July 24, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Just how far will a British gentleman go to support the man who dresses him? Hugh Bonneville, who plays the usually very proper Lord Grantham on PBS' "Downton Abbey," tore off his tie and ripped open his shirt before a roomful of reporters Saturday night to reveal a T-shirt that read "Free Bates. " So, OK, it wasn't exactly a striptease. And it's not as if Bonneville dropped his trousers — something that's happened a time or two, onstage, during Television Critics Association events — but for PBS' portion of the group's summer meetings, which began this weekend in Beverly Hills, it counted as a Moment.
July 24, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - A Downton Abbey sneak peek at Season 3 revealed that fireworks will fly between matriarchs played by Maggie Smith and newcomer Shirley MacLaine. The aristocratic Crawley family endures a financial crisis. And, despite the engagement of Matthew and Mary at the end of last season, all is not well - gasp! - with the pair, played by Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery. PBS showed brief clips from next season to the Television Critics Association on Saturday before a panel discussion with cast members and producers of the international hit. They took a break from taping in London to meet reporters in Beverly Hills.
March 24, 2011 |
Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the Oscar-winning Hollywood actress whose personal life had tumult and drama to equal her 62 films, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 79 and had been hospitalized for about six weeks. "All her children were with her," her publicist Sally Morrison told the Associated Press. "I don't know what was more impressive, her magnitude as a star or her magnitude as a friend," said actress Shirley MacLaine.
June 20, 2010
Ronald Neame, 99, a prominent figure in the British film industry whose career included producing the 1940s classics Great Expectations and Oliver Twist and directing films such as The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Poseidon Adventure , died Wednesday in Los Angeles. "He was such a talented man and very good at making huge and bold decisions," Shirley MacLaine, who starred with Michael Caine in the 1966 Neame-directed movie Gambit , said Friday. Mr. Neame, whose career lasted more than six decades and included a job as an assistant cameraman on England's first sound film - Alfred Hitchcock's 1929 crime thriller Blackmail - when he was 17, rose through the ranks to become a director of photography at 24. In 1947, Mr. Neame launched his career as a director with the murder mystery Take My Life . Mr. Neame may be best remembered for The Poseidon Adventure , the 1972 blockbuster about an ocean liner capsized by a massive wave.
January 29, 2009
IHOPE CABLE TV and Channel 12 won't broadcast the old movie "Imitation of Life" during the rest of January or February. This is a special time for African-Americans, and we don't need to be confronted with that movie. If anybody broadcasts this movie, I'll consider it inappropriate and will make every effort to have their broadcasting license revoked. I'm aware that the fans of "Imitation of Life" will have a "75/50" celebration this year - the 75th anniversary of the Claudette Colbert original and the 50th anniversary of the Lana Turner remake.
December 22, 2007 |
No more very nice cultural learnings from Borat or Ali G Borat is dead. Long live Borat. It's a scandalous idea (the sort that makes you want to pull your hair out and weep like they do in the movies): Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen tells Brit paper the Daily Telegraph that he is putting down his two best-known characters, the lovably ignorant, racist and generally heinous Kazakh journalist Borat, and the equally clueless, sexist rapper Ali G. "When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing," said Cohen, 36. "It is like saying goodbye to a loved one. It is hard.
February 3, 2006 |
As a mismatched pair of sisters, Maggie (Cameron Diaz) and Rose (Toni Collette) seem as alike as $10 flip-flops and $500 Louboutins. Rose is the overweight one (in Hollywood that means a size 12) - a workaholic Philadelphia lawyer with a major shoe fetish. Maggie is her flirty, footloose, irresponsible younger sister. The DVD In Her Shoes, out this week, doesn't stuff your closet with extras, but this sweet, well-written comedy is worthy of space in your TV cabinet. Much of the movie, based on former Inquirer staffer Jennifer Weiner's best-seller, will look familiar.
December 25, 2005 |
Rumor Has It . . ., a cringeworthy comedy starring Jennifer Aniston as a gal with premarital jitters, might amuse those who think that Oedipus, the one about the guy who married his mother, is a lot of laughs. On the eve of her sister's wedding, newly engaged Sarah Huttinger (Aniston) learns that she might be the love child of the runaway bride and beau who inspired the novel and film The Graduate. That's the one about the guy, seduced by his mother's friend, who proceeds to seduce her engaged daughter.
October 13, 2005 |
When Nicola Shirley agreed to shut down Jamaican Jerk Hut for five days so her restaurant could be used as a set for In Her Shoes, she was looking forward to a few unhurried days and, perhaps, a short vacation. But location shooting and cooking for moviemakers, she discovered, wasn't exactly a vacation. She understood she would have to cook a buffet for 50 in the wedding scene of the movie that opened last weekend, starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette as estranged sisters; she didn't realize she would have to do it four times to make sure the filmmakers got the shot right.
September 11, 2005 |
Biopics and a war pic, colonial America and government paranoia, the songs of Johnny Cash and the raps of 50 Cent, cartoon twosomes, schoolboys with wands, a troupe of struggling hipsters breaking into song. If there's a dominant theme in the big movies of fall, darned if we can find it. But that's a good thing: The Hollywood fare between now and Thanksgiving promises the proverbial something for everybody, and quality-wise the studios may actually deliver. Big stars (Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney)