March 4, 2016 |
Nina Simone 's family isn't "Feeling Good. " A biopic starring Zoe Saldana as the R&B/Jazz chanteuse who died at age 70 in 2003, is due in April and the family is not pleased. A fresh round of criticism for the film erupted after the trailer and poster for "Nina" were unveiled Wednesday. Saldana posted a quote from the singer and civil rights activist on Twitter, and Simone's estate responded with: "Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.
June 19, 2015 |
Saldana and sexism Hollywood may be filled with Lefties, but it's still a big-money industry and rare is the industry that treats its workers as anything more than cogs in a machine. New mother of twins Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek," "Avatar," "Guardians of the Galaxy," the upcoming "Infinitely Polar Bear") spoke with USA Today about the response she got when she told her bosses she was pregnant. "The productions I was slated to work on sort of had a panic," she said.
July 3, 2015 |
BEING YOUNG and thin generally doesn't cause problems for actresses in Hollywood, but both were getting between Zoe Saldana and the role she desperately wanted in "Infinitely Polar Bear. " The director, Maya Forbes, "wanted me to gain weight. I guess she wanted me to look more like a mother," said Saldana, laughing at the irony of it all. Late last year, Saldana gave birth to twin boys who shouted with delight in the background while she spoke on the phone yesterday with the Daily News . "I have to admit it bothered me. I don't think the essence of a person comes down to the girth of that person.
May 15, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness ***1/2 (out of four stars) Directed by J.J. Abrams. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 1 hour, 52 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (violence, interspecies sex, adult themes) Playing at: area theaters
May 11, 2014 |
Wendy does Philly Just as threatened, Wendy Williams cohosted Good Day Philadel- phia Friday morning - and then went to Indepen- dence Hall to shoot promo stuff for Season 6 of The Wendy Williams Show . Mighty good! Mighty Writers, a Philly-based nonprofit program that teaches writing to kids 7 to 17, is a finalist for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Out of 360 noms from 47 states, too. Winners will be announced in June.
July 17, 2016 |
Café Society Woody Allen's latest, set in the glammy 1930s, follows a kid from the Bronx (Jesse Eisenberg) who lands a job in Hollywood working for his uncle (Steve Carell), a big-deal agent to the stars. The agent's assistant (Kristen Stewart) is recruited to show the nephew the ropes. Romantic entanglements ensue. PG-13 Captain Fantastic No, not a new Marvel Comics franchise - the opposite, in fact: a human-scale indie about a dad (Viggo Mortensen) who has raised his six kids way off the grid in the Pacific Northwest.
September 20, 2002 |
Snipes moves across a gritty Philadelphia cityscape where gangstas and rappers - and greedy record moguls - collide. A solid, suspenseful thriller with a surprising noir twist, the film, from director Rich Murray, follows a 17-year-old kid who gets tangled up in some nasty business involving stolen master tapes, kidnapping and murder. Snipes premiered at the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema in April, and is now rolling out into select markets nationwide. Erik (Sam Jones 3d)
August 27, 2011 |
Zoe Saldana's gritty, nasty little action thriller, Colombiana , offers the tagline "Revenge is beautiful. " Doesn't take an ethicist to tell you that's just wrong. So is this French-produced piece of pure action from director Olivier Megaton ( Transporter 3 ) and producer and cowriter Luc Besson, who unleased three decades of action movies and TV with his equally preposterous - and yes, equally delicious - 1990 film La Femme Nikita . Delicious? Megaton's slick, 100 miles-a-second pic, which has the petite 33-year-old Saldana kill her way through virtually the entire Colombian underworld, has the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but it's a guilty pleasure for action junkies.
September 8, 2012
Music Yo La Tengo really has it. Yo La Tengo are a Hoboken trio who have come to embody the whole idea of the indie rock band. They've kept growing and changing since their debut in 1992 - and so have their most popular tunes. That's the fun and challenge of this band, who appear Saturday at Penn's Landing as part of WHYY's Connections Festival. Yo La Tengo with Frank Turner, Maps & Atlases, the Lawsuits, and Fabian Akilles, at 4 p.m. Saturday at the River Stage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd.
September 7, 2012 |
BRADLEY COOPER is Hollywood's go-to guy when it comes to playing struggling writers who find overnight success via shady means. In "Limitless," a designer brain-power drug put him on the best-seller list. In "The Words," it's old-fashioned plagiarism. Cooper plays Rory Jensen, a modestly talented fiction writer whose exasperatingly long bohemian phase starts to test the patience of his wife (Zoe Saldana) and father (J.K. Simmons). Cooper is a decent writer, a few agents compliment his unpublished work, but he can't break through - until, that is, he finds an old, yellowed manuscript in a vintage briefcase purchased at a Paris antique shop.