September 11, 2015 |
THE MOVIE wunderkind from the Philadelphia suburbs used to be M. Night Shyamalan, but the new titleholder is surely Alex Ross Perry. Both directors have movies opening here today. Shyamalan, though, is a bit old for the wunderkind tag, and Bryn Mawr native Perry is the guy whose movies are getting all the breathless praise. His latest, "Queen of Earth," has critics asking if Perry, 31, is the best filmmaker of his generation. Some think the answer is yes. "What's neat now is the films are being looked at and seriously considered," said Perry.
August 28, 2015 |
I LOOK UP at the heavens every once in a while and ask: When will we see the end of this interminable deluge of movies about psycho serial-killer rapist creeps stalking, hunting and victimizing scantily clad, weeping, screaming, pleading women? The subgenre has produced a few classics, such as "Psycho," "I Spit on Your Grave" and "Baise-moi," but many, many more duds. That includes "Unsullied," the feature debut from NFL defensive end-turned-filmmaker Simeon Rice. Drafted in 1996 by the Arizona Cardinals, Rice, 41, played pro ball for 12 years before turning his attention to the entertainment industry, first as a hip-hop record producer.
August 27, 2015
THE MOST horrifying piece of film many Philadelphians have ever seen involves Tampa Bay's Joe Jurevicius, running with the ball during an NFL playoff game. Not an Eagle defender in sight. For what seemed like hours. On the sidelines watching was Jurevicius' teammate, Tampa Bay defensive lineman Simeon Rice, enjoying what would be the key play in a devastating Eagles loss. Now, a decade later, he'd like to do Eagles fans a favor. Provide them with a film experience so terrifying, it will erase the memory of that other bloodcurdling horror show.
January 13, 2015 |
J ENNIFER HUDSON will make her Broadway debut in the fall when the musical "The Color Purple" returns. The Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner will play Shug Avery, a sultry blues singer, in the production, directed and designed by John Doyle , who received a director's Tony in 2006 for his own Broadway debut, "Sweeney Todd. " It's Hudson's first musical-theater role since her award-winning turn in the 2006 film "Dreamgirls. " Doyle opened his production of "The Color Purple" in 2013 in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
September 22, 2014 |
Hello there Hezekiah agreed to a double date with Leashia as a favor to a Villanova University football teammate, who was seeing a friend of hers. But from the moment in 1996 when she rode up on her bicycle for an introduction, he realized that actually, his friend had done him the favor. "I knew she was something special," he said. Then a sophomore, Hezekiah hadn't found much in common with many classmates. "I came from a very rough area (in San Bernardino, Calif.), and there were not a lot of minorities on campus," he said.
June 12, 2014 |
FAMED filmmaker John Carpenter is proud of his career and accomplishments, but sees no need to make things more complicated than they are. One of the myths that has taken on the aura of fact surrounding his classic "Halloween," which made both Jamie Lee Curtis and him stars, was that Carpenter was trying to draw an allegory to the dangers of casual sex. "No," Carpenter said recently by phone. "That's not why I made it. I made it for the same reason it resonates with people. " Which is?
July 19, 2013
WHEN TRANSIT cops yanked unarmed Oscar Grant from a BART train on New Years Eve 2008 and then restrained and killed him, the incident floored a young filmmaker named Ryan Coogler. It's not hard to see why - both Coogler and Grant are African-American, were born in 1986 and grew up in the Oakland area. "That could have been me, very easily," says Coogler, who followed the case through film school (the shooter did jail time, though not much), saw the protests, the rioting, the politicized rhetoric, and felt in his heart that the right movie would do more to illuminate Grant's story than any protest or argument or news account.
June 10, 2013 |
Brit Marling plays a spy in her taut new thriller The East - a woman working for an elite private intelligence agency who goes deep undercover, infiltrating a group of radical freegans that has been targeting giant energy companies and Big Pharma. But you could say that every one of Marling's roles - as Richard Gere's daughter in last year's Arbitrage , as Shia LeBeouf's romantic and investigative interest in The Company You Keep - is a form of deep cover.
April 17, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The prevailing image of Sam Beam, who makes music as Iron & Wine, is of an abundantly bearded man alone on stage with a guitar, whispering songs to take your breath away. That's how Beam made his entrance back in 2002 with his hushed debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle . And it's not too far off the tableau before us on a gorgeous March afternoon at the South by Southwest music festival, as shadows play upon the songwriter, and he stands under the outstretched arms of an enormous oak on the idyllic grounds of the Hotel Saint Cecilia.
December 28, 2012
BUCKET LIST ITEM achieved: Shake the hand of the man who wrote the best TV episode ever. The man turns out to be David Chase, so you think this is another genuflection from some "Sopranos" groupie. Not so. Chase, in his younger days, also wrote for "The Rockford Files," another great show, though less exalted. Turns out Chase, as I sort of suspected, authored my favorite episode. PI Jim Rockford gets stuck with a hippie client on the run from a fraudulent New Age cult. She frustrates the detective by answering questions with far-out non-sequiturs: "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"