It’s not all about Jennifer Lawrence. OK, it pretty much is. As talented as she is eminently lovable (that’s kind of a talent too, right?), the Oscar winner is the face that launched a thousand she’s-just-like-us proclamations, a shockingly sincere starlet in a field characterized by uncomfortable staring and needy thespian bullshit. She’s a bit of a Hollywood unicorn, an actor whom everyone feels comfortable admiring without having to file any paperwork with the National Bureau of Celeb-Crush Caveats.
Say it ain’t so. According to Variety, some bright bulbs have decided to make a sequel to the 1946 Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Actress Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s (Jimmy Stewart) daughter Zuzu in the original, is set to play an angel in the sequel, which is slated for release in 2015. And if this all isn’t a terrible idea, I don’t know what is. Read more »
Prior to stepping into Dallas Buyers Club,Jean-Marc Vallée’s brash new socio-medical biopic, a friend who was accompanying me to the screening joked that he was looking forward to watching a lighthearted buddy comedy.
Somehow, in some McConaughey-fed way, that off-hand crack turned out to have real truth to it. No, it’s not Lethal Weapon, but this Oscar contender has big balls, its depiction of America’s evolving understanding of HIV and homosexuality distilled through the bond between two men — one of whom identifies as a woman.
Filmmaker Lee Daniels has never been one to shy away from confrontation. Just watch any of his films, and that much is clear. And according to a new interview that the Philadelphia-area native gave to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, Daniels had some choice words for Oprah Winfrey, who stars in The Butler, his latest film. (The movie just opened in England.) Read more »
It’s been a while since I last watched a Disney princess movie, and thank God for that. But 40,000 viewings when my daughter was between the ages of three and 10 have pretty well etched Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Cinderella and Snow White into my gray matter permanently.
Like my colleague Victor Fiorillo, I was deeply troubled about what my little girl’s penchant for royal daughters might augur for her future development. Would she become a spoiled, dependent victim of the princess wars? Lorde, did she honestly believe she’d grow up to be a royal? That Her Highness was a viable job description? That some chisel-chinned guy would swoop in and rescue her from the drudgery of middle school and they’d live happily ever after? Was this feminism’s revenge on me?
Bold moves, big hammer, pretty straw-colored Aryan hair that’s totally begging to be twisted into Bo Derek braids (just me?) — we all understand why Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, feebly introduced in 2011 before being spit-polished in The Avengers, is so popular. (Shoutout to Vinny D’Onofrio, though.) But is it Thor’s bro Loki, played for every surly beat by English actor Tom Hiddleston, that’s made him such a furrowed-brow phenomenon?
To the surprise of many, Blockbuster still has a few brick-and-mortar stores open, but today the company announced that it will close all of its 300 remaining locations in the United States. That includes the last remaining store in Philadelphia— located at 6801 Frankford Ave. There are also a few in New Jersey, although they are a bit far from the Philadelphia area (located in Fair Lawn, Belleville and Elizabeth.)
On December 23, one of the LGBT community’s most iconic films, Philadelphia, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The milestone will be marked on Nov. 12, when cast members, director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner assemble at Columbia University Medical Center to discuss the film’s impact in a symposium called ”Philadelphia Twenty Years Later: Narrative and the Epidemic.”
November is here, which means it’s not only the first full month of fall, but the official start of “snuggle up and watch a movie” season. The past few weeks has seen a nice variety of flicks to hit Netflix — ones that run the LGBT spectrum. You’ve got Cloudburst, which stars the great Olympia Dukakis as a lesbian who escapes from a nursing home with her partner and sets out on a trip to Canada. The magical Laurence Anyways follows a gay couple struggling to make it work after one of them comes out as transgender. And Out in the Dark is an intense, sexy Israeli film about two men caught on opposite sides of the Middle East conflict.
Below you’ll find a list of all eight to hit my radar, with trailers and links to their Netflix page. There are two instant-streamers available, A Perfect Ending and Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. I’ve marked those with an asterisk.
As much as Gavin Hood’s long-awaited adaptation of Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s most popular novel, purports to peel into issues of intergalactic peace and compassion, the overall takeaway of this big-money blow-’em-up could’ve come straight from a Fortune 500 recruiting manual. If you’re elite and in-demand, as Ender Wiggin is, stress and expectations are certainly trumped up — but consequences are of little consequence.