July 29, 2016 |
What happens when some of Hollywood's sculpted, professionally toned bodies come to town? Over plates of grilled chicken, quinoa, and haricots verts, they talk about the obesity epidemic. Along with policy makers, physicians, and health advocates, a half-dozen screen stars attended an anti-obesity luncheon in Old City Wednesday, funded by drug company Novo Nordisk. The company, which has U.S. operations in Plainsboro, N.J., makes an injectable medication to treat obesity.
July 23, 2016 |
The Hollywood of the 1930s - swank watering holes, Deco manses, pristine beaches, roofs of Spanish tile - has never looked so good. If Woody Allen gets one thing right in Café Society , his 47th (!) feature, it's the hiring of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. But maybe even that was a mistake. Enlisting the director of photography of such seared-in-memory masterworks as Apocalypse Now and The Conformist only reinforces how forgettable just about everything, and everyone, in Café Society is/are.
July 15, 2016 |
WHEN YOUR life and livelihood are based on living in front of TV cameras, when is a question too personal? Teresa Giudice decided it was yesterday when she was live on Access Hollywood . According to People magazine, which must still have enough staff for people to watch daytime TV, co-host Dave Karger asked Teresa about the chances of her husband Joe being sent back to his native Italy at the end of his 41-month prison sentence. "Next question please," replied Teresa.
June 27, 2016 |
Adefining moment for me as a movie critic? Here's one. Up on screen is Goldie Hawn as Judy, the title figure in Private Benjamin (1980), a twice-wed, once-widowed Philadelphia princess who finds herself, both as a military strategist and as a woman. After Judy spends a blissful night with a male civilian, she reflects, "Now I know what I've been faking all these years. " When the audience erupts in laughter, I feel in my funny bone that a woman wrote that. (Her name: Nancy Meyers.
June 20, 2016 |
Steven Spielberg's The BFG , which debuted last month at Cannes and comes to theaters July 1, is an appropriately big adaptation of a characteristically strange Roald Dahl story, first published in 1982, about an orphan girl (played by the very-Dahlish sounding Ruby Barnhill) scooped up and taken away in the dead of night by a big friendly giant. The towering BFG takes the diminutive SLG (scared little girl?) clear across England to the land of giants, where she becomes less scared, and he becomes more open to the notions of friendship, feelings, and the benevolent power of the British monarchy.
April 8, 2016 |
WHEN ANSWERING questions about race, religion or gender, a little perspective is always a good thing. In an interview with Cosmopolitan , Scarlett Johansson talked about why she doesn't like to discuss the gender pay gap in Hollywood. "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Johansson said. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage . . . I think every woman has [been underpaid]
April 3, 2016 |
The stars are aligned. Music stars, that is. In one of those weird what's-going-on-here? Hollywood convergences, a quartet of biopics about jazz, pop, and country-and-western luminaries is playing on theater screens right now, or is about to be. And a spate of other song-driven bios is heading this way, with even more in development. Of course, music and movies have been intrinsically intertwined all the way back to 1927's pioneering talkie, The Jazz Singer , and music bios have been a staple of studio fare down through the decades (James Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story , Cary Grant as Cole Porter in Night and Day , Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in The Runaways )
January 9, 2016 |
The Golden Globes - airing at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC10 - don't matter. They're trivial, kind of stupid, and have little bearing on the entertainment industry. But that's what makes them so great. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - a shady group of individuals who don't actually seem to be a part of the foreign press - throw the best party of the year. Because it doesn't really matter. It's like Whose Line Is It Anyway? in that points are given out, but none counts.
November 30, 2015 |
TORONTO - Bryan Cranston had to play it big in Trumbo because, well, Dalton Trumbo was big. The Hollywood screenwriter, blacklisted in the late 1940s but determined to keep his family fed and clothed by cranking out screenplays under a cloak of pseudonyms, was a force to be reckoned with. He was bullish and voluble. He smoked. He drank. He was not shy with his opinions. "He was a very flamboyant man," Cranston said, "and I was concerned, because of the cigarette holder, because he had this lilt to his speech - he would go up and then he'd go down - and because of the bird on his shoulder.
November 3, 2015
ISSUE | MAUREEN O'HARA A Hollywood star The world has lost a beautiful, talented actress who entertained millions of moviegoers with films including The Hunchback of Notre Dame , The Quiet Man , and Miracle on 34th Street ("Maureen O'Hara, 95, leading lady and action figure," Sunday). There was a certain veracity in her acting that connected with the audience. For me, her spirited performance as John Candy's feisty mother in Only The Lonely was among her best.