Film & TV

'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.

Stephen Colbert Prepares for Late Night

Steve Gorman

Stephen Colbert has already declared his intention to drop the well-worn persona of the cluelessly pompous conservative pundit he invented for cable television when he debuts this week as host of the CBS "Late Show." What remains to be seen is how an unfiltered Colbert will play as he makes the transition from a 30-minute Comedy Central show four nights a week to an hour-long slot five nights a week on a major broadcast network renovating the house that David Letterman built.

TV Networks Court YouTube Crowd in Quest for Digital Viewers

Lisa Richwine

For the first time, cable TV network Nickelodeon staged a casting call at VidCon, a convention that draws stars of YouTube and social media like Vine, Instagram and Snapchat and their passionate followers. The Viacom-owned channel's talent search is one way traditional TV networks are recruiting Internet personalities to build audiences. YouTube stars include comedians, beauty gurus, product reviewers, gamers, musicians and fitness buffs who post videos of themselves, often looking directly into the camera.​

Inside the World of FEMEN Protestors

Gabriella Tutino

These topless women are FEMEN, an activist group that uses “sextremism” tactics to shed light on injustices. Founded in 2008 by Anna Hutsol, FEMEN originally started in Kiev before branching out to France for both expansion reasons and political asylum for its members. As of today, there are FEMEN branches in Germany, Canada, Turkey and Israel. The documentary follows the activist group from December 2011 to August 2012, as they plan and stage protests in Kiev, Zurich, Belarus, Paris and Moscow. 

The Role of Feminism in Action Movies

Megan Walsh

It is unequivocally a good thing that feminism is at the forefront of the public mind, and that media is being held accountable for failing female narratives. There has been a definite clamor for more female-led projects, particularly in regard to popular mainstream films, most especially action movies, considering they are currently dominating the market. With such a suffusion of films dealing in similar subject matters, it's hard not to notice that they've been telling the same stories for years, and those stories all revolve around white men.

Francis Ford Coppola Shares Passion for Food, Film With Cuban Students

Daniel Trotta

Director Francis Ford Coppola was reflecting on his brush with Fidel Castro, the blandishments to make another gangster film, and the pressure of borrowing at 29 percent interest to shoot "Apocalypse Now." But first he needed to cook pasta for 150 film students. Coppola, the multiple Oscar winner and maker of the "Godfather" films, was in Cuba as a guest instructor at the International School of Cinema and Television.

Woody Allen Explores Murder, Morality in 'Irrational Man'

Chris Michaud

As a little kid, future filmmaker Woody Allen was preoccupied with three things - baseball, magic and murder. It's that last one that serves as the grist for his latest film, "Irrational Man," which opens in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. In "Irrational Man," Allen explores themes of morality, infidelity, passivity and mortality, familiar ground for fans of earlier fare such as "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "Match Point."


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