Katie Holmes - Stars attend the premiere of the social science fiction film 'The Giver' starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift in New York at the Ziegfeld Theater on the corner of 54th Street Manhattan - Arrivals - New York, United States - Monday 11th August 2014
Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift and Cameron Monaghan - Stars attend the New York Premiere of the upcoming social science fiction movie 'The Giver' starring the likes of Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes at Ziegfeld Theater on West 54th Street - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 11th August 2014
Katie Holmes and Ryan Reynolds - Katie Holmes and Ryan Reynolds film scenes for their upcoming movie 'Woman In Gold' on location in a park - Encino, California, United States - Wednesday 16th July 2014
Tom Cruise has settled his case against Bauer Publishing.
Tom Cruise Promoting 'Oblivion'
At lot has been written about Cruise in recent years - some probably true, and some untrue - but going to press with a story about him forgetting about his daughter was always pretty stupid.
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Settles $50 Million Lawsuit Against Bauer Publishing
Tom Cruise has confirmed Katie Holmes left their marriage in order "to protect Suri from Scientology." The 'Mission Impossible' actor admitted he did not see his for over a hundred days after his split from Holmes in 2012.
Tom Cruise admitted his interest in Scientology was partly reponsible for his divorce.
Cruise admitted the reason for the breakdown of his relationship - namely Holmes' wish to protect her child from the influences of Scientologists. Cruise is a prominent member of the mysterious organisation and Holmes, at the time of their marriage, was also involved in the so-called cult.
Continue reading: Katie Holmes Left Tom Cruise "To Protect Suri From Scientology"
The actor argues that he has not deserted his daughter Suri.
Tom Cruise is suing magazine publisher Bauer for £31 million after stories that he had abandoned his 7 year-old daughter Suri following his divorce from Katie Holmes were published in two titles last year. The pieces in Life & Style and In Touch claimed that Cruise's hectic movie schedule prevented him from being a constant presence in Suri's life.
Claims That Tom Cruise Has Abandoned Suri Branded As "Vicious Lies."
Actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced last year after six years of marriage. Katie gained primary custody whilst Cruise was given visitation rights. However, Cruise claims in court documents, via The Express, that he sees his daughter as often as it is possible. Cruise admits that he is "a professional actor in motion pictures" whose job involves "extended periods of time in various parts of the world."
The actor is suing the publisher of 'Life & Style' and 'In Touch' magazine for claiming that he is a poor father
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' divorce will no doubt have put considerable strain on their young daughter Suri and the relationship she has with her parents, prompting some to ponder what role Tom may have in his daughter's life now she spends the bulk of her time living in New York with her mother.
Tom vehemently denies the accusations of poor parenting
Two publications, Life & Style and In Touch, have since gone on record to claim that, following their June 2012 divorce, Tom has all but cut his daughter out of his life, the same way he has been forced to cut ties with his ex-wife. Needless to say, Tom wasn't remotely happy with their supposed view on his parenting skills.
'Dawson's Creek' star Katie Holmes was among the stars to arrive for the Michael Kors Spring/ Summer 2014 collection fashion show during the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. She is snapped posing on the red carpet inside the MBFW tent wearing a loose green sweater and a pretty, long, flowery skirt.
'Dawson's Creek' star Katie Holmes looks cheery and carefree as she strides to her car accompanied by her team after leaving the set of the film 'Mania Days' in New York City. On the set, the film crew joke with the paparazzi, aiming their own cameras at them and asking them to 'strike a pose'.
It was a star-studded (emphasis on 'studded') affair at the punk-themed MET Costume Gala on Monday (May 6th 2013). Among those spotted leaving their hotel in New York City were 'Django Unchained' star Christoph Waltz, model Cara Delvingne, who bravely wore a very spikey dress with a scarily plunging neckline, and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' star Renee Zellweger.
'Dawson's Creek' star Katie Holmes takes up several red carpeted stairs with the long train of her white, halter-neck gown designed by Francisco Costa. She has to have an assistant to help her lift the material from under her feet as she is photographed going up the stairs at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York.
Tom Cruise helped Suri celebrate her birthday with cupcakes.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' little girl Suri celebrated her 7th birthday this week, with her movie star father throwing her a pretty tasty sounding party. It's been a busy year for Suri having started first grade school, though she's been in high spirits in recent weeks and was snapped attending an Easter party in New York City on March 31, 2013.
