February 26, 2016 |
Norristown's Theatre Horizon on Thursday opens Lobby Hero , Kenneth Lonergan's 2001 drama. Director Matthew Decker and cast will be unspooling a provocative comedy of errors embracing hot-button topics (racial profiling, police brutality, gender politics). Lonergan, 53, is the bluntly lyrical author of the Oscar-nominated scripts for 2002's Gangs of New York and 2000's You Can Count on Me (the latter of which he directed), as well the critically acclaimed 1996 Off-Broadway hit This Is Our Youth . In January, Lonergan's newest cinematic effort, Manchester by the Sea , which he wrote and directed, screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 15, 2016
DREAMBOAT Matt Katzenbach, of Salt Lake City (at right in photo), is not related to former Daily News intern and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper. Nor, quite obviously, is Matt's identical twin, Scott (the handsome fellow on the left). Nonetheless, the Arizona-born brothers bear a striking resemblance to the Rydal-raised star of Silver Linings Playbook. Way back since the days of Alias , from L.A. to London to Bangkok, the siblings have, with increasing frequency, had to answer the same question from strangers: "Do you know who you look like?"
February 4, 2016 |
M att Katzenbach , 27, and his twin brother Scott have been mistaken so frequently for 41-year-old former Daily News intern and current movie star Bradley Cooper , that Matt finally decided to put his look to the test last month at the Sundance Film Festival. His friends dared him to get past the velvet ropes. And he made a short video about his Sundance adventures as alter-ego Cradley Booper. (Watch it online here: .) "The entire time I never stated that I was him . . . They looked at me and said, 'Come right in,'" Katzenbach told the New York Post's Page Six. "It started when I was a teenager," Matt said.
February 2, 2016 |
PARK CITY, Utah - A slave rebellion and a personal political story came out on top at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. After bootstrapping his film for seven years, African American actor-director-producer Nate Parker brought his historical drama The Birth of a Nation , about the 1831 slave uprising led by Nat Turner in Southampton County, Va., to the festival and took home the two biggest dramatic film prizes: the Grand Jury Award...
January 29, 2016 |
PARK CITY, Utah - As the controversy over the Oscars' lack of diversity raged, a film about a bloody slave revolt set a record for the biggest sale in Sundance Film Festival history. Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, which he directed, cowrote, and stars in as Nat Turner, the leader of an 1831 rebellion against Virginia slaveowners, was acquired by Fox Searchlight after an all-night bidding war for a reported $17.5 million, obliterating the $10.5 million Sundance record set by Little Miss Sunshine in 2006.
June 19, 2015 |
IF WE CONFUSE "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" with other movies famously adapted from young-adult cancer novels, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. This is a hearse of a different color, and if that sounds like the sort of awful pun you'd expect from a geeky adolescent, be advised you'll find more just like it in "Me and Earl," cleverly adapted by Jesse Andrews from his cheeky YA book. Two of the title characters are high school boys who make impish movie shorts that riff on the film classics they watch during lunch so that they don't have to hang out with other kids.
June 17, 2015 |
THE STARS of the new teens-confronting-cancer movie are sick and tired of talking about that other teens-confronting-cancer movie. "It's annoying!" said Olivia Cooke, star of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a movie she was already in the midst of making when "The Fault in Our Stars" hit theaters last year. "It's almost like people want to start a rivalry, or create this tension," Cooke said, during a brief visit to Philadelphia with co-star Thomas Mann. "Someone says this, someone else says that and I don't give a [crap]
February 6, 2015 |
Seeing the movie based on her graphic novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl , premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last week was an experience Phoebe Gloeckner will never forget. It's also one she doesn't entirely remember. Gloeckner, 54 and Philadelphia-raised, recalled a few days later that "it was almost like standing by the railroad tracks and watching a really long train whiz by. You know it's a train, but after it's gone, you can't remember any of the particular cars. " Published in 2002, her book is a hybrid that mixes prose and comics to tell the story of a sexually curious young woman named Minnie Goetze growing up in the libertine San Francisco of the mid-1970s.
January 30, 2015 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Growing up in Huntingdon Valley in the 1980s, Benson Lee loved the teen comedies of that spirited time, especially John Hughes classics like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles . The music, the style, the "youthful attitude" - those films were, he says, "such a great escape for me. " There was just one problem. Lee, a second-generation Korean American, "hated the depiction of Asian characters," like Sixteen Candles' Long Duk Dong, a buffoonish exchange student whose appearances were introduced with ringing gongs.
January 24, 2014 |
Since its beginnings, the Sundance Film Festival has been where documentary films come to be born. And this year, three docs with Pennsylvania ties are making news. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary Happy Valley focuses on the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In one sequence, we see a standoff between tourists trying to take a picture by the statue of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and an elderly man with a handwritten sign accusing Paterno of covering up for a child molester. As the tourists verbally abuse the old man, some pushing him aside as he tries to spoil their shots, the battle over the legacy of Paterno and Penn State devolves into a shoving match from which neither side emerges touched.