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.
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.
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.
Alex Garland has learned a few things in his years as a science-fiction screenwriter: namely, that money doesn’t always help.
Garland is now making his directorial debut with the acclaimed science fiction film “Ex-Machina,” after earlier scripting the influential zombie thriller “28 Days Later” and seeing his first book, “The Beach,” turned into the Leonardo DiCaprio adventure. The 2007 Danny Boyle-directed space thriller “Sunshine,” which Garland wrote, particularly drove home the lesson.
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 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.”
A new documentary seeks to tell the story of Mexican-American child actors who appeared in the 1956 blockbuster movie “Giant” but later could only view it in segregated theaters.
“Children of Giant” goes to the West Texas town where director George Stevens and his Hollywood crew set up shop to shoot one of the first, major films to openly tackle racism.
The teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing and mods were gyrating. It was London’s Swinging 1960s, with its subculture explosion and stylish youths.
Such is the scene, glimpsed in footage shot that night, at the beginning of the riotously entertaining new documentary “Lambert & Stamp.” Lambert and Stamp were assistant film directors, frustrated by not ascending to the director’s chair, but full of wild ideas. They wanted to find a band to make a film about, but their plans had wider cultural aspirations: “a mad (expletive) concoction of stuff,” says Stamp in the film.
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.
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.”
Vin Diesel says that the latest "Fast & Furious" film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it’s an action flick and it’s a sequel. The 47-year-old actor has appeared in virtually all of the "Fast & Furious" films, whose plots are built around fast cars.
Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history.
The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving Netflix the financial clout and creative firepower to further transform how we watch and define "television." And it spurred other online services such as Amazon.com Inc. and Google's YouTube to spend more on their own original content to create shows that rival those produced by broadcast and cable channels.