On Wednesday (April 17, 2013), Cruise called into Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show to discuss his new movie 'Oblivion' though attention quickly turned to Suri's birthday celebrations. "Done already. All done. I take care of the kids early. You'll know - you have to plan ahead for these things. It's all done and all celebrated," he said. Though keeping mum on the details of the celebrations and perhaps hinting that he and Suri had a separate celebration to she and mother Katie, Tom added, "I'll eat cake, cupcakes. I eat all that stuff!"
In June last year, it was announced Holmes has filed for divorce from Cruise after five and a half years of marriage. The couple signed a divorce settlement worked out by their lawyers though mutually agreed to have Suri live with her mother. After initially being home-schooled, the 7-year-old now attends the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City.
Continue reading: Tom Cruise Reveals Suri's 7th Birthday Celebrations (Involves Cupcakes)
Katie Holmes will NOT be appearing at the forthcoming New York Fashion Week, Womens Wear Daily have confirmed. It wasn’t deemed headline news by WWD, who shoe-horned the news in with a short piece about Selena Gomez planning to sit on the front row of the teen-curated Adidas NEO show.
Huffington Post picked up on the news though and started to speculate over why the former Mrs Tom Cruise would be absent from the pivotal fashion event. Huffington Post that Holmes may simply just be too busy to take time out for the fashion show. She’s only recently finished her Broadway show, Dead Accounts, which – unfortunately for Katie – finished early because of low ticket sales. She also recently signed on as the face of Alterna Haircare (she’s also co-owner of the brand so will be busy promoting that). And let’s not forget she’ll be busy looking after her six year old daughter Suri.
However, the absence of the latest Holmes & Yang fashion collection could have something to do with the lukewarm reception that it has received. In the war of celebrity collections, Holmes found hers pitted against the Olsen twins’ far more successful range, whilst hers was met with a tepid response.
Continue reading: No-Show: Katie Holmes Will NOT Be At New York Fashion Week
Tom Cruise just can’t catch a break these days.
Perhaps it’s the actor’s international fame, coupled with his Scientologist beliefs and kooky behavior at times, which turn him into such an easy target, but whatever the cause, there’s no doubt that the Jack Reacher actor has faced his fair share of controversy over the past years. This latest dose comes in the form of a book, aimed at Scientology in Hollywood, entitled Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, penned by Pulitzer-winning writer Lawrence Wright. In the book, Wright exposes what he claims is the truth behind Cruise’s now broken marriage with Katie Holmes. The author claims that the union followed a casting call for young, beautiful A-list actresses, who thought they were auditioning for a part in the Mission Impossible franchise, but were instead being screened for the role of Cruise’s newest squeeze.
The expose, outlined in Us Weekly, also talks about Cruise’s failed relationship with actress Nazanin Boniadi and the influence that Scientology had on the breakup and on Boniadi afterwards. And to wrap up the increasingly disturbing rumours of arranged marriages, casting calls for girlfriends and feverish political ambitions, the book goes on to talk about Cruise’s supposed presidential dreams. At one point, the actor is quoted as saying: "If f--ing Arnold can be governor, I could be president." A lawyer for the actor denied the exchange ever took place or that Cruise has any political aspirations. Whether or not anything in the book is true, this might make a sizeable dent in the actor’s already shaky reputation.
Kim and Kanye Have Kompany! It's the news we were all 'kind of' expecting, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally announced they are to have their first child together. Great news for the A-list couple, but why do the Californian courts presume Kris Humphries is the father?
No More Mr Nice It looks as though Justin Bieber has had just about enough of the paparazzi in California. After the sad news that one photographer was killed after dangerously trying to obtain snaps of the young singer, Bieber has called on the government to clamp down on high speed car chases between celebrities and the paparazzi.
Katie Holmes and Jake Gyllenhaal dating? Not according to Gossip Cop. The Metro may have reported that the two actors had started up a romance (based on a story from Grazia) but a representative for Katie Holmes has reportedly told the folk over at Gossip Cop that it simply isn’t true. For a fleeting moment, it looked as though the Donnie Darko star and the woman who recently escaped her marriage to Tom Cruise and got a speedy divorce could be the hottest new Hollywood couple. It’s “not at all true” though, apparently, according to the rep. And a source that knows Gyllenhaal also dismissed the idea, saying that it’s a “complete fabrication.”
