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.
January 17, 2014 |
KEVIN HART IS browsing the racks at Mitchell & Ness, looking for some free hometown sports gear, perks of being a movie star. He settles on a Flyers letterman-style jacket and a striped knit cap, also Flyers' colors. The energetic comedian then flits about the store like an orange-and-black bumblebee. Flyers garb - it may seem like an unlikely choice for a North Philly guy, two-time MVP of the NBA celebrity all-star game and co-star with LeBron James in the forthcoming comedy "Ballers.
July 26, 2013 |
We're happy to report that The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield , 29, hasn't been too badly jaded by the Hollywood experience. He's still fresh-souled enough to go gaga - and goo-goo - when he meets celebrities. "I'm a culprit of being a fan, of being overwhelmed when I meet a celebrity or someone who I respect and admire as an artist," the American-born, English-raised Garfield tells Vulture.com at ComicCon. "With [ Martin ] Scorsese , or with Jamie Foxx . It could be anybody!
June 7, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - As a teenager, Esther Williams dreamed of Olympic glory on the U.S. swim team. She had to settle instead for becoming a movie star. The self-described "Million Dollar Mermaid," whose wholesome beauty, shapely figure and aquatic skills launched an entire genre of movies - the Technicolor "aqua musicals" - died yesterday at 91. She was remembered for her Hollywood fame, but also her influence on fashion and on synchronized swimming, the Olympic sport inspired by her cinematic water ballet.
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.