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 23, 2015 |
HERE ARE five buzzed-about movies that do not (yet) have theatrical distribution, so you can see them locally on the big screen only at the Film Festival. * THE HIGH SUN. The recipient of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival took home the honor for its complex look at the fallout from ethnic wars in the former Yugoslavia, between 1991 to 2011. The story is told from the standpoint of six people and three love stories. In the process, Croatian director Dalibor Matanic manages to convey what was once possible, what was lost and the unhealed scars that remain.
May 28, 2015 |
On Monday night, screenwriter Arash Amel gave Twitter a look inside something Hollywood rarely likes to talk about: what it feels like to be part of a disaster. Amel wrote the screenplay for the ill-fated Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco . Those in the know already feel bad for Amel after reading that sentence. For those not: Grace of Monaco , starring Nicole Kidman and directed by La Vie en Rose 's Olivier Dahan, was scheduled for release in fall 2013 and meant for Oscar glory but didn't debut until the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it was booed.
May 27, 2015 |
"T OMORROWLAND" had Memorial Day weekend to itself (except for the nice weather), and still pulled in only a modest $41.7 million in its first four days in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. It's a disappointing debut for a film that cost a reported $180 million. Disney put its full weight behind the Brad Bird -directed film with an ambitious George Clooney -led promotional campaign. The problem: The "Tomorrowland" audience has no idea who Clooney is. But Disney's takeaway from the lower-than-expected opening is scarier, claiming that this is the gamble that studios must take when trying to introduce an original film to the marketplace.
May 21, 2015 |
WITH ALL those kids, one had to get in trouble. Josh Duggar , the oldest of the 300 Duggar children made famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) by the hit TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," had a troublesome bit of his past raised yesterday when In Touch magazine reported that when Josh was underage, he was named in a police report as the "alleged offender" in a sexual-abuse probe. To summarize quickly, Josh (who was likely 16 or 17 at the time of the incident)
May 15, 2015 |
YOU KNOW what's been missing from the multiplexes for about five minutes? A new Kevin Hart movie. Have no fear, Hart-throbs. Universal Pictures announced yesterday that Hart, who recently teamed with Ice Cube , Will Ferrell and Josh Gad , has gone into production on "Central Intelligence," in which he will team with Dwayne Johnson . Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers," "Dodgeball") will direct. Says Universal: "The story follows a onetime bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent [Johnson]
April 10, 2015 |
One of Philly's classiest, most glamorous former citizens is getting the Lifetime treatment. And it's through no fault of her own. Grace Kelly is the subject of Grace of Monaco , a film starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, directed by Olivier Dahan, who helmed the lovely Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose . Grace of Monaco originally opened last year's Cannes Film Festival. Those are some mighty fine credentials, no? Yet Grace of Monaco won't hit theaters.
July 4, 2014 |
While the new French biopic Yves Saint Laurent shows how the designer's angst fueled his work - especially those iconic A-line dresses inspired by Piet Mondrian's paintings - the impact of his work is not the focus of the movie. Director Jalil Lespert chose instead to explore Saint Laurent's mental issues, his drug and alcohol abuse, and the tumultuous relationship with business partner and lover Pierre Bergé. It makes for a film that is intense, enjoyable, and fast-paced, filled with smashed vases, seductive looks, and sex scenes that are more than implied.
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.
May 18, 2014 |
Kimye Italian style? The mega-hyped Kanye West - Kim Kardashian PR stunt (ahem, wedding) will be in Italy, not France! "I adore Florence," Kanye told Florence's La Nazione newspaper on Friday. "I . . . came to the banks of the Arno [river] with Kim last year. " Adds Kanye, "I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces. " (An essential ingredient in procreation, Kanye-style: being surrounded by masterpieces.) Entertainment Tonight says the event will be in both countries: Guests will be fed and watered in France on May 24, then flown to Florence for the wedding proper.