The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced its jury awards on Tuesday night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas.
“Fort Tilden” won the grand jury prize in the narrative competition. Written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, the comedy stars Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty as a pair of hapless Brooklyn roommates on an epic journey to the beach.
On the documentary side, the grand jury prize went to “The Great Invisible.” Directed by Margaret Brown, the film tells the story of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
A special jury prize for “courage in storytelling” went to actor and screenwriter David Dastmalchian for his work on “Animals.” Directed by Collin Schiffli, the film tells the story of a young couple (Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw) living out of their car in Chicago.
A special jury prize for “best acting duo&...
After the box-office success of their comedy "Ride Along," Kevin Hart and director Tim Story are saddling up again.
Hart is in talks to reunite with Story as well as team up with Jamie Foxx in the hitman movie "Black Phantom," according to a Variety report. The new movie would tell the tale of "a double-crossed mob hitman who enlists the help of the Black Phantom, the same African-American hitman who had been sent to kill him," the report says.
Hart might be the busiest buddy in Hollywood, still riding high from the $130-million cop comedy "Ride Along" and having earned kudos from critics for stealing scenes in the rom-com "About Last Night."
For those keeping score, Hart is already slated to partner up with Ice Cube for "Ride Along 2," with LeBron James for a basketball movie called "Ballers," with Will Ferrell for a prison comedy called "Get Hard," with Josh Gad for a nuptial farce titled "The Wedding Ringer" and with Seth Rogen for...
Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films has produced just one movie in the last 15 years ("The Great Debaters"), and Winfrey herself has starred in just one film of her own ("Lee Daniels' The Butler). But Harpo on Tuesday made a big move on the development front, acquiring the film rights to Sue Monk Kidd’s bestseller “The Invention of Wings.”
Kidd’s slavery-era novel looks at the contrasting stories of a preteen abolitionist and the slave she is given, following the two as they and the world around them changes over the next three decades. The book has been a big seller and earned rave reviews; a critic at the Dallas Morning News called it “as close to perfect as any [book] I’ve ever read.”
In a statement, Winfrey said that the book offers “a rich narrative, compelling characters, and a rare historical perspective that we know will be the ideal foundation for a wonderful film.&...
It’s a man’s world -- or at least that’s the way it appears on screen.
According to a report released Tuesday by San Diego State University film professor Martha Lauzen, the top 100 grossing films of 2013 were overwhelmingly male. Just 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters and 30% of all speaking characters were female.
The study looked at more than 2,300 characters in the 2013 films, and the lack of female representation -- on screen and behind the scenes -- has not substantially improved, said Lauzen, who serves as executive director of the SDSU Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.
“I would say that the film business is in a state of gender inertia,” she told The Times. “If you take a look at the numbers, you see basically we are in the same place we were about a decade ago.”
For example, in a similar study conducted in 2002, women constituted only 16% of the protagonists in...
Gawker Media is asking a California federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino over his leaked screenplay for "The Hateful Eight," arguing it only facilitated the reading of the unproduced screenplay and didn't enable any copyright infringement.
Tarantino sued Gawker for contributory copyright infringement in January, after its Defamer blog published a post titled "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino 'Hateful Eight' Script" with download links to third-party websites hosting copies of the document. (Tarantino shelved the movie after the script got out.)
Tarantino's suit alleges "Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism" and "crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally."
In a motion to dismiss filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday, Gawker said that without a clear example of direct infringement, there is no case...
In directing child actor Rohan Chand on the set of his directorial debut, “Bad Words,” Jason Bateman drew on some useful background: his own experience.
“I remembered what I needed to hear as a little kid to feel comfortable and safe on set,” Bateman told The Times at the film’s Hollywood premiere. "I tried to call upon a lot of that stuff to make Rohan feel comfortable."
Bateman, 45, known for his role as Michael Bluth on the television sitcom "Arrested Development," started his career in 1981 on the television series "Little House on the Prairie" and also starred in such '80s sitcom staples as "Silver Spoons" and "The Hogan Family."
"Bad Words," set for release March 14, follows Bateman’s character Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who is obsessed with winning a national spelling bee for pre-teens. Trilby, who is prone to harsh words and insults, uses a loophole to gain entry to the...
MEXICO CITY — The Pepsi Centre, a cavernous arena that's typically hosting concerts and sports events, might not be the obvious pick for the world premiere of "Noah," Darren Aronofsky's dramatization of the biblical flood story.
But if "Noah" can't play in Latin America, home to legions of Roman Catholics, than it can't play anywhere.
Co-financed by Paramount Pictures and New Regency for about $130 million, "Noah" marks Hollywood's return to the Old Testament, a long-forgotten genre that once yielded movies such as John Huston's "The Bible" in 1966 and "The Ten Commandments" in 1956. New Testament-inspired productions, including the recent "Son of God" and Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," have performed strongly at the box office.
Paramount packed about 1,400 fans into the Pepsi Centre for Monday night's screening of "Noah," which opens in Mexico before the film's U.S. premiere on March 28. Aronofsky, who directed...
Now that the debauched "Hangover" film franchise seems to have slowed, star Zach Galifianakis has been keeping himself occupied with his painfully, purposely awkward online talk show "Between Two Ferns." Hosting his most recent guest — none other than President Obama — Galifianakis delivered his usual mix of stilted conversation and deadpan insults that have made the show a Web favorite, but the commander in chief matched him joke for joke.
Galifianakis, for example, asked Obama what it's like to be "the last black president" and followed up by noting that he can't run for a third term.
"Actually, I think it's a good idea," Obama countered. "If I ran a third time it would be sort of like doing a third 'Hangover' movie. Didn't really work out very well, did it?" (Indeed, the third "Hangover" installment was shredded by critics and trailed its predecessors at the box office.)
Obama, who appeared on the show to encourage young...
BEIJING -- Director-producer John Woo will head up the jury at the fourth annual Beijing International Film Festival, which kicks off April 16, organizers said.
