April 5, 2011 |
WHEN JOHN Carpenter made the sci-fi hit "Starman" in 1984, the pinnacle of his Hollywood success, he may have been telling a little of his own story. One that began in western Kentucky, where his family moved from New York state when he was 5. This was the early 1950s, a conservative time, and Kentucky was to Carpenter a conservative place. "We were a Yankee family in the South, strangers in a strange land. To me, this was a crazy, Bible Belt place. They didn't understand me, and I didn't understand them," said Carpenter, who'll be honored Monday by the Philadelphia Cinefest with its Phantasmagoria award.
March 6, 2011 |
George Nolfi , the man behind the just-released Matt Damon - Emily Blunt thriller The Adjustment Bureau , graduated from a different kind of film school than most folks in the business. There's no name or campus, and the admissions policy is highly selective. It does help to have written a few screenplays - say, an espionage action franchise, maybe ( The Bourne Ultimatum ), or one of those cool A-list heist pics ( Ocean's Twelve ). "I had a couple of really big advantages," concedes Nolfi, who has degrees in public policy (Princeton)
November 11, 2010 |
At the Toronto International Film Festival, members of the media interview people from all over the world, but it's rare to interview them while they still have their luggage. Gareth Edwards was at TIFF to talk about his new movie, "Monsters" (opening tomorrow), and the Daily News caught up with him in the bar at the Hyatt Hotel, moments after he'd arrived from London. Fortunately, Edwards was able to sleep on his flight. With "Monsters" appearing in so many festivals, he's become accustomed to snoozing on planes.
August 6, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Hollywood has always been madly in love with its boy wonders. Everyone knows the stories behind how Orson Welles made "Citizen Kane" at 26 and how Steven Spielberg directed "Duel," his breakthrough TV movie, at 24. But in reality, when it comes to Hollywood success, there have always been the tortoises as well as the hares. The tortoises just don't end up being splashed on the covers of magazines as often. A textbook case for the tortoise school of success is Jay Roach, director of the comedy "Dinner for Schmucks.
August 4, 2009 |
Georgie Roland went to L.A. to learn moviemaking, but he came home to small-town Pennsylvania to finish his film education. In the hardscrabble hills of northeastern Pennsylvania, Roland would shed the influence of Hollywood and teach himself how to tell stories about the way people really live. The result was The Town That Was, a documentary about the strange history of Centralia, Pa., a once-thriving mining town in Columbia County that sits atop an underground coal fire that has smoldered since 1962.
August 1, 2007 |
Michelangelo Antonioni, the Italian filmmaker celebrated for his enigmatic 1966 masterpiece, Blow-Up, died at his home in Rome on Monday only hours after the passing of his Swedish counterpart, Ingmar Bergman. Mr. Antonioni was 94. During his heyday in the '60s the Ferrara-born director, whose major theme was the spiritual poverty of the wealthy, was known for his ravishingly beautiful studies of alienation that often had the effect of alienating audiences. Mr. Antonioni's stark trilogy of ennui - L'Avventura (1960)
February 25, 2005 |
It's been six years in the making, but Philadelphia filmmaker Rel Dowdell will finally premiere his debut, Train Ride, his straight-to-video feature film, tonight at International House. Dowdell, 31, a graduate of Central High and Fisk University, was the first African American to win the short-subject grand prize, for Train Ride, at Boston University's film school. Dowdell teaches screenwriting at Philadelphia Community College and Boston University. Question: What were your favorite movies growing up?
December 10, 2004 |
Novelist Norman Mailer has always been audacious in his endeavors, as shown by his 1970 cinema-verite thriller Maidstone. Maidstone was Mailer's third film, part of a project to destroy Hollywood by making movies using multiple cameras simultaneously filming improvised scenes based on bare outlines. His plan was to later edit the hours of film into coherence, much as he would write a novel. The film was shot in the Hamptons on Long Island over four days in the violence-haunted summer of 1968, with a cast of socialites, amateurs and actors, including Rip Torn and Harris Yulin.
October 6, 2004 |
A nonprofit corporation has purchased the tattered but still grand 1925 Bryn Mawr Theater, in hopes of replicating the success of restored art houses in towns such as Doylestown and Ambler. Renamed the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the reborn movie palace will be half-theater, half-school, institute president Juliet Goodfriend said at a news conference yesterday. It will show first-run independent and foreign films similar to those at Center City's Ritz Theatres. It will also provide education programs in filmmaking and cinema analysis for students at local colleges, Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Villanova, as well as classes for children in grade school.
August 9, 2003 |
Charges that Cinekyd film school founder Robert J. Clark Jr. spanked and corrupted children grew yesterday as police filed more than a dozen accusations. An expanded affidavit recorded with the Hatboro court of District Justice Paul N. Leo outlined complaints against Clark from 17 people. Former students, their parents, and even social workers who said they had treated people traumatized by Clark's alleged behavior were included. One of them - a man who said he was a Cinekyd student in the mid-1970s - said Clark had sexually molested him 20 times.