Movies about farming interest me about as much as the devaluation of the Chinese yuan. So it is with querulous satisfaction that I find At Any Price, an uneven but timeless story of the decline of the American family farm during perilous times of increasing corporate control, so personal, human and compelling. Dennis Quaid, who Read More
pop culture apocalypse
Cineastes who love Nicole Kidman but not her decor and restraint have something to look forward to; The Paperboy, Lee Daniels’s follow-up to Precious, has its U.S. trailer, and Ms. Kidman has dropped her chilly reserve. Here, she dons skimpy dresses and dances with an underwear-clad Zac Efron (another actor reinventing himself in the pulp Read More
The Mayans were right. We’re all going to die this year. And those of us who aren’t going to be zipped up to Kirk Cameron’s version of Heaven will be left behind to deal with the reckoning here on Earth.
Of course, the first signs of any impending apocalypse comes via celebrity news.
Fashion Week 2011
The slate for this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been announced, with a mix of films that will bring in a raft of unexpected American stars (as well as Cannes perennial Brad Pitt). Who knows–one of them might distinguish him- or herself–after all, last year Bring It On star Kirsten Dunst shocked the world with her Melancholia performance and took home the Best Actress prize. Could the same happen for, say, Kristen Stewart?
Three name cards were set at yesterday’s Calvin Klein Men’s show, and they would portend the feeling of the rest of the event: “JOE JONAS… ZAC EFRON… AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE.”
A front row lineup for the ages! The Efron-Jonas power duo arrived in near-matching suits — one black, one gray — fitted snugly and affixed with Read More
Zac Efron, the impossibly beautiful young Ben and Jerry’s confection who is doing everything humanly possible to grow from Flavor of the Year to Force of the Future, stands head and shoulders above most of his peers in the get-famous business. I didn’t see the High School Musicals that catapulted him to teenage Read More
Because you really don’t have to see New Moon for the fourth time in less than a week, Hollywood is pulling out all the trimmings this Thanksgiving. By which we mean yet another movie about the apocalypse (The Road) and one that could potentially cause it to happen (Old Dogs). As we do every Friday, Read More
Me and Orson Welles
Running time 114 minutes
Written by Holly Gent Palmo
Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay, Claire Danes
Crowded into the cinematic sardine can of year-end releases, Me and Orson Welles is a modest but gigantically charming jewel that deserves rapt attention. Witty, wise, warm and Read More
Two weeks ago, the Observer wrote about the New Male Beauty, a strange cultural shift initiated (in all likelihood) by the Hollywood image factory that has made many of our young leading actors practically indistinguishable.
With their wide-set eyes, narrow noses, rounded jaw lines and carefully placed strands of layered hair, these faces, Read More
When Paramount Pictures decided to remake Footloose, the 1984 teen romance that made a young, lanky actor named Kevin Bacon famous, the studio looked to Zac Efron of the High School Musical trilogy. He could sing. He could dance. And most importantly, he could summon the teenage girls to theaters with one strategic toss of Read More