Supposedly, Katie and Jake were introduced by Katie’s former Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson . It’s been reported that Jake went to see Katie in her Broadway play Dead Accounts and that she’s been to his place for dinner. Of course, all of these things may well be true but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re dating. So it looks as though that rumour has been sunk before it even set sail.
Meanwhile, Katie’s ex, Tom Cruise is said to be dating a restaurant manager named Cynthia Jorge, according to The Daily Mail, suggesting that he has found it a little easier to move on from their very public marital split than Katie has.
What does a divorcee do with her free time exactly? Katie Holmes will have to think about that pretty soon, as her play (well, the one she’s starring in anyway) Dead Accounts is about to close on Broadway, six weeks ahead of schedule.
Apparently, the play wasn’t exactly pulling in the crows, and consistently filled less than 50% of the seats, despite a pretty unanimous thumbs up from critics too. At the end of its run, the play will have gone through 27 previews and 44 performances, which sounds pretty good to us, to be honest. Apparently, producer Jeffrey Finn isn’t one to complain either. "I am extremely proud of this production and the cast," he said in a statement to BroadwayWorld.com. "Theresa Rebeck and Jack O'Brien have created an inspiring and hilarious new play and we are all sad to see Dead Accounts end on Broadway. I look forward to working with this remarkably talented cast and creative team again very soon." Well, as long as there are no hard feelings.
If, by chance you want to see the play before it closes, you will still be able to for a few weeks. Dead Accounts doesn’t close until January 26. Hopefully by then, Katie will have another project or two lined up, and wont have to rely on that alimony check too much.
Katie Holmes is currently in the midst of her first acting gig since splitting up from Tom Cruise this summer, but apparently it is underwhelming, to say the least – Dead Accounts is going to cancelled seven weeks ahead of schedule.
The show, has had the lowest attendance rate on Broadway in the last week with just 31% of its seats filled, according to the New York Times. It is also raking in 25% under its expected profits and there is simply no going around the fact that Dead Accounts just isn’t performing as expected (if you’ll pardon the pun). No wonder then, that the play will be closing on January 6, instead of February 24, as planned.
According to Broadwayworld.com, the show’s producer, Jeffrey Finn, is happy with its run anyway. "I am extremely proud of this production and the cast. Theresa Rebeck and Jack O'Brien have created an inspiring and hilarious new play and we are all sad to see Dead Accounts end on Broadway. I look forward to working with this remarkably talented cast and creative team again very soon."
Rounding off a difficult year, which also included the finalisation of her divorce with Tom Cruise, sees Katie Holmes latest show on Broadway close 2 months early.
As the New York Times reports, 'Dead Accounts' lies dead in the water as the five person play has flopped with both critics and audiences. Despite the A-List celebrity as one of its leads when something isn't making enough money, there are few ways around it. "For the week ending Dec. 23, it made just under 25 per cent of its potential gross at the Music Box" - clearly it had to close.
Dead Accounts is the comic story of a 'prodigal son' returning home and the ways he is received by the different members of his family. Written by Theresa Rebeck, apparently most critics are putting this disaster down to the script rather than the performances and NY Daily News said "[Holmes] throws herself gamely into her second Broadway show... [but her] efforts add up to zilch."
Continue reading: Katie Holmes' Broadway Show Closing 2 Months Early To Poor Sales
David Letterman has been opening up recently, sitting on the other side of the desk and being grilled himself for a change, but tonight the Universe retains order once again as he is back on duty for this week's Late Show with David Letterman.
Joining David in the studio this week will be another person who many will want to see being probed to the fullest extent: Katie Holmes. Holmes dropped by to promote her current Broadway show Dead Accounts, but people will be tuning in not to see what she has to say about her new role, but rather what David can get out of her relating to Tom Cruise.
Last week, Letterman played the interviewee for a change, appearing on Charlie Rose's This Morning on CBS, giving an insightful look into his life, one which has been ravaged by depression for years now. Letterman revealed that he started his bout with depression decades ago, taking medication to combat the problem at first, until he stopped the drugs when he came down with a case of shingles. He told Rose of his mental disorder, “It’s different than feeling sad. It’s different than feeling blue. It’s really like a friend of mine says, it’s the world with 20/20 vision.”
Continue reading: Katie Holmes To Pay David Letterman A Visit For Tonight's Show
There is perhaps nothing worse than forgetting lines as an actor. When it happens in front of a single camera show, or on a movie set, you can brush off the initial embarrassment and stick them on the bloopers real. When it's on Broadway, it's very much real.
