Steven Sodebergh’s male-stripper tale MAGIC MIKE, starring real-life former stripper Channing Tatum, will close the Los Angeles Film Festival (June 14-24). The film, loosely based on Tatum’s brief career as a male exotic dancer, also stars Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello (hunks all). The Festival opened last night with the U.S. Premiere of TO ROME WITH LOVE, director Woody Allen’s latest European frolic, with an all-star cast that includes Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin. More than a dozen films will be making their premiere at the event, including the highly anticipated dramedy PEOPLE LIKE US, starring Chris Pine and Michelle Pfeiffer; the Steve Carrell-starrer SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, the Sundance Best Director winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and the Sundance sensation BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading