Casting Christian Bale as Moses reflects Hollywood's fear of casting non-whites in epic roles

Written by Sandy Cohen,
AP Entertainment writer
Friday, 05 December 2014 19:36

Christian Bale as Moses.

Put “ancient Egyptian people” into a Google image search, and none of the resulting photos resemble Christian Bale or Joel Edgerton, stars of Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Five memorable movies from Mike Nichols

AP National Writer
Friday, 21 November 2014 14:28

Mike Nichols was a master of self-satire, a man of wealth and education and connections for whom his best targets were those of wealth, education and connections, from the vapid Californians of “The Graduate” to the military brass of “Catch-22.” Here are highlights from the long film career of Nichols, who died on Nov. 19 at age 83:

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) — Nichols was already a top stage director when he made a spectacular film debut by adapting Edward Albee’s play about the bickering, self-loathing spouses George (a history professor) and Martha (daughter of the college president). Filmed in claustrophobic black and white, winner of five Academy Awards, it featured the world’s most glamorous couple, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, very unglamorous and almost unrecognizable — he in glasses and an old sweater, she in a knotty wig and dull, unflattering dresses and blouses. The film was highly profane and sexually explicit for its time, and was among the first releases that barred attendees under 18 who were unaccompanied by an adult.

Playing Stephen Hawking a complex equation for Redmayne

Written by By JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:06

Time is relative, especially for young actors tasked with playing brilliant theoretical physicists.

Eddie Redmayne estimates that the euphoria of being cast as Stephen Hawking for the film “The Theory of Everything” lasted a millisecond. Then came the overwhelming fear.

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

Written by WiG Saturday, 18 October 2014 07:15

Neil Patrick Harris, left, with husband David Burtka and their twins

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscar show live on ABC TV on Feb. 22, 2015.

New Bond film to be titled 'SPECTRE'

Written by The AP Friday, 05 December 2014 08:01

The next James Bond film will have a title that nods to the series' past: "SPECTRE."

Director Sam Mendes announced the title this week, along with the identity of several new cast members and a new version of Bond's iconic Aston Martin car. 

Ruffalo, Tatum and Carell shine in 'Foxcatcher'

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National writer
Saturday, 15 November 2014 08:30

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Let’s start with a plea.

TV news is the bloodsucker of the moment at the movies

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 17:20

Not since Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network” have characters been chewed and spit out by TV news quite like they have been of late at the movies.

“Nightcrawler” and “Gone Girl” both present portraits of a preying, narrative-distorting media, whether staked out on the lawn or hunting down a homicide for the 11 o’clock news. While the films differ greatly and have other thoughts in their heads, both show the behind-the-scenes pursuit of that old mantra: “If it bleeds, it leads.”

YouTube channel to stream comedy series on Nixon

Written by The AP Friday, 17 October 2014 12:59

Harry Shearer is hardly the first person to mine comedy from the rich vein where Richard Nixon shines.

But no one has done it more faithfully than Shearer, who, in his new series, mimics Nixon unimpeachably while re-enacting real-life scenes as the man known to detractors as Tricky Dick - all to hilarious effect.

Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker in 'The Imitation Game'

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:49

‘Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds.

Storming the cinemas: Climate Change stars in 'Cli-Fi' films

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 07:49

The giant, inflatable whale in this Gulf Coast city signals not only the arrival of one of the world's biggest documentary festivals, but also the emergence of film as a way to tell the story of climate change.

Once perhaps relegated to National Geographic and PBS features, environmentally conscious narratives have gone Hollywood. Director James Cameron and deep-sea explorer Fabien Cousteau have made their own real-life sagas, the types of documentaries that are the focus of the Blue Ocean Film Festival here. But the issues they bring to life are also finding their place on the big screen.

Logo TV: Gay, straight and a comedic look at pop culture

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:13

The Logo TV network wants to explore how a gay and straight man look at pop culture differently.

That's the basis for "The Straight Out Report," a new weekly program starting next month that aspires to be the cable network's own version of "The Daily Show" or "Talk Soup."

Review: Michael Keaton soars in bracing ‘Birdman’

AP National Writer
Friday, 17 October 2014 19:40

When we first see Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu’s bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he’s sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room.

No, really in the middle. Like, in the air. He’s levitating.