11 items from 2012
"Frankenstein" (1931): Since it involves a scientist's (Colin Clive) creation of a synthetic man (Boris Karloff), this most legendary movie version of Mary Shelley's story has to be considered one of the classic examples of this genre.
"The Andromeda Strain" (1971): In giving life (or, in the cases of some characters, death) to Michael Crichton's novel, director Robert Wise wisely uses a cast of frequent supporting players -- including Arthur Hill, David Wayne and Kate Reid -- as scientists fighting a lethal germ from a high-tech underground lab.
With The Newsroom chugging along, critics have pointed out a pattern of sexism in Sorkin's work. Do you think that's fair?
Critics say Sorkin has a habit of creating one-dimensional female characters in male-dominated settings. Remember the backlash to The Social Network?
What's more is that Sorkin's already been called out this year for his condescending treatment of Globe and Mail reporter Sarah Prickett, who he famously referred to as "internet girl" at a press conference. His later attempt to school her into "properly" high-fiving – "let me manhandle you" he told her – didn't help.
So what's the deal? Is Newsroom really sexist? Are the female characters one dimensional? Does it matter? Or, as John Lopez suggests, is Sorkin just presenting us with an unwelcome reflection on our times? »
- Ruth Spencer
Katie Holmes was an actress once – surely, you remember. This was before she turned into a dead-eyed, cult-dodging, Stepford wife, famous only for putting designer heels on her precocious tot and pacing the streets of Manhattan as she plotted her escape.
A fresh-faced Katie Holmes in Dawsons Creek
And with exquisite timing, we have a reminder of her talents, as her film Jack and Jill – the Hilarious Adam Sandler vehicle – goes on DVD release today. Like several of her projects since becoming Mrs Cruise, its cinema audience reception amounted to one big Mr Babbage-sounding raspberry, although the more curious Katie-watchers may well tip DVD sales over a more respectable line this week.
However, people “close” to the “actress” are hoping that Holmes, like Nicole Kidman before her, will enjoy a revitalised career now that she has escaped the grip of what her reps are insisting was a “suffocating” “controlling” personal life, »
Alec Baldwin's infamous behavior reached peak during the 1990s, but it's never really gone away
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock star, Saturday Night Live recidivist, Dadaist tweeter, published author, classical music enthusiast, former heartthrob and current public radio host – can add one more line to his CV this week.
The curiously resilient actor allegedly assaulted a New York Daily News photographer outside Manhattan's city clerk's office Tuesday. The incident is the focus of a criminal investigation.
The man so notoriously outspoken that the New York Post once routinely referred to him as the Bloviator was obtaining a marriage license with his yoga-teacher fiancée Hilaria Thomas when cameraman Marcus Santos attempted to take his picture.
"He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me," Santos told the Daily News. "One time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way."
This is not a new Alec Baldwin. »
- Brian Braiker
Long considered one of the most talented actors in cinema, it’s very strange that his outstanding acting as the younger brother of Ed Harris’ local crime boss in this underrated film doesn’t get talked about nearly enough when discussing Oldman’s body of work. This is a must-see performance for all Oldman fans. For the record, State Of Grace is a far better Irish mob film than The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006, USA), primarily because it contains much better acting across the board. Oldman was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011, UK/France).
Other notable Gary Oldman performances: Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears, 1987, USA), Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992, USA), True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993, USA), Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson, 1994, France), Air Force One (Wolfgang Petersen, 1997, USA), The Contender (Rod Lurie, »
- Terek Puckett
Aaron Sorkin is one of the best known names in the screenwriting business, and for a very simple reason: he's damned good at it. The man simply does not have a bad screenplay to his name. Quite the opposite, in fact. Between A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, Malice, Moneyball and The Social Network, Sorkin has one of the best track records in the feature film business-- and that's not even counting his terrific television series, Sports Night, The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (he even has one more, The Newsroom, ready to air on HBO this Summer). Citing all those credentials is a long way of saying if you were worried that Walter Isaacson's very popular biography of Apple tycoon Steve Jobs was in the wrong hands, don't...
- Peter Hall
Academy Award® winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt Steve Jobs, a motion picture based on the best-selling biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter
Isaacson, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. The project is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady.
Published late last year, Steve Jobs was Amazon's best-selling book of 2011. In addition, the biography ranked #1 among bestselling hardcover books by a 2:1
margin, with sales of 2,246,569 in 2011, according to Publisher's Weekly.
Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal said, "Steve Jobs' story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, »
Sony Pictures has officially announced that The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography for the big screen. This is a no brainer as Sorkin is one hell of a talented screenwriter! He's also written films such as A Few Good Man, Charlie Wilson's War, and Moneyball. Sorkin has been circling the project since late last year, but it looks like he's finally agreed to jump on board and write it. The guy is definitely the right man for the job, and there's no doubt he's going to knock out a tremendous script.
Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of »
With his untimely death last year, it’s no surprise that Hollywood is moving fast on a feature biopic surrounding Apple and Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs. Ashton Kutcher is currently sporting the look (see photos below via TMZ) of the technology pioneer for one currently-shooting adaptation of his life story and now Sony Pictures has news of another. Last year we heard that The Social Network Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin was circling a biopic based on Walter Isaacson‘s book.
Tonight it becomes official, thanks to an official press release from the studio. Sorkin is of course a good fit, but I’d actually rather see him take his talents to a different arena, as some of the similar themes have already been covered in David Fincher‘s excellent work. Nonetheless, it’s hard to complain when one of Hollywood’s best writers continues getting gigs. Check out the official press release below, »
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Culver City, Calif., May 15, 2012 – Academy Award® winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will adapt Steve Jobs, a motion picture based on the best-selling biography of the legendary Apple co-founder by award-winning journalist Walter Isaacson, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures. The project is being produced by Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady. Published late last year, Steve Jobs was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2011. In addition, the biography ranked #1 among bestselling hardcover books by a 2:1 margin, with sales of 2,246,569 in 2011, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Commenting on the announcement, Pascal said, “Steve Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Like a naughty little TV star, Alec Baldwin's been teasing the end of 30 Rock, which is likely to end after season 7. I don't know about you, but 30 Rock is my personal choice for the greatest sitcom ever. Yes, I've seen I Love Lucy. And Seinfeld. And All in the Family. And The Mary Tyler Moore Show. And Webster. But 30 Rock packs more jokes, love, and finesse into its 30 minutes than any other series. I'll miss it so, so much.
And that's what leads me to today's topic: the eternal hotness of Alec Baldwin. As Jack Donaghy, he's self-assured and hilarious, but he's found a few others way to be hot in his 25-year career. Nudity is one of my favorite options.
So here they are, my choices for Alec Baldwin's 10 hottest moments. Liz Lemon, look out.
10. Look out, Kevin Bacon: Your best friend wants yo' lady
11 items from 2012
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