about her intensely insane relationship with Lindsay's father, Michael , and Michael is writing a book defending his parenting skills - I Am Not Daddy Dearest . . . If I Can Turn It All Around, So Can You ! But don't you have to actually turn it around first? BAFTA goes to 'Argo' Ben Affleck 's Iran-hostage drama "Argo" has won best picture at the British Academy Film Awards.
January 28, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - The CIA thriller Argo continues to steamroll through awards season, winning the top honor for overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. SAG's lead-acting honors Sunday went to Jennifer Lawrence for her role as a troubled widow in a shaky new relationship in the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War epic Lincoln. The supporting film awards Sunday went to Anne Hathaway of Les Miserables and Tommy Lee Jones of Lincoln.