Film & TV

'Brooklyn' Film Deftly Captures Author Colm Toibin’s Emotional Tone of Irish Immigration

Padraic Halpin

Since 2008, over half a million people have emigrated from the country of 4.6 million. While they can Skype home at a moment's notice, Crowley believes Toibin's book - adapted by author and screenwriter Nick Hornby - captures that "when you don't have a return ticket, it's a whole different ballpark". While films like "In America" and "Angela's Ashes" touch on the theme of emigration, "Brooklyn" tackles it head on. Emigration is seen as neither all good nor all bad, Crowley says, but is a profoundly important story to tell.

Bradley Cooper Goes on a Michelin-Star Quest in ‘Burnt’

Piya Sinha-Roy

In "Burnt," Cooper plays Adam Jones, a bad boy culinary genius led astray by the excesses of success. He's given a chance to redeem himself of his drug-laced past and earn his third Michelin star with his own London restaurant. To prepare for the role, Cooper, who speaks fluent French and showcases it in the film, spent time with top chefs including Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsey and Clare Smyth, the latter with whom Cooper did a service with one night.

Comedian Ricky Gervais Will Host 2016 Golden Globes

Jill Serjeant

Irreverent British comedian Rick Gervais will host the Golden Globes ceremony in 2016 for a fourth time, organizers said on Monday, bringing his biting humor to the glitzy annual movie and television awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Gervais, the creator of mockumentary "The Office," hosted the dinner for three consecutive years from 2010-2012, keeping his celebrity targets on edge with a stream of barbed comments.

New James Bond 'Spectre' Plays Like a Swan Song, and a Long One

Michael Roddy

It may be no coincidence that Agent 007's latest love interest, played by French actress Lea Seydoux in the new James Bond movie "Spectre," is called Madeleine Swann, because the film seems like a swan song for some of the participants. Both Daniel Craig, playing Bond for the fourth time in the film screened for the press in London on Wednesday, and director Sam Mendes, in his second outing for the now 24-film franchise, have been widely reported as saying they want out.

Gay Film Puts Indian Supreme Court in Tricky Terrain

Sandip Roy

The sufferings of a homosexual prince from Gujarat is clearly not everyone’s cup of tea and sympathy. When Manvendra Singh Gohil, the prince of Rajpipla decided to come out as gay, he did so in a Gujarati language daily, the Divya Bhaskar. The story caused a sensation and moved Oprah Winfrey enough to fly him to the US to appear on her show. Now a Gujarati film based on his life story has been denied a tax exemption service in his home state because the movie depicts “social evil.” 

'Steve Jobs' Takes an In-Depth Look at the Man Behind Apple

Piya Sinha-Roy

The film, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday and across the U.S. next week, explores Jobs through four of his key relationships - with Apple's marketing head Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), Apple CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) and Jobs' eldest daughter, Lisa.

'The Walk' Puts Audiences on Edge of Petit's Wire-Walking Dream

Piya Sinha-Roy

When director Robert Zemeckis decided to recreate French wire-walker Philippe Petit's famous walk between New York's Twin Towers on the big screen, he wanted to put audiences on edge. Literally. "We actually worked really hard and studied and made sure we did everything we possible could to evoke vertigo in the audience," Zemeckis told Reuters.

Robert De Niro Scores One for Baby-Boomers as 'The Intern'

Jill Serjeant

Ben Whittaker is 70, retired and discovers that tai chi classes, learning a new language and visiting his grandkids isn't all it's cracked up to be, so he turns to a new challenge - being "The Intern" at a New York fashion start-up. Feeling ignored and obsolete is hardly a problem that afflicts veteran actor Robert De Niro, who plays Whittaker in the comedy, out in U.S. movie theaters on Friday.

'Pawn Sacrifice' Examines Prodigy, Paranoia of Chess Champion Bobby Fischer

Piya Sinha-Roy

Bringing American chess champion Bobby Fischer's story to the big screen posed a challenge for the filmmakers of "Pawn Sacrifice." How would they make a film about chess visually compelling? Their answer: the movie is not really about chess. "(It's) the dominance of one man's will over another," director Edward Zwick told Reuters. 

Netflix Makes Big Splash at Venice Film Festival

Michael Roddy

Venice may be the world's oldest film festival, but this year it is pioneering what may well become the future of cinema as Netflix screens two films here, one of them its first feature and a contender for the top prize. "Beasts of No Nation" stars Idris Elba -- who previously portrayed Nelson Mandela in the biopic "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom" -- as an African warlord who uses young boys as child soldiers.


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