In keeping with the new zeitgeist of renewing shows very early on (a la Game of Thrones on HBO, or Boss on Starz), HBO has granted a second season to its prestigey drama Luck, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte in a horse-racing milieu. The ten-episode second season is to launch in January 2013. Read More
Nicole Kidman is here, trying to smile up some new interest in both a career that has turned anemic and a movie version of the Broadway play Rabbit Hole, which underscores her rarely tapped depths as a dramatic actress. As movies lose luster and star wattage dims, you wouldn’t guess it this week in Toronto. Read More
Yesterday, when HBO announced that they were going ahead with a series order for Luck, most of the internet met the news with a collective shrug. Not because Luck isn’t poised to be one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2011 — spoiler: it already is — but because of course HBO picked it Read More
(500) Days of Summer, might look like a predictable romantic comedy—there’s the cuteness of its couple, a clever song-and-dance scene, a montage, an infectious nostalgia-baiting soundtrack with the Smiths, Belle and Sebastian and Regina Spektor—but in fact, this is a movie about love written by two dudes: Scott Neustadter, 32, and Michael H. Read More
Manhattan’s Downtown Armory normally reeks of sweaty atheletes.
On Wednesday, May 27, the place smelled of “Fairy Dust”—that is, Paris Hilton‘s signature perfume—and a mix of myriad other scents at the Fragrance Foundation’s 37th annual “FiFi” awards ceremony, where designer Marc Jacobs was awarded Hall of Fame honors.
Among the Read More
Last Chance Harvey
Running time: 92 minutes
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, James Brolin, Kathy Baker, Richard Schiff, Liane Balaban, Elieen Atkins
Joel Hopkins’ Last Chance Harvey, from his own screenplay, transforms its low-key litany of two transatlantic losers, Dustin Hoffman’s Harvey Shine and Emma Read More
Most eighties comedies don’t snare us like they used to. We can flip past Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Stand by Me and not lose our whole afternoon. But there are certain movies that still grab hold, every time, like Tootsie (HDNetM, Saturday, 2:15 p.m.).
Tootsie is one of the great actors’ showcases. Everybody in Read More
Robert Zemeckis used Beowulf (No. 1), once the scourge of high-school English classes nationwide, to lure unsuspecting children and families to the box office this weekend, promising a 3-D spectacle the likes the which they had never seen. Improbably, he ended the weekend at the top of the box-office charts both in Manhattan and across Read More
Last weekend proved that the box office is still pretty sweet on kiddie films, as Bee Movie overtook American Gangster for the No. 1 spot. (Fred Claus came in third. Sigh.) This weekend there’s yet another family fun type offering—yes, we did groan a little—with Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, a mouthful that magically morphs to Read More
Miss Potter may have the cinematic punch of a wet vanilla wafer, but the cynics who have dismissed it as a confection sweet enough to fatten a dentist’s coffer have overlooked one thing: Its unpretentious intentions and feel-good charm are a welcome relief from the deadly, violent despair found elsewhere this winter in overrated bores Read More