Katie Holme's Broadway performances in "Dead Accounts," have been going by without much ado. They're solid departures from the world of movies, and seem to represent some sort of artistic integrity, until you forget your lines in front of a live audience, that is. "A couple weeks ago I had the moment that I've been dreading," Holmes, 34, told Letterman. "I have this kind of big speech in the second act, and it's pretty important because it kind of goes along with the theme of the show. I said the first line -- and I'm looking at Judy Greer and I'm supposed to be angry at her -- and then the second line I didn't remember. And I didn't remember the third one. I just looked at her like, ah!" she added, trying to replicate Greer's face back at her, which was a mixture of horror and bemusement. "Obviously, I know what the point of it is. So, I kind of made my way there," said Holmes, as she talked us through the adlibbing process, which sounds hard.
The play has been received fairly badly by the critics, but Holmes's reputation remains intact, with a string of 'careful' performances. According to The Guardian, "The play does address the ethics of modern life, in which, as Lorna says, we use religion and money as a panacea to 'plug up the hole in our hearts because we're so afraid of dying'. And yet, Rebeck's play suggests other, better panaceas such as companionship, honesty ... oak trees. Strange that a play that cries out for the real should come across as so very stagey."
Katie Holmes feasted on cakes and eggs for her birthday breakfast meal only a day after taking daughter Suri out cake decorating.
The 'Dawson's Creek' star and her 6-year-old daughter hit bakery and bistro Sugar and Plumm in the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Tuesday (December 18th 2012) to celebrate her 34th birthday. She reportedly ate pancakes and eggs benedict and was presented with a custom made cake by pastry chef Pichet Ong. This isn't the first time the actress has been spotted enjoying cakes. It was only Monday (December 17th) when she was seen taking Suri and a group of her school friends out to go cake decorating at New York's Georgetown Cupcake 'holiday cupcake decoration workshop' according to a source in Us Weekly who also mentioned, 'The kids got messy!'
They obviously couldn't get enough of the fun as they had also attended the same workshop on December 9th. The kids were allowed to take what they had made home with them and Katie took hers to share with the cast of her new Broadway comedy show 'Dead Accounts'. The company were happy to have the mother and daughter become their latest celebrity fans and took to Twitter to comment on their excitement: 'So much fun having Katie, Suri and friends for cupcake decorating at Georgetown Cupcake'.
A Royal Family: Regal congratulations are in order this week with news that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is pregnant with her and Prince William's first child. With new succession laws set to be passed, the baby will grow up to become the King or Queen, but can you guess the name?
That's His Style: Love is most certainly in the air this Christmas, with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles appearing to fall for country sensation Taylor Swift. Forget the groupies; the singer was seen holding hands with the 'Red' singer during a romantic stroll in Central Park.
The actress was spotted by paps as she went to board her plane out of New York so she could spend the holiday with her family in Ohio, meanwhile Suri, 6, flew east to join dad Tom in the UK to celebrate the American tradition. Tom has apparently not seen Suri since July this year (12) as he has been on the other side of the Atlantic whilst filming the upcoming All You Need Is Kill, but made special arrangements to make sure that he could spend the holiday with his daughter.
When Katie appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael earlier this week she revealed some of her holiday plans, saying that she had the day off from her Broadway play Dead Accounts and planned to go she her family back in Ohio, not mentioning whether Suri would be with her or not. The split between Katie and Suri marks the first time when the mother and daughter have been apart over the holiday. Recently, it has been reported that the two will be reunited for Christmas, with Tom also said to be joining them for a family Christmas together despite having divorced earlier this year. The devoted parents are said to be planning on having a trial dinner together before decided whether to spend Christmas together, all for the sake of Suri.
It's nice to see Hollywood A-listers taking the subway, isn't it? We like that. So it was great to see Katie Holmes and a male companion putting on their warm coats this week and travelling into Broadway together. It's been a pretty rough year for the 33-year-old, though she smiled for photographers and went about her business as she made her way to prepare for a performance of her new play Dead Accounts.
In the black comedy, Katie portrays a Catholic woman named Lorna who takes care of her ailing parents. It's currently in previews and has an opening date on November 28, 2012. Wearing an oversized knitted sweater and skinny jeans, Holmes eschewed a private car, or even a cab, and chose to brave the chilly New York weather. She's already received a standing ovation for her role in the new play though still worries about the job at hand, "I have a hard time sleeping because I think about how serious this all is,' Katie told the New York Times of her role.I think about the cost of tickets. I think to myself: You better do a good job. People are paying a lot of money. You want to know your stuff," she recently told the New York Times. Dead Accounts marks the first time Holmes has appeared on Broadway since 2008, when she made her debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.
