July 17, 2015 |
For much of her Broadway and film career, Idina Menzel - who, amazingly, is on her first major solo tour - has been a star, but a star at a certain remove. Her first professional theater gig, the 1995 sensation Rent , was an era-defining, bare-bones musical with frank talk about AIDS. That got more ink than Menzel's big solo, "No Day But Today. " When she got to Broadway again as Elphaba in 2003's Wicked , with its soaring signature song, "Defying Gravity," the "full-volume soprano" (as the New York Times' Stephen Holden called her)
December 15, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's chief justice took a swipe Saturday at embattled Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, saying some information made public by her office about a 2009 investigation was covered by state secrecy laws. Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille told reporters that some of the documents in question constituted grand jury material, which would be confidential. Kane, the subject of a grand jury leak inquiry, has acknowledged releasing material but has argued that she did nothing illegal, that she would prevail in the inquiry and win reelection.
November 20, 2014 |
THE SUN shone brightly in eastern Pennsylvania yesterday, a dazzling change from the Monday-morning hangover weather: endless clouds and drizzle, brought, perhaps, by the rainmaker passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers. By yesterday the region was well into recovery from post-Packers malaise; buoyed, perhaps, by a thrilling Steelers win in Nashville against the team that visits Philadelphia on Sunday. Yesterday might have been bright, but it was bone-chilling; a fitting circumstance, considering the cold reality that confronts the Eagles as they come down the homestretch.
June 13, 2014 |
IN "THE SIGNAL," tech-savvy college kids on a cross-country road trip take a detour to confront the Internet troll who's been taunting them. This sidetrack leads them to the middle of nowhere, and to a sinister rural shack inhabited by . . . the Blair Witch? Leatherface? I'd say that you're guess is as good as mine, but it's not, since I've seen "The Signal," and I know what awaits these kids. But I can't tell you, can't even hint at it, because the movie's shift in direction is so radical, its surprises deserve to be preserved.
May 2, 2014 |
T ESS GERRITSEN , the author of the Rizzoli & Isles book series, as well as a number of best-selling suspense novels, filed suit against Warner Bros. on Tuesday, reports TheWrap.com, claiming that the studio based its hit film "Gravity" on her novel. Her book was also called "Gravity" and Warner's New Line subsidiary bought the rights to it in 1999. Gerritsen is seeking 2.5 percent of the film's net profit, according to the New York Times . The author claims that her agreement with Warner promised her a "based upon" credit, if the movie were produced.
March 11, 2014 |
* BELIEVE. 10 tonight, NBC10. Moves to 9 p.m. Sundays next week. TV DIRECTORS sometimes complain that they don't get the recognition - or clout - of their big-screen counterparts. That shouldn't be a problem for Alfonso Cuaron, the Oscar-winning director of "Gravity," whose new TV show, "Believe," premieres tonight on NBC following "The Voice" (after which, yes, "The Blacklist" will return to Mondays and "Believe" moves to Sundays). Because curiosity about what he'd do for a TV show may draw even viewers who weren't already watching "The Voice" (or tuning in expecting to see James Spader)
March 4, 2014 |
12 Years a Slave , the tough, true tale of a free black man abducted and sold into slavery in the 1840s South and a film that fearlessly explores the horrors of what has been termed America's Holocaust, won three Oscars, including the ultimate prize, best picture, at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night. But it was Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity , the five-years-in-the-making 3D space saga starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts helplessly ricocheting around in Earth's orbit, that landed the most Oscars of the night - seven - sweeping the technical awards and claiming the director, cinematography, editing and original score prizes, too. Cuarón won his first Oscar in the editing department (with co-editor Mark Sanger)
January 28, 2014 |
'Gravity' heads skyward Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for Gravity Saturday night, giving the lost-in-space saga an edge on the journey to the Oscars. In the recent bustle of Hollywood honors, Gravity , David O. Russell 's con-artist caper American Hustle , and Steve McQueen 's historical epic 12 Years a Slave had been competing in the tightest three-way Oscar race in years. But Cuaron's film now has the upper hand, and with 10 Oscar nominations, is likely to be the biggest overall winner on March 2. American Hustle also has 10 nominations, but in tougher, more competitive races than Gravity 's mainly craft nods.
January 18, 2014 |
Two very different American stories - American Hustle , about con artists, greedy pols and an FBI sting, and 12 Years a Slave , about a free black man abducted and sold into slavery - were among the big winners as nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning in Beverly Hills. Leading the pack with 10 nominations apiece were David O. Russell's freewheeling take on the polyester-era Abscam scandal, American Hustle , and Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space suspenser, Gravity . 12 Years a Slave , a searing slice of pre-Civil War history, received nine Oscar nods.