On screen

Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Eva Longoria projects part of NBC’s slate

Written by The AP Monday, 19 January 2015 11:22

Stevie Wonder is on board for an NBC miniseries set against the 19th-century Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find freedom.

Wonder, who will serve as executive producer for the project, also may be involved in a musical adaptation of the miniseries that is aimed at Broadway, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said.

Review: ‘Second Best’ Marigold Hotel lives up to its title

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 07:42

If you’re going to do a movie sequel that doesn’t quite measure up to the original and seems rather hurriedly cobbled together, well, OK. Many filmmakers have done the same.

But actually putting the words “Second Best” in the title? Now, that’s just asking for the unflattering comparisons.

Oscar spotlight shines attention on diversity issue in Hollywood

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film write
Friday, 20 February 2015 06:23

Lupita Nyong’o at last year’s Oscars. —Photo: flickeringmyth.com

It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong’o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called “dark beauty.”

Fifty shades of disappointed

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP film writer
Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:28

Curious? The posters for Fifty Shades of Grey coyly ask.

Wisconsin Film Festival unreels a week of flicks

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:26

Chimes at Midnight. — PHOTO: Courtesy Wisconsin Film Festival

Movie buff Jim Healy’s life is governed by a single credo: There are no new films or old films, only films that he hasn't yet seen.

Glen Campbell’s daughter carries on his legacy

Written by Mesfin Fekadu,
AP music writer
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:46

Glen Campbell’s daughter says that although she can’t have a typical conversation with her father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, she’s able to speak to him through music.

“When you sit there and play a guitar right in front of him, it really seems to reach him,” Ashley Campbell said in a recent interview. “So I try to do that as often as I can.”

Film highlights art from Works Progress Administration

Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:44

Eighty years after the federal Works Progress Administration put unemployed artists to work creating sculptures and murals for post offices and courthouses comes this reminder from film maker Michael Maglaras: Look around.

Much of the art is still there and has as much meaning now as it did during the Great Depression, says Maglaras, whose documentary “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” will be released May 15.

Dunham, Kohan, Wiig, Kaling talk 'women in Hollywood'

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:22

Lena Dunham dreams of the day when a man might say, "It's impossible to get into Hollywood. It's an old women's network."

The creative force behind HBO's "Girls" shared the stage with "The Mindy Project" creator Mindy Kaling, "Bridesmaids" star and co-writer Kristen Wiig and "Orange Is the New Black" show-runner Jenji Kohan for a discussion on women in Hollywood this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

Review: 'Insurgent' could use more divergence

Written by The AP Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:28

Given that conformity is the scourge of the "Divergent" series and much of its young-adult ilk, it's a shame that the films, including the new "Insurgent," do so little to stray from well-worn YA paths. 

For a series that waves the banner of individualism, they make a poor case for it. Instead of throbbing with a teenage spirit of rebellion — or things like youthful wildness, humor or sex — the two "Divergent" movies are curiously content to eke out a rigid, lifeless fable in drab futuristic environs. 

Oscars: Who will win ... and who should win

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:04

Michael Keaton, right, is heavily favored to win best actor for his role as Riggan Thomas in 'Birdman.' The film is also a frontrunner for Best Picture and Best Director.

Ahead of Sunday's 87th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that could be a nail biter.

What makes an Oscarcast click? Will it click this year?

AP Television Writer
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:18

The Academy Awards show is on Feb. 22 on ABC. — Oscar.com

What are TV viewers seeking from their annual Oscar fix? The same thing they want from movies: drama, comedy, sex, slapstick, glamour and romance.

UWM French film festival prompts cultural dialogue

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:50

Director Jean-Pierre Thorn. — Photo: Courtesy Fabienne Bullot

Fabienne Bullot knew she had found a city of kindred spirits when she left the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival screening of Earth. The visiting assistant professor of French at UWM had been pleased, shortly after her arrival in Milwaukee, to learn Milwaukee Film would be screening Ukrainian film director Alexander Dovzhenko’s silent Soviet-era film about the process of collectivism, with live musical accompaniment by postrock band Group of the Altos. But she was more pleased when the film received a thunderous standing ovation.