LOS ANGELES – In “300: Rise of an Empire” (opening Friday), Eva Green plays the villainous Artemisia, the viciously cruel admiral of the Persian fleet — out to destroy the Greeks in this second film inspired by graphic novelist Frank Miller’s vivid interpretation of the battles of the ancient world. The French-born actress, perhaps best-known
By Jocelyn Noveck/The Associated Press NEW YORK — Casting Jesus for the silver screen has always been tricky. Directors must balance the actor’s ability to project a sense of both divinity and humanity. They also need to sell tickets, and thus have often cast handsome, leading-man types. In the new movie “Son of God,” Jesus
#Epicfail. Sometimes companies, people or brands #win when it comes to using Twitter, Instagram and the like to push the corporate message. Other times? Such as, for instance, Sunday night’s ill-conceived Huffington Post/Chelsea Handler tweet takeover during the Academy Awards? Um… No. Refer to hashtag at the top of this piece. Handler, known for her
I completely understand that the Motion Picture Academy cannot include all key members of the film industry in its annual “In Memoriam” segment at the Oscars, but I agree with a number of readers who were saddened and surprised at the omission of Our Town’s late great Dennis Farina from this year’s list of those
As we come up on the big Chicago premiere Tuesday night for the much-anticipated “Divergent,” it’s fun to share an on-set interview with actor Theo James, who plays the key character Four in the film, based on local author Veronica Roth’s mega-bestselling first novel in her dystopian series. Between shooting scenes on the Abnegation village
The best part about the Oscars this year? Believe it or not, the speeches! All four acting recipients knew they were probably going to win, so for once they all seemed prepared. Matthew McConaughey is getting a lot of praise for his speech, with some commentators on the right noting how rare it is for
Why do so many actors sound and look so bad when they give an acceptance speech? Insight from Leonardo DiCaprio and advice from trainer Catherine Johns on how to do it better.
I love going to the movies, but nearly all of my nights and weekends are solidly booked with live theater and dance, so I only managed to see three Oscar-related films this year: “Nebraska,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “August: Osage County.” I could quibble about certain moments in “Nebraska,” but overall I loved it. I
The 86th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. tonight on ABC 7 Chicago, and critics are calling this year a tough one to predict. You can catch up with our Richard Roeper’s predictions here. Then follow him throughout the night as he posts video updates to his live blog.