Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 8:54 pm
We all know James Bond had a hankering for martinis. But it looks like the international spy threw back far more Vespers, his martini of choice, than was good for him.
Dr. Indra Neil Guha, a liver specialist, and his colleagues at Nottingham University Hospital in England spent a year poring over Ian Fleming's James Bond books and tabulating how many drinks the suave spy drank a day.
Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:03 pm
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live."
That endlessly quoted line from Joan Didion's The White Album echoes with more than the usual resonance for the two adversaries duking it out for control over the movie adaptation of Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks.
For 20 years Walt Disney, reportedly on his young daughters' say-so, had tried to wrestle a green light from P. L. Travers, who wrote the original novels about the discipline-minded governess who flew in through a London window to save a troubled family from itself.
Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:49 pm
Peter Jackson's decision to turn the single volume of The Hobbit into a three-film epic — with a total running time nearly as long as his adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy — was met with considerable skepticism. Did Tolkien's relatively slight book really have enough story to justify stretching it out that much?
Robert Redford isn't merely the star of the movie All Is Lost — he plays the only character. He plays a man stranded alone on a small yacht in the Indian Ocean, and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott says it's "the performance of a lifetime."
We don't know the man's name, why he's there, or anything about his background — but when disaster strikes, we learn that he's resourceful and doesn't succumb to panic. After a stray shipping container rams his vessel and leaves a gaping hole in the hull, he must make the boat seaworthy again in order to survive.
Director David O. Russell's latest film, American Hustle, is inspired by the Abscam scandal — the FBI sting from the 1970s, complete with an agent posing as an Arab sheik, that led to the downfall of a number of politicians.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Christian Bale, the movie is about that sting operation, but it's also a love story and a loving study of larger-than-life characters — with big '70s hair, wearing classic '70s polyester wardrobes — trying to reinvent themselves.
Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber.
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(L-R) Actor Dick Van Dyke, actress Karen Dotrice and composer Richard Sherman attending the 'Mary Poppins' 50th Anniversary Commemoration Screening at AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.
This Christmas, the new film “Saving Mr. Banks” premieres in theaters. The movie tells the story of the long courtship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, whose books about a magical nanny had enchanted Walt and his children.
NPR arts editor Trey Graham brings us a review of the film ”White Reindeer,” written and directed by Zach Clark.
In “White Reindeer,” Christmastime is approaching and a contented real estate agent (Anna Margaret Hollyman) suddenly loses her husband. She then learns that her spouse was seeing another woman — a stripper. The wife becomes friends with the younger woman, and enters a world of parties, drugs and shoplifting.
The films of Joel and Ethan Coen pose a challenge: How do we reconcile their wildly disparate tones? Consider O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a burlesque of Homer's Odyssey centering on three stumblebums — but with a soundtrack assembled by T Bone Burnett of heartfelt historical gospel and country music. Ditto The Ladykillers: venal idiot characters, soaring African-American spirituals. The ridiculous and the sublime sit side by side, with no spillover.