Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
While being interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kidman was told that a recent issue of the same publication featured an excerpt from Going Clear, the book in which Scientology is blamed for her divorce from Tom Cruise. "I'll bet it is," she says before quickly looking at something else i ... More >>
Two reasons to visit the public
So writes Roger Ebert, and he oughta know; he cowrote Beyond The Valley of the Dolls, that 1970 fantasia of drugs, music, and lunacy which is a kitschy coup of kook-culture entertainment (though to me, it's not trash at all; it's pungent satire). And The Paperboy--the Lee Daniels-directed tale of S ... More >>
Today in NYFF reviews: Nick Schager on The Paperboy and Our Children. The Paperboy Directed by Lee Daniels Crass southern-fried exploitation with laughable pretenses toward gravity, The Paperboy takes as its inspiration Pete Dexter's novel about a 1969 true-crime tale and drenches it in sweat, blo ... More >>
Oprah Winfrey just sent out this glimpse of herself with director Lee Daniels, who's doing a film called The Butler, about the title character's years of service to a succession of Presidents. Oh, and there are two other people in the picture. They're Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda, who happen to be ... More >>
On her renaissance, on laughing, and on men
Films, stars, and the festival itself combat easy categorization
In Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman famously said "oui-oui!" but nowadays she's cooing "Wee-wee!" The Oscar winner appears in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, a hothouse, grindhouse, hyperactive period piece which just got a mixed review at Cannes. It's apparently full of all kinds of outrageous behavior, an ... More >>
Not nearly fit for a queen
via WowowowLast night, at Patricia Field's party for her "Keith Haring Paradise Garage Collection," a friendly man barreled up to me and said, "Hi, Michael! Thanks for all the support of my film." I wasn't fully sure who he was, so to cagily fish out more details, I replied, "You're welcome! ... More >>
In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>
I'll tell you some I feel deserve better reps. *The Sound of Music Yes, I know the 1965 musical won Oscars and made shitloads of money, but some critics (and costar Christopher Plummer) look down on it as if it were nothing but hokey treacle. But the film works for me, from the second you se ... More >>
Pushing the limits of taste, but locating the heart—and hell—of its heroine's struggle
So producer Paula Wagner is starting to prepare the inevitable movie of the Broadway smash Miss Saigon--the most popular bunch of wet Saigon noodles in history--and Precious director Lee Daniels reportedly might direct.
South American director Sebastián Silva hangs with me and Eros. And The Messenger kills.
Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.
Soderbergh and solitary on the fest's 25th anniversary
The Greatest: a mourning-family turkey with all the trimmings What is the shape and size of a human soul? Does it look like a chickpea? A gumdrop? A pet rock? And if you could somehow extract your soul from your body, what would be left? Would you still be you? These are among the concerns taken u ... More >>
Back when we were tutoring kids in Brooklyn, the gritty urban novel Push by Harlem teacher and poet Sapphire was in a surprising number of bookbags. We learned that the book about an abused teenager was considered a good way to introduce city youths to literature, and a sufficiently popular reading ... More >>
Monster's Ball producer makes directing debut with garish, heavy-breathing neo-noir