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Names and faces

updated: 05/26/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford encouraged college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators to overcome life's daunting difficulties. Redford was the commencement speaker Sunday at Maine's Colby College. He received an honorary degree of fine arts from the school before an audience of thousands, including nearly 500 graduates.

Wonder Valley memories fading, copy of film sought

posted: 05/26/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

People are searching for Wonder Valley.

Max, Poltergeist flash back to '82, but why stop there?

posted: 05/26/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched 100 nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: Mad Max is going post-apocalyptic in movie theaters. Poltergeist is poised to scare up business at the box office. And Jerry Brown is governor of California.

Names and faces

posted: 05/25/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to go to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the past month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation’s vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt. Sarandon was in Nepal for five days, staying with the famed kung-fu nuns in a Buddhist monastery and later in an orphanage that was damaged in one of the quakes.

CRITICAL MASS: Summer in the cinema

posted: 05/24/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

At last week's Little Rock Film Festival someone came up to me and said, "If Mad Max: Fury Road isn't the movie of the summer, it's going to be a heck of a summer."

Names and faces

updated: 05/23/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Michael Fassbender doesn't know whether the Macbeth curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it. "The Scottish film" is what Fassbender calls his Macbeth adaption, which is set to premiere today at the Cannes Film Festival. He's maintaining the theatrical superstition of not speaking the name of Shakespeare's play -- at least he wasn't in an interview ahead of the festival.

Review: Dominance of the mouse

posted: 05/22/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Back in the late '60s and early '70s, Disney began pioneering what it lovingly called "brand synergy" -- commercial tie-ins among its properties. Uniquely positioned to take full advantage of its multi-discipline business aggregation, Disney quickly learned to connect the dots between its tributaries.

Review: Far From the Madding Crowd

posted: 05/22/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

It's a great thing that no one has told Danish director Thomas Vinterberg he's adapting a classic.

Review: Poltergeist

posted: 05/22/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

It's infrequent and particularly satisfying when the remake of an especially memorable film equals or exceeds the experience of the original. In 1982, Poltergeist saw the brilliant pairing of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's low-budget horror director Tobe Hooper with far more mainstream screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg for an effects-laden event movie that earned its place as a contemporary benchmark among supernatural thrillers.

On Film: Openly adoring our film festival

posted: 05/22/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Next year, I might take a couple of days off during the Little Rock Film Festival.

Home Movies

posted: 05/22/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (unrated, 86 minutes)

Pitch hits high note; Max No. 2

posted: 05/22/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

It was a weekend for girls who run the world -- or at least the box office.

Walt Disney's ideas borrowed for movie

posted: 05/22/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Nothing screams bright, shiny future quite like a jet pack. In the film Tomorrowland, when Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) enters the gleaming utopia of the film's title, it's one of the first things she sees. If you exit a time machine and spot a jet pack, you know you haven't landed in some post-apocalyptic dump. No, you've probably arrived in a hope-filled future like the ones promised us in the 1950s, when space colonies were just around the corner and the atom was our friend.

Review: Iris

posted: 05/22/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

If you've seen almost any documentary about the New York fashion scene, you've probably seen Iris Apfel. A tiny white-haired lady of a certain age wearing huge round black-framed eyeglasses, outrageously colorful clothing and a clanking collection of costume jewelry, she's the fashion industry's go-to talking head who's constantly asked to comment on style -- not only her maverick approach to the subject, but the way style is interpreted by designers and trendsetters in New York and beyond.

COMING MOVIES

posted: 05/22/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) Aloha, PG-13 A celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to Honolulu, the site of his greatest career triumphs, and while trying to reconnect with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) unexpectedly falls for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.

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