There are few better ways for an actor to show off his chops than by playing the clever trickster in a thriller (think of Daniel Craig's 007 at the poker table, or Matt Damon's Bourne leading his CIA overseers through the looking glass).
Perhaps it's the inherently soul-crushing nature of the holiday season, but it seems many of our readers have been beset by quandaries of late. So, being the utterly benevolent souls that we are, we're choosing to devote this week's column to more reader questions.
On May 15, 2001, a locomotive pulled out of Toledo with 47 freight cars, thousands of gallons of hazardous materials, nearly 3,000 gross trailing tons, and not a soul on board. The engineer was "nearby" at the time, according to a CSX spokesman. The train went unchecked across three counties, for 66 miles, picking up speed as it traveled.
I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old, our Boys and Girls Club director, Billy Thomas, displayed school pennants sent to him by former club members who had gone off to college. I looked up at all those university names and emblems and thought, "If I work hard and graduate from high school, anything is possible."
Well, Mel Gibson has joined Denzel Washington and Dwayne Johnson on the list of stars that couldn't stand up to "Avatar's" box-office might. The film on track to cross Titanic's domestic gross of $600 million in mere days took the top spot again this weekend, falling just 14 percent, which is a smaller drop-off than last weekend. Earning an additional $30 million, "Avatar's" domestic total now stands at $594 million.
There is an old saying about Hollywood, career arcs and directors' casting demands that goes something like this: "Get me Denzel Washington! Get me a Denzel Washington-type! Get me a young Denzel Washington!" I'm reminded of that today, in the wake of Bruce Bowen's decision to retire after 12 proud (for him and his) and punishing (for opponents) NBA seasons.
The Best Buy house brand Insignia can be found on some of the cheapest, er, least-expensive HDTVs available anywhere, and judging from the company's terrible NS-PDP42 plasma, you might be tempted to write these sets off entirely.
After the writers' strike doomed the Golden Globes, the stars will finally come out Sunday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards – the first major televised award ceremony to get a waiver from the Writers Guild of America.
Oprah Winfrey admits that she was "devastated" by the allegations of physical and sexual abuse at her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. But looking back at the institution's tumultuous first year, Winfrey says "I don't regret" opening the school.
Mel Gibson, who has been out of the public eye for most of the year, turned out for the L.A. premiere of American Gangster on Monday night, curious to see a movie made by three of his friends – Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott.
As "Inside Man" busts open, some guys dressed like industrial painters descend on a New York bank, one of those somber marble edifices built to last as long as the dollar rules. The intruders stride in wearing sunglasses, scarflike masks, worker jumpsuits, and painter caps.
Have you noticed that the system of justice in this country is shutting down, piece by piece by piece? We have long noted the deleterious effects of "tort reform" here in Texas, where insurance companies are ever bolder, and injured workers and consumers have fewer and fewer rights. But there is a shutdown in criminal justice, as well.
The Jonathan Demme remake of John Frankenheimer's classic 1962 drama "The Manchurian Candidate" lacks some of the heart and soul of the original, but it still manages to be entertaining thanks in large part to the talents of Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber.
An easy affability surrounds Denzel Washington, from the firmness of a handshake offered in greeting to the warmth of a follow-up smile. This is a man who likes what he does and who enjoys talking about it with a reporter.
"Man on Fire," the new film starring Denzel Washington and directed by Tony Scott, is a highly watchable action thriller with one big flaw: It feels like two different movies aimed at two different audiences.
Pretrial preparations are underway in the Scott Peterson case -- but a movie about the case is already done and set to air. "The Perfect Husband," running on USA Network Friday at 8 p.m. ET, tells the story of Scott and Laci Peterson and the murder that has led to the trial.