July 24, 2015 |
"SOUTHPAW" is about a white boxer named Hope, played by Jake Gyllenhaal - you can call him a Great White Hope, or, with his ripped torso, the abdominal snowman. Given the character's loaded name, you keep waiting for race to be an issue in "Southpaw," but it never is - instead, this story of a white champ, his black trainer (Forest Whitaker) and Latino adversary (Victor Ortiz) takes its This Is What America Looks Like in the 21st Century cast and applies them to a screenplay leftover from the 1930s.
July 20, 2015 |
If you thought Jake Gyllenhaal's transformation for last year's Nightcrawler was extreme - losing weight and gaining a creepy intensity to play a feral freelance video cameraman trolling the streets of L.A. - look at the actor in Southpaw . You may not recognize the man. As Billy "The Great" Hope, a pro boxer who grew up in a Hell's Kitchen foster home and now owns the title of light-heavyweight champion of the world, 34-year-old Gyllenhaal...
June 22, 2015 |
HBO continues its ownership of Sunday nights. Game of Thrones has wrapped up a particularly gruesome fifth season, and Veep and Silicon Valley similarly said their goodbyes for the year. So HBO is introducing three shows to Sunday audiences. These shows - True Detective (9 p.m.), Ballers (10 p.m.) and The Brink (10:30 p.m.) - are not all that dissimilar from their Sunday time-slot predecessors. As was the case last week, these shows include an epic drama and two comedies - a political satire and one that looks at the daily grind of a much-publicized world.
June 19, 2015 |
* TRUE DETECTIVE. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB. 8 tonight, 6ABC. * CATASTROPHE. Amazon Prime Video, tomorrow. * MASTERPIECE: POLDARK. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * THE CRIMSON FIELD. 10 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * BALLERS and THE BRINK. 10 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO. WHAT IF we don't overthink "True Detective" this season? Not only because creator Nic Pizzolatto's already done that for us, but because overthinking feels like the wrong approach to something whose roots are in pulp fiction.
September 11, 2012 |
Barbados-born singer Rihanna , smokin' hot from Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards, brings her "Diamonds World Tour" to the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 p.m. March 14. Tickets go on sale Saturday, so get 'em or get the heck out!!!! She was last at Wells Fargo in July 2011. Which of her accomplishments shall we list? Her Moonman award for vid of the year at the VMAs? Or "We Found Love," inescapable this summer, 10 weeks at No. 1? The thing she does most is shock. She's got this new tattoo of Isis , purportedly in honor of her grandma, Clara "Dolly" Braithwaite, who departed this vale on July 1. Where is this memorial tat?
September 7, 2012 |
HOW DOES a talented, versatile actor cement his status as an A-list star? The upward trajectory of Bradley Cooper's career offers a few lessons. * Start your movie career with indie credibility: Cooper had a role in 2001's "Wet Hot American Summer," a quirky comedy that's become a cult hit and included future stars Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks. * Get a recurring role on a buzzworthy TV series: In the early 2000s, he played Will Tippin, a civilian pal of Jennifer Garner's international spy character on ABC's "Alias," the stylish action drama created by future "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams.
May 12, 2012 |
This week's new DVD options include a romance, classic Westerns, and a religion-meets-science offering. The Vow, Grade B: A woman (Rachel McAdams) wakes up from a coma with no memory of her marriage. The romance film is loosely based on a true story. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are the film's biggest assets. She has the kind of angelic face and sweet personality that make it easy to fall in love with her. Tatum brings both a rough physicality and surprising vulnerability to the role.
May 8, 2012 |
Old characters, new box-office record! After colossal, gargantuan, elephantine (the thesaurus is so cool!) ticket sales, The Avengers is the first movie ever to collect $200 million in a single weekend — worldwide, it's made $641.8 million in barely a week and a half. To give some context: The Harry Potter finale made $169.2 million in its debut weekend. The SEPTA workers won $173 million. And it would take a SideShow writer at least 250 years to bring in that kind of dough.
February 21, 2012 |
Sinead O'Connor didn't come across in the most flattering light last month when she pleaded for psychiatric help on Twitter. But the Irish singer is in control in a new chat with USA Today to plug her first album in four years, How About I Be Me (And You Be You) , out Tuesday. The title is pure O'Connor - lyrical and confrontational. "I've spent all my life as an artist being told what I should be and what I shouldn't be - basically, why don't you just be somebody else," she explains.
February 10, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor David Spade; Betty Wright performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Rachel McAdams; Cee Lo Green performs with Vicci Martinez. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Chelsea Handler; biologist Dan Riskin. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10)- Dwayne Johnson; singer Katharine McPhee; comic Neal Brennan