Woo, 67, is the Hong Kong helmer of films including "Mission: Impossible II," "A Better Tomorrow," "Red Cliff" and "Face/Off."
The weeklong festival will hold screenings at some 30 theaters throughout China's capital. The international jury will hand out the Tiantan Awards in 10 categories, including best feature, director, actor, actress, cinematography and screenplay.
Woo has several major projects of his own in the works. "The Crossing" is a $40-million feature set during the 1949 Communist revolution and starring, among others, Zhang Ziyi. The plot centers on three couples from the mainland who board an ill-fated ship for Taiwan; the movie is already being called the Chinese "Titanic."
At last year's Beijing Film Festival, Woo announced his plans for directing "Flying Tigers," based on the true...
When it comes to '70s and '80s remakes, I’m of the common Gen-X mind-set that there are some modern iconic characters who should never be inhabited by new actors (Marty McFly, say, or Vito Corleone). On the other hand, there are some movies and characters who could get remade, rebooted and redone endlessly, with different actors swapping in as if they were on a Superfly Snuka tag team (Jason Voorhees, e.g.) and not make me bat an eye.
And many fall somewhere in the middle, not so iconic one can never imagine a new actor in the part but not so disposable that one doesn’t take serious pause when it happens.
On Monday, the Hollywood Reporter broke the storythat Jason Sudeikis was in talks to tackle the title role in "Fletch Won," the long-gestating reprisal of the character Chevy Chase made famous in the 1985 comedy-mystery and, to a lesser extent, a 1989 sequel. The film would be an origin story, a new take on the Irwin Fletcher character who began his fictional life in...
Mark Wahlberg once produced a show for a top-tier cable network that was inspired by his own experiences in Hollywood.
Now another top-tier cable network will tip its hat to Wahlberg and his experiences in Hollywood--just as he promotes a movie based on that show.
That entertainment-world ouroboros will raise its head for the "Entourage" producer at next month’s MTV Movie Awards, where Wahlberg, 42, will accept its “Generation” prize, the show’s version of a lifetime achievement award.
“Entourage” stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon will present the award and complete the bro chain (Grenier’s Vincent Chase character on the popular HBO series is partly based on a young Wahlberg). The “Entourage” movie hits in June, two months after the April 13 MTV Movie Awards.
The “MTV Generation Award” is a bit of an odd bird. MTV prefers to give it to a bankable, if...
A week after "12 Years a Slave" writer John Ridley and director-producer Steve McQueen both refrained from thanking one another after winning Oscars — the former for adapted screenplay, the latter for best picture — Ridley downplayed rumors of a rift between the two men.
"You can't help people's perceptions, but I am sorry that people perceived that" as a feud, Ridley told HuffPost Live at the SXSW Film Festival, adding that he had said it was "fun" working with McQueen when he gave his acceptance speech at the Spirit Awards the day before the Oscars. "I am here because of him and because of his work and how he puts things together."
Some observers detected frostiness between Ridley and McQueen on Oscar night, first when Ridley's name was called and he walked by McQueen without looking at him, only to hug "American Hustle" director David O. Russell. McQueen, meanwhile, reacted to the win with what appeared to be halfhearted applause.
For all the chiseled abs and testosterone-fueled bloodletting of the new sword-and-sandals movie "300: Rise of an Empire," the person making the strongest impression with critics and audiences is French actress Eva Green, who plays the vengeful naval commander Artemisia. Here are five things to know about Green.
Where she comes from: Green, 33, was born in Paris to an actress, Marlene Jobert, and a dentist, Walter Green. Her twin sister, Joy, was born minutes later. Green took an interest in acting as a teenager, graduated from the American University of Paris, and went on to study drama in Paris and London.
Where you've seen her before: Green made her film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci's 2003 romantic drama "The Dreamers," starring Michael Pitt as an American college student in Paris who forms an intense bond with a brother and sister (Louis Garrel and Green) against the backdrop of the 1968 student riots.
Green's most famous role came in 2006, when...
With its multidisciplinary mix of movies, music and technology, the South by Southwest festival has a reputation as a hip, forward-looking affair. But one of the unofficial themes to emerge at this year's SXSW Film Festival, which kicked off Friday, is revisiting roots. Here are four movies — and one famous actor — making the old-school new again.
"Chef" undercooked? Jon Favreau's new culinary comedy "Chef" marks a return to indie filmmaking for the writer, director and actor, who first made a name for himself with "Swingers" in 1996 but in recent years has turned out large, effects-driven Hollywood movies such as "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys & Aliens."
"Chef" screened Friday, and many reviewers have noted the seemingly autobiographical elements of the story, about a dissatisfied chef (Favreau) who chafes at turning out safe, predictable food at a trendy Los Angeles restaurant and is panned by a prominent online critic, prompting him to get back to basics with a...
At first blush, “300: Rise of an Empire” managed a nice success this weekend. It took in $45 million, enough for the top spot at the box office and a plethora of “conquering” puns that inevitably followed. The Noam Murro movie, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green, is also conforming to the Hollywood formula of built-for-international product of tallying two-thirds of its sales overseas (pretty much exactly at 66%-34%).
But things may not be nearly as rosy for the swords-and-sandals sequel or the genre it represents. For starters, the film comes on the heels of a crop of disappointments. “Pompeii” and “The Legend of Hercules,” both made for pricey budgets, managed less than $25 million in the U.S. This after a few years of middlingly performing derivativeness: “Immortals” in 2011,” “Wrath of the Titans” in 2012.
What’s more, “300: Rise of an Empire” may itself not be as great a success...
Dinesh D’Souza made a polemic-camouflaged-as-documentary into a hit a couple years back with “2016: Obama’s America,” an anti-Obama film that went over big with the base and garnered $33 million in theaters. Can he do the same with a film that has the earmarks of a polemic-camouflaged-as-narrative feature?
Reuniting with "2016" producer Gerald Molen, D’Souza has directed “America,” a counterfactual history that imagines a world in which George Washington is killed in battle and America, thus, never exists.
