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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Oct. 25

Posted on 10/25/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOur Movies For Grownups choices this week include just one new film and not a favorite, at that.  Still, some would say you could have worse company than Brad Pitt, Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott. The New Stuff The Counselor Michael Fassbender is the latest in a long line of movie lawyers who discover representing bad guys isn’t always the best career move. The script is by Cormac McCarthy; the director is Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, American Gangster); and the …

“The Counselor”: Big Stars, Low Appeal

Posted on 10/25/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe Counselor is a mess of a movie. That’s surprising, given the talent in this modern noir — Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt — and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist. Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Fassbender is the title character, called only “Counselor.” We never …

Tony Scott: A Gifted Director’s Most Thrilling Movie Moments

Posted on 08/20/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyTony Scott directed 16 films, including the Tom Cruise hits Top Gun and Days of Thunder, but he got little of the critical acclaim showered on Hollywood contemporaries such as Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. Accolade-wise, he even was overshadowed by his older brother Ridley, whose trio of Academy Award nominations in the best director category amounted to three more than Tony ever got. But Scott, who died yesterday at age 68 in an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, had stellar success in …

Carlo Rambaldi: In Motion Pictures, He Put the ‘Special’ in Special Effects

Posted on 08/14/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong,  or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott’s Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi, a special-effects wizard who died Aug. 10 at age 86  in his native Italy, won Academy Awards for visual effects for all three of those films. Spielberg hailed Rambaldi as “E.T.’s Geppetto,” a reference to the fictional woodcarver who created Pinocchio, but Rambaldi’s skills …