Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

Why Ray Winstone Is Perfect for That 'Point Break' Remake (CLIPS)

Brit character actor Ray Winstone is in talks to star in the much-tussled-about "Point Break" remake as FBI agent Angelo Pappas, a role Gary Busey immortalized in Kathryn Bigelow's original homoerotic cult classic from 1991.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
  • |
  • April 9, 2014 6:30 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Stream These: Five Great New Year's Eve Movies (CLIPS)

In lieu of spoiling your holiday by watching Garry Marshall's crummy ensemble film "New Year's Eve" -- which you can pay $9.99 for on Amazon Instant Video if you must -- stream these five great movies set on or around New Year's as the bell tolls for 2013 and a terrific movie year comes to an end.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
  • |
  • December 30, 2013 1:12 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Governor Jerry Brown, Harrison Ford and Anjelica Huston Celebrate Joan Didion at PEN Center USA Awards

PEN Center USA's 23rd annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Hills Hotel was a dazzling mix of literary Los Angeles and Hollywood, as Joan Didion was winning the Lifetime Achievement Award. Many of the 400 or so attendees, from producer Laura Bickford to authors Bret Easton Ellis, A.M. Homes, Cari Beauchamp, Janet Fitch and Michael Tolkin, were disappointed that the diminutive and frail New York writer was not able to attend, after sustaining a fall. Governor Jerry Brown and Harrison Ford had been friends with Didion for some 40 years, and valued her friendship--and sophisticated dinner parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • October 15, 2013 4:07 PM
  • |
  • 4 Comments

BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards to Honor Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced it will honor Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley, both of whom have won Oscars and BAFTAs, at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9.
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • August 5, 2013 12:38 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Who Should Direct Bond 24? Take Our Poll

Now that Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing "Bond 24," who should helm the follow-up to the billion-dollar "Skyfall"? The new MI6 table's been set with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and with no more rites of passage or existential crises to deal with, Daniel Craig's 007 is now fully formed and reporting for duty "with pleasure."
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
  • |
  • March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
  • |
  • 6 Comments

The Unsung Hero Behind 'Argo' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Has Two Chances to Win Oscar Night

When William Goldenberg came to talk to Sneak Previews about editing Ben Affleck's "Argo" back in October, he was still in the throes of finishing Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," on a tight deadline to deliver a final cut in November. Sunday night Goldenberg is up for not just one but two Oscars, for two very different Middle East movies, and is favored to win for best picture frontrunner "Argo."
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • February 24, 2013 6:06 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

'Zero Dark Thirty' Writer-Producer Boal Defends Film in 'First Amendment Week' Keynote

Celebrating "First Amendment Week" at Loyola Marymount University, Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" writer-producer Mark Boal (who won a writing Oscar for "The Hurt Locker," his first collaboration with director Kathryn Bigelow) gave the keynote address.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • February 6, 2013 4:13 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Michael Moore, In Defense of 'Zero Dark Thirty' - A Movie 'About How We Don't Listen to Women'

There comes a point about two-thirds of the way through 'Zero Dark Thirty' where it is clear something, or someone, on high has changed. The mood at the CIA has shifted, become subdued. It appears that the torture-approving guy who's been president for the past eight years seems to be, well, gone.
  • By Michael Moore
  • |
  • January 25, 2013 3:12 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Kathryn Bigelow Opens Up About 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Torture and Truth on TIME Cover Story and Colbert Report

In addition to her appearance on the Colbert Report (watch below), "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow is the center of this week's TIME cover story, "Art of Darkness." The director, who rarely speaks with the press, is opening up to deal with and defend herself against the controversy surrounding "ZDT" and its torture debate.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • January 24, 2013 3:02 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Now and Then: A 'Zero Dark Thirty' Piece That's (Mostly) Not About Torture

We are Maya. That's the first thought that comes to mind about Jessica Chastain's tireless, obsessed CIA analyst in "Zero Dark Thirty," a "motherfucker" who's been chasing Osama bin Laden for twelve years — nearly the same length of time as this country's impossible war.
  • By Matt Brennan
  • |
  • January 22, 2013 1:22 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Email Updates