A new teaser, which D’Souza debuted at CPAC on Friday (you can watch it here), hints at the tone, a rather grandiosely gestured look at historic American moments that the film then suggests would never have come to pass had Washington been killed by a British bullet during the Revolutionary War. Current events -- and D’Souza’s outspoken opinions thereon -- are not included in the material, though the trailer suggests they&...
A certain fatigue had set in for the multiplatinum-selling electronic dance music act Swedish House Mafia in 2012. By the three members' own estimate, they had partied hard five days a week for six years straight, consuming mass quantities of booze and chemical stimulation, living the hedonistic life associated with superstar DJs while traveling the globe to deliver their four-on-the-floor dance delirium to packed arenas.
But just as EDM was becoming an increasingly mainstream concern — with the group selling out Madison Square Garden in nine-minutes flat and its smash single "Don't You Worry Child" moving millions of copies to top pop charts around the world — Swedish House Mafia made a controversial decision: to call it quits at the peak of the group's success.
The concert documentary "Leave the World Behind," which premieres Wednesday at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, chronicles the collision of interpersonal politics, money matters and block-...
The sequel "300: Rise of an Empire" is proving unstoppable at the box office on its opening weekend, earning more than $17 million on Friday, according to estimates.
The number adds to an already strong start for the 3-D Greco-Persian epic, which earned $3.3 million in its Thursday night screenings across the U.S. and Canada. The film is expected to earn $45 million this weekend, which would place it well behind the first "300." That film opened in 2007 with nearly $71 million in sales and eventually took home $456 million worldwide.
"Rise of an Empire" outperformed the animated Dreamworks comedy "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which also opened this weekend. The film based on characters by "Bullwinkle" creator Jay Ward earned an estimated $8 million on Friday, and it is expected to finish the weekend in second place with $30 million.
In third place, the Liam Neeson-led thriller "Non-Stop" took in an estimated $4.7 million in its...
We live in an age of artistic appropriation. Recording artists freely "sample" music created by other people, visual artists stretch the concept of "fair use" to create art from photographs they did not take, and a young novelist in Germany was unconcerned when pages of someone else's writing were found in her own novel. "There is no such thing as originality," she said, "just authenticity."
By those standards, what the British theater group Kneehigh has done to David Lean's classic romantic melodrama "Brief Encounter" is mild indeed. More than that, as running at the impressive Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, "Noel Coward's Brief Encounter," to give it its proper name, has elements that are enjoyable and highly inventive, sometimes both.
But the more I thought about that theatrical "Brief Encounter," the more troubled I became, the more its attitudes and choices bothered me. Taking it one step further, I began to realize that my growing displeasure...
Someone once told Kurt Russell that his acting career "looks like it was handled by a drunk driver."
And Russell's reply?
"I said I can't deny that," he said, laughing.
But the boyishly handsome 63-year-old Russell, whom most baby boomers first saw as Jungle Boy on a 1965 episode of "Gilligan's Island," may be selling himself a bit short. His choices might not fit the straight and narrow, but many of his parts over the years have been memorable.
He was a heartthrob star at Disney more than 40 years ago in such films as 1969's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes." A decade later, Russell earned an Emmy nomination for his uncanny performance as Elvis Presley in "Elvis," a TV movie that marked the first of many collaborations with director John Carpenter. And four years later, he received a Golden Globe nomination for Mike Nichols' "Silkwood."
Russell achieved cult status as the caustic, one-eyed antihero Snake Plissken, the special forces warrior...
The South By Southwest Film Festival kicks off Friday with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s new low-budget comedy “Chef,” with some other high-profile films debuting over the next few days, including “Neighbors” with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, and the much anticipated big-screen continuation of the cult television show “Veronica Mars.”
But SXSW also serves as a vital launching pad for talents on the verge of discovery. While Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture” remains something of the platonic ideal for a SXSW film and its afterlife, the festival also launched lesser known talents and their films like Adam Leon’s “Gimme The Loot,” Aaron Katz’s “Cold Weather,” Robbie Pickering’s “Natural Selection,” and last year’s ”Drinking Buddies,” from festival veteran Joe Swanberg.
One of the most distinctive films to emerge from the festival in the last few...
Crediting “Blackfish” with opening his eyes to the plight of captive killer whales, a California lawmaker is proposing tough new legislation aimed at protecting orcas.
On Friday, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D–Santa Monica), introduced a measure that would ban the import and export of killer whales in California, as well as the artificial insemination of captive orcas. It would become illegal to “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes"; violaters would face up to six months in jail and/or be fined up to $100,000.
"I found it very, very alarming," Bloom said, referring to "Blackfish." "Seeing the images and hearing the various testimonies of folks who've been formerly employed by SeaWorld, the marine mammal scientists and the orcas themselves was really striking and it did affect me."
After seeing the documentary, Bloom said he consulted...
Moviegoers checking into "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson's new movie about a swashbuckling concierge and his dutiful protege in 1930s Europe, will encounter many of the director's aesthetic idiosyncrasies, such as dollhouse-like sets, quirky characters and deadpan dialogue.
According to film critics, however, "Grand Budapest" isn't just a movie for Anderson aficionados — it's an accomplished work that deserves attention even from nonbelievers.
The Times' Kenneth Turan writes that while Anderson's films can be "hermetic, even stifling," his latest "is anything but." In "Grand Budapest," Turan says, "the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment."
Of particular note is "the transformative work of [Ralph] Fiennes as the film's protagonist, Gustave H, the concierge's concierge. Anderson has worked with fine actors before, but he's frankly never had someone...
In "Pacific Rim," a score-settling Idris Elba demonstrated he has the eye of the tiger. Now he'll show that he has the voice of one as well.
The 41-year-old London-born actor is in final negotiations to provide the voice of the fearsome feline Shere Khan in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale "The Jungle Book," according to Deadline Hollywood.