Over in Hollywood, she'll next appear alongside Jean Reno and William Hurt in a modern retelling of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull.
Continue reading: Katie Holmes And Pal Commute To Work On The Subway
Kidman was just 23 when she married Cruise in 1990 and she told DuJour magazine “I fell madly, passionately in love… I was reeling with Tom. I would have gone to the ends of the earth for him… We were in a bubble, just the two of us," she explained. "We became very dependent on one another."
Of course, Kidman’s relationship with Tom Cruise appears to have been very different to the one that he had with Katie Holmes, who recently filed for divorce, amidst un-proven rumours that Katie was trying to escape the clutches of the Church of Scientology. When the couple split, it knocked Nicole sideways. She was under the illusion that their life together was “perfect” and was surprised by their speedy breakup. “It took me a very long time to heal,” she says. “It was a shock to my system.”
Continue reading: Divorce From Tom Cruise Was A Shock To My System, Nicole Kidman Reveals
The Dark Knight Rises star threw herself into every role she took on during the show, which also featured musical guest Rihanna, lampooning a few celebs on the way.
Her parody of Carrie Mathison, the neurotic CIA agent with bi-polar disorder from the hit show Homeland, was absolutely spot on. The character, played in real life by Claire Danes, is known for her penchant for going overboard with pinning evidence on cork boards and her tendency to sleep with witnesses, co-workers or whoever is around as well as mixing her medication with white wine - subjects that were thoroughly covered on the laugh-a-minute show.
Continue reading: Anne Hathaway Proves Her Comic Worth In SNL Appearance
Talk about throwing yourself into your work, ever since Katie Holmes called time on her six year marriage to Tom Cruise she has thrown herself into the role of full-time mother and now, since returning to the acting circuit on Broadway, has immersed herself into her latest role too.
Her new role as Lorna, prickly dead-beat who has moved back in with her parents in Cincinnati following the collapse of her relationship, in the new play Dead Accounts - a role that Holmes told The New York Times is much closer to home than some might expect. "I'm like Lorna in that my values guide me in an instinctual way, like, 'That feels weird' or 'I better send a thank you,' " she continued "You can easily fall into thinking, 'Wow, I'm really something,' " she said. "But I believe in putting your head down and doing the work."
She may hold similar values but we've already seen that since her break-up from Cruise, Katie is far from the character as she has continually proved that she is a thoroughly competent Manhattan mother. Still, in the recent interview Holmes digressed that she does share many a similarity with her character, namely that she is just a normal person and plans on acting and being treated this way.
Continue reading: 'Normal' Katie Holmes Is Like Her 'Dead Accounts' Character
Tom Cruise looks ready for action as the first still of the upcoming movie All You Need Is Kill was released today, showing Cruise sprinting through a fiery explosion in a futuristic robot exoskeleton.
The film, being filmed in the UK over the summer, sees Cruise star as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a soldier fighting in a war with aliens who finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, honing his skills with each repetition.
The film, set for a 2014 release, is being directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), and will also star Brit golden girl Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, who will portray the hard-as-nails platoon leader. It will be one of six films that Cruise is said to be starring in since his well pulicised split from ex-wife Katie Holmes, including an updated version of the story of Van Helsing, another instalment of the Mission Impossible series and even a rumoured appearance in the announced Top Gun sequel.
Lucky Tom Cruise was away at a Scientology retreat in Sussex when a drunken intruder tried to break into his home. Even more luck came Tom's way as his 'minders' were on watch to properly deal with the inebriate, by tasering him.
As The Sun reports, the beyond-tipsy man was seen "climbing a fence to gain access to the property", at which point Cruise's employees used a stun gun to make sure he didn't get any further, before calling the . The intruder turned out to be 41-year-old Jason Sullivan- a neighbour of the Top Gun actor. Sullivan had been so drunk that he was attempting to break into the wrong property. However, Sullivan had been arrested and taken all the way to the police station for questioning, before the cops managed to find out who he was and why he was trying to get into Cruise's property. He was then taken to hospital trying to be treated for injuries sustained from the whole ordeal- more than anything it sounds as though his stomach should have been pumped.
