February 21, 2016 |
Nepotism may be a dirty word in government, but it's pretty much the rule in Hollywood. Just think about all the great acting dynasties: the Barrymores and the Richardsons, the Douglas clan, and the Bridges and Fondas. But, as Kiefer Sutherland recently reminded me, having a parent in the biz gets your foot in the door. From there, you're on your own. Ask Sutherland about his parents - actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas - and he waxes poetic. Sutherland, 49, worked alongside his mom in a 1997 production of The Glass Menagerie in Toronto, but until this year, the 24 star had never worked with his famous father, whose remarkable body of work includes MASH , Don't Look Now , The Dirty Dozen , and Invasion of the Body Snatchers . The duo do share two credits - Max Dugan Returns (1983)
October 28, 2015 |
One of its most memorable scenes occurs early in the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers , when a San Francisco health department inspector played by Donald Sutherland confronts a restaurant chef about a questionable morsel in a dish. Inspector : What is that? Chef : A caper. Inspector : No. Restaurateur : You presume to tell us what is in this stock? Inspector : It's a rat turd. Chef : A what? Inspector : A rat turd.
May 15, 2015
"MAD MAX: Fury Road" reminds us that there is nothing filmmakers love more than imagining mankind's destruction, and nothing we love more than watching it. At various times, we've found the end of our world horrifying or funny, or both. Here, in no particular order, are the some of the best apocalypse movies, with an eye to how they've evolved. "La Jetee": French, intellectual, black & white, only 28 minutes long but endlessly influential. The way it combined the apocalypse, time travel and the idea of a man who foresees and shapes his own destiny has been updated by Terry Gilliam as "12 Monkeys," James Cameron in "The Terminator" and even "Looper," in which Bruce Willis replaces the existential poetry of "Jetee" with something more concrete: "I don't want to talk about time travel.
January 25, 2014 |
Make sure you have a jumbo pack of facial tissues handy when you start watching the seven DVDs collected in Nicholas Sparks: Limited Edition Collection , due Tuesday from Warner. (And be careful when you read this, lest you faint.) The very idea will make many a fan quiver in anticipation, shudder with sheer excitement: a box that includes seven star-studded screen adaptations of Sparks' romantic melodramas - Safe Haven , The Lucky One , Dear John , Nights in Rodanthe , The Notebook , A Walk to Remember , and Message in a Bottle . It's a digital cornucopia of love, featuring trysts tragic and comic among some of Hollywood's hottest stars, including Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, and Amanda Seyfried.
April 12, 2013 |
Headed for Center City on the sluggish Schuylkill Expressway, an ordinary driver's eye might wander to the dramatic lighting on the glass-faced Cira Centre alongside 30th Street Station. One night it's the Phillies logo. Another it's a pink ribbon for breast cancer. Back in 2008, Drexel computer scientist Frank Lee found himself imagining something else in the Cira's matrix of colored LED lights: a massive display for a video game. Nearly five years later, his vision is about to become a reality, as more than 100 people will get to play what's billed as the "Grandest Game of Pong on the Planet.
March 29, 2013 |
IN THE FUTURE, hunger, violence and money have disappeared. Lying is unthinkable. And stealing - from the place where one acquires one's every need, a building labeled "Store" - is pointless. Because we're all wearing spotless white suits and driving shiny, chrome-plated Lotus Evoras. Well, a lot of us are. Humanity has been "perfected, thanks to the aliens. They came, they moved in - not just onto the planet, but into our bodies. And now, the human race is all but extinct, our bodies governed by seemingly benign conquerors.
August 19, 2007 |
It looks like we're awash in pod people again. This time it's courtesy of Oliver Hirschbiegel's explosive - albeit unsuccessful - new thriller, The Invasion, which opened Friday, the latest adaptation of Jack Finney's sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers. That would be pod people as in, "Dude, the school's been taken over by the pod people!" the standard epithet that misfits have regularly, if vainly, hurled at the popular kids for decades. Pod people! It's a term to fall in love with.
August 17, 2007 |
It's too obvious, perhaps, but I think director Oliver Hirschbiegel missed his chance in The Invasion, a feverish remake, starring Nicole Kidman, of the oft-remade 1950s sci-fi horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As alien spore, brought to Earth via a crashed Space Shuttle, works its viral way through the populace, people become indifferent, emotionless - walking down the street oblivious to the poverty, homelessness and crime all around them. It's like they've been enveloped in their own little worlds, as if they are . . . yes, plugged into iPods.