July 6, 2015 |
One night last week in a tiny Thai-Laotian eatery in Belfast, Maine, a Penobscot Bay town with a thriving boatyard, a lobster pound, and a family-owned movie theater dating to 1912, the talk was all Jurassic World and Inside Out . Both were playing at the Colonial up on High Street, and every table in the Laan-Xang Cafe (all four of them, with a hard rain wiping out its deck business) was buzzing about genetically engineered dinosaurs and Pixar-engineered emotions. Then, the waitress asked whether anyone had seen Melissa McCarthy's Spy , and a trio working on soup and noodles started parsing Love & Mercy and Paul Dano's performance as the young Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
June 19, 2015 |
Saldana and sexism Hollywood may be filled with Lefties, but it's still a big-money industry and rare is the industry that treats its workers as anything more than cogs in a machine. New mother of twins Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek," "Avatar," "Guardians of the Galaxy," the upcoming "Infinitely Polar Bear") spoke with USA Today about the response she got when she told her bosses she was pregnant. "The productions I was slated to work on sort of had a panic," she said.
May 8, 2015 |
DANNY TREJO may be best known for playing the lead in the "Machete" film franchise, but he has had a long and memorable career. "I've worked with Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Amber Heard and - oh, yeah - Amber Heard," Trejo said, with a laugh. Trejo has made a career out of playing hyper-masculine, tough characters at a time when many complain that Hollywood's leading men have gotten soft. "I like the way Robert Rodriguez works," Trejo says of the director he has worked with on numerous films.
May 7, 2015 |
AS BURT Reynolds mingles with fans at Wizard World Philadelphia this week - his first-ever Wizard World Comic Con - the geek speak is likely to center around what might have been. He might have been Han Solo. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas queried him about the job, but Reynolds turned it down and instead made "Smokey and the Bandit," a hit in its own right. "I saw the director, and we talked about it, but I wasn't really enthusiastic about it," said Reynolds, speaking from his home in Florida.
April 22, 2015 |
A proposed park alongside Pitman's Broadway Theatre is getting a boost from Hollywood. Don Wildman, the witty and literate host of the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum series, is helping raise money to transform a forlorn portion of Theatre Avenue into an outdoor gathering spot called Theatre Plaza. "You grow up in a town like Pitman and you're bonded to it for life," said Wildman, 54, who visited the borough Saturday to make a video that will promote the project online and perhaps on cable TV. "Pitman is the foundation of everything I'm interested in. " Wildman moved to Pitman as a 4-year-old in 1965 and recalls seeing The Poseidon Adventure and other hits on the Broadway's big screen.
March 31, 2015 |
EMMY AWARD-winning actress and comedian Vicki Lawrence was in town last week doing interviews and made the Daily News her first media stop. It was also her birthday, and at age 66 she looks as beautiful and energetic as ever. The former "Mama's Family" jokester was promoting awareness of chronic idiopathic urticaria, or CIU, a form of chronic hives having no known cause, with which she was diagnosed four years ago. "I woke up with my hands itching one morning, and I said to my husband, 'I want to jump off the balcony into the bay,' 'cause that sounds good - the cold water," Lawrence told me Thursday.
February 26, 2015 |
This is the ballad of Joseph Frank and Frank Joseph. The Tartaglia brothers. Sons of the Italian Market. Joe's gone. He passed. And now, Frankie's leaving Ninth Street. He doesn't want to spend his life on the block. He wants to chase his dreams - give it one more shot. He's going to Los Angeles to try to make it in the movies. His flight leaves Monday. "I got a lot of fear," Frankie said the other night at his Ninth Street music space, Connie's Ric Rac. "Part of it has to do with my brother, and part of it - I've just got to try again.
December 18, 2014
THE FUN WE'RE all having reading the embarrassing emails of Hollywood big shots is tempered by the fact that we really shouldn't be seeing them at all. The hacked Sony emails arise (very probably) from an attack by a foreign government. It's (very probably) a form a terrorism, it's illegal and death threats have been made, and that's unacceptable. Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said as much recently when he labeled as "morally treasonous" and "spectacularly dishonorable" anyone who publishes the emails.
August 14, 2014
HOLLYWOOD LOST one of its last links to cinema's Golden Age yesterday with the passing of Lauren Bacall, a name that might leave film-deprived millennials scratching their heads. She died of a stroke at her New York home at age 89, and when the news reached my house, a teenager who lives there said, "Who?" Well, young'uns, go on YouTube and search for Bacall in "To Have and Have Not," her debut role back in 1945. See if you can find a scene of the actress asking Humphrey Bogart if he knows how to whistle.
May 25, 2014 |
On May 6, 2010, a 15-year-old boy named Oriel died of diphtheria in Haiti. Normally, the world would not have noticed. But the boy was living in a refugee camp managed by the actor Sean Penn. With the listless teenager in his sinewy arms, Penn had spent hours, rushing from hospital to hospital in the capital of Port-au-Prince, searching for the antitoxin that would save Oriel's life. It was found too late. Shortly after the boy was taken off life support, Penn appeared on CNN, expressing outrage about the many factors that led to his death.