Elba, who has earned strong reviews as the leading man in the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and the BBC crime series "Luther," has a sonorous voice and sly sensibility that would seem well suited to Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger memorably voiced by George Sanders in Disney's 1967 animated version.
The book tells the story of an orphan boy raised in the jungle by wild animals who also faces off with the dangerous beast.
The new film will be directed by Jon Favreau and combine live-action footage and computer-generated imagery, the latter of which will be...
American filmmakers have tried some neat formal tricks lately — think J.C. Chandor and the frantic silence of "All Is Lost" — but few have the brio Godfrey Reggio displays in his new work "Visitors."
The black-and-white film, which is just wrapping a three-week theatrical run in Los Angeles before heading to VOD this spring, continues the director’s pattern of experimental documentary.
Focusing on faces, largely though not strictly human, as well as assorted other images, “Visitors” is essentially a montage set to music (a Philip Glass score), with no narrative and few obvious transitions. If that doesn’t quite give you a sense of what the film is, it’s because, well, a movie this abstract doesn’t really lend itself to description.
Basically, “Visitors” straddles the line between art piece, film and meditation exercise as its slow-burn images invite and challenge the viewer to all manner of contemplation — which is...
Much like the brave but ultimately doomed Spartan soldiers of "300," Eva Green might have been up against insurmountable odds in her role as Artemisia in "300: Rise of an Empire," Noam Murro's sequel to Zack Snyder's 2007 hit.
Film critics agree that Green's performance as the villainess Artemisia is the best part of the sword-and-sandal spectacle, but they said even she can't save it from mediocrity.
The Times' Betsy Sharkey wrote, "The one to watch is Artemisia, and not just because Green gets the best costumes -- leather and chainmail has rarely been as fetching -- but because her character is as tactical a warrior as Themistokles [Sullivan Stapleton, the movie's hero], and she has a grudge to match." Sharkey added that Green's fight choreography is "incredible" and that "you couldn't ask for a more magnetic villain."
On the other hand: "For all of its hyper-realized visuals, 'Rise of an Empire' is a very talkie film,"...
Don Murray is a man of convictions.
When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week.
"They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara. And he nearly walked away again several years later when 20th Century Fox wanted him to sign a long-term contract after he was cast in his film debut as Marilyn Monroe's love interest in the 1956 William Inge comedy "Bus Stop."
Though the studio initially told Murray "you can't do the role" if he didn't sign, the Fox executives ended up negotiating with the young actor, who had been a...
"War of the Worlds: Goliath" sets its 3-D animation against an alternate reality — one in which a Martian invasion at the beginning of World War I forces Earthlings of all nationalities to form a united front. The 3-D notwithstanding, the film reeks of low-budget Michael Bay reimagined as 1980s Japanese TV anime.
As if the premise isn't absurd enough, the film goes on to lump discourses on colonial India, the Irish struggle and Nazi Germany with its space-invasion narrative. The pastiche may pad out the paper-thin plot, but it ultimately renders the film nonsensical.
Writer David Abramowitz substitutes ethnic stereotypes for exposition in much of his screenplay. The voice actors, featuring Adrian Paul, butcher ethnic accents. The film has less character development than "Pokémon: The First Movie." At least Pikachu was adorable.
Japanese science fiction often subliminally grapples with the atomic bombings' aftermath and serves as a cautionary tale...
The subject of "Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence" is a Trappist monk and a prolific author who's considered a transformative figure in contemporary Christianity.
In the 1970s, Keating became a key figure in the revival of contemplative prayer, reshaping an ancient monastic tradition for modern-day seekers.
Filmmakers Elena Mannes and Peter C. Jones are attentive to the beauty and discipline of meditative devotion, and their portrait will be of special interest to followers for its intimate conversations with the monk, who turned 91 on March 7. Jones, Keating's nephew, has a background in art photography, evident in the creative use of composite stills. But for all its lovely moments, the boilerplate documentary ultimately feels like a wan representation of an unconventional believer's life work.
The biographical basics show an early calling, one that left Keating's well-to-do, nonreligious family stunned and disappointed. Having chosen the...
It was the gaffe that launched a thousand quips. John Travolta's now-infamous mispronunciation of "Let It Go" singer Idina Menzel's name as "Adele Dazeem" at the Oscars spawned viral screen captures, countless tweets and even a widget to "Travoltify your name."
On Wednesday, Movies Now asked readers to submit their own witty captions about the incident to accompany the photo above, which shows Travolta backstage with publicist Paul Bloch. Here are our favorite submissions.
Third place: "Now, John, it's I before E except after C, and remember the L in Idina Menzel," suggested by James Norwood. It's a clever mnemonic that we hope no one ever actually has to employ.
Second place: Rita Blackwell submitted the caption, "Paige Blork, what did I say?" This one gets extra points for thoroughness: Paige Blork is indeed the Travoltified version of Paul Bloch.
First place: Commenter "Bob Zuruncle" — we see what you did there with your...
Hong Kong filmmakers have tried — and largely failed — to duplicate the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," so more appear to be looking to thriving film industries in Japan and South Korea for inspiration. The Donnie Yen vehicle "Special ID" supplies the proof.
Director Clarence Fok Yiu-leung has here co-opted South Korea's messy fight choreography as seen in the noted 2003 thriller "Oldboy" as well as the cartoonish, multi-culti lowlifes that populate the bulk of Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's canon.
Yen stars as Chen Zilong, an undercover cop who infiltrates the Hong Kong underworld, "Infernal Affairs"-style. He resolves to unravel the master plan of his former protégé Sunny (Andy On), who is slaughtering his way to the triad's top ranks. There's little suspense to speak of but plenty of roundhouse kicks to keep you shocked and awed.
The lens work by "Crouching Tiger" cinematographer Peter Pau looks...
In that ever-expanding world of kid/grown-up movies, "Mr. Peabody
Watching a film won't make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be "Particle Fever," a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it.
As directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, with another physicist, David Kaplan, as one of the producers, "Particle Fever" is about ideas so big — What are the origins of the universe? How did matter itself get created? — that they're hard to get your head around.
