Archive for September, 2010

Catherine Zeta-Jones Rushes Back To Michael’s Side

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Finished up with a brief trip to Europe, Catherine Zeta Jones was spotted preparing for an outbound flight at Heathrow Airport in London, England on Thursday morning (September 30). Catching a plane back to New York City, the “Mask of Zorro” actress looked focused as she trekked through the terminal ahead of the overseas jaunt. As previously [...]

Globetrotting Taylor Swift Drops By NRJ Radio

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Pushing forth with her European promotional obligations, Taylor Swift got an early start to the day in Paris, France on Thursday (September 30). Looking to be in her usual cheerful mood, the “Mine” singer made her way over to NRJ Radio to partake in an interview while boosting interest in her upcoming album, Speak Now. Having arrived [...]

Tony Curtis 1925 – 2010

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

tony2.jpgOne of the best, dirtiest movies ever made about the intersection of the media business, gossip, and the human soul, 1957's "Sweet Smell of Success" also features the Tony Curtis performance to watch if you ever doubted the man could act. Playing Sidney Falco, the two-bit press agent with the collapsible spine, the 32-year-old Curtis sleazes his way up and down Broadway in glorious black and white, firing screenwriter Clifford Odets' lethal dialogue like hollow-point bullets. Burt Lancaster's powerful gossip columnist calls Sidney "a cookie full of arsenic," and the movie's great irony is that the character poisons only himself. But everything about this performance moves with the restless, aggressive chutzpah it took Bernie Schwartz from the Bronx to become Mr. Tony Curtis of Hollywood. In the words of Falco himself, the star went about his career "avidly, avidly."

It's funny: When I heard this morning that Curtis had passed away, at 85, of a heart attack, those two words were the first thing that popped into my head. The Globe's Mark Feeney, in his obituary for Curtis, references the same line of dialogue and for the same reasons: It goes to the enthusiastic, sardonic playfulness of the man, and to the kind of self-starting urban energy that makes a slum kid like Falco or Curtis choose big words with care. The star was never truly taken seriously by Hollywood or the media, in part because he was so pretty when he started (Exhibit A above) and because, in Feeney's wonderful phrasing, he had a voice "like a man with a head cold sipping an egg cream." We never let him forget he was Bernie Schwartz, but on a lot of levels that was okay, since he never pretended he was anyone else.

Amico Games Initiates Strategies to Maximize Valuation of U.S. Listing

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amico Games Corp. (OTCBB:AMCG) an interactive entertainment media company specializing in developing some of China's most popular massive multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs) for mobile phones, today announced that it has retained Raney & Associates and launched to enhance its presence in the U.S.

Video – Jesse Eisenberg Believes Universal Themes Drive The Social Network

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

"Get it in writing." That's the cautionary tale at the heart of the story scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) in The Social Network. Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac), the ensemble drama starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake centers on the conflicting stories behind the creation of social-networking giant Facebook.

Even though the film's title graphic is identical in style to Facebook's logo and the promotional trailer is peppered with shots of online profiles, the nuts and bolts of creating the site take a (very far) backseat to the more drama-friendly universal themes: friendship, connection, loyalty, love, revenge, and ambition.

In our AMC News interview at the tony Harvard Club in New York City, correspondent Jacob Soboroff talked with Eisenberg and the cast of the film about how those themes intertwine to drive the story.

The Kids Grow Up – Trailer

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
  The Kids Grow Up - Trailer
Documentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street) has captured much of his daughter Lucy's life -- and their relationship -- on camera. Now his only child is 17 and preparing to leave home for college. Lucy's imminent departure is the springboard for The Kids Grow Up, a funny and poignant look at modern-day parenting.
Directed by: Doug Block

4192: The Crowning of the Hit King – Trailer

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
  4192: The Crowning of the Hit King - Trailer
On a warm September evening in 1985, before a sell-out crowd, Pete Rose stood on the edge of history. With one swing he would collect more hits than anyone in the history of the game he loved. 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King is a love letter to baseball that highlights the playing career of one of the games most honored and controversial stars. But this story begins long before the legendary sprint to first on a walk in 1963. It begins in a neighborhood off the banks of the Ohio River, where a boy, with limited natural athletic ability, tosses a ball with his father, whose mantra is to win at all costs. The boy was Pete Rose and his awe-inspiring career spanned more than two decades and brought numerous individual awards as well as three World Series titles. But at itâ??s heart, beyond the awards and statistics, this is a baseball story about a man who loved to play the game and what drove him to chase a record that had been deemed unbreakable.
Directed by: Terry Lukemire
Starring: Pete Rose

IP Man – Trailer

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
  IP Man - Trailer
Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man (Donnie Yen) has the perfect family, plenty of money, a beautiful house, and a blossoming martial arts academy. But when the Japanese occupy his hometown of Foshan during the Sino-Japanese war of 1937, Ip, like the rest of the locals, is forced into hard labor and brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. His incredible skills soon catch the eye of a Japanese Colonel who wants Ip to teach Wing Chun to his soldiers. When Ip refuses, he faces the most intense challenge to both his training and his honor.
Directed by: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

Vision – From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen – Trailer

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
  Vision - From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen - Trailer
New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta reunites with frequent star Barbara Sukowa (Zentropa, Berlin Alexanderplatz) to bring the story of famed 12th-century Benedictine nun and feminist polymath Hildegard von Bingen to extraordinary life. Vision - From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen is a profoundly inspirational portrait of a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment.
Directed by: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench – Trailer

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
  Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench - Trailer
A full-fledged song-and-dance musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH tells the story of two separated lovers, a young jazz trumpeter (Palmer) and an introverted woman (Garcia), who slowly wind their way back into each other's lives through a series of romances and near-romances punctuated by song. Recasting the MGM musical tradition in a gritty, near-documentary style, the film features all original songs recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and choreography by Kelly Kaleta.
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin