March 20, 2013 |
HONG KONG The surprise hit in Chinese theaters last year was a low-budget, wacky road-trip comedy that even beat out global blockbuster "Avatar" to become the country's highest-grossing film ever. But "Lost in Thailand" found just a paltry $57,000 during its U.S. theatrical release. The film that earned $200 million in China joins other homegrown hits that have flopped internationally, and is the latest sign that while the country has become a box-office superpower, it faces a harder task fulfilling its leaders' hopes that...
October 2, 2012 |
Jasper Fforde is the author of 12 genre-bending fantasy novels, including the bestselling Thursday Next series. The latest entry, "The Woman Who Died a Lot," is out this week. Fforde spoke by phone from his home in Wales, just before a month-long U.S. book tour. Your new novel opens with Detective Thursday, now in her 50s, recovering from a car accident and unable to slug it out with the bad guys the way she used to. That seems grimly realistic for a fanciful character who can enter classic novels and...
June 29, 2012 |
"It is always a shock to people at studios that women do go see movies," Nora Ephron said this spring. Ephron, who passed away Tuesday at 71, and whose films included the beloved "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally," knew a thing or two about making movies that women wanted to see. She also knew how hard it was to get them on the screen. She was speaking at a screening of "This Is My Life," the first film she directed, and mentioned that she hoped the huge success of "Bridesmaids," ...
March 29, 2012 |
PG Mirror Mirror. Julia Roberts has fun playing an evil Queen in this often humorous, yet rather misshapen re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. " The laughs come pretty far apart, yet kids 8 and older will probably like the tongue-in-cheek approach and appreciate the more active role this Snow White (Lily Collins) takes in her own fate. It is the nasty Queen herself who narrates the tale, complete with sarcastic asides, and who communes through...
February 26, 2012 |
Buoyed by a nostalgic notion that a silent movie is totally where it's at, Sunday night's 84th annual Academy Awards telecast on ABC turned into a dull exercise in the ol' Hollywood self-salute, a sentimental journey, as if the industry was performing CPR on a business model that is vanishing before everyone's eyes. Billy Crystal, hosting his ninth Oscar show (his first was in 1990, his most recent was in 2004), seemed to be overseeing a cruise ship dinner show designed to appeal to the over-50 travel club.
January 30, 2012 |
John Latenser doesn't want to lose his dome. The Bethesda-based location scout was standing last week on one of Hollywood's favorite spots in the District, a sliver of pavement at the edge of the reflecting pool with the U.S. Capitol looming just so over his shoulder — as it has loomed over Sean Penn, Aaron Eckhart and various Transformer robots . "This is one of the great money shots in D.C.," says Latenser, who was here scouting angles...