But the gift of this film is that it's able to make these inquiries and the scientific quests that surround them not only comprehensible but unexpectedly captivating. There's a palpable excitement around the search for knowledge, and this film captures that...
As much performance art as movie, "300: Rise of an Empire" unfolds as beautiful, bloody, slow-motion machismo. Torsos bared, swords flashing, another 300 rock the leather skirts and loincloths with pounding, passionate music perfectly underscoring this latest round of the "beautiful death" the ancient Greeks were so poetic about.
Though it is hard to replicate the freshness of the first, "Rise" is almost as visually stunning as 2006's "300," when Gerard Butler as King Leonidas sacrificed Sparta's finest abs in a no-win battle against the Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). This time, there is more to it than scantily clad men mud wrestling to hone their battle skills. A female demands the right to bear arms, and bare breasts. Artemisia (Eva Green) is as fierce and brave as any man, and she's dressed to kill.
Zack Snyder, who directed the first, remains a guiding force in "Rise," writing the script with Kurt Johnstad. Director Noam Murro continues the arresting design ethos of...
Quvenzhane Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," gets a new lease on a hard-knock life in the first trailer for "Annie," an upcoming remake of the beloved stage and screen musical.
Directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A") and produced by Will and Jada Smith and hip-hop mogul Jay Z, the new "Annie" stars 10-year-old Wallis as the intrepid, orphaned youngster who gets an opportunity to escape the tyranny of her cruel headmistress after a chance encounter with a wealthy mayoral candidate.
Cameron Diaz plays the headmistress, Miss Hannigan, channeling some of her "Bad Teacher" naughtiness, and Jamie Foxx plays Benjamin Stacks, this movie's equivalent of Daddy Warbucks. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale also star.
Opening Dec. 19 from Columbia Pictures, the long-gestating movie had been slated to feature the Smiths' daughter, Willow, in the lead role, but she aged out of consideration.
The "Annie" remake updates the setting from...
When it comes to populist (read: reductive) regional theater, Del Shores has cornered the gay white Texan niche. He attempted to crack the film industry with his 2000 adaptation of the play "Sordid Lives" but lacked the kind of cult following that helped to translate Tyler Perry's theatrical success to the big screen. With "Southern Baptist Sissies," Shores has bypassed an adaptation altogether and released a concert film assembled from stage performances.
The film's vignettes of gay white naïfs from the Deep South with identity crises recall the back story of many a contestant on "RuPaul's Drag Race." Outcasts of all stripes are welcome at this pity party: conflicted gays, escapist drag queens, nymphomaniac hags and seasoned barflies who have long worn out their welcome, all navigating between the sheltered world of religion and the pitiful refuge of a seedy strip club.
Post-"My Own Private Idaho," post-"The Adventures of...
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” was the toast of this year's Sundance Film Festival, sweeping top prizes that set it up for a potentially nifty commercial and awards run when it hits theaters later this year.
Now its writer-director, first-timer Damian Chazelle, is looking to capitalize on the heat with a new project, titled “La La Land,” according to a person familiar with the project who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about it publicly.
Described as a romantic musical set in L.A., the script centers on an aspiring actress and jazz musician who fall in love but see their relationship tested by the high-stress environment of the city's arts and entertainment community.
The film is being put together by WME Entertainment’s indie-film division and has attracted the interest of studios to finance and distribute. No cast has been set yet.
Chazelle’s first film was shot...
"Lucky Bastard" is a bold little thriller — and deft cautionary tale — involving a website (called Lucky Bastard) that awards average Joes the chance to have sex with a porn star. The caveat: These trysts will be filmed for the site's subscribers, so the more awkward or humiliating the contestant's experience, the better — at least for the viewer.
At the core of this particular circus is the website's tough but equitable impresario, Mike (a terrific Don McManus), who oversees a mini-stable of talent including performers Ashley (Betsy Rue), Casey (Catherine Annette) and Josh (Lee Kholafai) plus cameramen Kris (Chris Wylde) and Nico (Lanny Joon). For these game folks, all of whom are nicely dimensionalized here, porn may have its adventure factor, but it's mostly just a job.
Enter Dave (Jay Paulson), a skittish young guy who's been picked to get it on with his porn idol, Ashley, a former stripper and now single mother. Although we know from the grim opening how this...
The Tribeca Film Festival will feature a number of celebrities in front of and behind the camera when it kicks off its 13th edition next month.
Chris Messina directs “Alex of Venice,” a marital drama that stars the filmmaker and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his wife, with a resurgent Don Johnson co-starring. Courtney Cox, meanwhile, will unveil “Just Before I Go,” about a hard-luck man (Sean William Scott) who returns to his hometown to try to settle some scores.
Also premiering at the festival, organizers said Thursday, will be Victor Levin’s “5 to 7,” a transatlantic romance starring Anton Yelchin, who mined similar territory in Sundance sensation “Like Crazy” a few years back; Susanna Fogel’s “Life Partners,” the Millennial friendship dramedy that stars real-life partners Leighton Meester and Adam Brody as well as Gillian Jacobs and Gabourey Sidibe; the Nicole Holofcener-penned “Every Secret Thing,” a...
Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," where the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment.
With credits including "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Darjeeling Limited" and the stop-motion animation "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling. "The Grand Budapest," however, is anything but.
Delighting in all manner of old movie tropes, from elaborate chases to hairs-breadth escapes to Victorian plot devices like "the second copy of the second will," this playful yet poignant film, anchored by a knockout performance by Ralph Fiennes, tells the Boys' Own Adventure yarn of how a celebrated hotel concierge and a lowly lobby boy team up to have the adventure of a lifetime.
In "The Face of Love," it's five years after the devastating loss of her husband when Annette Bening's still-grieving Nikki sees an uncanny look-alike of her dear departed wandering their old haunt, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
As Nikki starts courting Tom (Ed Harris), a local artist with no idea the psychodrama he's walking into, moviegoers can be forgiven for seeing double themselves in the trappings of this skewed, late-in-life romance.
