October 1, 1993 |
So you're going around modeling your life and your wardrobe after Kurt Cobain because he's so grungy and so now and so cool. And just as you've got the hang of shooting heroin and tying a plaid shirt around your waist, they change the rules. Comb your hair, iron your jeans and switch to cigarettes. The dictators of style have determined that Steve McQueen, who died of cancer in 1980, is the ideal man of the '90s. Need proof? In their current issues, both Esquire Gentleman and Gentlemen's Quarterly carry homages to McQueen: the man and the wardrobe.
October 25, 2013 |
IN THE harrowing "12 Years a Slave," Michael Fassbender portrays a slave master who is jealous of the formerly free man forced to work as a slave on his plantation (Chiwetel Ejiofor), jealous of his wife (Sarah Paulson) and angry at himself. The only person he has any affection for is Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o), one of his female slaves. And he beats her. Conflicted much? How does an actor of Fassbender's ability even play such a monster? Not see him as a monster. The Daily News spoke with Fassbender last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Slave" got a hero's welcome.
December 9, 2011
THERE'S an exciting figure in movies named Steve McQueen, but he did not star in "The Great Escape," he isn't dead, isn't white, and isn't even a Yank. The new Steve McQueen is a London-born and -based filmmaker who won major acclaim for his first feature, "Hunger," in 2008, about an Irish Republican Army hunger strike, and has caused a stir with his second feature "Shame," a frank (rated NC-17) and visually distinctive look at the life of a sex addict. It stars Michael Fassbender (who played Bobby Sands in "Hunger")
August 3, 2010
10:15 tonight TCM Fans of cinematic car chases rank the one in this 1968 action drama one of the best ever. Set in San Francisco, it stars ultracool Steve McQueen (right) as a cop helping to guard a prosecution witness in a high-profile trial.
October 1, 1999 |
The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville once hosted Broadway-bound musicals and even Houdini. It went out of business in 1996, but was restored with the help of a $75,000 grant from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and reopens today. Part of the 1958 Steve McQueen movie, "The Blob," was filmed at the Colonial.
March 17, 2013
Robert E. Relyea, 82, the film producer and director whose credits included The Magnificent Seven and West Side Story , died March 5 in Los Angeles. Mr. Relyea's career spanned more than 40 years. He worked with stars such as John Wayne on The Alamo and Elvis Presley on Jailhouse Rock . He collaborated with Steve McQueen on several films, including Bullitt , Le Mans and The Reivers . Mr. Relyea started as an MGM crew member in 1955 and served as president of production at MGM-United Artists from 1997 to 2001.
April 16, 2009 |
When you know a movie's directed by a conceptual artist dabbling in motion pictures, it's usually helpful to bring along a sharp object. That way, you can stab yourself in the leg to stay awake during two hours of non-narrative, non-topless, non-zombie, non-car-chase pictorial over-indulgence. But as movies by dabblers go, "Hunger" stands out. It's by Irish video artist Steve McQueen (yes, that's his name), and it's his visually arresting take on the 1981 hunger strike by IRA leader Bobby Sands, ultimately leading to his death, and the deaths of nine other inmates at Belfast's Maze Prison.
September 20, 1990 |
All the allusions yesterday were to Superman and Robocop, but what Gov. Florio was talking about sounded more like the old TV western Wanted, Dead or Alive. In the days of black-and-white television, Steve McQueen was a bounty hunter, tracking down the lawless bad guys who had a price on their heads. In the living color of today's reality the problem is catching polluters who illegally dump, pour and drain toxic chemicals, medical waste, trash and other pollutants. Florio wants New Jersey residents to start tracking down those dumpers - and he's willing to put a price on those bad guys.
February 6, 2002 |
Earl E. Rowe, 81, an actor who starred as the police chief in the The Blob, a 1958 science-fiction classic filmed in Chester County, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Friday at the Lutheran Home in Moorestown. Mr. Rowe, who formerly lived in Delran in Burlington County, worked on Broadway, in soap operas and in commercials. But his most famous role was Lieutenant Dave, the small-town police chief fighting to keep a slithering ball of goo from eating Downingtown. Mr. Rowe was part of a cast and crew that in 1957 filmed the campy flick for $125,000 in Phoenixville, Downingtown and Chester Springs.
December 9, 2011 |
WITH "SHAME," Michael Fassbender continues to, uh, flesh out one of the great calender-year acting feats in recent history. When has an actor ever been so good in so many different roles? He was an impeccable Rochester in "Jane Eyre," and somehow managed to look respectable in "X-Men Origins" wearing his Magneto helmet, a piece of headgear that defeated even the great Ian McKellen. And we've yet to see him as Carl Jung in "A Dangerous Method. " Now comes "Shame," an NC-17 movie starring Fassbender as Brandon, a man with a compulsive need to consume pornography and pursue anonymous sexual encounters.