Posts by Vera H-C Chan
- Vera H-C Chan at Movie Talk2 mths ago
Not that he's coy or repentant about the benumbing barrage of Pornhub clips in his debut film, "Don Jon." After all, the first-time feature director wrote the script about Jon Martello, a preening "guido" whose weekly hookups can't wean him from his online addiction.
Gordon-Levitt has counted how long it took to come up with his story (four years) and how much muscle he packed on to play the self-involved Jersey bartender (12 pounds). But how many minutes of online porn he had to watch for the movie, he won't say.
It's just that ultimately, porn's not the point.
- Vera H-C Chan at Movie Talk4 mths ago
Ladies, it may be your turn.
Overseas Asian performers who get top-tier Hollywood treatment has mostly been male — Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li, Ken Watanabe. This summer, Korean actor Byung-hun Lee broke the Hong Kong/Japan chokehold with combative turns in "G.I. Joe" and "Red 2" (where he did a fleeting but eye-catching nude scene).
Now actresses are joining Hollywood's work-abroad program. Japanese model Tao Okamoto is the love interest in "Wolverine," which also features Rila Fukushima as a cherry-haired bodyguard-assassin. Rinko Kikuchi — the first actress from Japan to receive an Oscar nomination in 49 years — lobbied "Pacific Rim" director Guillermo del Toro to play Kaiju-battling pilot Mako Mori. French-Cambodian Elodie Yung, who comes by way of France, applied her black-belt training as Jinx in "GI Joe: Retaliation."
Four in four months may not sound like a monumental trend. Then again, you're talking about an industry where:
- Vera H-C Chan at Movie Talk10 mths ago
Was it a love story about unfathomable forgiveness or a tale about obsession?
Few could grasp the story of Linda Pugach, who died this week at age 75. She made media headlines, blinded in 1959 by a man hired by her former lover, who would later marry her after his 14-year prison sentence for the crime.
The Pugaches, though, were never shy about talking about their lives (including a 1996 case in which his mistress of five years accused him of sexual abuse and aggravated harassment), be it on the talk show circuit, in a book, or in a 2007 Sundance documentary.
"It was a massive tabloid story," said Dan Klores, the documentarian behind "Crazy Love," who was 10 when the story broke. "In those days, there were seven papers in New York and it was all over the papers."
Years later, when a New York Times profile revisited the couple, he felt their story needed to be told onscreen. "What really interested me," Klores told Yahoo!, "was this relationship between obsession and love and what we do when we are brokenhearted, hurt, devastated — those secrets that we all hold."
- Vera H-C Chan at Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog11 mths ago
Sally Field has romanced the best of them onscreen — James Garner, Paul Newman, Burt Reynolds, Daniel Day-Lewis — but a pelican?
Field — whose weepy "Places in the Heart" acceptance speech lives in Oscar history — scored another memorable one at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this past Saturday when she accepted the career achievement award. The Wrap dubbed her look back as a "killer speech," and the Los Angeles Times said she "brought down the house."
- Vera H-C Chan at Movie Talk11 mths ago
An epic that broke up two marriages, nearly killed a film studio, and reigned as the most expensive film ever made for 30-plus years. A thriller that made flocks of birds a fearsome sight for an entire generation.
Throw in the last great "Star Wars" film (before prequels and Jar Jar Binks dimmed the franchise), a few holiday classics (including an unlikely "holiday"), World War II tales of heroism, and pop-culture peaks and a Valley Girl, and you have a 2013 packed with notable movie anniversaries.
Other cinematic greats — and not-so-great but definitely memorable — will be observing their 20-, 25-, 30- and 50-year milestones in 2013. Start chilling the bubbly and consider what's coming up the anniversary queue.
[Related: 25 most anticipated movies of 2013]
- Vera H-C Chan at Yahoo! Movies Golden Globes Blog1 yr ago
Bradley Cooper, who plays a man recovering from a mental breakdown opposite Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook," has already received nods from the Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics, Independent Spirit, National Board of Review, and Hollywood Film Awards (he won the last two). On Thursday morning, he picked up yet another nomination, this time for a Golden Globe. The spotlight is on as he transforms into one of the leading men of Hollywood, and here are the most buzzworthy details about the handsome actor:
- Vera H-C Chan at Yahoo! Movies1 yr ago
This was a year of high anticipation: franchises staked at both ends of 2012, a crossover with "Harry Potter" implications, and a summer stuffed with superheroes in spandex to shake up box-office doldrums.
Could hype measure up to expectation -- and did it deliver in 2012? One good way to measure is to stack up movies' buzz -- in this case, the number of Searches on Yahoo!, visited by a half a billion people each month, during each film's debut month -- against its critical reviews and box-office receipts. One thing to note: Hollywood-hyped titles like "John Carter" and "Battleship" weren't fooling audiences; they knew to save their online energy for bigger things.
[Photos: 2012 Breakout Stars]
- Vera H-C Chan at Movie Talk1 yr ago
Where's the China paranoia in pop culture?
If and when you see "Red Dawn," the rah-rah remake of mature-looking teenagers and their kin fighting against an invasion against America, remember -- the enemy is North Korea, even though they're Chinese.
A tad confusing, but here's the backstory: The original, as a Gen X subset might recall, pitted the likes of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and C. Thomas Howell against Russian forces. Since the Soviet Union is so Cold War 1984, the natural invading forces of the 21st century should by all rights be China, due to its sheer size, military might, and the fact that it owns about 8 percent of U.S. debt. In a way, a Chinese invasion would be the equivalent of Mafia money lenders coming to break a few legs.
Fear of big government?
- Vera H-C Chan at Movie Talk1 yr ago
Did Abraham Lincoln "steal" Thanksgiving Day from the states? And was he merely a hired thug for the woman best known for a nursery rhyme?
Before 1863, observing Thanksgiving fell to the province of the states. Having an annual day of thanks was controversial for many reasons; while Puritan in the making, Puritans such as Judge Samuel Sewall, who famously sentenced 19 people to death for witchcraft, feared people would feel entitled to the Lord's bounty with an annual event. Some argued that a day of prayer should be called by the church, not civil authorities.