Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Foxx’

DVD Debut: Obsessed, The Soloist

August 4, 2009

The SoloistThe latest DVD Debut on has something of a complex.

Steve Lopez is an L.A. Times columnist at the bottom of his inkpot. Then he meets musician Nathaniel Ayers, who is only playing with two strings on his violin, but treats the streets as a concert hall. His story inspires Lopez and his readers, who all want to give the homeless prodigy the life he deserves. The more Lopez learns about Ayers–who studied with Yo Yo Ma but dresses like a dumpster-diving Homey the Clown–the harder this seems to be. This true story lets Jamie Foxx hit some rare dramatic notes and Robert Downey Jr. flexes muscles Iron Man doesn’t exercise.

Anne Hathaway Gets Happy as Judy Garland

March 24, 2009

Oscars ArrivalsOne of the incidental pleasures of this year’s Oscar ceremony was learning that Anne Hathaway can sing. Now it looks like the rising star will have a chance to show off both her acting chops and powerful set of lungs. Cinematical reports that Hathaway will star in both a film and possible stage show about the life of Judy Garland.

The announcement came after The Weinstein Co. purchased the stage and screen rights to Gerald Clarke’s biography Get Happy! The Life of Judy Garland. Garland is infamous for her “I’m only smiling on the outside” life. Groomed as a star from childhood, she found fame with Mickey Rooney in the Andy Hardy movies, was Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, then became a by-word for tragedy through a very public disintegration. Hooked on diet drugs and booze, she made occasional phoenix-like comebacks in stage shows. She also became one of the first modern gay icons … Her death is often given as an indirect cause of the 1969 Stonewall riots.