After reports of Tom Cruise's break from his wife Katie Holmes earlier this year it seems he has delved further into his faith as he was pledging allegiance to Scientology while on the weekend break. Cruise's latest film 'Reacher' will be out on December 21st.
After a much-publicised divorce, Katie Holmes has admitted that she is truly “loving life” now that she is single and the actress just can’t get enough of her new life in New York as a single mother.
Holmes walked out on her husband of five years Tom Cruise in June this year, just before his 50th birthday. Whilst the couple looked the picture of a happy marriage in the weeks before the split, it was clear in the immediate aftermath that Holmes had been planning on calling time on their relationship for a while. So now, in the light of her revelation, it comes as little surprise to hear that the actress has “never been happier.”
A source close to Katie has revealed to one online source that she is ready to start the next phase of her life, with Katie “devoted to being the best parent possible to Suri” as she can be. The unspecified source also revealed that the former Dawson’s Creek star has absolutely no plans to get back into the dating game anytime soon, as she is purely concentrating on being the best mum she can be to Suri.
Continue reading: Life After Tom Cruise: Katie Holmes Loves The Single Life
Moving into a new house is a fun and exciting time for most kids, finding new places to explore and play there's always lots of dark corners to go and hide in, but what if there's something else hiding in those dark corners? When a young girl called Sally moves in with her father and his partner it quickly becomes apparent that sometimes things aren't just in your head and sometimes monsters really do jump out and get you.
Continue: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Trailer
Suburban socialite Bridget (Keaton) cooks up the inside job after her husband's financial ruin forces her to take custodial work at the bank. After all, she has to figure some way to fund her cushy, upper-class comfort zone crafted by greed. Bridget's foolproof plan requires help. She recruits flighty cash transporter Jackie (Holmes) and struggling single mom Nina (Latifah), whose job requires she shred bills that are no longer in circulation.
Continue reading: Mad Money Review
Let me put it this way: Go is the best movie I've seen since Fargo. Doug Liman, the man behind the brilliant Swingers, (which, I realized, came out much too long ago, in 1996), has concocted such a film that I'm almost compelled to pay the whopping $8.50 to see it again.
Continue reading: Go Review
The franchise was left for dead, revived only by speculation of an absurd Batman vs. Superman movie in 2002. Most moviegoers seem to have bid good riddance to the series, which in its later years was notable only for generating more discussion about the nipples on the batsuit than anything else.
Continue reading: Batman Begins Review
To get away from the misery of his day-to-day existence, Dark retreats into a 1950s film noir fantasy world straight from one of his books, where he's a handsome band singer who moonlights as a gumshoe. In the fantasy, he gets tangled up in a plot revolving around a dead blonde dame, the sinister Mark Binney (Jeremy Northam) who hires Dark to investigate her murder, and a couple of palookas in sharp suits (Adrien Brody and Jon Polito) who keep trying to bump Dark off. Unfortunately, the fantasy starts getting mixed up into Dark's real life - Chandler-esque gangsters showing up at his bedside, and hospital staff bursting into renditions of doo-wop hits that Dark's alter ego would have sung in an L.A. nightclub - and he has trouble keeping them separate.
Continue reading: The Singing Detective Review
One may ask, why can't it be both? It can't be both because you just can't be a psychological thriller and a horror film. Sure, people have tried, but I haven't seen it yet, and dollars to doughnuts, I've probably seen more films than you. Unfortunately, the writer and director of Disturbing Behavior didn't quite get this.
Continue reading: Disturbing Behavior Review
And then he made a TV show called Dawson's Creek, which was also a huge success. And another horror flick. And Scream 2. And then this writer was the hottest thing on Sunset Blvd., and even Killing Mrs. Tingle started to look good. Miramax bought it. They even let the guy direct.
Continue reading: Teaching Mrs. Tingle Review
It's Thanksgiving Day and April Burns (Katie Holmes) has invited her estranged family in from suburban Pennsylvania to her tiny Manhattan apartment for holiday dinner. April shares the flat with her boyfriend Bobby (Derek Luke) a generous partner with sloppy taste in friends. Her parents Jim and Joy (Oliver Platt and Patricia Clarkson) and siblings Beth and Timmy (Alison Pill and John Gallagher Jr.) are less than thrilled about the idea, having given up on April and her new piercing/tattoo/boyfriend lifestyle a long time ago. But Joy is in the advanced stages of a terminal illness. Without saying it too loudly, the family knows that if Mom and April don't at least try to reconcile, later may be too late. Everyone piles into a station wagon and off they go.
