Commentary: The Donald Trump Movie Club, featuring 'Parasite,' explained
Welcome to the pop-up edition of “At the Movies,” hosted by Donald Trump.Our president and cultural commander in chief tried out a few riffs, working without a co-host Thursday night at one of his pep rallies, this one in Colorado Springs, Colo. With strategically situated African American and Asian American attendees in the audience behind him, on camera — the African American male to his left went sort of cold when “Gone With the Wind” came up — he lent the voice of federal authority to the opinion that no, “Parasite,” the staggeringly profitable hit from South Korea and a film not in Englis...
Harrison Ford talks about 'Call of the Wild' and surviving the digital revolution in film
Harrison Ford’s scene partner in “The Call of the Wild,” which opened Friday, is the figment of some animator’s imagination, a “dog” that isn’t really there.Lately there’s been a lot of that in Ford’s career.In “Blade Runner 2049,” his character hangs out in Vegas with credible facsimiles of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. In “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” leftover footage of the late Carrie Fisher (as Leia) was digitally integrated into the movie, making an immortal character even more so.Ford has made more than 50 movies and been photographed from every angle, so he exists as data that...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
How Richard Rankin made his way to 'Outlander'
PASADENA, Calif. — Scottish actor Richard Rankin was on the primrose path to IT work when something terrible happened. He decided to become an actor.Rankin was working in a bank and was being groomed for a coveted position in computer technology. “If I was in IT, if I was in computers, you’d have stability in that,” he says.“You’d know where you where. You’d know where you wanted to go. You’d know how you’d want to progress. It’s very linear. Whereas this — not so much.”Acting eventually provided him with the plum role of Roger, the Oxford don in Starz’s uber-popular “Outlander.”But Rankin was...
Tribune News Service
Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals
The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Feb. 10:1. Ford v Ferrari — Fox2. Playing with Fire — Paramount3. Doctor Sleep — Warner4. Joker — Warner5. Terminator: Dark Fate — Paramount6. Gemini Man — Paramount7. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony8. Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood — Sony9. Harriet — Universal10. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — Disney———
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No verdict on day one as deliberations begin in trial of Weinstein
NEW YORK — Dour defendant Harvey Weinstein sat sullenly at the defense table Tuesday as a Manhattan jury wrapped up its first day of work with no verdict in the Oscar winner’s trial on rape and sexual abuse charges.The 67-year-old flashed nary a smile once the Manhattan Supreme Court jurors began considering the case that could land him behinds bars for life. He appeared wobbly by day’s end, nearly falling on his lead counsel Donna Rotunno while taking a seat at the defense table before the jury was sent home at about 4:40 p.m.The panel of seven men and five women began deliberating at 11:29 a...
New York Daily News
Hollywood should support China's battle against COVID-19
Promotional material for No Time to Die Photo: MaoyanIt was not surprising to hear that actor Daniel Craig canceled his April trip to China to promote his latest James Bond blockbuster No Time to Die, which was looking for the market to help make it the highest-grossing Bond movie to date, according to a report from The Times. After all, the eyes and attention of the whole world has been focused on the COVID-19 outbreak, which has killed nearly more than 1,800 people in the Chinese mainland. At this critical moment, China's nearly 70,000 screens have been closed for weeks, leading to losses of...
On Presidents Day, Jeb Bush urges return to civility in politics
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a Presidents Day audience of investors and money managers that it’s time for a return to civility in the nation’s politics. And the man who was ousted early from the Republican primaries of 2016 gave a decidedly mixed review of the first term of President Donald Trump, who bruised him often on the campaign trail.Bush spoke Monday to an audience of several hundred investors in Hollywood at a conference sponsored by the financial firm Noble Capital Markets of Boca Raton. During the speech and onstage interview with author Brant Pinvidic, Bush l...
Will Bunch: Bloomberg vs. Trump would mean America has already amused itself to death
Maybe this wasn’t exactly the way Neil Postman wrote it up in 1985. After all, Instagram and Twitter were unfathomable in a world where the internet was still a closely held secret among computer-science geeks. Yet that was the world in which the late New York University media critic wrote a book called “Amusing Ourselves to Death” that essentially predicted Donald Trump, the drug of 24/7 cable news and … everything, decades before they actually occurred.But Postman would have inherently understood multibillionaire Mike Bloomberg’s surging 2020 presidential campaign and what it says about an A...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Why one little Oscar means so much to so many
Not since “Moonlight’s” win in 2017 have I been more delighted or shocked by a Best Picture Oscar than when “Parasite” won last week. When the film’s name was called, my social media lit up with excitement, joy and pride.With only one person of color nominated in an acting category and no women nominated for best director, 2020 promised to be a repeat of the many #OscarsSoWhite awards seasons where stories centering on white people directed by white men were going to once again rule the day. (See “Green Book,” 2019.)Yet after 92 years, “Parasite” became the first foreign-language film to break...
The Seattle Times