Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 1:22 pm
Audiences for Thor: The Dark World may initially be confused as to whether they accidentally wandered into a preview screening of the next installment in the Hobbit series.
The opening prologue — a solemn Anthony Hopkins narrates an epic tale of ancient wars between the forces of good and a race of evil elves — feels like pure Tolkien, and with good reason: the Norse mythologies that inspired the Lord of the Rings author also informed Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Larry Lieber as they went about developing their godlike superhero.
The Exorcist was the story of one girl's demonic possession and the priest who saved her. It was engaging, terrifying and masterful — and it gave new meaning to the phrase "a real head-turner."
William Peter Blatty wrote the screenplay, adapting his own best-selling book. The film starred Ellen Burstyn and a very young Linda Blair — barely 12 years old when shooting began. William Friedkin, who had recently won an Academy Award for The French Connection, was the director.
In Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto plays Rayon, a transgender woman who is HIV-positive and struggling with a drug habit. "I always saw Rayon as someone who wanted to live ... life as a woman, not just someone who enjoyed putting on women's clothing," Leto says.
Dallas Buyers Club is based on the story of Ron Woodroof, a rodeo cowboy and electrician, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985. With the latest drugs still in the trial phase, he was told he didn't have long to live. Without access to possibly life-prolonging drugs, he sought out alternative treatments in Mexico and smuggled those drugs into the U.S., forming a buyers club for fellow HIV patients.
Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled this afternoon that House Bill 2, the controversial abortion law that saw filibusters, as well as hundreds of protesters fill the capitol in Austin last legislative session, would have impinged on a woman’s rights.
The Academy Awards are still months away, but some Hollywood insiders are already on the attack.
Studios have huge publicity machines that lobby for their movies to win, but there's also a shadowy strategy that's not as visible as the advertising blitz. It's good old-fashioned trash-talking: So-called "whisper campaigns" are a sneaky way to lobby against the competition.
Gotham City's Dynamic Duo is coming to the Alamo City. From the 1960s television program "Batman," Adam West and Robin Burt Ward join Ernie Hudson from "Ghostbusters," Danny Trejo from "Machete," and many more celebrities in town for a highly anticipated event among the geek conogscenti.
Blue Is the Warmest Color focuses on the relationship that develops between Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos, left) and Emma (Lea Seydoux), and it includes two explicit sex scene that have raised hackles among some critics.
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Abdellatif Kechiche speaks onstage at the Cannes Film Festival in May with Seydoux (left) and Exarchopoulos after all three were awarded the Palme d'Or for their work on Blue Is the Warmest Color, a festival first.
The French film Blue Is the Warmest Color has been making news for months.
It won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Then the director and his stars got into a public feud about the conditions on set and the explicit sex scenes between the film's leading actresses. After months of controversy, the picture finally opens in American cinemas this week — with an NC-17 rating.
But before it became the cinematic flashpoint of the year, Blue Is the Warmest Color was also declared the love story of the year.
You may not know Wil Haygood by name, but you likely have heard of "The Butler," the Hollywood film about an African-American butler's decades of service at the White House, that's made over $100 million at the box office so far. Haygood, a reporter for the Washington Post and Associate Producer on the film, spoke to students at St. Philip's College today.
Despite his accomplishments at the Washington Post, the Boston Globe (as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist), and in Hollywood, Haygood’s demeanor is humble. But that doesn’t mean he's without passion.