Continue reading: Pieces Of April Review
As it turns out, it doesn't really matter who the Wonder Boys are. The film has enough substance and, especially, ribald and dark, dark humor to carry it despite a few minor flaws like this.
Continue reading: Wonder Boys Review
Both involve an overachieving first daughter who, tired of living up to elevated expectations, cuts loose from the presidential apron strings and strikes off in search of pre-twentysomething independence. Moore, in her film, bounces around Europe, while Holmes tests the waters of college life. And while each daughter truly believes they're sowing their wild oats, they both are being watched over by undercover agents planted in their path by the overprotective president. (Liberty was even titled First Daughter in an early incarnation.)
Continue reading: First Daughter Review
Returning to the dark roots of the character, half themovie takes place before the stoic young billionaire even dons the now-bulletproofBatsuit, which Wayne eventually fashions from experimental body-armor builtby Wayne Industries, the war-profiteering conglomerate once owned by hismore altruistic late father.
Played with portentous, anguished magnetism by ChristianBale ("TheMachinist," "AmericanPsycho"), and still haunted by his parents'murder when he was a child, Wayne begins the film the last place Batmanfans would expect -- lost to the world in a Chinese prison after disappearingfrom a crime-gripped Gotham City. But he is sprung from this hoosegow bya shadowy ninja organization with a noble yet unrelenting master (LiamNeeson), who trains Wayne to channel his anger and defeat opponents withsilent deftness and dexterity in beautifully photographed scenes (thinkswordfights on Tibetan glaciers) that pay homage to traditions of the samuraigenre.
Then a staggering betrayal puts Wayne on a path back toGotham -- a vast industrial metropolis in the throes of a modern Depressionand in the grips of the mafia -- with a determination to "turn fearon those who prey on the fearful." Bale and Nolan make their Batmanalmost like a slasher-movie stalker in the eyes of the city's villains,and you feel their panic as he attacks from the shadows or strings a thugupside-down off the edge of a building to interrogate him for informationin a chillingly gravelly voice.
Continue reading: Batman Begins Review
There's a little more to "Abandon" than the stock woman-in-peril thriller it looks like. But since writer-director Stephen Gaghan stages the film like a stock woman-in-peril thriller, there's no way to know this until the last 10 minutes when the twists kick in.
The first 9/10ths of the picture consists largely of cutie coed Katie Holmes having her thesis-oriented last semester of college turned into a distractingly stressful ordeal by a cop (Benjamin Bratt) coming around to dredge up the two-year-old case of her missing boyfriend (Charlie Hunnam). Well, that and the fact that soon thereafter the boyfriend -- an arrogant, idle-rich kid with a silly shaggy hairdo and a penchant for brash theatrics -- reappears and begins stalking her from the shadows.
With only a few obscure, barely crumb-like hints that there might be something more going on than just unwelcome visits from a nefarious ex, the movie coasts along on perfunctory tension and Holmes' good looks for several reels while waiting for the other shoe to drop.
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"Pieces of April" is a Murphy's-Law Thanksgiving comedy in which both the meal and the movie have a hard time coming together.
Saddled with a handful of sitcomy plot contrivances that leave it struggling with its own mediocrity, the film's quirkiness never quite evolves into cleverness as it follows a pretty young punkette (Katie Holmes) through a day of near-disasters, and her uneasy suburban family on their long, reluctant car trip to her graffiti-encrusted Lower East Side walk-up for what they're sure will be a calamity of a holiday meal with their absconded black sheep.
While the nervous, habitually irresponsible April (Holmes) is banging on doors and meeting eccentric, snooty and non-English-speaking neighbors in a desperate search for a working oven (her own had served only as a cabinet until this morning, when she discovered it was dead), the girl's mom (Patricia Clarkson), dad (Oliver Platt), grandma (Alice Drummond) and teenage siblings are squeezed into a station wagon and getting on each other's last nerves.
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If "Wonder Boys" is to be a hit at all -- and it deserves to be -- it's going to have to be a word of mouth hit, because the marketing for this movie stinks.
The poster is a homely, dueling-airbrushes disaster. The commercials and trailers don't capture a fraction the movie's antic character. As near as I can figure, the insipid title has nothing to do with the story -- about a benevolent, crusty college professor whose life is turned amusingly upside-down in a single weekend.
I suspect that, except for those who have read the Michael Chabon novel or have a particular penchant for one of the perfectly-cast players, most folks won't be feeling much of a jones to see it.
