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Friday
Oct262012

"Cloud Atlas," Three Other Movies Open Nationwide

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Cloud Atlas: The drama, adapted from the novel of the same name, connects various stories to explore how an act of kindness can have an impact over the course of centuries.  The cast members -- which include Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving and Jim Sturgess -- play multiple roles.  The film was co-directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Silent Hill: Revelation 3D: A teenage girl haunted by the disappearance of her father faces danger in a demonic world.  Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Radha Mitchell, Carrie-Ann Moss and Malcolm McDowell star.  Rated R.

-- Fun Size: Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice plays a high school senior who loses the little brother she was asked to babysit on Halloween night.  Chelsea Handler also stars in this comedy.  Rated PG-13.

-- Chasing Mavericks: Gerard Butler plays a surfer who takes a 15-year-old under his wing as they attempt to ride one of the biggest waves in the world, in Northern California.  John Weston, Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Spencer also star.  Rated PG.  [Click here to read a review]

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Friday
Oct262012

"Cloud Atlas" Should Have Used More Asian Actors, Group Argues

Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The new drama Cloud Atlas has come under fire from an organization that fights stereotypes of Asian Americans in the media, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The founding president of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans contends that the film "missed a great opportunity" to utilize Asian actors in one of its story lines.

The story line in question is set in 2144 South Korea and features Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving and other cast members as Asian characters. The stars of the movie play multiple roles as part of a series of interconnected plots that span many centuries.

MANAA argues in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, "The Korea story's protagonist is an Asian man -- an action hero who defies the odds and holds off armies of attackers. ...It would have been a great, stereotype-busting role for an Asian American actor to play, as Asian American men aren't allowed to be dynamic or heroic very often."

The organization further states, "It appears that to turn white and black actors into Asian characters, the make-up artists believed they only had to change their eyes, not their facial structure and complexion."

Cloud Atlas opens Friday.

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Friday
Oct262012

Movie Review: "Cloud Atlas"

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Cloud Atlas could be one of the most polarizing movies of the year. Based on the best selling 2004 novel by David Mitchell, the Wachowski siblings (the Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) set out to adapt a book many considered un-adaptable for the big screen. It's a story that takes places over hundreds of years with many different characters but they're all connected -- reincarnated, if you will, until they get IT (life) right.

To try and explain every vignette would require a review the length of a screenplay, so we'll keep it simple.

Cloud Atlas begins several hundred years hence in a post-apocalyptic future, jumps back to the 17th century, cuts to the 1970s, rewinds to the early 1930s, fast-forwards to now, leaps forward to the 22nd century…that’s how this movie unfolds: back and forth, forth and back, sideways, backward, upward and downward, but never straightforward.

Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess and Hugh Grant play six different characters each.  Jim Broadbent plays five, while some of the other cast members, like Susan Sarandon and Keith David, play four characters. It was a daring and challenging decision by the filmmakers but also an admirable artistic choice.  The intention is to allow the audience to see each particular soul on its journey through time, which is easier to do when you recognize the soul being played by the same actor. In some cases it’s also a nice message, ignoring gender, age and nationality by having a man play a woman, American and British actors plays Asian, Asian actors play Caucasian and mostly young actors play elderly. 

The casting conceit doesn’t always work, though -- on occasion, it's simply distracting and Cloud Atlas is a film that doesn’t need distractions.  Its unique, time-bending, non-linear narrative is difficult enough to keep up with.  Coupled with actors playing multiple characters, the entire affair risks coming across as arrogant, snobbish even.  But the film is as much about just three people -- the Wachowskis and Tykwer -- who actually have something to say about the human condition.

The strength of Cloud Atlas is its sheer beauty, its spirit, and some of the performances. The film's weakness is the filmmakers' overzealousness to make the myriad pieces fit within the context of the story, which lasts about 20 minutes too long.

Still, give the Wachowskis and Tykwer credit. It's easy to see, without having read Cloud Atlas, that the source material must be complex.

Five stars for the effort; three-and-a-half out of five for the results.

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Tuesday
Oct162012

Halle Berry Reveals She’s Related to Sarah Palin

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Here’s hoping Halle Berry’s next family reunion takes place in Wasilla. The Oscar-winning actress revealed in an interview with Extra that she’s distantly related to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

“You want to know who I’m related to? Sarah Palin!” Berry told Extra. Extra’s Jerry Penacoli shouted “No!” in disbelief. Berry laughed and said, "That’s what I said, ‘Nooo!’" mimicking a horror movie scream.

How? “Some twisted way,” Berry said. “Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative].”

Berry’s Cloud Atlas co-star Tom Hanks, who was also interviewed by Extra, said the connection fits in with the theme of their new sci-fi film, which opens Oct. 26.

“This is the Cloud Atlas continuum without a doubt,” he joked. “I’m telling you, the connections that go through. It doesn’t matter who, what race, where, what time.”

Berry didn’t say how she discovered the Palin connection, but many celebrities are discovering unlikely famous relations thanks to genealogical shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and the website Ancestry.com. Earlier this month, Ancestry.com tied Justin Bieber to fellow Canadian stars Celine Dion and Ryan Gosling. And in 2010, the site reported that Palin and President Obama are tenth cousins.

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Wednesday
Aug012012

"Matrix" Director Comes Out as Transgender

Keanu Reeves with Larry Wachowski in 2003. Zhou Bachi/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The director of The Matrix and the much-anticipated film Cloud Atlas has come out as transgender.

Lana Wachowski, formerly Larry Wachowski, reveals her new name and appearance in a promotional clip for Cloud Atlas. Seated between her brother, Andy Wachowski, and director Tom Tykwer, she says, “Hi, I’m Lana.” She wears a gray dress and hot pink dreadlocks.

Wachowski, 47, has been transitioning from a man to a woman for years, according to the New York Post. The Hollywood director made headlines in 2002 during a bitter divorce from wife Thea Bloom. At the time, People magazine reported that Bloom filed papers saying Wachowski “has been extremely dishonest with me in our personal life” and said the couple’s separation was “based on very intimate circumstances concerning which I do not elaborate at this time for the reasons of his personal privacy.”

Wachowski is the latest public figure to come out as transgender. Earlier this year, Stephen Ira Beatty, the son of actors Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, spoke out about his transition from a woman to a man. In May, Tom Gabel, singer of the punk band Against Me!, told Rolling Stone he’s transgender and plans to start living as a woman, Laura Jane Grace.

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