NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Liv Ullmann’s newest film, “Miss
Julie,” is set in rural Ireland in the late 19th century but the
Norwegian actress and director says the themes of the period
drama about class, power and desire are still relevant today.
Ullmann adapted and directed the film, which opens in
limited release on Friday, from Swedish playwright August
Strindberg’s play of the same name. It depicts the social
restraints and struggle for dominance between a woman and her
father’s valet on Midsummer’s Eve, a celebration of the summer
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Board of Review on Tuesday awarded “A Most Violent Year,” a drama about a man fighting to protect his business in early 1980s New York City, prizes for best film, actor and supporting actress in the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars.
The star of the film, Oscar Isaac, shared the best acting prize with Michael Keaton, who portrayed a has-been actor in “Birdman.” Jessica Chastain nabbed the supporting actress prize for playing Isaac’s wife.
NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Academy Award winner Christopher
Walken, a veteran of both stage and screen, is taking a first
crack at a live television musical as Captain Hook in “Peter Pan
Live!,” a gig he likens to a sporting event.
In the production that airs on Dec. 4 on NBC, Walken plays
opposite Allison Williams, who steps into the title role made
famous by Mary Martin in the original 1954 Broadway musical.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin filled in for U2′s injured lead singer Bono on Monday evening and rocked a surprise World AIDS Day concert in New York’s Times Square with the Irish rock group.
They joined other U2 members, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr., to perform the group’s songs as crowds packed the center of Manhattan bundled in coats and hats and huddled under umbrellas as rain fell.
NEW YORK, Dec 1 (Reuters) – “Boyhood,” a coming-of-age drama
filmed over 12 years with the same actors, dominated the New
York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday, winning best picture
of 2014, best director for Richard Linklater and the best
supporting actress category.
Actor Timothy Spall was named best actor for his portrayal
of one of Britain’s greatest painters, J.M.W. Turner, in “Mr.
Turner,” and Marion Cotillard nabbed the top actress honors for
roles in two films, “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night.”
NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Dental hygienist Jennifer
Reynolds was always self-conscious about her looks, never took
selfies and felt uncomfortable being tagged in photographs
posted on social media.
The 34-year-old from Costa Rica who lives in New York opted
for plastic surgery on her nose and now feels ready for prime
time on social media.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Shia LaBeouf made a brief appearance in a New York court on Tuesday to show he was in compliance with a treatment program after he pleaded guilty in September to a disorderly conduct violation for disturbing a performance of “Cabaret” on Broadway.
Wearing a dark suit and white shirt, the short-haired, clean-shaven 28-year-old, who appeared in the “Transformer” films and with Brad Pitt in the World War Two drama “Fury,” nodded when the judge asked if he was receiving treatment.
NEW YORK, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Actor Shia LaBeouf made a brief
appearance in a New York court on Tuesday to show he was in
compliance with a treatment program after he pleaded guilty in
September to a disorderly conduct violation for disturbing a
performance of “Cabaret” on Broadway.
Wearing a dark suit and white shirt, the short-haired,
clean-shaven 28-year-old, who appeared in the “Transformer”
films and with Brad Pitt in the World War Two drama “Fury,”
nodded when the judge asked if he was receiving treatment.
NEW YORK, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Like many people, British actor
Benedict Cumberbatch knew very little about Alan Turing, the
genius mathematician he portrays in “The Imagination Game,” who
helped to hasten the end of World War Two by cracking Germany’s
wartime communications code.
Turing’s top-secret work with cryptologists and math wizards
at Britain’s decryption center, Bletchley Park, saved countless
lives by breaking Germany’s Enigma machine code. But the
computer pioneer received no credit, died a broken man, and was
only pardoned for charges of homosexuality, a crime in 1952, 60
years after his death in 1954.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to American scientist Dr. James Watson, a co-discoverer of DNA, is expected to sell for up to $3.5 million at auction next month in New York, Christie’s said on Monday.
Watson, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, unraveled the double-helix structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in England in 1953 in a discovery that heralded the modern era of biology.