May 4, 2015 |
'We knew we were walking a fine line," says Kristen Wiig about the balancing act that she, director Shira Piven, and screenwriter Eliot Laurence had to pull off in Welcome to Me. "There are these very dark moments and these funny ones - and we wanted the dark ones to seem real and we wanted people to laugh at the funny ones. And it's nerve-racking when you're shooting it, because you never know what you're getting. " Wiig can relax. What she, Piven, and Laurence got is at once brilliantly comic and more than a little disturbing - exactly what they were going for. In Welcome to Me , Wiig is Alice Klieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the Mega-Millions lottery and decides to use her windfall to bankroll a TV talk show - with her as the star.
October 27, 2014 |
Steven Rea's column does not appear today.
February 23, 2014
A story Friday incorrectly reported when Dechert L.L.P. opened its first foreign office. It opened an office in Brussels, Belgium, in 1968. The ratings box was inadvertently omitted from the review of Omar in the Weekend section Friday. Critic Steven Rea rates it ***.
November 18, 2013 |
'I just wanted to get full ownership of my man, Ron, and see him from the inside out," says Matthew McConaughey , speaking of Ron Woodroof , the real-life figure he plays in Dallas Buyers Club . A cowboy, a cutup, a cokehead, a womanizer, Woodroof worked as an electrician, partying furiously, hanging with the rodeo crowd, a guy "without a purpose," McConaughey says. And then Woodroof is told he has HIV, and has, at most, 30 days to live. "Frankly, we're surprised you're even alive," the doctors in the hospital say. For McConaughey, understanding who Woodroof was became an obsession.
July 28, 2013
Coming This Week By Steven Rea The Smurfs 2 (Opens Wednesday) A sequel in which the blue-skinned Belgian diva Smurfette is kidnapped and taken to Paris. The middle installment in a threatened trilogy, the live action/computer- animated mix boasts (if that's the right word) the flesh-and-blood performances of Brendan Gleeson and Neil Patrick Harris. PG 2 Guns Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, undercover cops working for rival agencies, are forced to team up and trade quips, because that's what you do in a buddy cop movie.