August 15, 2014 |
"THE GIVER" is a bit of a dud on-screen, and we might have seen it coming - writing about an emotionless society is one thing, filming one is quite another. The movie is drawn from Lois Lowry's popular and influential novel of tweens growing up in an authoritarian society where citizens take a daily injection of drugs to dull their feelings. More disturbingly, leaders of the blandly named "Community" come up with Orwellian language to describe the actions they take to maintain rigid uniformity - troublesome infants and burdensome elderly are released and removed to "elsewhere" via lethal injection, shown in graphic detail in one particularly gruesome scene.
March 11, 2014 |
FRED DILGER was a big-time residential designer in Manhattan and Atlanta when, he said, "You get to the end of the rainbow and you ask, 'Is this all there is?' I wanted something more. " Seven years ago, he found that something. He suddenly gave up his career and all his worldly possessions to become a Franciscan friar in Kensington, living among and feeding the poor. At St. Francis Inn, the core team of Franciscan friars, nuns and lay staff served 151,699 hot meals last year to the neighborhood's most desperately poor men, women and children.
February 10, 2014 |
THE WEEK WAS marked by the sad, stunning news of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman 's tragic death and the subsequent outpouring of emotion - along with some lesser celebrity goings-on. Yesterday A private funeral was held for Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, the same church that hosted the funerals of Aaliyah and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis . Among the mourners, Cate Blanchett , Spike Lee , Joaquin Phoenix and Meryl Streep , the New York Daily News reported.
February 9, 2014 |
Stars mourn Hoffman Hollywood and Broadway royalty showed up in force Friday to mourn Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at a funeral service at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Hoffman, 46, died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. Paul Thomas Anderson , who directed Hoffman in three films, Boogie Nights , Magnolia , and The Master , delivered a eulogy, as did Cate Blanchett and Spike Lee . "Phil was a lovely guy, a great artist," said Lee, who directed Hoffman in The 25th Hour . Playwright Jose Rivera , whose work has been produced by Hoffman's LAByrinth Theatre Company, said Hoffman "left an enormous amount of love behind.
January 10, 2014 |
"AUGUST: OSAGE County" is in its own way a feel-good movie, in that it's bound to make you feel good about your own family, especially post-holiday. Did you get through the season without knocking your mother to the floor and informing her that you are now in charge? Well, then you have a healthier relationship than Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in "AOC," a sort of MMA (mixed-martial acting) cage match between the two Oscar-winning Hollywood titans. Some of this takes the form of an actual brawl, but it also expresses itself as an extreme awards-season performance pitch (Roberts and Streep will compete for a Golden Globe on Sunday evening)
December 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Julia Roberts has a line in August: Osage County , the all-star adaptation of the Tracy Letts ' Pulitzer Prize winner, that sums up the cheery worldview on display in this dysfunctional family free-for-all. "Thank God we can't tell the future," Roberts' character, the oldest and seemingly most together of the three Weston sisters, sighs. "We'd never get out of bed. " "That was really the one line of mine that just knocks you out," Roberts says. "Because it's so true, and it's so heartbreaking.
October 6, 2012 |
Comic, actor, writer, director, and producer Mel Brooks , who is one of only 14 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, will be given the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, the AFI announced Friday. Brooks, 86, is the 41st recipient of the honor, which has gone to such Hollywood legends as Orson Welles , Bette Davis , Elizabeth Taylor , Steven Spielberg , Meryl Streep , and Morgan Freeman . The award gala will air in late June on TNT and Turner Classic Movies.
August 8, 2012
Directed by David Frankel. With Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and MGM. Running time: 1 hour, 39 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (sexual candor) Playing at: area theaters
February 29, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Shortly after Meryl Streep beat out Viola Davis for the lead actress Academy Award on Sunday night, Disney / ABC Television President Anne Sweeney bumped into Octavia Spencer, Davis' co-star in "The Help. " Sweeney was overheard in an elevator leaving the awards telling Spencer that she was "upset. I feel bad for Viola," Sweeney said. Spencer, who had just won an Oscar herself for supporting actress, asked Sweeney how she thought the upset had happened. "I have my theories," the executive said, without elaborating.
February 28, 2012
THE BEST OF OUR BLOGS Gary Thompson Keep it reel Meryl Streep's upset of Viola Davis ruined my otherwise perfect Oscar scorecard, and apparently many others' as well. An overnight Fandango poll showed fans thought the Davis snub was by far the night's biggest - 51 percent chose it over the George Clooney loss to [Jean] Dujardin (17 percent) and "Bridesmaids" best original screenplay loss to Woody Allen (10 percent). Davis backers may have an argument. I don't think Davis had a great deal of help in "The Help.