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Warning: This review begins with a wildly off-subject tangent.
O, woe! What hope can we have for director Sam Raimi's 2002 "Spider-Man" movie now that he has made two utterly conventional Hollywood flicks in a row?
Once a tongue-in-cheek sovereign of campy cult classics like "Evil Dead 2," "Darkman" and "The Quick and the Dead" -- not to mention the producer of TV's uber-campy "Xena" -- Raimi went straight two years ago with the chilling psychological thriller "A Simple Plan." Then last year he went soft with "For Love of the Game," a middling, maudlin baseball romance starring Kevin Costner.
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The unnerving concept behind the almost riveting real-time urban thriller "Phone Booth" is chilling and inspired in its simplicity: An unseen sniper calls a pay phone and threatens to kill the man who answers if he dares to hang up.
It's the kind of idea Alfred Hitchcock could have spun into cinematic gold. But in the hands of high-gloss director Joel Schumacher ("Bad Company," "Batman and Robin") the film's intelligence and creativity have to fight for screen time with invasive popcorn-movie superficiality.
Although the story takes place almost entirely within an old glass-box telephone booth at 54th St. and 8th Ave. in Manhattan, "Phone Booth" opens in outer space with a superfluous shot of a communications satellite. A zoom in on the Earth follows, passing down through the clouds until it reaches the pay phone in question while a "Twilight Zone"-like narrator invites us to "meet the man who will be the final occupant of that booth."
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The thing I've always liked best about Muppet movies isall the pop culture sight gags that send adults laughing over the backsof their chairs while the kids sitting next to them just giggle at theMuppets because they're the Muppets.
"Muppets From Space" has more of these over-the- heads- of- babes gags than any of its predecessors, and while thestory -- about hook-nosed, species-unknown Gonzo searching the stars forhis origins -- only moves forward in clumsy fits and starts, when the plotstalls out, the gaps are filled with funny, funny stuff.
After opening credits accompanied by a laughably ominousspace opera score, the story begins with a dream sequence in which Gonzois turned away from Noah's Ark because there's only one of him. As therain starts pouring down, Noah (F. Murray Abraham in a cameo) hands hima small umbrella and wishes him luck.
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As "Son of Pulp Fiction" movies go, "Go"one is a pretty good ride.
Doug Liman's follow-up to the now infamous pop-classic"Swingers," this caustic comedy follows sarcastic grocery clerk Sarah Polley ("TheSweet Hereafter") through her botched first attempt at dealing drugs, before rewinding and covering some of the sameevents from two other perspectives.
The petulant Ronna (Polley) is all attitude and bad judgmentas a bitter and behind on her rent SoCal grocery clerk who takes a shiftfor Simon (Desmond Askew), a Ecstasy-dealing co-worker, so he can go toLas Vegas for the weekend. Desperate for cash, she decides to fill in forhim on a drug run as well after being approached by a pair of TV actors(Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr) looking to score some X.
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Ironically, "The Singing Detective" probably would have been better without the awkwardly integrated songs that signal frequent shifts into fantasy for the picture's acrimonious anti-hero -- a second-rate pulp novelist hospitalized with literally crippling, full-body psoriasis that serves as a metaphor for his rampaging inner demons.
As an acerbically droll psychological drama about the writer's noir-fiction imagination slowly seeping into his tormented reality, this new adaptation of the highly acclaimed 1986 BBC miniseries (both were written by the late Dennis Potter) has many layers of mesmerizing Freudian substance, brought vividly to life by Robert Downey, Jr's fearlessly hostile but slowly warming performance.
Playing Dan Dark -- a bitter soul trapped in a grotesquely scabby, arthritic body -- Downey seethes with such animosity toward the whole world that when his doctors break into a low-budget production number lip-sync of "At the Hop" or his ointment-applying nurse (Katie Holmes) coos "Mr. Sandman" in a sexual daydream sequence, the film overshoots its intended farce because such silliness is so out of character for a man this bitter and full of bile.
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His scripts have never been all that solid -- just clever and creatively ironic -- and the habitual, but somehow forgivable, faults of his other movies (massive plot holes, easy outs the characters are too dumb to take) are all the more conspicuous in this old script pulled out of mothballs for the writer's directorial debut.
But, like most of Williamson's work, "Tingle" is a guilty pleasure, the kind of dumb fun picture people loathe to admit they like.
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