November 9, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Joel McHale; actress Cheryl Hines. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Adam Sandler; Peter Gabriel performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35, NBC10) - Actor Kelsey Grammer; actress Sarah Hyland; Andrea Bocelli. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12 a.m., ABC6) - Robert Pattinson; Freida Pinto; Thompson Square performs.
October 19, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Nine women were honored at the annual Women in Hollywood event, yet two in particular stole the show. Viola Davis surprised her fellow honorees and an audience of Hollywood insiders Monday night by announcing she had adopted a baby girl. And Barbra Streisand was repeatedly credited by fellow honorees such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Evan Rachel Wood, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts, and Davis with being the inspiration for their success. It was a lovefest that continued through the evening at the 18th annual celebration of the industry's leading ladies sponsored by Elle magazine at the Four Seasons Hotel.
July 27, 2012 |
What a fabulous idea, to transpose Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy's tale of manners and morals in 19th-century England - to modern-day India. The trip from Hardy's fictional Wessex to Rajasthan and Mumbai - where class mobility, tradition, and globalization clash with dizzying vividness - presents a tantalizing opportunity to infuse the classic with new verve, color, and relevance. In the case of Trishna, the enterprise is even more promising because it has been written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, one of the most protean and inventive filmmakers working today (and one who knows his way around Hardy, having adapted The Mayor of Casterbridge and Jude the Obscure )
March 12, 2011 |
The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance has announced an opening-night doubleheader for Philadelphia's 2011 CineFest that includes the family-friendly Exporting Raymond - a documentary about Phillip Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond , as he hits a culture-shock wall in his efforts to oversee a Russian version of the TV show - and The Catechism Cataclysm , a midnight-movie mash-up of biblical themes and rock-and-roll set on a river...
April 1, 2011 |
Any film as politically specific as Miral needs to be addressed on two levels, as a movie and as, from a certain viewpoint, a polemic. If a viewer can separate one from the other - and some may not - there's an intense, novelistic drama here. In 1948 Palestine, following the implementing of the United Nations' two-state solution, social worker Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass) takes in 55 Palestinian orphans displaced by military action. Almost by accident, she starts a girls' orphanage and school.
November 21, 2008 |
It doesn't happen often, but when it does, look out: a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great. Slumdog Millionaire, the epic yarn of a Mumbai street urchin who grows up and goes on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - and then keeps getting the answers right, one stunner after another - is that movie. It's exhilarating. It's life-affirming. (Am I gushing enough?) It's about true love and destiny, about raging poverty and vast wealth, about the global powerhouse that is India in the 21st century.
October 8, 2010 |
Among the bleaker and more laughless of Woody Allen endeavors, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger begins with a narrator paraphrasing Macbeth : "Shakespeare said life is full of sound and fury, and in the end signified nothing. " And in the end, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger signifies pretty much nothing, too. Revisiting ideas and issues that Allen has kept in heavy rotation for decades - infidelity, death, art, the allure of youth - his 44th (44th!) film has been shot (pristinely, by Vilmos Zsigmond)
February 21, 2009 |
A photo of a battered Rihanna The Los Angeles Police Department is beside itself over a photo purportedly of Barbadian singer Rihanna apparently taken the night a complaint of domestic violence was lodged against rapper Chris Brown. The heartrending photo surfaced Thursday on TMZ.com. It shows a woman who appears to be Rihanna, her badly swollen face covered with welts and cuts. The picture appears to have been taken during an official investigation. If so, and if it was leaked by an LAPD member, consequences could be dire, including, the department says, "termination.