February 1, 2014 |
Into the sad, shut-in life of Adele Wheeler, the tremulous single mom played by Kate Winslet in Labor Day , comes a man. A strong, hushed, handsome man. He's handy around the house. He knows how to dance. He can cook chili and make breakfast. He teaches Adele's 13-year-old boy, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), how to play baseball. And he has an awesome recipe for peach pie. The fact that Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) is also an escaped convict, imprisoned for killing someone, may complicate matters a bit. But hey, you take what you can get. Labor Day is a strange, strangely compelling romance - one minute it's Harlequin bodice-ripper, the next it's Jim Thompson pulp.
January 21, 2014 |
What a difference two decades make. In 1993, Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing seemed like a fairy tale of two gay teens finding love and acceptance in the violent, addiction-plagued public housing of London's working-class suburbs. Twenty-one years later, Mauckingbird's uneven production treats Beautiful Thing like an after-school special. In director Peter Reynolds' production, truant Jamie (Griffin Back), popular athlete Ste (Kevin Murray) and dropout Leah (Sofie Yavorsky)
December 20, 2013 |
THERE'S A compelling scene in the documentary film "Caucus," released last month, when pollsters for the Des Moines Register lay out their conclusions to the newspaper's editors just before the 2012 Iowa caucus. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is neck and neck with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney after spending the first two-thirds of the film coming off as an also-ran candidate, losing the attention game to a field of sizzle-then-fizzle competitors such as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann , former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich , Texas Gov. Rick Perry and radio host Herman Cain . The newspaper's top editor, stunned, asks, "Jesus, could he win this Tuesday night?"
November 8, 2013 |
WHEN TEEN and tween girls are looking for a role model, there's no reason to gravitate to over-the-top booty-shaking, half-naked pop stars. Maybe they should try Saoirse Ronan. Yes, her name is hard to spell (it's pronounced sear-sha), but the Oscar-nominated 19-year-old Irish star has quite an impressive body of work ("Atonement," "The Lovely Bones," "Hanna") to go with her winning, wisecracking personality and a great accent. Ronan can presently be seen as Daisy in "How I Live Now" and the Daily News caught up with her in September when the film played the Toronto International Film Festival.
October 15, 2013 |
"This is a true story. It's a love story - our love story. " That story is Blink by Phil Porter, being given its U.S. premiere by Inis Nua Theatre Company. And that's the trouble: It's a short story, "true" or not, not a play. Its two characters speak almost entirely to us. They sit, inexplicably, at desks, inexplicably shoeless, and narrate the chapters of their odd romance. Despite director Tom Reing's attempts to give the actors stuff to do, much of which seems awkward, Blink lacks theatricalization.
September 27, 2013 |
Nicholas Sparks is a poet of the bourgeois heart. A master technician who crashed onto the scene with 1996's mega-seller The Notebook , he carefully calibrates his love stories to appeal to middle-class women and men yearning for the ultimate consumerist fantasy - true love. A love so pure, it transcends crass materialism and transfigures our otherwise humdrum existence. Powerful opium, indeed. And we're hooked. The North Carolina author's first 16 novels have sold 90 million copies worldwide in more than 50 languages.
September 20, 2013
THINK Jane Austen and you think Pride and Prejudice , right? Not if you're director Kathryn MacMillan . While she is an Austen fan right down the line, "P&P" is, at best, a runner-up. For her, it's all about "Emma. " "It was the first thing I ever read and it's still my favorite," offered McMillan, who last night saw her version of "Emma" launch its six-week run at Center City's Lantern Theater with the first of five nights of previews. "I'm a big fan of all her writing, but 'Emma' is my favorite.
August 2, 2013 |
All the principals in the Simon Cowell - Lauren Silverman - Andrew Silverman love (or merely lust, it's unclear) triangle are keeping schtum about the sordid affair that reportedly has left Lauren 10 weeks pregnant with Simon's child . . . and Andrew, 37, foaming at the mouth. Simon, 53, didn't find out Lauren, 36, was pregnant until July 10, the New York Post and New York Daily News report. He was then hit with news that Andrew named him as a co-respondent in divorce papers he filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on July 15. Andrew's petition cites that dread scarlet-letter word, adultery . If the case reaches court, Simon may have to testify about the affair.
May 28, 2013 |
CANNES, France - In the end, it was all very civil, according to Steven Spielberg, president of the 66th Cannes Film Festival jury, characterizing the decision to award the Palme d'Or to the French love story Blue is the Warmest Color : The Life of Adele over the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis . The latter took the Grand Prix, a runner-up prize, for the Coens, who were not present for the ceremony but whose long shadow has been...
May 28, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary - but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn't have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman.