NEW YORK (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie never expected to direct a film with shark attacks, plane crashes and prisoner-of-war camps, but she found the story of a World War Two hero so compelling she tackled them in “Unbroken,” a biopic about survival, faith and forgiveness.
The Oscar-winning actress and second-time director was half-way through Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book about Olympic runner and POW survivor Louis “Louie” Zamperini when she knew she wanted to make it into a film.
NEW YORK, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Wishes are granted, dreams come
true and Cinderella is rescued by her prince, but it is not all
happily ever after in “Into the Woods,” the film adaptation of
the Tony-winning Broadway musical that puts a modern spin on
Director Rob Marshall worked closely with composer Stephen
Sondheim and James Lapine in adapting their musical for the
film that opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy-winning rock star Sting has boosted ticket sales of his Broadway musical “The Last Ship” and won praise for his performance as a foreman in the show based on his childhood in a shipbuilding town in northeast England.
“The Last Ship,” the first Broadway musical written by Sting, opened on Oct. 26 to mixed reviews, winning praise for his rousing score but losing points for its confused, tangled story.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – With massive battle scenes, biblical plagues and a towering tidal wave, British director Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is an epic historical drama and retelling of the story of Moses as a reluctant prophet.
Shot in 3D with striking visual effects, 20th Century Fox’s “Exodus” is the latest biblical-theme film to be released in 2014, dubbed the “year of the Bible.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of fans tuned in to watch a high-flying Allison Williams as Peter Pan and a tap-dancing Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in a live television production of the classic musical that drew mixed reactions from fans and critics.
The three-hour production of “Peter Pan Live!” that aired on NBC on Thursday night was the Comcast-owned network’s latest live action musical, following last year’s “Sound of Music.”
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.”