On screen

Celebrity is the villain in new Amy Winehouse film

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:19

Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked.

First seen as a bright-eyed 14-year-old girl singing a knockout “Happy Birthday,” Winehouse gradually recedes from our view as her renown grows, obscured by a blizzard of flashes and a deadening haze of celebrity. Fame arrives like fate: a destiny foreshadowed by Winehouse’s self-evident talent and her own ominous misgivings. “I would go mad,” she says of fame before its tidal-wave arrival. 

Cate Blanchett finds elegance in role as 'Carol'

Written by Lex Martin,
The Interview Feed
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:44

Australian actor Cate Blanchett explores her latest role as a New York socialite who falls in love with an ambitious shop girl in Carol, and reflects on a career on film and stage.

Jon Stewart talks about moving on from ‘The Daily Show’

Written by Piers Manning,
The Interview Feed
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 08:51

Aug. 6 will be a dark day for many. Jon Stewart, the irreverent host of The Daily Show, the satirical news program that a proportionately large audience considers more newsworthy than the actual news, will finally step down as the show’s host after 16 years.

Cannes finale: Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ wins Palme d’Or in upset

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:31

The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close with Jacques Audiard’s Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival’s coveted top honor, the Palme d’Or.

The choice of “Dheepan,” as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as “A Prophet” and “Rust and Bone,” some critics were disappointed by the thriller climax of Audiard’s film. “Dheepan” is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country and are settled in a violent housing project outside Paris.

Lotsa grinding, little plot in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:07

There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.

Mike Lane, played by the well nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he saws, measures and sands, the beat of the music he’s listening to starts to transport him.  He can’t stop himself: he begins to dance, all around the shop, over and under the tools, a guy who just can’t keep those limbs from moving.

Chris Pratt: from 'monkeyboy' to hunky action hero

Written by Piers Manning,
The Interview Feed
Friday, 12 June 2015 14:38

Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World,' now in theaters

Google his name and two search items appear: “workout” and “before and after." It’s an arguable breakdown of Chris Pratt’s career.

MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema features ‘best of the best’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:28

It will be another summer of movies under the stars — or at least under city lights and in the shadow of the state Capitol — as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts celebrates the 10th season of its popular Rooftop Cinema program. 

The San Andreas Fault — fact and fiction

Written by ALICIA CHANG,
AP Science Writer
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:13

The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hollywood’s favorite geologic bad guy is back in “San Andreas” — a fantastical look at one of the world’s real seismic threats.

Jada Pinkett Smith is the 'lioness' who tames the men of 'Magic Mike XXL'

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP Film writer
Saturday, 27 June 2015 08:53

When Jada Pinkett Smith got the call from her agent about the Magic Mike sequel script, there was something she needed to know: Her part as Rome, the owner of a male strip club, was written for a man.

'Jurassic World' bites into modern blockbuster

Written by JAKE COYLE,
Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:05

Along the scaly spine of the Tyrannosaurus Rex runs the evolution of Hollywood blockbustering.

Twenty-two years ago, Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" set the standard for the kind of movie the industry has, ever since, bred like test-tube dinos. Their genes are genetically modified for the requisite computer-generated effects, merchandising tie-ins and theme park-style attractions.

Netflix announces Pride 2015 line-up

Written by WiG Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:27

Matt Bomer in 'White Collar'

Netflix has announced its streaming line-up to celebrate Pride month 2015. The extensive list includes cable series, independent releases, festival favorites, foreign films and mainstream feature hits.

Tom Hardy, who's burning up the screen as Mad Max, says he's drawn to characters who frighten him

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:03

-PHOTO: Reuters

Mad Max is back. Three decades after the last installment in the post-apocalyptic film saga Max Max: Thunderdome hit the theatres, legendary director George Miller is resurrecting the cult franchise that turned Mel Gibson into a star and set the standard for all future visions of a dystopian earth: "A world without hope. Without law. Without mercy," intones a voice from the trailer to the film.