On screen

Eddie Redmayne winning raves for role as transgender pioneer in 'The Danish Girl'

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP writer
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:22

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'

In a pivotal scene early in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the 1920s Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener, as played by Eddie Redmayne, sits in for a portrait his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) is painting of a ballerina. Breathlessly caressing the stockings and slippers, something stirs in Einar.

Stellar cast boosts stoner comedy ‘Night Before’

Written by SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:04

Boosted by its stellar cast and playful take on “A Christmas Carol,” “The Night Before” is a coming-of-age stoner-buddy comedy laced with warm holiday cheer.

Make no mistake: it’s still a silly romp thick with dope smoke and dumb jokes, but the performances are solid, and there’s some surprising sentiment behind the wacky antics.

Review: Bullock entertains as a ruthless campaign operative

AP National Writer
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:53

They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing.

This season’s hottest films, from big to small

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:38

At the movies this season. — PHOTOS: Courtesy/WiG

The Blockbusters

Kenosha native Mark Ruffalo delivers Oscar-worthy performance in acclaimed 'Spotlight'

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 22 November 2015 14:18

Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams in 'Spotlight'

Is there any better team player in movies than Mark Ruffalo?

Hollywood chiefs and movie-goers alike are slowly embracing diversity

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP film writer
Sunday, 15 November 2015 11:53

When Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm in this summer’s Fantastic Four, the backlash was so ugly that Jordon wrote an essay for Entertainment Weekly about “torching the color line.”

Spectre, the 24th James Bond film in 53 years, has just kicked off its theatrical release, scoring the second highest domestic opening in franchise history. Yet fans have been speculating for months about whom the next 007 will be, since four-timer Daniel Craig is nearing the end of his run.

Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for role in 'Happy Days,' dead at 96

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:04

Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for his roles as Murray the cop on The Odd Couple and malt shop owner Al Delvecchio on Happy Days, died Friday at age 96.

Sophia Loren: Retire? Never!

Associated Press
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 09:52

Some things about the film business have changed for actresses in the more than five decades since Sophia Loren was first discovered, and some things have stayed exactly the same.

Take pay equity, for instance, and the reality that worthy actresses sometimes make less than their male counterparts.

Found Footage Fest salutes VHS oddities

Written by Colton Dunham,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:35

The Found Footage Festival will feature a “salute to weirdos” this year.
—PHOTO: Found Footage Festival

The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true for Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, hosts of the Found Footage Festival, a celebration of VHS nostalgia.

Barbara Walters looks back at past ‘American Scandals’

Written by Frazier Moore,
AP television writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 14:56

Though the fog of time may have clouded certain details, a parade of past scandals that each seized the public’s attention ring familiar to this day.

There’s Lyle and Erik Menendez, privileged sons who offed their parents in their Beverly Hills, California, home in 1989. Jean Harris, the girls’ school headmistress whose lover, celebrity diet doctor Herman Tarnower, was found shot dead after she visited him in 1980, landing her in prison with a murder conviction. Televangelist Jim Bakker and wife Tammy Faye, who built a faith-based empire before sexual and financial misdeeds wrecked their PTL Club money-machine and put him in the slammer.

Laverne Cox to star in ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ remake

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 October 2015 18:57

Cox in June 2014. —PHOTO: Sachyn Mital via wikimedia.org

Laverne Cox has signed to star in a remake of the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic flick that’s still shown in midnight screenings throughout the English-speaking world. A twisted homage to B-grade sci-fi and horror films, Rocky Horror is the longest running movie in history.

Review: Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ casts a gothic spell

Written by By JAKE COYLE
AP Film Writer
Monday, 19 October 2015 14:00

The most pressing threat in Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror “Crimson Peak” isn’t the ooze-filled cauldrons of dead souls in the basement of the old Victorian mansion, nor the plotting, black-clad sister (Jessica Chastain), who serves a bitterly poisonous tea.

It’s the ever-lurking possibility that, at any moment, the lush, ornate tapestry of Del Toro’s film might swallow its performers whole.