April 14, 2014 |
When we last checked in with Steve Coogan - all the way back in early December - the British actor and comedy star was chin-deep in awards-season mode, campaigning for Philomena , the prestige picture in which he starred opposite Judi Dench , and which he cowrote and produced. It was based on the true story of an Irish retiree who joined a British journalist to look for the son she gave up for adoption as an unwed teen living in a Catholic convent. Philomena went on to receive four Academy Award nominations, including for best picture, for Dench (best actress)
April 12, 2014 |
Why wait? If you're the group that oversees the Philadelphia Film Festival, the annual fall movie marathon, and you've Kickstarted and fundraised, restored and retrofitted an old Center City moviehouse, why not throw a festival there whenever you want? Why just October? No reason. And so, to show off the Roxy Theater near Rittenhouse Square, and bring to town top-tier titles whose release schedules don't jibe with the main fall program, the Philadelphia Film Society offers its first Spring Showcase - 25 films in seven days.
April 4, 2014 |
THE 12th annual Garden State Film Festival began yesterday in Atlantic City, having moved down the coast from its traditional home in Asbury Park. The late actor Robert Pastorelli and producer Diane Raver started the festival in part to help invigorate ongoing Asbury Park redevelopment, but in recent years the festival - which has attracted more than 35,000 attendees - has outgrown its North Jersey footprint, organizers say. This year, with seed money from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the GSFF will be held in various venues in Atlantic City, beginning last night with a special 7 p.m. screening at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom, of the 1926 silent classic "The Black Pirate," starring Douglas Fairbanks, with live music accompaniment on a Kimball organ (proceeds go to the Historic Organ Restoration committee)
March 31, 2014 |
Watch Michael Fassbender - his chiseled mug encased in a cartoonish papier-mâché head - as the title character, the nutty front man for a rock band, in Frank . Watch Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg, doppelgangers going at each other, in a comedic take on Dostoyevsky's The Double . And watch God Help the Girl , a musical from moody Glaswegian combo Belle & Sebastian founder Stuart Murdoch . Over seven...
March 28, 2014 |
MOVIES MAY STOP production for any of a hundred reasons ("the script isn't ready," "we can't raise the money," "we've run out of money," etc.), but here's one you thankfully don't hear every day: The disaster movie "Deep Water," about a jet that crashes into the ocean on its way to Beijing, has been put on hold because of its similarities to the missing Malaysian plane, which disappeared on its way to . . . Beijing. Arclight Films said yesterday that preproduction has been halted for the time being.
March 27, 2014 |
WIRED 96.5 midday host Casey is leaving the station after nine years. The former morning host said she decided not to renew her contract. The Temple grad's last day was yesterday. "There are so many things I have yet to conquer on my list, and sometimes we have to move on to do so," Casey said. "Love and appreciation for anyone who has been a fan or supported me over the years. I hope we continue our relationship wherever my new path leads!" Calls to Wired 96.5's program director, Dan Hunt , were not returned.
March 14, 2014 |
FOLKS MILLING about the art museum steps at this week's special "Rocky" screening didn't notice the dapper, elderly gent standing next to the boxer's statue. A few asked him politely to move so they could snap a photo next to the bronze figure, and he did so, ending up near a T-shirt vendor, who wanted to sell him a Rocky shirt. But there would be no Rocky shirts and statues without this gentleman, director John Avildsen, who made the first "Rocky" with Sylvester Stallone and helped shape the character who's gone on to become an American folk hero.
March 12, 2014 |
Dan DeLuca from SXSW South by Southwest kicked off in Austin, Texas, over the weekend, with its Interactive and Film festivals first. Statistics whiz Nate Silver and Grantland founder and hoops analyst Bill Simmons discussed sports tech at a panel for the SXsports segment. "A scientist is just a kid who never grew up," said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at his SXSW keynote Saturday with journalist Christie Nicholson . The host of the TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey , which debuted on Fox Sunday night, Tyson held 3,500 attendees rapt in an engaging, funny hour-plus talk.
March 7, 2014 |
For the next 10 days on the Internet, one four-letter word will be difficult to avoid: SXSW . That's because the South by Southwest Conference is getting underway in Austin, Texas, with the gathering's interactive and film portions starting in earnest tomorrow, followed by the annual music festival, which will crank up the volume starting Wednesday. The streets will be most crowded during the music fest, when more than 2,000 acts - from big names such as Coldplay and Cee-Lo Green to up-and-comers such as Philadelphia's Chill Moody and Low Cut Connie - descend on the Lone Star State's capital city.
March 7, 2014 |
LOOKS LIKE it may have only taken one camera to make "7 Boxes," a low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters. The movie - well-received at the Toronto Film Festival - blends genres and influences, but it's essentially a one-crazy-night, shaggy-dog story about a delivery boy who agrees to hide seven boxes of contraband for a local crook, and ends up in the middle of a very big mess. Victor (Celso Franco) pushes his cartload of boxes through Asuncion, brought alive by a series of hand-held tracking shots (the directors obviously grew up on Martin Scorsese and Kathryn Bigelow)