But rather than indulging the weird Sirkian "Vertigo" (minus the murder plot) nipping at the edges, director and co-writer Arie Posin regrettably sticks to the tastefully designed, artless tear-jerker. The lost opportunity is that he's got the masterful Bening and Harris to play with, great enough actors to turn any interaction — however tritely written — into an intimate, emotionally honest dance of the scarred and delicate.
What takes its toll, however, are the forced...
Kidnapping a minor is a crime, but imprisoning a 14-year-old boy until age 19 for unknowingly riding a stolen scooter is justice. That was fair and right to Mark Ciavarella, a Pennsylvania judge known for his 60-second trials, and in whose courtroom defendants were pressured to forgo an attorney.
Ciavarella's other victims include 14-year-old Amanda, who lost five years of her adolescence, and 12-year-old Justin, who ended up spending seven years in jail, both for fighting in school.
"I wanted them to be scared out of their minds," Ciavarella explains in director Robert May's "Kids for Cash," a vital, urgent and infuriating look at the devastating failures of the juvenile court system and the insidious reach of prison privatization.
As the documentary's title suggests, Ciavarella's sins don't end with outrageously disproportionate sentencing. Rather, Ciavarella gained notoriety nationwide when he was convicted of racketeering in...
Formidable, indomitable, irascible: Pick your adjective, and it pretty much describes the force of nature who holds the stage in "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me."
But what makes this documentary on the celebrated actress and singer especially involving is that watching it calls forth another, quite different selection of descriptors as well: vulnerable, insecure, even fragile.
As directed by Chiemi Karasawa, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is less an examination of the long career of the gifted performer with the big personality who first appeared on Broadway in 1944 than a snapshot of her as she approached her 87th birthday, still as much in love with performing as ever and wondering how long she can keep it up.
The most engaging thing about the feisty Stritch, and what any film that spent time with her couldn't help but capture, is her candid sense of humor, her willingness to say anything as long as it is the truth. Described by one friend as "a...
With the success of the "Insidious" and "Paranormal Activity" movies and last year's "The Conjuring," the bubble hasn't burst quite yet in the horror housing market. But it doesn't necessarily make things easier for a more low-key, more sluggish offering like "Haunt."
In this feature debut from director Mac Carter and screenwriter Andrew Barrer, the Ashers, a family of five, move into a forbidding country manse that notoriously didn't let most of its last inhabitants out alive, save a ghoulish-voiced, hollow-eyed matriarch played by Jacki Weaver.
It's all cheery optimism for the new tenants, though, until glum teenager Evan (Harrison Gilbertson) befriends flirty, rebellious neighbor girl Sam (Liana Liberato), and the pair embark on some not-so-harmless spirit raising.
Though "Haunt" ostensibly has all the necessary elements for a solid case of the dreads — visual sophistication, physical atmosphere and a secret-filled yarn —...
More than just about any other major American filmmaker working today, writer-director Wes Anderson doesn't so much make movies as create worlds. Each of his films takes place in its own strange sovereignty, whether the Texas prep school of "Rushmore," the train running through India in "The Darjeeling Limited" or the island hideaway for a pair of adolescent lovers in "Moonrise Kingdom."
His latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is set in the fictional country of Zubrowka. Though the story skips through multiple time periods, the main action is set in the 1930s against the backdrop of impending war, as a meticulous yet rambunctious concierge known as Monsieur Gustav H. (Ralph Fiennes) takes on a young refugee named Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) as lobby boy and protégé. The cast also features F. Murray Abraham as an older Moustafa, Tom Wilkinson and Jude Law as an author at different ages and an impressive ensemble including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Edward...
What's the best method for vanquishing monsters: martial arts or loving kindness? It's a question that goes to the heart of "Journey to the West," director Stephen Chow's dazzling comic fantasy about a gentle Buddhist demon hunter.
The latest in a long line of movies based on the 16th-century novel of the same name, this exuberant and delightfully cartoony CGI-fest topped China's 2013 box office.
Beginning with the 10-minute opening sequence — a triumph of Rube Goldberg zaniness in a rustic fishing village — Chow's version of the fable, subtitled "Conquering the Demons," is propelled by jaw-dropping visual inventiveness.
It spins around two mismatched demon hunters. Nursery rhymes are the weapon of choice for raggedy-haired Xuan Zang (Wen Zhang, goofy-sweet), whose master teaches him that even demons are born good, providing back stories on how they are transformed by hatred after being wronged. Duan, played by Shu Qi with a kinetic mix of toughness and vulnerability, has...
Urbanites have plenty of reasons to fear country folk, at least in the movies. Getting away for the weekend so often turn into a showdown with masked murderers that heading out to the country seems like a game of Russian roulette.
In writer-director Jeremy Lovering's exceptional British thriller "In Fear," the needy, nebbish Tom (Iain De Caestecker) rolls the dice by booking a room at a remote hotel for himself and his maybe-kinda girlfriend, Lucy (Alice Englert), to celebrate their two-week anniversary. Hours later, they're no closer to their destination: They have been tricked into a giant maze that makes them easy prey.
Tom and Lucy drive for most of the movie, but Lovering keeps "In Fear" visually absorbing through unsettling close-ups and a well-paced series of scares. Night falls quickly, which means opacity and innuendo do most of the fright work. (Despite the film's R rating, there's very little blood.)
At an Academy Awards ceremony that set out to honor movie heroes of all stripes, an onstage team-up between Spider-Man and the pint-size crusader known as Batkid didn't make the cut.
Miles Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia patient who charmed America when he donned a mini-batsuit and defended San Francisco from supervillains during a Make-a-Wish event last year, was scheduled to appear with "Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield at the Oscars on Sunday, only to have the segment scrapped at the last minute.
