June 14, 2006 |
Police yesterday forcibly removed Kill Bill hottie Daryl Hannah from sittin' in a tree on the grounds of the 14-acre inner city L.A. urban farm that capitalist landowner guy Ralph Horowitz wants to turn into a warehouse. All sorts of celebs have voiced outrage and solidarity and stuff about the situation. (Joan Baez took a tree seat there recently.) Yesterday's protest featured dozens of chanting protesters, who've been squatting on the land to prevent its conversion, and 120 protest-busting deputies.
May 23, 2001 |
LOOK, IT was a movie festival - not her cuddly canine - that beckoned "Splash" siren Daryl Hannah during rehearsals for a London play last year. But Britain's Daily Mirror did blame the pooch and now they're paying for it. The actress won undisclosed libel damages from the newspaper yesterday for publishing a widely copied story claiming she skipped play practice to attend her dog's birthday. The Daily Mirror also apologized to the London High Court for printing the entirely inaccurate story last October.
October 24, 1993 |
Jackson Browne knows what he's in for. Among the love songs on his new album I'm Alive, to be released Tuesday, is an intriguing little number about a desperate man who vows he'll do anything to bring back the woman he loves. No, he says, when delicate inquiries are made: "I'll Do Anything" is only glancingly related to his personal life. But tabloid readers may think differently. In one of the more publicized star incidents of 1992, Browne and his longtime girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, broke up in a hailstorm of accusations and, some say, physical blows.
February 12, 1999 |
"My Favorite Martian" raises some troubling questions that it never attempts to answer. The movie stars Jeff Daniels as a hapless earthling forced to play host to a stranded Martian, an utterly repulsive character played by a stranded Christopher Lloyd. The looming question: If this odious thing is Daniels' favorite Martian, who is his least favorite? Best not to know, I guess. Though geared toward children, who are in the best position to appreciate the movie's jokes about leftover chewing gum, ice cream over-indulgence, zipper accidents and, of course, flatulence, "My Favorite Martian" is a failure even by the lax standards of modern children's fare.
March 13, 1998 |
Does she or doesn't she? Only Bob, a waiter turned soap opera hunk, knows for sure. Bob, played by Maxwell Caulfield in a role that could be characterized as slimeball Pierce Brosnan, is one of five surreal figures in The Real Blonde, a labored satire about self-deluded Manhattanites vainly searching for substance behind the showbiz illusion. This comedy by Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion, Box of Moonlight) also features Daryl Hannah, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine and Bridgette Wilson as Manhattan successes and wanna-bes, respectively a soap-opera babe, a makeup stylist, an aspiring thespian, and a successful fashion model.
November 18, 1988 |
In every possible meaning of the expression, High Spirits should give up the ghost. This piece of tedious whimsy about an Irish castle teeming with buxom banshees and lusty leprechauns is the work of writer/director Neil Jordan (Mona Lisa). The new film has a jot of the dreamy atmosphere and mossy texture of Jordan's The Company of Wolves, but for the most part the characters in High Spirits are too drunk to dream and the moss looks suspiciously like mold. It says something that in High Spirits the dead look dewier than the living.
July 25, 2003 |
From the Polish Brothers, the twins who brought you Twin Falls Idaho, comes Northfork, this one set in neighboring Montana, but like its predecessor a visual sonnet to the heartland. Beautiful but baffling, the film is (I think) an allegory (or maybe a eulogy) to the American wild on the brink of domestication, touched by an angel or four. The visual references of this wide-screen movie are Elia Kazan's Wild River, Edward Curtis' mythic Western landscapes, and Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
February 20, 1998 |
The version of "The Gingerbread Man" that arrives today belongs to director Robert Altman, who repossessed the movie after the studio tried to make drastic changes. Having seen Altman's movie, I wonder what the studio cut looks like. "The Gingerbread Man" stars Kenneth Branagh as an overly cocky Southern criminal defense lawyer (John Grisham penned the script) who has made a career freeing accused cop-killers, usually by ridiculing the Savannah police and their procedures.
December 22, 1995 |
From odd couple to maudlin couple and now, as grouchy grandpas, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau have embodied most of the ages of man in their venerable screen partnership - 30 years next year. But why these consummate pros stoop to the geriatric equivalent of Porky's is beyond figuring. Grumpier Old Men - the sequel to the 1993 hit - brings back Lemmon and Matthau as Minnesota's crotchetiest ice fishermen. Matthau's the crusty one; Lemmon's the yeasty one. And the object of the film is for each to get a rise out of the other by making the steamiest double entendre.
September 17, 2004 |
Chris Cooper delivers a crafty - and timely - performance in John Sayles' Silver City. As the rich scion of a powerful U.S. senator, the actor's Richard "Dickie" Pilager is running for political office himself: the governorship of Colorado. The novice candidate stands at the podium, bumbling his way through talking points, invoking patriotic platitudes, and casting a worried gaze at his handler (Richard Dreyfuss) whenever a pesky reporter lobs an unexpected query his way. (Dang those journalists!