| Feb 15, 2009
A female voice floats from a loudspeaker, sounding preternaturally calm amid the morning chaos inside Los Angeles Opera's costume shop on South Alameda Street downtown.
"We're ready for a dwarf in Fitting Room 2," the voice intones.
In recent days,...
| May 16, 2010
It goes by many names: Armageddon, the apocalypse, Ragnarok, the End of the World. In show business, it's sometimes referred to as the money shot — the climactic scene in which directors unleash a tidal wave of visual effects to conjure the mother...
| May 11, 2009
| 1:20 PM
A scheme to assassinate Adolf Hitler, hatched by some of those within his own party, fuels director Bryan Singer's compelling drama.
As unlikely as producer and star Tom Cruise might seem as the leader of the plot wearing an eye patch, no less he...
| Dec 22, 2008
An unfussy, adult and stoic Tom Cruise anchors the World War II thriller Valkyrie. In a compact performance of nerve and rare glimpses of emotion, Cruise is a leading man who takes us through a complex story, and ennobles and personalizes events that have...
| Dec 23, 2008
| 5:50 PM
Judging by Mark Twain's comment about the music of Richard Wagner ("better than it sounds"), if Twain were around to see "Valkyrie" he'd likely say it's better than it seems.
Faint praise for an interesting film with an asterisk, the asterisk being Tom...
| Dec 26, 2008
| 11:26 AM
It would appear that the saying is true...no one can pass up a cute puppy or a baby. Well, the latter doesn't come into play for the holiday season, but the former does a la 20th Century Fox's " Marley & Me." The film, which stars an adorable yellow...
| Jan 19, 2009
| 9:53 AM
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Cloverfield," "Iron Man" and "Wall-E" are among the nominees for the 7th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, which were announced Monday.
Nominees for the outstanding visual effects in a visual effects driven...
| Aug 14, 2008
Tom Cruise may develop abandonment issues.
The Hollywood star is losing his longtime business partner, Paula Wagner, when she steps down from her post as co-owner and CEO at United Artists, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Only two weeks earlier,...
| Aug 18, 2008
WHO KNEW Tom Cruise could shake it like a Polaroid picture?
Last week, he rocked audiences with his cameo as a profane, hip-jiggling, Machiavellian movie chief in " Tropic Thunder." The role was designed to show the world -- and Hollywood insiders --...
| Oct 15, 2008
Max Payne is a conventional cop-vengeance thriller with a supernatural twist. It's Sin City Lite, with winged Valkyrie who snatch tormented souls from one underworld to another.
One thing you can say for this John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines) actioner:...
| Nov 12, 2008
" The Duchess." "W." " Changeling." " Defiance." "Frost/Nixon." "Milk." " Valkyrie." "Che." What do these films have in common, other than succinct titles? All are based on real people and events, and all happen to have release dates timed to award...
| Apr 8, 2008
The Bryan Singer-directed Tom Cruise vehicle "Valkyrie" has had its release date pushed back for the second time.
According to the industry trades, the WWII drama, which focuses on an attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler, will now open on Feb. 13, 2009....