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.
May 2, 2003 |
Unlike other directors of movies based on comic books, Bryan Singer has never been a big fan of the genre. As a kid, he preferred Captain Kirk to Captain America. Yet the boyish director from Princeton Township, N.J., helped turn superheroes into a serious business for Hollywood three years ago, when his "X-Men" surprised everyone and earned huge box-office bucks, grossing $54 million on its opening weekend. Singer likes to think it's because he focused on the human side of the "X-Men" stories.
September 22, 2000 |
These are tough times for Hollywood - revenue is down, movies are bad, and D.C. politicians are hammering studios for pitching sleaze to kids. To politicians, the industry has responded with outraged denunciations of creeping censorship and indignant expressions of their First Amendment freedoms. It would be far easier to sympathize with their position if we didn't routinely have to sit through crap gobs like "Urban Legends: Final Cut. " Here's a movie that represents precisely what Washington says is wrong with Hollywood - a trashy production whose only purpose is to offer up grotesque R-rated violence to a teen audience.