7 of the best Steven Soderbergh films to watch right now, from crime dramas to caper comedies
In the history of the Academy Awards, Steven Soderbergh is the only director who had to compete against himself. And he won.Prognosticators figured Soderbergh hurt his chances by directing two of 2000’s five best pictures. (Actually, let’s make that two of the four best; how did the insipid “Chocolat” make the cut?) The conventional wisdom was Soderbergh would cancel himself out with “Traffic” and “Erin Brockovich” splitting the vote, but he was the surprise victor for best director with “Traffic.” That’s even more surprising when you consider that best picture, an award that usually went hand...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In a world of virtual sets, that movie or TV show, like 'The Mandalorian,' might not be where you think — or anywhere at all
The pandemic shut down major Hollywood productions in March and five months later it is still unclear when most TV and film projects will start back up again.In Chicago, right now is typically when the three NBC shows from Dick Wolf (“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.”) begin work on the new season. That’s obviously been delayed. There’s also the fourth season of FX’s “Fargo,” starring Chris Rock, which was nearing the end of its shoot here in town when the shutdown hit; producers are hoping to find a way to finish work on that quickly.There have been ongoing conversations about p...
The burden of a positive COVID-19 test result has some people 'test shopping' for a negative
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — One morning, Amy Rosen woke up with body aches and a throbbing head. When she couldn’t shake the feeling, she went to urgent care to get swabbed for COVID-19 and paid $45 to get quick results. Two days later, her test result came back positive.In the next two weeks, Rosen got nasal and saliva tests another six times at drive-thrus, walk-ups and again at urgent care — all in a quest for a negative result to resume her normal life.As the virus infects Floridians at a record pace, wait times at test sites and long turnarounds for results have people like Rosen taking multi...
15 minutes with Chicago-area native Taylor Zakhar Perez of Netflix's 'The Kissing Booth 2'
CHICAGO — Long before he was lauded as the internet’s new boyfriend for his guitar-playing, smooth-dancing, ab-baring role in the Netflix movie “The Kissing Booth 2,” Taylor Zakhar Perez was a star swimmer at Chesterton High School in northwest Indiana.Zakhar Perez plays Marco, who distracts classmate Elle (Joey King) from her long-distance relationship with Noah (Jacob Elordi) in the high-school rom-com, which dropped July 24. Here’s what we learned about Zakhar Perez from our 15-minute phone interview.He comes from a large family.Zakhar Perez, 28, said he has five sisters and two brothers, a...
Temple grad Kalen Allen landed his first movie gig alongside Seth Rogen in 'An American Pickle'
PHILADELPHIA — It was in the fall of 2017, while studying acting and theater at Temple University, that Kalen Allen first uploaded videos of himself reacting to videos of other people cooking recipes — only these recipes were strange.As Allen, now 24, reacted to ketchup cake and apple Twix salad being prepared, his video views grew into the millions, catching the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Two months later, Allen was invited to make an appearance on the show and accepted a deal to use her platform for his recipe-reaction video series, “Kalen Reacts,” which has racked up over ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New on DVD: 'The High Note' is simple and sweet
Settle in for a serenade in the top new DVD picks for the week of Aug. 11.“The High Note”: Personal assistant Maggie Sherwoode (Dakota Johnson) has a dream of becoming a professional music producer. This is a no-no for her day job, to be at superstar singer Grace Davis’ (Tracee Ellis Ross) side more or less every minute of the day. But after secretly producing a cut of her boss’s new live album, she meets an overwhelmingly talented singer, David Cliff (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), in a grocery store and lets him think she’s a “real” producer to convince him into teaming up.Directed by Nisha Ganatra a...
Tribune News Service
'American Pickle' review: Seth Rogen, twice, brings out the sweetness in an immigration fable
Aside from being the briniest film since the Lower East Side romance “Crossing Delancey” 32 years ago, “An American Pickle” (premiering Thursday on HBO Max) reminds us that Seth Rogen has always had the acting chops for more than one kind of comedy.This one’s more than one kind of comedy, too. It’s a sweet yet nicely vinegary immigration fable; a deadpan fantasy; and a tale of two Brooklyns, one (1920) a repository of rat-infested factories and Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the other (2020) the gentrified land of their progressive, pea milk-drinking great-grandchildren.Rogen plays what t...
August TV calendar: Dates for new and returning shows
And the shows just keep on coming. Yes, the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to much of the production in Hollywood. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of fresh TV fare coming our way.Among the highlights: “Lucifer” kicks off its fifth season on Netflix, “Endeavour” returns on PBS, a new “Star Trek” series comes to CBS All Access, “Big Brother” kicks off an all-star edition on CBS and the NFL training camp series “Hard Knocks” tackles not one, but two teams, on HBO.And then there’s another Shark Week on Discovery Channel.Here’s a rundown of premiere dates for major new and returning...
The Mercury News
Many of South Florida's private schools — and some charters — will return to buildings in the fall
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Parents hoping to send their children to an actual school campus this fall may have to shell out money for a private school.Despite pressure from the state and federal governments to open their campuses for the new year, most South Florida public schools plan to start off online only due to the continued surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths in South Florida. A few charter schools plan to offer in-person instruction, but most say they will begin online until conditions improve.For private schools, it’s a different story.“Most of the private schools we’ve heard from or abou...
Nicole Kidman feels 'more secure' in her identity in recent years
Nicole Kidman has felt "more secure" in her own identity in recent years.The 53-year-old actress - who is one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood - has admitted she's only recently discovered her own "emotional strength".Nicole - who is married to music star Keith Urban - shared: "It is true I've become more secure in my own identity."It's probably only in the last six or seven years that I've gone, 'Oh, OK, this is who I am, what I am and what I stand for'. I've discovered my own emotional strength, which, when I was a kid, I actually didn't think was there."I always thought I'd be easily ...