NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director Martin
Scorsese plumbs the depths of the debauched, hedonistic
lifestyle of a 1990s convicted stock swindler and the world of
high finance in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a cautionary tale
about excess, lust and greed.
The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, is
based on the memoir of disgraced stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who
made a fortune by defrauding clients and spent it on expensive
cars, homes, a yacht, hookers, orgies and all the alcohol and
drugs he could consume.
NEW YORK, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Joaquin Phoenix knew he had to
star in Spike Jonze’s latest film “Her,” an unconventional
romance that explores ideas about intimacy, isolation,
relationships and technology, because it wasn’t a typical love
Phoenix’s depressed writer character finds love in the film,
set in a futuristic Los Angeles, but the object of his affection
isn’t a co-worker or the girl next door. It’s an intuitive,
voice-controlled, computer operating system named Samantha.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – U.S. pop singer
Beyonce surprised fans and critics with the release of her fifth
solo studio album on Friday, which features 14 new songs and 17
videos and caused a stir on Twitter, capping a year in which the
singer made a carefully choreographed return to music.
The 32-year-old Grammy-winning performer said she wanted to
release the music in a new way, in order to connect more
directly with her fans.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – When actress Rebecca Hall first read “Machinal,” the 1920s play in which she will make her Broadway debut early next year, her reaction was so strong she felt her throat tightening.
Hall’s response, and the fact that it was being directed by Briton Lyndsey Turner, convinced the British actress she had to play the young murderess in the drama that hasn’t been staged on Broadway in 85 years.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Director David O. Russell travels back to the 1970s with its blaring disco music, garish clothes and big hair in “American Hustle,” a tale about reinvention, love and survival featuring con-artists, mobsters and an FBI sting operation.
A fictional film built around the real-life Abscam scandal that led to the conviction of a U.S. senator and six congressmen, “American Hustle” last week won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best film of 2013 and a best supporting actress prize for Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Her,” a story about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, on Wednesday won the National Board of Review award for 2013 best film of the year and best director, the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars.
Director Spike Jonze’s “Her,” which will be released in selected U.S. theaters later this month, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a withdrawn writer in Los Angeles in the quirky love story.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of America’s feature-length silent films have been lost, and the legacy that put Hollywood at the forefront of the movie industry from 1912 to 1929 is endangered, the Library of Congress said Wednesday.
The first comprehensive study of American feature-length films of the silent era unveiled by the Library of Congress paints a distressing picture. Seventy percent of silent feature-length films have been lost.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Film Critics Circle named “American Hustle,” a film about 1970s con artists forced to work with the FBI, as best film of 2013 on Tuesday and gave its top acting prizes to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the first major movie honors in the run-up to the Oscars.
British director Steve McQueen won the best director prize for “12 Years a Slave,” the historical drama about a free black man sold into slavery and based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – While most teenagers in the early 1960s were swooning over the pop stars, Carole King was busy writing songs for their idols that would send them to the top of the music charts.
From “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” for The Shirelles and “Take Good Care of My Baby” for Bobby Vee to “The Loco-Motion” for Little Eva, King and her first husband Gerry Goffin penned a string of hits before she launched a solo career and produced her 1971 multiple Grammy Award-winning second album “Tapestry.”
NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Writers James McBride and
George Packer won National Book Awards, among the most
prestigious literary prizes in U.S. publishing, at a gala dinner
on Wednesday that also honored authors E.L. Doctorow and Maya
McBride took home the 2014 National Book Foundation fiction
prize for “The Good Lord Bird,” an exploration of identity and
survival during slavery.