On screen

‘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.

Review: 'Grandma' is brisk, bittersweet and totally Tomlin's film

Written by The AP Tuesday, 18 August 2015 14:21

A scene from Grandma.

A movie about a wisecracking grandma and her teen granddaughter, racing around in a beat-up car to find $600 by nightfall. You might think it sounds like any number of mediocre road comedies out there, full of trite generational gags and sporting a sappy, all-is-forgiven ending.

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?

Steve Jobs seen as brilliant, brutal in new documentary

Written by By Jill Serjeant,
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 06:50

Steve Jobs: Bold. Brilliant. Brutal. — PHOTO: Reuters

Four years after his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs still fascinates the public, with two major new films this fall analyzing his life and career.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 'Boeing Boeing' a funny farce that stays right on schedule

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Monday, 17 August 2015 13:36

In Boeing Boeing, running through Aug. 30 at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, there's not a moment out of sync as this farce about an American bachelor with three flying fiancees whirls into organized chaos.

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.

New father Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes on 'The Walk'

Written by Phil Thompson,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:15

It's a good time to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The 34-year-old actor has recently become a first-time father, will portray Edward Snowden in an Oliver Stone biopic this December, and is currently preparing for the release of his next film, "The Walk," in which he plays a high wire walker who traversed the distance between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Defying Hollywood conventions in ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’

Written by Lindsay Bahr,
AP film writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:19

Director Marielle Heller’s debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl depicts a ‘70s San Francisco teen exploring her sexuality — from her point of view.
—Photo: Sony Pictures Classic

When you make a film where a 15-year-old girl sleeps with her mother’s 35-year-old boyfriend, a few things are certain: You’re going to make some people uncomfortable and you’re going to get feedback. A lot of it.