Life struck me as several cuts above “meh” but never made me jump out of my seat.
LOS ANGELES -- I had been told to look for the groove. Grumpy old Walter Matthau has a groove worn into the end of one thumb, a friend said. It has been created over the years by the opposite thumbnail, during basketball games and horse races and anything else Matthau has money on.
LOS ANGELES Maybe it's of complete insignificance, but Oliver Stone and Tommy Lee Jones were born on exactly the same day.
LOS ANGELES -- "Here is a woman," Oliver Stone said, "who goes through the entire roulette wheel of experience. She hits every ticket on the wheel. She's a rich man's mistress, she's a peasant, she's a traitor, she's a spy, she's a beggar on the street, she's a Vietnamese prostitute, she's an American housewife, she's a businesswoman, she has three different children with three different men."
NEW YORK -- I've spoken with Ben Kingsley before. I've even crossed the Atlantic with the actor, sitting at the next table on the QEII. I would not say I know him, because he is a private man who uses good manners as a way of maintaining a certain distance.
"That girl, Ashley Judd, you can never catch her acting."
That girl, Ashley Judd, you can never catch her acting. -- Robert Mitchum, after seeing "Ruby in Paradise"
The good news for Holly Hunter must have been that Jane Campion, that intense and gifted director from New Zealand, wanted her to play the lead in "The Piano." The bad news, perhaps, was that the character never utters a single word onscreen. The heroine, named Ada, arrives on a desolate New Zealand coast with her daughter and her piano, and communicates only through one or the other of them. How did you take that, I asked Hunter one day last May at the Cannes Film Festival. How did you feel when you looked for your dialogue in the screenplay?
His wife, Giulietta Masina, must have known how ill he was, when Federico Fellini was given his honorary Academy Award last March.
NEW YORK -- Tim Burton looks like one of his characters, like Edward Scissorhands perhaps, with his tangled thicket of hair and his hands that wave helplessly in all directions at once. He is the most unassuming of directors, amused by his own peculiarities, and although he is 30-ish, you get the impression he is still healing the wounds he received in junior high school.
TORONTO -- There is no entry in the Random House Encyclopedia for "The Little Flower," but a Catholic hearing the name will immediately recognize it. Therese de Lisieux lived from 1873 to 1897, practiced great humility in her life, and became a saint almost by acclamation. She would probably be astonished that generations of Catholic girls venerate her as fervently as young Catholic boys these days venerate Michael Jordan.