Legendary acting coach Tanya Berezin once told an interviewer that what makes an actor great is the ability “to throw light ... in some sort of inexplicable way” on “what makes people tick and live and thrive and what makes people not.” James Gandolfini, who died yesterday in Italy at 51, possessed that rare gift. Every moment he spent on the screen illuminated the human condition.
The horror tale “Mama” opened as the top weekend film in U.S. and Canadian theaters, displacing Oscar contender “Zero Dark Thirty” as the two films starring Jessica Chastain vied for the top spot in the holiday weekend.
In 1975, David Mamet’s play “American Buffalo” used three foul-mouthed lowlifes planning a petty theft to portray the sordid state of the American soul. It had a huge influence on the vernacular of theater and film in the decades following.
Not long before an explosion that she doesn’t see coming, a CIA operative in Kathryn Bigelow’s extraordinary “Zero Dark Thirty” offers a toast: “To big breaks, and the little people who make them happen.”
Liev Schreiber , Naomi Watts , Edie Falco and “Glee” star Jonathan Groff mingled with the moneyed class last night at a fundraising gala outside the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park before a performance of “The Merchant of Venice” starring Al Pacino .