On screen

The San Andreas Fault — fact and fiction

Written by ALICIA CHANG,
AP Science Writer
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:13

The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hollywood’s favorite geologic bad guy is back in “San Andreas” — a fantastical look at one of the world’s real seismic threats.

'The Lobster' makes big splash at Cannes

Written by JILL LAWLESS,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 22:41

Yorgos Lanthimos has people in Cannes imagining themselves as animals.

The Greek director has set the Croisette abuzz with his film "The Lobster," which puts Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a couples-dominated world where single people are given 45 days to find a mate, or be turned into the animal of their choice. Farrell's sad-sack central character chooses a lobster, in part because the crustaceans mate for life.

Ryan Gosling says his directorial debut was inspired by his mom's story

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 18:49

Ryan Gosling behind the camera.

Ryan Gosling has always had a different take on things. He grew up in the company of women in his native town of Cornwall, Ontario, where he was raised by his single mother Donna and spent considerable time learning life lessons from his older sister Mandi. That may well account for his easy-going manner with women and the kind of sensitivity he brings to his screen romances.

Mark Hamill: ‘Drafted’ for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Written by LINDSEY BAHR,
AP Film Writer
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:11

Mark Hamill knew he had to say yes when George Lucas told him about the plans to move forward with a new “Star Wars” trilogy.

“It’s not like a choice. It’s like I was drafted,” Hamill told a massive crowd over the weekend at Star Wars Celebration of his decision to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Tom Hardy, who's burning up the screen as Mad Max, says he's drawn to characters who frighten him

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:03

-PHOTO: Reuters

Mad Max is back. Three decades after the last installment in the post-apocalyptic film saga Max Max: Thunderdome hit the theatres, legendary director George Miller is resurrecting the cult franchise that turned Mel Gibson into a star and set the standard for all future visions of a dystopian earth: "A world without hope. Without law. Without mercy," intones a voice from the trailer to the film.

Amid male landscape of 'Mad Max,' Charlize Theron dominates

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 15 May 2015 16:04

The inhospitable desert landscape of "Mad Max: Fury Road" isn't so different from today's Hollywood: Low on water and overrun by men. 

‘Age of Ultron’ is an Avengers overdose

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Monday, 04 May 2015 10:45

It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director’s filmography that in between Joss Whedon’s two “Avengers” films there reads “Much Ado About Nothing”: a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made.

'Gayby' and 'Where the Bears Are'

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:56

Jenn (Jenn Harris), a straight, NYC yoga instructor and Matt (Matthew Wilkas), her gorgeous, geeky, gay, comic bookstore-employed BFF have been talking about having a baby together since they were in college. With romantic prospects looking bleak for both of them, they begin making plans for how to have a kid. Jenn prefers the old-fashioned way. And, since they have only officially – and disastrously – had sex once, while in college, they agree to give it a try. That, in a nutshell, is the premise of writer/director/actor Jonathan Lisecki’s funny and sweet rom-com “Gayby.”

Anna Kendrick caps off a musical trifecta with 'Pitch Perfect 2'

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:17

With roles as Cinderella in Into the Woods, one half of a conflicted couple in The Last Five Years and the leader of an all-girl a cappella force in Pitch Perfect 2, how many musicals will it take to satisfy Anna Kendrick's seemingly insatiable appetite for song?

Lightning strikes yet again for Chris Hemsworth

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 07 May 2015 11:54

Chris Hemsworth is Thor. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Chris Hemsworth is about as ideal a choice to play a Norse god as you could imagine. The strapping 6’3” Aussie has the sandy hair and sculpted features that are perfectly suited to the role of Thor, one of the Avengers dedicated to saving the earth from the forces of evil. 

‘Woman in Gold’ continues Helen Mirren’s reign

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:28

Helen Mirren is starring in

The countless number of paintings, sculptures and other art treasures looted by the Nazis before and during WWII remains a delicate issue. Many museums, art dealers and private collectors have come under intense public pressure to return stolen artworks to their original Jewish owners and their families.

French lessons
'Little White Lies' and 'Farewell, My Queen' offer Gallic charms

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Staff writer
Thursday, 21 March 2013 13:04

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Before she lost her head for her country, Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) lost her head for Sidonie (Lea Seydoux), a lady-in-waiting who became the queen’s favorite reader in “Farewell, My Queen.” Spanning the first few tumultuous days of the French Revolution in July 1789 , the film opens with a shot illustrating the vast differences between the worlds outside of and within the walls of Versailles. As bread becomes scarce in Paris, the question becomes how safe is it for the king and queen and their staff of servants.