6 items from 2009
After months of speculation, delays due to financial constraints and good old-fashioned suspense, the identity of the guy playing your friendly neighbourhood wotsit in the Broadway musical, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark can be revealed. And it’s… Reeve Carney.Now, your first instinct may be to ask, ‘who the Hell is Reeve Carney?!?’ You may even want to throw in a few more exclamation and question marks, just to underline your bafflement, ie ‘who the Hell is Reeve Carney?!?!?!!!???’ And, dear readers, you wouldn’t be alone in that. Handily, Empire looked him up on this here internets machine.He is, apparently, the lead singer in an up-and-coming rock band called, well, Carney. He is 26 years old. He has, if the 30-second clip we listened to of his new single, Love Me Chase Me, is anything to go by (hey, we said we looked him up, but we’re »
The young star, who also fronts rockers Carney, has beaten thousands of hopefuls to land the role of Peter Parker and his superhero alter-ego in mega-budget musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.
The Spider-Man musical will open at the Hilton Theatre in New York next spring. A set date for the run has yet to be announced. »
I want to see a movie about Amelia Earhart that is thrilling. That is Indiana Jones adventurous. Someday, I think, someone will make a movie like that about Earhart, about whom that kind of story is simply begging to be told. But that would be a fantasy in the opposite direction of the fantasy in which Mira Nair and screenwriters Ron Bass (Passion of Mind, Snow Falling on Cedars) and Anna Hamilton Phelan chose to take their Amelia. I wouldn’t, in fact, expect an Indiana Jones-type fantasy from Nair, whose movies are so intimate and personal that it’s as if they exist to let us see the world through the eyes of her protagonists, as they see themselves and not as how the world sees them. And so this Amelia is a quiet, reflective film, and Earhart is not an icon or a symbol: she’s a human being, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Boys Are Back opens with Joe (Clive Owen) blasting through the surf of an undisclosed beach in his Land Rover Discovery, kicking up water and sand as he clips along at a rather impressive speed. He gleefully laughs, then we see the trunk of the SUV, adorned with Joe’s son, who of course thinks this is great fun. As soon as the son entered the picture, I became white knuckled, and fretted over the safety of the actor portraying Joe’s son. I never really recovered from that scene, and kind of despised Joe throughout the movie. That makes is rather difficult to be sympathetic to his plight.
Joe is a sports writer at an Australian newspaper, and is happily married with a seven year old son, Artie (Nicholas McAnulty). He travels frequently for work and is somewhat of an absentee father. His wife Katy (played by Laura Fraser »
- Shannon Hood
Scott Hicks: One Of The Boys
Scott Hicks made his bones as a filmmaker the old-fashioned way, paying his dues as a crew member during the Australian film industry’s birth in the 1970s. Born in Uganda March 4, 1953, and raised in Kenya, England and finally Australia, Hicks worked his way up to assistant director for soon-to-be big names such as Peter Weir and Bruce Beresford before moving into directing industrial films and documentaries for television. Hicks didn’t direct his first feature, Freedom, until 1982, and had to wait for his second, in 1996, to put him on the A-list. Shine was the true story of Australian piano prodigy David Helfgott, and his battle with mental illness. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won a Best Actor statuette for Geoffrey Rush, who played Helfgott as an adult.
Hicks has been choosy since then, going back and »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Be prepared: While it was a good film, it could definitely cause a debate between you and your spouse.
Bruce Sallan: "The Boys Are Back" is a small independent film, shot and set entirely in South Australia, directed by Scott Hicks (who did "Hearts in Atlantis," "Snow Falling on Cedars," and "Shine"), and starring Clive Owen, with the rest of the cast made up of unknowns, including two child actors who were pivotal in the "inspired by a true story" film.
My wife and I went to a preview and had a spirited discussion about it over dinner later. It didn't help that there was a Q&A after the movie with the director and Clive Owen -- during which my wife was practically drooling. Ok, he is one handsome dude. Plus, he was articulate and gracious. In other words, completely hate-able.
The movie, inspired by a true story and book, »
6 items from 2009
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