Premiere: Chavez biopic shown to 1,000 farm workers in California

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 March 2014 04:19

In California's fertile Central Valley, immigrant workers pick produce sold worldwide. They're mostly Spanish speakers who work long hours in the dirt and sun — not your typical crowd for a Hollywood movie premiere.

But this week, they were the guests of honor at a special screening of "Cesar Chavez," the new biopic opening today. More than 1,000 farm workers sat in folding chairs outside the union hall where the first contracts were signed in 1970 between those who owned the fields and those who worked them. An inflatable movie screen stood upfront. The spirit of Cesar Chavez was everywhere.

‘Peabody & Sherman’ a sweet, geeky jaunt

AP Film Writer
Monday, 10 March 2014 11:13

Animated films have seen their share of uptight dads — the most memorable being merman Triton and his strict rule over daughter Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” and the over-protective caveman Grug in the prehistoric journey “The Croods.” Mr. Peabody the dog in the charming “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is no different.

As the aforementioned papas learned, this overbearing beagle must eventually loosen the leash he has on his adopted son, Sherman. But this is especially difficult for Mr. Peabody, since Sherman is not only a lively youngster, but a human one.

Diversity wins big at the Oscars

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 03 March 2014 07:27

Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

For the first time, a film directed by a black filmmaker - Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave" - won best picture and a Latino - Alfonso Cuaron of "Gravity" - took home best director in a ceremony presided over by a lesbian host and overseen by the academy's first black president.

McConaughey’s red-carpet year

Written by Susan Griffi,
The Interview People
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:59

Matthew McCounaghey as Ron Woodruff in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

It might only be February, but it’s already shaping up to be Matthew McConaughey’s year. There’s been his scene-stealing cameo in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, as well as a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar nomination for his role as a homophobic AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. He’s the odds-on favorite to take home the gold.

With 'Breaking Bad' behind him, Aaron Paul chooses racing film as next career move

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 16 March 2014 09:51

Aaron Paul in 'Need for Speed'

When Aaron Paul received the script for Need for Speed, he had very little interest in even reading the story, let alone taking a starring a role in the movie.

The abs strike back in '300' sequel with a victory at the weekend box office

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Sunday, 09 March 2014 14:49

The glistening abs are back in 300: Rise of an Empire, and they’ve been doing crunches.

Expect an Oscars filled with music, heroes, Ellen

Written by SANDY COHEN,
AP Entertainment Writer
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 06:38

The Oscars is on March 2 on ABC.

With less than a week to go before the Academy Awards, the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood is on lockdown. Guards stand at every door, and handlers with walkie-talkies keep a close eye on any visitors.

Oscars rich in tales of wealthy and poor

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 21 February 2014 16:58

Early in “Captain Phillips,” the cargo ship captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) drive from their Vermont home to the airport where he’ll take a flight to his next job, one that will bring him face-to-face with the less fortunate on the other side of the globe. Like the chatter of so many couples, their conversation turns to their general feeling of economic uncertainty.

“It just seems like the world’s movin’ so fast,” says Phillips, wondering about the future their kids will inherit. “Big wheels are turning.”

Oscar-winning director of ‘Gravity’ turns to TV with ‘Believe’

Written by LYNN ELBER,
AP Television Writer
Monday, 10 March 2014 11:23

Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron was looking for an anti-“Gravity” follow up to his blockbuster space film, and he found it with a rare excursion into television.

Cuaron and sci-fi auteur J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the “Star Trek” movies) are executive producers of “Believe,” a drama about a child whose supernatural powers put her and the world at risk.

In 'Son of God,' movie producers faced age-old question: 'How hot was Jesus'?

Written by Associated Press Friday, 07 March 2014 19:07

Diogo Morgado as Jesus in 'Son of God'

 They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can't be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood.

Cate Blanchett strives to balance family and career

Written by Cezar Greif,
The Interview People
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:42

Cate Blanchett

On a late morning at a Paris luxury hotel, a production team with Turkish photographer Koray Birand had been busy since the break of dawn. But no one was complaining about the early wake-up time, mainly because of one thing — Cate Blanchett was about to arrive.

‘G.B.F.’ director Darren Stein says gay best friends are a must-have for today’s woman

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 09 February 2014 15:53

Gay filmmaker Darren Stein takes us back to school with his campy and colorful new comedy G.B.F. This is familiar territory for Stein, who also directed Jawbreaker, the classic 1990s Mean Girls precursor.

G.B.F. (“gay best friend, for the uninitiated) cranks up the homo high school hi-jinx with a story about an unintentional outing and the resulting chaos that ensues. Narrator Tanner (Michael J. Willett) transforms from invisible man on campus to the dude in demand as he navigates the choppy waters of the high school shark tank.