March 3, 2014 |
Stranded in space, or shackled in the Deep South? Late Sunday night, or possibly early Monday if the producers of the 86th Academy Awards lose their grip on the proceedings, the best-picture Oscar will be handed out. And it's a good bet that the winner will be 12 Years a Slave , the harrowing true story of a free black man - played by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor - abducted and sold into slavery. For an independent film that delves into the darkest corners of American history, and the American psyche, it has done quite nicely: $129 million in worldwide grosses and counting.
November 1, 2013 |
CHRIS BROWN has checked into an unspecified rehab facility to be treated for anger issues. "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility," a statement from a Brown rep said. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point. " Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos , said the singer "just decided he wanted to take some time off and do some introspection.
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.
October 21, 2013 |
Steve McQueen , the London- born artist and filmmaker, has lived in Amsterdam since the mid-1990s. One of the Dutch capital's top tourist attractions is the house where Anne Frank lived during World War II until her hiding place was revealed and she was sent to a concentration camp. Her diary, published posthumously and adapted to stage and screen, is required reading in schools around the world. McQueen wants the book that served as the basis of his powerful new film, 12 Years a Slave , to similarly be read by millions.
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.
May 4, 2012 |
The immigrant saga Restless City is winning deserved praise for its stunning visuals, and some understandable gripes about its pokey pace. The movie is directed by Andrew Dosunmu, a Nigerian fashion photographer who came up through the ranks of the Yves St. Laurent empire, and his eye for the artfully arranged composition is evident in Restless City, the story of a Senegalese New York City street vendor (Sy Alassane) in a dangerous relationship with the girlfriend (Sky Grey)
December 27, 2011
The Garner Files A Memoir By James Garner and Jon Winokur Simon & Schuster 273 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Jonathan Storm Tall and handsome, one-quarter Cherokee, with an aw-shucks demeanor that he carried from Oklahoma to Hollywood with little else, James Garner has battled his way through 50 years of movies and two of the all-time great TV shows. "I just wanted a clean job for decent money," he says in The Garner Files , a memoir written with Jon Winokur, a graduate of Temple University, that harps constantly on his dislike for pretentiousness and, particularly, pretentious actors.
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.
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")
October 31, 2011
Barry Feinstein, 80, a photographer who chronicled the lives of seminal rock 'n' roll stars of the 1960s, and who was perhaps best known for the stark portrait of Bob Dylan on the cover of the 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin' , died Oct. 20 near his home in Woodstock, N.Y. Besides his work with Dylan, Mr. Feinstein established his reputation as one of rock's semiofficial official chroniclers with two 1970 photographs: one of Janis Joplin,...