March 8, 2013
THERE'S an actor going around saying that Terrence Howard can be difficult to work with. And it's Terrence Howard. It seems a harsh thing for Howard to say about Howard, given that he's perhaps the most employed actor in Hollywood - in the last three years he's made 12 movies, 16 episodes of "Law and Order L.A. " and one of "Hawaii Five-O," because a guy needs a vacation. To boot, he has an interesting slate of upcoming movies (his thriller "Dead Man Down" opens Friday). He's just wrapped his contribution to "The Butler," directed by Philly native Lee Daniels, the big-buzz story of an African-American butler (Forest Whitaker)
February 12, 2013 |
There was thievery this weekend at the box office, with Identity Thief stealing the No. 1 spot. Starring Jason Bateman , Jon Favreau , and Melissa McCarthy , director Seth Gordon 's R-rated road comedy was eviscerated by critics, but it raked in $36.6 mil in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates. The Wackness helmer Jonathan Levine 's Warm Bodies , described as a "paranormal romantic zombie comedy," took No. 2 with $11.5 mil. Steven Soderbergh 's star-studded Side Effects (it stars Jude Law , Ronney Mara , and Catherine Zeta-Jones )
December 17, 2012 |
It's almost like Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage , Judd Apatow's This Is 40 . "In fact, before I made the movie I watched Scenes From a Marriage , which actually has a lot of humor in it," says Apatow, whose own chronicles of domestic discord - the stormy to-and-fro between men and women, or man-boys and women - have become a brand unto themselves. The 40-Year-Old Virgin , Knocked Up , and now, This Is 40 . Not exactly fraught with Scandinavian angst, but still . . . . "I love the spirit of Scenes From a Marriage - so much of it is deadpan, and the scenes go on for a REALLY LONG TIME and force you to feel every aspect of these awkward moments.
November 18, 2012 |
Fame is not new to Anne Cappelletti, an 85-year-old Upper Darby grandmother of 12. About 40 years ago, her son John Jr., a star tailback at Penn State, won the Heisman and went on to spend a decade in the NFL. Today, John Jr. remains well known for his 1973 award acceptance speech, in which he dedicated the trophy to his 11-year-old brother Joseph, who was then battling leukemia. The speech was short, simple and heartfelt. It moved the tuxedoed Heisman audience - including then-Vice President Gerald Ford - to tears.
November 17, 2012 |
At 35, Jessica Chastain finally has achieved bona fide A-list stardom - though it's a mode of being she's not so comfortable embracing. At least that's what the Juilliard grad tells Marie Claire mag. "I never wanted to be a movie star. I wanted to be an actor," says JC, who starred in six films last year, including The Help , Terrence Malick 's The Tree of Life , and Ralph Fiennes ' Coriolanus . Besides, she doesn't have the requisite celeb inclinations.
November 15, 2012
SEEING A movie star like you've never seen him before - it's an old pitch in movies but decidedly true of Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook. " Writer-director David O. Russell said his top priority was to give heartthrob Cooper a significant makeover in the movie, and a fresh start with audiences. "I knew that I wanted to reintroduce him," said Russell, who cast the Abington native as Pat Solatano, an Upper Darby man just sprung from an institution where he received treatment in lieu of a criminal sentence stemming from an assault.
October 11, 2012 |
Uggie 's the real thing. Already a movie star - he stars opposite Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants and steals the show in the glorious The Artist - the Jack Russell terrier is now an author with the release on Tuesday of his memoir, Uggie: My Story . Although he has a surfeit of talent, Uggie hired a writer, Wendy Holden , to pen the tome. ("As barked to" Holden, the cover says.) "There's just something about Uggie," Holden tells USA Today. "He was born to be a star.
October 4, 2012 |
A fledgling theater group in Chester County has landed a bit of big-time help from showbiz dynamo Tina Fey. The Upper Darby High grad turned TV and film star filmed a surprise unpaid pitch for Facetime Community Theatre, a Phoenixville nonprofit that offered its first program this summer - a theater camp for children. "Hi, I'm domestic television personality Tina Fey, coming to you from here, the set of 30 Rock in New York City," the former Saturday Night Live star begins.
September 11, 2012 |
BEN AFFLECK 'S "ARGO," about the CIA's extraction of six Americans from Tehran, Iran, in 1979, was one of the many anticipated films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The film premiered Friday night at the beautiful Roy Thomson Hall, and afterward the cast - Affleck (with wife Jennifer Garner ), John Goodman , Bryan Cranston , Victor Garber and Tate Donovan - celebrated at Terroni. In a that's-what-friends-are-for show of support, Affleck buddy Matt Damon flew in to surprise his longtime pal. * On Saturday, Tattle attended the Sony Pictures Classics dinner with Belgian star on the rise Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust & Bone")
August 28, 2012 |
CAMERA PERSONNEL at Fox 29 voted unanimously last week to authorize a strike if they are unable to reach a contract agreement with the television station. Sources familiar with the bargaining say the company proposed a three-year deal with no wage increase the first year and small upticks in the second and third years of the contract. The camerapeople are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98. We're told the possible strike is being timed to coincide with the Eagles season, when games are broadcast on Fox. Local 98 business manager John J. Dougherty said, "I can only confirm that negotiations are ongoing and highly frustrating.