May 19, 2013
Condensed from Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson's reviews, unless noted otherwise. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. J.J. Abrams' crackerjack resurrection of the franchise continues with an entertaining, fast-moving installment that stays true to the essential yin and yang between Kirk and Spock. Trekkies will love it. (PG-13) B+ KON-TIKI. Dramatization of Thor Heyerdahl's historic 1947 raft voyage gets big-screen treatment. It's a handsome, old-fashioned adventure that's lavishly photographed, with some of the at-sea image magic of "Life of Pi. " (PG-13)
April 29, 2013 |
Contrary to the Mayan calendar, which had Dec. 21, 2012, penciled in as the day everything was to go ka-boom, we're all still all here. But at the movies, the apocalypse is now. Take a look through the films premiering between next weekend - when Iron Man 3 explodes on a zillion screens, kick-starting Hollywood's summer season - and Labor Day weekend. Doom and gloom are everywhere, from global holocaust to alien invasions to putting Jay Gatsby and Jay-Z in the same movie.
April 22, 2013 |
Bill Clinton inspired some dour looks Saturday when he was awarded the first-ever "Advocate for Change Award" at the GLAAD Media Awards, which honors "inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. " Some fans were perturbed because it was under the Clinton administration that came the Defense of Marriage Act - which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage - and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Mary Steenburgen defended Clinton.
January 8, 2013 |
M ARK WAHLBERG and director Allen Hughes will be in town Tuesday to attend a red-carpet screening of their new film, "Broken City," at 7 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut). Mayor Nutter and Greater Philadelphia Film Office chief Sharon Pinkenson will introduce the pair and make a special presentation to Wahlberg, who has shot several films in the area, including "Invincible," "The Lovely Bones" and "Shooter. If you'd like to attend, email your name and phone number to Philly@43KIX.com . A limited amount of free tickets remain.
April 6, 2012 |
If Titanic was James Cameron's meditation on the limits of technology, his new 3-D conversion underscores the point, to a fault. The conversion was expensive - at $18 million, it cost more to make than this year's Oscar winner ( The Artist , $15 million). And it was ambitious and exacting in the Cameron tradition - he sent bids out all over the world for the best technology, and asked companies to "audition" for the job by converting the same piece of footage. The winning firm spent a reported 60 weeks working round the clock to bring the new 3-D Titanic to theaters ahead of the 100th anniversary of its sinking, April 15. The result?
February 12, 2012 |
Leonardo DiCaprio likes his coffee smooth - a light roast, nectar-like, no bitterness. Just ask Todd Carmichael and Jean-Philippe Iberti, who spent more than a year perfecting a blend to suit the palate of the Hollywood star. The founding partners of La Colombe, the Philadelphia-based roastery with cafés here and in New York and Chicago, paid repeated visits to DiCaprio's West Hollywood abode to brew him single-batch roasts and to test blends, working to come up with a new La Colombe label that would bear DiCaprio's signature.
January 11, 2012 |
In The Iron Lady , opening Friday, Meryl Streep is Margaret Thatcher. Not only does the actress - renowned for her command of accents - get the combative cadences of the former British prime minister just right, she nails the gestures, the comportment, too. Certain to be nominated for a best-actress Oscar, Streep's performance - like her Julia Child, her Lindy Chamberlain ("the dingo ate my baby") - goes beyond mimicry to become art. Streep transforms. How exactly does she do it?
November 11, 2011 |
LEONARDO DICAPRIO is one of more than 30 actors to play J. Edgar Hoover, whose shrouded life makes him a tough target for actors. The list includes Bob Hoskins, Jack Warden, Ned Beatty, and Treat Williams. Ernest Borgnine played him twice. So did Broderick Crawford, once on "Saturday Night Live. " Over time, Hoover portrayals have become less reverential - the propaganda of "The FBI Story" (1959) gave way to the gossipy Hoover vs. Kennedy soap opera of several TV miniseries in the 1970s and '80s.
August 3, 2011 |
The Prince of Bel-Air is still royalty in Hollywood, as a new moneymaker list and an Architectural Digest cover story make clear. Will Smith, the West Philadelphia rapper-turned-movie star, hasn't headlined a box office hit in more than two years, but he still was the fourth highest paid actor last year, according to Forbes.com. His $35 million haul, though, included his signing bonus for doing Men in Black III , his agents vs. aliens action-comedy due out next May. While shooting scenes in New York this spring, Smith made headlines because residents objected to his hogging street space with his gigantic personal trailer - and a second one for his gym. He moved them to a private lot at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's request.