April 27, 2010 3:30pm EST
Loaded with laughs but short on action, this big-budget sequel feels less like a comic book flick and more like a superhero version of 'Arthur.'
April 25, 2010 5:00am EST
Actor Anthony Anderson has been steadily losing weight ever since landing a role on hit crime show Law & Order - after producer Dick Wolf asked him not to pile on any more pounds.
March 28, 2010 5:00am EST
Anthony Anderson's relatives struggle to understand the Law & Order star is only a TV cop - they are convinced he's a real life police detective.
December 24, 2009 9:18am EST
The perfect entertainment for those who find 'Teletubbies' and 'Dora the Explorer' to be a little too highbrow.
September 25, 2009 10:15am EST
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has marked the 20th anniversary of Law & Order by honouring the U.S. cop drama with its own day.
May 11, 2009 1:42pm EST
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2000 -- "Hannibal" can be taken off the endangered film project list, at least for the time being. Universal has confirmed its intentions to stick by the "Silence of the Lambs" sequel, laying to rest reports on Entertainment Weekly Online last week that the studio was considering canning the project after Jodie Foster bailed out to instead direct Claire Danes in "Flora Plum.""As far as we know, [this project] is alive," a Universal spokeswoman says. "[Star Anthon
March 20, 2009 2:16pm EST
'Knowing' knows how to ratchet up the suspense AND provide food for thought in this exciting, if not entirely plausible, sci-fi thriller.
March 05, 2009 8:35pm EST
"Romeo Must Die" may take its inspiration from Shakespeare, but in a Jet Li martial-arts action thriller it's more likely that Li, as the hero, will be the last man standing. So don't take that title too seriously, though certainly there are plenty of characters who are most eager to see Li removed from the scene, permanently. The scene happens to be the Oakland waterfront, four choice acres controlled by Delroy Lindo's Isaak O'Day and Henry O's Ch'u Sing. The African American and the Hong Kong emigre are intense rivals but have much in common, as both are rich businessmen whose fortunes have been built ruthlessly on criminal activities. O'Day, hungering to go legit, wants to grab all that land, a site for a proposed stadium demanded by an NFL team, but needs Ch'u to help him deliver it. The truce between the underworld titans, both living in elegant suburban mansions, is so tense that when Ch'u's younger, spoiled-playboy son defies orders to leave a black club, it sets off a chain reaction that threatens to bring down Ch'u's dynasty as well as O'Day's. When Ch'u's older son Han (Li), in a Hong Kong prison, hears his brother has been killed, he goes berserk and breaks out of maximum security in a flurry of martial artistry. It seems that he is actually a cop who had promised his late mother he would always look after his brother and has taken a fall for his gangster father, who had fled the former British crown colony. Landing in the Bay Area to avenge his brother's death, he swiftly--and amusingly--crosses paths with Trish (Aaliyah), Isaak's lovely young daughter who has turned her back on her father and lives on her own in a modest apartment while running a gift shop. The attraction between Han and Trish is instant and develops into a relationship their respective fathers are less than thrilled about. Body counts run high in this genre, but "Romeo Must Die," which marks Li's first English-language starring role, tries for some depth and sophistication. The fathers, especially Lindo's Isaak, possess intelligence and dimension, and O and Lindo both capably evoke pathos. The film is a new step for both Li, who hopes to break out with it, and for recording star Aaliyah, in an accomplished film debut. Han and Trish are appealing and attractive. However, the couple's fathers are both lamentably unperceptive about their second-in-commands. From the get-go it's obvious that Kai (Russell Wong), Ch'u's handsome, cocky enforcer, and Mac (Isaiah Washington), Isaak's nakedly ambitious protege, are not guys long on loyalty and are swift to resort to violence to get their way. Although you can almost immediately tell that the film was shot in Vancouver rather than Oakland, "Romeo Must Die" has a great look and an edgy feel, along with some broad swaths of humor, most of it supplied by Isaak's thickheaded strong-arm, Maurice (Anthony Anderson), who is on hand purely for comic relief. This Warners release marks a confident directorial debut for noted cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, working from a shrewd Eric Bernt-John Jarrell script, adapted from a Mitchell Kapner story. Glen MacPherson's cinematography is sleek and jazzy, and J. Michael Riva, no less, has served as visual consultant. The film's kinetic energy is well-matched by Stanley Clarke and Timbaland's terrific score, which incorporates lots of hip-hop numbers. * MPAA rating: R, for violence, some language and brief nudity. Times guidelines: The violence is strong, typical of the genre. 'Romeo Must Die' Jet Li: Han Aaliyah: Trish O'Day Isaiah Washington: Mac Russell Wong: Kai Delroy Lindo: Isaak O'Day Henry O: Ch'u Sing A Warner Bros. presentation of a Silver Pictures production. Director Andrzej Bartkowiak. Producers Joel Silver and Jim Van Wyck. Executive producer Dan Cracchiolo. Screenplay by Eric Bernt and John Jarrell, from a story by Mitchell Kapner. Cinematographer Glen MacPherson. Editor Derek G. Brechin. Music Stanley Clarke and Timbaland. Costume design Sandra J. Blackie. Production designer Michael Bolton. Art director Jim Steuart. Set designer Jay Mitchell. Set decorator Rose Marie McSherry. Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes. es: Brockovich is a torrent of profanity.
January 07, 2009 4:07pm EST
The Coen brothers could be adding a third Writers Guild of America Award to their impressive trophy case next month if they can nab another for best original screenplay for Burn After Reading. The WGA, who announced their nominees today, presented Joel and Ethan Coen with best adapted screenplay last year for No Country for Old Men and best original screenplay in 1997 for Fargo.
November 04, 2008 12:48pm EST
Edith Wharton's Victorian classic follows our heroine from riches to rags, from mirthful to miserable as she fails to nab a moneyed man.