One day before shooting began, Ryan Gosling walked away from his part as a greiving father in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel, The Lovely Bones, according to Variety.
[Gosling] stepped out after gaining 20 pounds and growing a beard for the job. Sources attributed the exit to creative differences. Read More
One had to know that George Clooney wasn’t going to settle for fourth place—not in this town! Michael Clayton (No. 1) expanded from 2 theaters into 9 and nabbed the top spot on this week’s Manhattan box office chart. The film, which is in its second week, managed to outgross Tyler Perry’s Why Did Get Read More
Hollywood has been trying to get a handle on Hong Kong moviemaking for more than a decade now, ever since Americans figured out our action heroes were holding their guns wrong. Instead of the old straight-up-and-down—in one hand, like a cowboy, or in the two-fisted isosceles tactical grip of Miami Vice—there was someone like Chow Read More
David O. Russell’s I [Heart] Huckabees, from a screenplay by Mr. Russell and Jeff Baena, displayed more charm, guile and precision than I had anticipated after having been exposed to its laboriously antic coming attractions, and upon reading a dispiriting interview with its flaky and hyper-intuitively improvisational director. In fact, these preliminary portents were so Read More
Now that the worst summer anyone can remember at the movies
is thankfully over, a new season opens with great promise, and I can think of
no better way to start it than with L.I.E.
Resist all temptations to avoid this exceptional film because of its subject
matter (pedophilia) and see L.I.E.
fast. Trust me Read More
Earlier this summer at a media forum in Cambridge,
John Scherlis, a zoologist, rose from the audience to issue a challenge to Hollywood.
“All the best data show that the great apes are headed for
extinction,” he said. “Possibly in just 20 years. Best case, 100-but that will
only be isolated pockets of apes Read More
The late outpouring of love for Saul Bellow has an aftertaste-the realization that the days of the Great Jewish Novel are over. Other experiences from the last 30 years have elbowed aside the Jewish experience in the American imagination. Divorce and dysfunction stories, people of color stories, decline of the WASP aristocracy stories, that’s the Read More
It’s in the Jeans,
Not the Genes
Critics are coming unplugged over Boogie Nights , the new tits-and-ass grind-o-rama about the Hollywood porno industry in the 1970′s that just shocked the New York Film Festival. But in spite of the hype and the closet enthusiasm for raunch and sleaze, the real reason audiences are Read More