On screen

Review: Damon charms as stranded astronaut in ‘The Martian’

Written by SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:38

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed.

Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott’s epic space adventure, “The Martian.”

—PHOTO: Courtesy

Nick Hawk is a counter-punch to the concept of Midwest bland. The Madison, Wisconsin, native has a freewheeling, risk-driven personal life along with a thriving and diverse career that includes starring in the Showtime series Gigolos. Add to that his roles as a media personality, fitness model, personal coach, businessman, recording artist, entrepreneur, author, Air Force marksman and 2014 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, and you have a very busy man.

Entertainment briefs
Sam Smith to sing next Bond theme

Written by AP reports Friday, 11 September 2015 08:42

British singer Sam Smith confirmed this month that he has co-written and recorded the theme song for the next James Bond film, Spectre. Smith’s track, “Writing’s on the Wall,” was recorded earlier this year and will be released on Sept. 24, as part of the lead-up to the film’s release later this fall.

Review: Documentary presents Steve Jobs’ darker side

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP writer
Monday, 07 September 2015 16:20

Was Steve Jobs a brilliant visionary whose singular mind, capable of blending art, technology and commerce as never before, inspired the world to “think different” and changed the way we live?

'The Walk,' starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is a big-screen balancing act

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film writer
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:16

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as famed high-wire stunt walker Philippe Petit in 'The Walk/' —Photo: Courtesy

Robert Zemeckis’ big, cinematic tale of Philippe Petit’s audacious 1974 World Trade Center high-wire stunt is itself a bold balancing act in a lost art.

Johnny Depp amused by reactions to his so-called ‘comeback’ in gangster film ‘Black Mass’

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Thursday, 17 September 2015 06:43

Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass.' —PHOTO: Courtesy

There’s no surer way to make Johnny Depp chuckle than to cite those who call his icy performance as the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass a return to form for the actor.

IF you follow these simple tips, THEN judging this fall’s new TV shows will be easy

Written by Frazier Moore,
AP writer
Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:07

Every new TV series is a leap of faith — for everyone involved.

Fall movie season brings a wealth of quality LGBT feature films

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film writer
Friday, 04 September 2015 20:10

Eddie Redmayne as a transgender woman in 'The Danish Girl'

Ellen Page was first approached about the true-life gay rights drama Freeheld when she was 21, just coming off her breakthrough in Juno. It was seven years before the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a right, and six before Page, herself, came out.

Putting the ‘Milwaukee’ in the Milwaukee Film Festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:07

Clarence, one of the documentaries in this year’s Cream City Cinema program.
—Photo: Milwaukee Film

Most of the talk that surrounds the Milwaukee Film Festival seems to center on what’s being drawn to Milwaukee — what hit indie narratives, what special guests, what incisive documentaries. Yet equally important, if not more, is what’s already here. 

‘Sicario’ lures Benicio del Toro back into the drug wars

Written by JAKE COYLE
AP Film Writer
Friday, 18 September 2015 08:15

No other actor has covered all angles of the war on drugs — its tragedies, its violence, its farces — more than Benicio del Toro.

It’s a story that has followed the Puerto Rico-born actor from the start: One of his first credits was the 1990 NBC miniseries “Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.”

ABC family gets top marks for LGBT inclusiveness

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 September 2015 16:25

The television network that gets the most praise from an advocacy group that monitors content featuring gays, lesbians and transgender people has "family" in its name and targets an audience of teenage girls and young women.

GLAAD said in a report issued last week that 74 percent of the programming hours on ABC Family included at least one LGBT character - the highest percentage any network has recorded since the group began issuing content reports in 2007. GLAAD studied the networks for a one-year period that ended May 31.

Spielberg plunges into the Cold War
An interview with the director

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP writer
Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:04

The nearly three year wait since Steven Spielberg’s last movie (2012’s “Lincoln”) comes to an end this October with the spy thriller “Bridge of Spies.”

Good news for moviegoers: There won’t be another gap like that for a while. Having just locked “Bridge of Spies,” Spielberg is already editing his next film, Roald Dahl’s “The BFG,” and is in pre-production on “Ready Player One,” a sci-fi adventure from Ernest Cline’s best-seller.