Natalie Scott, Miles' mother, told the International Business Times her son was invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to participate in the ceremony, and the family traveled from Northern California to attend rehearsals the day before the show. On Sunday morning, however, the Scotts were told the segment wouldn't be part of the show after all.
"I don't know if they ran out of time, or if there was something about the...
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency.
Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Teenage informant Sanfur (Shadi Mar'i) is a crucial resource; his older brother, who heads a militant faction, is a man the Israelis have been trying to lure out of hiding.
Complicating the cat-and-mouse maneuvers is Razi's connection to — or personal investment in — the boy. While his...
Proving that maybe the tastes of MTV are not so different from those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, three Oscar-nominated films -- "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- are among the movie of the year nominees for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
The male and female performance categories also echo the academy's choices as Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Amy Adams ("American Hustle"), Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), and Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") fill out a familiar-looking lineup.
That may be where the similarities end. Blockbuster big-screen adaptations "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" round out the top five movie-of-the-year nominees, and the shirtless performance and #WTF moment categories have yet to make an appearance on Oscar ballots.
Like a take-it-outside scrape between two once-friendly drunks, the sibling rivalry comedy "Awful Nice" has a kind of bro-logic fascination embedded in its rambunctious male humor. How does a bonding moment turn sour? When is an insult a compliment too? Is there a smidgen of love accompanying that swing to the head?
This is not to say that writer-director Todd Sklar's loose, unkempt tale of two long-incommunicado brothers on a disastrous trip to claim their dead father's inheritance is some model of broken-relations satire. It's a series of tense, silly and occasionally cruel exchanges between exasperated family guy Jim (James Pumphrey) and motor mouth hedonist Dave (co-writer Alex Rennie) as they plan — but never get around to — fixing up a disused family lake home in Branson, Mo.
Granted, Sklar's decision to expand an earlier short film to feature length was an idea probably as sketchy as Jim's and Dave's...
"The Activist" is an earnest but largely melodramatic thriller placed against the 1973 standoff between federal authorities and members of the American Indian Movement in the South Dakota village of Wounded Knee.
Writer-director Cyril Morin (who also composed the score) combines real-life and fictional situations and characters to tell this uneven tale of two Native American activists, Marvin (Chadwick E. Brown) and Bud (Michael Spears), who are dubiously arrested and locked up while the Nixon administration attempts to manipulate events — and further a secret political agenda — around the famed occupation.
It's an intriguing setting — and set-up. But a lack of subtlety in the writing and much of the acting (particularly Circus-Szalewski and Ron Roggé as a pair of good cop/bad cop jailers) mitigate the power of the caged men's plights as well as the movie's intended tension. As the action unfolds almost entirely within the...
Tuna, a Chiweenie with an overbite and more than 700,000 followers on Instagram, was there. So were Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Beethoven, Marley, Toto and several other dogs of renown.
The canine A-list had gathered in Hollywood in February to celebrate one of their own. Yes, they had also come because their trainers were tossing bits of hot dog onto the red carpet, but really, the main attraction was Mr. Peabody, the hyper-intelligent, time-traveling beagle from the 1960s cartoon shorts "Peabody's Improbable History," who was getting his paw prints enshrined at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
Mr. Peabody, who first attained fame in the series of wryly humorous, six-minute shorts wedged between Rocky and Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right cartoons, is staging a career comeback in the new DreamWorks Animation movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman."
As with many aging stars, Mr. Peabody's second act has come with some cosmetic changes as well as personal growth. That...
Kathie Lee Gifford looked like a deer caught in oncoming headlights when 89-year-old Broadway legend Elaine Stritch casually dropped an F-bomb on the "Today" show a few weeks back. Gifford shouldn't have been surprised.
Stritch, who appeared on the morning show to chat about the documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," which opens in L.A. on Friday, has been a lively and outspoken force of nature throughout a career that has spanned more than 60 years.
And she was equally unfiltered in a recent phone conversation. Stritch was often very sweet, referring to the interviewer as "honey," but also razor-sharp in her comments.
In the documentary directed by Chiemi Karasawa, Stritch is candid about her failing health, her battle with alcoholism and the fact that after 25 years of sobriety she allows herself one drink a day. But she puts her foot down when the topic is brought up in conversation.
"I would like to stop talking about alcohol," Stritch...
Sunday night's Oscars were very thin on surprises, which is why many of us were left mainly to discuss pizza deliveries and John Travolta miscues
But there was genuine suspense in the category of animated short, an obscure realm that had bred certainty in pre-ceremony polls (and pools) thanks to the presence of "Get a Horse!," a throwback short produced by Disney. The film was shown ahead of the $400-million-plus-grossing "Frozen," offering an advantage the other nominees could only dream of (those other nominees, needless to say, were watched by a few thousand Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members on screeners, maybe)
Disney also embarked on an un-shorts-like campaign that included an elegant red-and-yellow poster sent to numerous media outlets. (Full disclosure: They hang in a few offices around these parts.)
So when the decidedly French and un-Disney name of "Mr. Hublot" was called at the Dolby Theatre Sunday, there...
This is the weekend people are usually encouraged to go see the Oscar winners they missed during the lead-up to last Sunday's awards show.
Not me. I say make time for the Biggest Loser: "American Hustle."
The film went into the night with 10 nominations and walked out with zero — disappointing for such zany, smart fun. On the surface, director David O. Russell's latest is about a '70s con within a con game.
Yet the plot really spins around the flawed nature of human dynamics. Christian Bale's con guy, Amy Adams as his partner/lover, Jennifer Lawrence as the scorned wife and Bradley Cooper's overly ambitious FBI agent are the primary work force. Within each character, Russell has dropped a specific nugget of vulnerability.
As the cons unfold, those weak spots drive each of them toward that brick wall of big mistakes. All the clever observations about egos are wrapped in a fabulous period look and set to music that carries its own subtle commentary.
The film would be...
There were few surprises during Sunday's Academy Awards show, at least according to the thousands of L.A. Times readers who submitted their Oscar picks via our play-at-home ballot.
