Do you have a weakness for windswept bowl cuts? Like your pinup boys safe, clean-cut and Canadian? Are you a 14-year-old girl with a pulse? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you might just have a case of Bieber Fever.
Formerly quarantined to concert halls, the Internet and the streets of Stratford, Ontario, where the young pop star once wowed passers-by with acoustic renditions of his favorite songs, the Justin Bieber contagion has spread to the screen, where he bares all (figuratively, ladies) in Jon Chu’s 3-D documentary “Never Say Never.” Read More
Unlike Jamie Bell, his co-star in “The Eagle,” a new adventure inspired by the legend of Rome’s Ninth Legion — which, around the year 117, is said to have vanished north of Hadrian’s Wall — Channing Tatum is no stranger to playing the hard guy. In 2009 alone, he starred as a bare-knuckles brawler in “Fighting,” a military hotshot in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and as the notorious Pretty Boy Floyd in Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies.” Read More
The last time Melissa Leo was nominated for an Academy Award, in 2009 for the blue-collar drama “Frozen River,” she was a sentimental favorite among critics, but a decidedly long shot to beat out Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and eventual winner Kate Winslet.
Now the 50-year-old is earning accolades again, this time for her supporting role in “The Fighter,” David O. Russell’s biography of Lowell, Mass., brawler Micky Ward, opening Friday. (The San Francisco Film Critics Circle ranked her nuanced portrayal of a domineering mother among the year’s best.) Read More
His downfall plays like a Greek tragedy, a flawed hero laid low by hubris. It has inspired “Saturday Night Live” skits, the 18th-season finale of “Law & Order” and the hit CBS drama “The Good Wife.” Now the story of the former New York governor brought down by his ties to a high-priced prostitution ring is revisited in Alex Gibney’s “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.” Read More
Staring out the window of his regal suite at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco, Aaron Johnson seems almost melancholy, a far cry from the excitable superhero wannabe he plays in his new movie, “Kick-Ass.”
“This is my first time here,” he says in his thick English accent, gazing down on Market Street as the early morning fog burns off. “It’s a shame when you arrive in these great places and you realize you’re going to spend your time there holed up in some dark room.” Read More
Why, among the millions of children and adults who grew up idolizing superheroes, has nobody ever tried to become one?
That’s the question troubling Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a nerdy teenager determined to take a bite out of crime in the Big Apple.
Dave doesn’t seem suicidal, though his mission certainly does. Armed only with a green-and-yellow jumpsuit and a modicum of protective gear — intimidating he isn’t — he sets out to live the fantasy and gets a knife in his gut for his troubles. Read More