August 24, 2016 |
France has been seized by a silly hysteria over the burkini, prompting me to wonder when Europeans will get serious about their Islamist challenge. For starters, what is a burkini? The word (sometimes spelled burqini ) combines the names of two opposite articles of female clothing: the burqa (an Islamic tent-like, full-body covering) and the bikini. Also known as a halal swimsuit, it modestly covers all but the face, hands and feet, consisting of a top and a bottom. It resembles a wetsuit with a head covering.
July 24, 2016 |
Bad Moms Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Mila Kunis are stressed-out parents rebelling against the perfectionist PTA crowd led by Christina Applegate. From the writing team behind The Hangover. R Jason Bourne "I remember everything," says the amnesiac spy guy played by Matt Damon in his return - along with director Paul Greengrass - to the Bourne series. But CIA cohort Julia Stiles cautions: "Remembering everything doesn't mean you know everything. " Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander shows off her tradecraft technique.
May 13, 2016 |
Bad taste: Woody Allen joke Ah! The Cannes Film Festival, bastion of art, high learning and . . . rape jokes. Just ask Woody Allen . The auteur on Wednesday had the honor of opening the fest with his new pic, Café Society . But honor wasn't exactly on the mind of French actor Laurent Lafitte , who hosted the fest's opening ceremony. "It gives me pleasure to see you because you've filmed so much in Europe and you haven't even been convicted of rape in the U.S.A.," Lafitte said, referring to decades-long accusations that Allen, 80, sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow . Lafitte compared Allen to Roman Polanski , who fled to Europe after being convicted in America of raping a teen.
December 1, 2015 |
Ruth Ann McCann Beeghley, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a legal secretary, died Friday, Nov. 13, of congestive heart failure in the hospice care facility at Abington-Lansdale Hospital. Two days earlier, she had celebrated her birthday with four generations of family and hospital staff. Mrs. Beeghley was born in Paris, Texas, to Noble T. McCann and Ruth Hiestand McCann. Her father was the dining services superintendent for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. As a result, Mrs. Beeghley lived in many towns along the railroad in the Midwest and Southwest.
November 25, 2015 |
After 26 years in the city prosecutor's office, First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann resigned Monday, officials said. George D. Mosee Jr., the head of the office's juvenile division, will replace him, District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. McCann declined to say why he was leaving - although his name has been floated in courthouse circles as a possible addition to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's administration. "I'm really proud of my 26 years of service," McCann said.
October 31, 2015 |
Although Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is technically a wuxia film - martial arts, swordplay, the whoosh of arrows in flight - it is much more a film of stillness, quiet, beauty. Set in the waning days of the Tang Dynasty, The Assassin stars a serene and hard-to-read Shu Qi as Nie Yinniang, a woman trained in combat, trained to kill. She returns to her childhood home, to the palace and gardens of Weibo, with a mission she is reluctant to fulfill. There, she finds Tian Ji'an (Chang Chen)
October 4, 2015 |
Who needs Cannes? Who needs Venice? Toronto? Why bother? If the Philly cineastes who book their flights to the world's biggest film fests - or dream of doing so, anyway - would just sit tight for a few months, some of the strongest work to debut along the Lido, the Croisette and King Street West will wind up right here. That's certainly the case this year, as the folks behind the Philadelphia Film Festival unveiled a bountiful lineup of features, docs and shorts today. PFF 24 will open Thursday, Oct. 22, with Anomalisa , Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animation existential comedy, winner of the Grand Special Jury Prize at Venice.
May 26, 2015 |
CANNES - The French threw the world a film party and then ate the cherry on top of the dessert. Dheepan - about a Tamil Tiger who quits the Sri Lankan revolution, creates a makeshift "family" with two other refugees, and flees to Paris, where he lands a job as a building superintendent in the lawless suburbs - took the Palme D'Or, the Golden Palm, at the 68th Cannes Film Festival Sunday night. The film by Jacques Audiard, whose jailhouse story A Prophet won second prize in 2009, was one of a huge contingent French films figuring prominently in the competition for the top prize (and in other sections at well)
October 18, 2014 |
If a cinema orgy promising more than 100 films from 28 countries in 11 days can ever seem manageable, the 23d Philadelphia Film Festival does it. It's not remotely possible to catch everything in the ambitious program, which began Thursday night with the gala premiere of Birdman and ends Oct. 26 with more than a dozen titles spread across four venues. But the selection and scheduling of films - from awards-season candidates to homegrown docs, from musicals to new masterworks - makes sense, somehow.
May 27, 2014 |
CANNES, France - Bennett Miller almost made it to the top of the 67th Cannes Film Festival ladder with his fourth film Saturday night when he was named best director for Foxcatcher , about the 1996 Newtown Square murder of Olympic champion wrestler Dave Schultz by John du Pont, major domo of U.S. amateur wrestling and a du Pont family heir. But the Palme d'Or, the competition's top honor, went to its longest entry, the 3-hour, 16-minute Winter Sleep , by Nuri Bilge Ceylan of Turkey.