December 23, 2009 |
In the prologue to "Nine," a director talks about how fragile movies are, always one tiny mistake away from failure. Surely that goes double for movies like "Nine," adapted from a stage musical, one of the toughest art forms to adapt to the screen, a medium that so often fails to capture the magic of live performance. It can be done, though - Rob Marshall had a pop success and won an Oscar for his adaptation of "Chicago," and he gives his all to "Nine," signing up an impressive roster of stars and singers, staging some gargantuan and fancy production numbers.
July 7, 1987 |
Daniel Day Lewis has not been himself lately. Which is mostly a good thing, since Lewis earns his keep portraying other people, inhabiting other lives. But during the last year, things have gotten out of hand for the acclaimed 30-year-old English actor. First, there were six months in Paris, toiling on the profoundly difficult film version of Czech novelist Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Lewis, a rail-thin, rangy fellow, portrays Tomaz, a neurosurgeon and "epic" womanizer whose life is torn asunder by the political strife of 1968 Prague, and by the metaphysical strife caused by one of the women he takes up with.
November 18, 1996 |
Another celeb snuck off and got married last week without bothering to alert the media. This time, it was actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who discreetly wed Rebecca Miller in a private ceremony Wednesday. Rebecca who? Well, Day-Lewis, who has dated stars from Julia Roberts to Sinead O'Connor, has settled on a slightly lower-profile lady for his bride. Miller, 32, is also an actress, but at the moment is better known as the daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller. Day-Lewis, 39, has starred in such films as "In the Name of the Father," "My Left Foot" and, most hunkily, "The Last of the Mohicans.
November 12, 2012 |
Daniel Day-Lewis had done his very best, for a very long time, to avoid Abraham Lincoln. Yes, the actor had met with Steven Spielberg to discuss the idea of portraying the 16th president of the United States, but that was almost 10 years ago, and Day-Lewis, London-born and Ireland-bred, moved on. He couldn't picture himself in a beard and stovepipe, as the prairie lawyer-turned-commander in chief who saw his country torn apart by the Civil...
November 17, 1996 |
Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, the son of a writer, has a kindred spirit in new wife Rebecca Miller, the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller. They were married Wednesday in a private ceremony, syndicated columnist Liz Smith reported yesterday. The couple met while Day-Lewis, 39, was making the film version of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. The movie, which also stars Winona Ryder, opens Wednesday. Rebecca Miller, 32, is an aspiring actress and director. Day-Lewis won an Oscar for his role in My Left Foot.
December 27, 1989 |
He sat for hours at a time, taut and silent, in a wheelchair. To make his limbs useless, he twisted his body into a heap. And to be completely beholden to others, he muffled his voice to low, guttural tones. Completely incapacitated, Daniel Day-Lewis sat amid the cold metal of the wheelchair each day for six weeks, diligently working to lose himself in the life of an extraordinary man. Day-Lewis fulfills that goal with his powerful performance in "My Left Foot," which opened last week.
January 19, 1994 |
Brooding. Intense. Secretive. Chameleonlike. Crazy. All of these words have been used to describe actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who, for each role, seems to throw himself into the abyss and emerge whole, a completely new character. "There is a nakedness about (his) performance that goes well beyond mere virtuosity," said one writer, describing Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning portrayal of Christy Brown, a severely disabled Irish author and artist, in My Left Foot (1989). As opaque and unknowable as he appears off screen - this pale stalk of a man, dressed in black, who stares into some distant place when asked a question - on screen, he holds nothing back.
January 4, 2008 |
Daniel Day-Lewis has a speech near the end of There Will Be Blood that is mostly about oil drainage, about the clandestine siphoning of someone else's cache of crude. As Daniel Plainview, a once lowly prospector-turned-petro titan ensconced in his California manse, he illustrates that process by supposing that he and another guy are drinking milkshakes, but that Plainview is drinking his from an especially long straw. He could reach over to the other person's milkshake with that straw, you see, and start drinking from it, too. "I drink your milkshake!"
November 12, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - James Bond's "Skyfall" has extended its worldwide box-office rule to North America, hauling in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at U.S. theaters. Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, "Skyfall" has taken in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday. That lifts the worldwide total for "Skyfall" to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British superspy Bond, "Skyfall" outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008's "Quantum of Solace," the franchise's previous best opening.