July 2, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) Dear Johnny Depp, You jam with Keith Richards and have a lifetime “Play whatever quirky character you want” card signed by Tim Burton, but you, in fact, can't do everything. For example, you can't - or at least you shouldn't - darken your skin, paint your face and play a Native American character primarily used for comic relief. You wouldn't do it were the character, say, black or Asian, would you? I get it: You and director Gore Verbinski made a boatload of money with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, and in Tonto, the jokey companion to the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer)
February 2, 2012 |
Character, not characters. I see the Bears stunned no one and went with Phil Emery as their new general manager. Oh, I can see why. Look at these stunning credentials: Character. Hardworking. Honesty. Integrity. Hardworking. Character. Yeah, OK. I'm really sick of that guy. Sound familiar? Here are others who had those traits: Dave Wannstedt, Dick Jauron, Mark Hatley, Jerry Angelo, Jack Pardee, Neill Armstrong, Abe Gibron and Jim Dooley. I'd rather have the guy nobody likes but will kick some tail (yes, that's Mike Ditka.
September 8, 2011 |
SPOILER ALERT: If you aren't caught up with "Doctor Who," stop reading. "Doctor Who" fan Chris Hardwick has called Rory Williams "The Kenny of 'Doctor Who.'" It's an apt description, because like that "South Park" character, Rory keeps getting killed on the British sci-fi hit. "I personal hope that Rory just stops dying," Arthur Darvill said Thursday, emphasizing each of the last three words. Darvill plays the hapless Rory in the series, which airs at 9 p.m. Saturdays on BBC America.
June 14, 2012 |
**1/2 (out of four) Does an all-over-the-place character necessitate an all-over-the-place movie? I don't think so, though “Lola Versus” almost succeeds in embracing life's messiness even when the film possesses no more perspective and wisdom than its spiraling main character. Shortly after her 29th birthday, Lola's (former Chicago resident Greta Gerwig of “Damsels in Distress”) life splinters into emotionally scattered pieces when her fiancé (Joel Kinnaman)
June 18, 2012 |
Check back next week for my full interview (featuring some awesomely ridiculous stories) with Channing Tatum about"Magic Mike," opening June 29. For now, a small snippet of the actor's thoughts on ... Avoiding full-frontal nudity in "Magic Mike": "Yeah, we didn't want to have a bunch of penises flopping around. I don't think that was on our bucket list for this movie. I just think it's distracting whenever you really see stuff like that. It's like sex scenes in a way or full nudity scenes.
May 13, 2013 |
Capt. Kirk and his first officer, Spock, probably wouldn't belt out Bon Jovi's “Livin' on a Prayer” aboard the starship Enterprise. Yet Zachary Quinto, who returns as Spock in the exciting sci-fi/action sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness,” names that song as the hypothetical theme to Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock's relationship. It feels appropriate - if you ignore the track's romantic implications - for the film opening in IMAX May 15. The iconic characters strengthen and challenge their bond while discovering that they're only, say, halfway to discovering their own beliefs and abilities and how they pertain to their roles onboard the Enterprise.
June 29, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. The first time Penelope Cruz worked with Woody Allen she won an Oscar. So, it's no wonder that she jumped at the opportunity to play a hooker in his latest effort, "To Rome with Love. " "I feel extremely lucky," Cruz said during a recent press conference at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. "I've been a fan of his work since I was a little girl. ... He trusts me enough to give me these beautiful characters. The only thing is that it's always too short. Both times I worked with him I did it in three weeks.
October 30, 2013 |
The end started a couple of Sundays ago. Rocio and I had picked up some wings and fries and were watching "The Walking Dead" when she got bit. I didn't realize she'd been bitten. There were no signs of infection. No rotting flesh. No dilated pupils. Just a bluish glow on her face. I thought she was scrolling through Facebook. Then my phone lit up. It was a Facebook notification. Ro had sent me what seemed to be a comic strip panel. There was a character that looked like me stirring a pot on a stove while another character that looked like her sat at a table, fork in hand.
October 25, 2012 |
It didn't take long for Danai Gurira to make her mark as zombie-killing warrior Michonne in "The Walking Dead. " After all, the beloved character from Robert Kirkman's graphic novels can chop off a walker's head with one stroke of her katana sword. Heads roll again in "Walk With Me," airing at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 on AMC, as Michonne and Andrea (Laurie Holden) keep on fighting for their survival in the zombie apocalypse. "They have a beautiful bond just based on both being Alpha women who respect each other, compliment each other and have each other's backs," Gurira said at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
January 9, 2013 |
Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment. Confession: Until last week, I hadn't seen "Cool Runnings", the fictionalized account of the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team and their debut at the 1988 Calgary Olympics Had I seen it in 1993 at the age of 8: My sincere hope is that I would have just laughed and enjoyed the wacky story and fun moments.