July 29, 2016
THE REPUBLICAN National Convention was, despite conservative objections to the contrary, a dark affair. But to say that is not to be critical. To say that is to be practical, clear-eyed, and observant. Donald Trump earned his nomination by playing on the justified fears of his audience, Americans who had been served a steady diet of terror, bloodshed and angry protest both here and abroad. San Bernardino, Orlando, Nice, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Munich, St. Paul, Dallas. It was not just about ISIS, or Islamic jihad.
May 8, 2016 |
George Clooney and Julia Roberts spend a lot of time talking to each other in Money Monster - urgently, intimately, sometimes as though their lives depended on it. Which, in this taut hostage drama, happens to be the case. And yet, the two stars share the same physical space, the same frame, for only a few fleeting minutes at the beginning and end of the Jodie Foster-directed thriller. That's because Roberts' character, Patty Fenn, is a TV producer, in a control room full of consoles and monitors, engineers, and assistants.
February 28, 2016 |
Jennifer Garner opens up I'm still trying to get my head around the idea of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being apart. But it's a done deal, and, so far, the earth hasn't spun out of its orbit. Four months after announcing their shockingly amicable split, Garner, 43, opens up about the sad episode in a chat with Vanity Fair. First, she wants us all to know the marriage didn't end because of Nannygate - Ben's affair with Christine Ouzounian , who took care of the actors' kids, Violet , 10; Seraphina , 7; and Sam , 4. "We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny," Garner tells the mag. "She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce.
February 16, 2016 |
11.22.63. Monday, Hulu. His character in Hulu's new Stephen King series 11.22.63 is a time-traveler, but James Franco is in no hurry himself to take leave of the 21st century. "There are great things about the past, and there are horrible things about the past. I was probably born in the right time," Franco told a small group of reporters last month after a Hulu news conference. He's probably right. It's hard to imagine a movie star in the early '60s — where Franco's Jake Epping goes in 11.22.63 to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — would have made the kind of career choices the 37-year-old Franco occasionally has, including a longtime recurring role on the daytime soap General Hospital, and the recent agreement to remake the 1996 Tori Spelling movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger for Lifetime.
December 21, 2015 |
Alicia Vikander pulled off a rare coup two Thursdays ago. That's when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 2016 Golden Globes, and the 27-year-old Swede heard her name - twice. Vikander was nominated in the best actress in a drama category for her turn as artist and illustrator Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl . She'll be competing (if you want to call it that) against Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, both for Carol , Brie Larson for Room , and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn . Vikander also was named in the supporting actress lineup for her eerie and compelling work as a sentient robot in Ex Machina . Her fellow candidates: Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight , Helen Mirren for Trumbo , Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs , and Jane Fonda for Youth . Not bad for an actress who made her feature debut - in the Swedish drama Pure - just five years ago. Interviewed in September when she and her leading-man-turned-lady, Eddie Redmayne, debuted The Danish Girl at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vikander obviously couldn't have anticipated the Golden Globes (or a possible repeat when the Academy Award nominations are announced next month)
November 13, 2015 |
Adele the movie star?! Adele tells a British radio show her experience making her "Hello" video has inspired her to seek work as an actor. The vid was directed by acclaimed Canadian helmer Xavier Dolan ( Mommy ). "I'm sure I'll get some flak for this," Adele, 27, says, "but I actually would like to act after working with Xavier. I would be in a film for him, definitely. " Colbert is Super Bowl icing Former Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert has nabbed one of the most coveted spots in the history of all visual media since Michelangelo left that little space open between God and Adam's fingers on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
November 10, 2015 |
SARAH SILVERMAN was in a good mood and ready to give the Daily News her A-game interview material. "I've just been very aloof and giving one word answers until now," she said, when the Daily News entered her press room at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this fall. Silverman stars in "I Smile Back," a heavy, heavy drama about a drug-addicted suburban housewife who can't get out of her own way when it comes to living her own life and living with her family.
November 2, 2015 |
Wives and mothers beaten by police on Parliament Square. Seamstresses and shop workers carted off to jail. Women, wealthy and working-class alike, condemned by the government and made mockery of in the press for simply insisting they deserved the right to vote. "These things all really did happen," Carey Mulligan is saying, as though, even now, a century after the events depicted in Suffragette , she senses there still are disbelievers out there. Set in London in the years before World War I, Suffragette - playing now at the Ritz Five - follows Mulligan's Maud Watts, a laundry worker, a wife, a mother, who experiences a political awakening and becomes part of a group of female activists fighting, quite literally, for the chance to cast a vote.
September 17, 2015 |
Former Eagle Jeremiah Trotter never wanted to star in a movie - even after he had agreed to do so. But a friend of his working on The North Star , the story of two escaped slaves who make their way to Bucks County, was persistent, and Trotter found himself in front of the camera. The North Star premieres Thursday at the Kimmel Center before opening at the County Theater, Penn Cinema, and Newtown Theater on Friday for its first regular run. Director Thomas K. Phillips, a Bucks native, also is launching an educational component to the film.
October 9, 2014 |
TORONTO - Before Robert Downey Jr. was Iron Man, his being Iron Man would have been inconceivable. Before "Iron Man" in 2008, Downey had been acting in movies for 25 years and had never top-lined a major hit. His biggest box-office movie was "Back to School," starring Rodney Dangerfield. His second biggest hit: "Bowfinger," starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. No. 3? "The Shaggy Dog," starring Tim Allen. Downey had always been an actor of great range and promise, but he was best-known for his drug habit, and he was hardly a movie star.