The average reader got about half of his or her picks correct, with several people getting near-perfect scores.
The winner for best picture, "12 Years a Slave," received about 55% of the vote -- with the next most popular choice from the nine-film field, "American Hustle," getting a paltry 14%. Given that most pundits felt the best picture contest was a three-way race among "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Gravity," the selection of the eventual winner was a respectable showing indeed.
Still, this was a year of few surprises in general at the Oscars; outside of best picture and one or two other categories, many of the winners Sunday had been sweeping through the season.
"Frozen," the winner for animated feature and a heavy favorite among awards...
Conan O'Brien will host the youthful, pop-oriented MTV Movie Awards for the first time on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre, the late-night host announced on "Conan" on Tuesday. At 50, he is the oldest performer ever to host the show, which tends to favor twenty- and thirty-something comedians for its podium gigs.
O'Brien is a seasoned awards show emcee, having hosted the Emmys in 2002, 2003 (as a co-host) and 2006. He could lend a bit of legitimacy to an MTV event that previous hosts such as Rebel Wilson (2013), Russell Brand (2012) and Jason Sudeikis (2011) couldn't quite muster.
In a prepared statement, O'Brien said, "After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV's second most prestigious awards show." (MTV's banner show is the Video Music Awards.)
A far cry from the illustrious Academy Awards or even the fizzier Golden Globes, the MTV Movie Awards are a freewheeling popularity contest, powered by...
The new trailer for "Transformers: Age of Extinction" warns that "The rules have changed," but based on the images glimpsed within, there's still plenty of the robotic mayhem, booming explosions and large-scale destruction that Michael Bay and his blockbuster franchise are known for.
Written by Ehren Kruger, who penned the previous two "Transformers" movies, and directed by Bay, who has directed each installment but says this fourth one will be his last, "Extinction" introduces a new human protagonist in Mark Wahlberg, playing a mechanic who gets caught in the middle of an ongoing war between rival clans of shape-shifting alien robots.
The movie also stars Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci and Jack Reynor. Peter Cullen once again voices Optimus Prime.
"Extinction" is set a few years after the events of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," in which Chicago was decimated and humanity was nearly annihilated by the evil Decepticons, only to be saved by the noble...
Hany Abu-Assad should be used to the tension by now. The Palestinian director has shot most of his films ("Paradise Now," "Rana's Wedding") in a region known far more for its conflict than its cinema, and his story lines often take place in between tangles of barbed wire and crowded checkpoints.
But filming "Omar" on the West Bank and in his hometown of Nazareth almost proved too much — even for Abu-Assad.
"At the end of the shoot, I told everybody, 'I'm not going to make another movie,'" said the director. "The financing, the crew, the locations, problems with the authorities. I was done. It was that stressful."
During production, investors dropped out, refugee camp mobs sabotaged the shoot and Abu-Assad, 52, battled his own insecurity as his first Hollywood film, "The Courier," went straight to DVD.
Still, Abu-Assad and his all-Palestinian cast and crew stuck it out, and "Omar" made it all the way to the...
When the Steve McQueen drama "12 Years a Slave" was named best feature at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Brad Pitt — who had a role in the movie and produced it via his company, Plan B Entertainment — took the stage but did not speak, allowing his producing partner Dede Gardner to step forward and bask in the accolades.
One day later the film repeated the feat at the Academy Awards, but this time Pitt was front and center. After Will Smith called the win for the Solomon Northup slavery drama, Pitt took the mike and immediately embraced his role as "12 Years'" public face.
"Thank you for this incredible honor you bestowed on our film tonight," he addressed a cheering Dolby Theatre. "I know I speak for everyone standing behind me that it has been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon's story."
That contrast epitomizes the line walked by Plan B — between a company that at once trades on its tabloid-friendly star and...
With one mispronunciation on stage at the Academy Awards, John Travolta created a wildly popular meme — and seemingly an entirely new person — when he introduced "Let It Go" singer Idina Menzel by a name that sounded more like "Adele Dazeem."
The flub was instantly commemorated on social media, and Travolta eventually expressed his embarrassment in an emailed statement on Tuesday afternoon, but he stopped short of saying what exactly caused him to make a mess of the singer's name.
Was there an error in the script? Did the teleprompter malfunction? Did Travolta fall victim to nerves? The "Saturday Night Fever" star isn't saying. But the backstage photo above offers a clue — it shows Travolta, alongside publicist Paul Bloch, scrutinizing a piece of paper. Is it a pizza menu? A script page? And if so, is he studying the name before he went out on stage? Or perhaps examining it after the fact to see what went wrong?
John Travolta may not be able to pronounce Idina Menzel’s name, but he appears to be able to type it.
During the Oscars telecast on Sunday, the actor infamously mangled the “Let It Go” singer’s name, referring to her as “Adele Dazeem” and instantly becoming the subject of global mockery. Two days later, the “Pulp Fiction” star broke his silence, saying he was embarrassed about the mistake.
"I've been beating myself up all day,” he said in an emailed statement. “Then I thought...what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!"
Within minutes of Travolta’s error on Sunday, he was being made of fun of mercilessly on Twitter, and multiple media outlets posted a Vine video of the mispronunciation playing in an endless loop. A day later, Slate created its own widget...
Golden Bear winner “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” a Sam Rockwell-Marisa Tomei dramedy and a documentary about the legacy of Christian Dior will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival when it kicks off next month, organizers announced Tuesday.
“Black Coal,” Diao Yinan’s Mandarin-language film, is a China-set noir about a mysterious set of murders and the defrocked cop who sets out to solve them. The movie, which has just been announced for a China release slot, won the top prize -- the Golden Bear -- at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Silver Bear for actor Liao Fan.
Meanwhile, Tribeca will see the world premiere of “Loitering With intent,” theater-world crossover Adam Rapp’s film about screenwriting and family that stars Tomei and Rockwell.
And “Dior and I,” from French director Frédéric Tcheng, examines the House of Christian Dior, offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at one of the world&...