Beacon News Latest news from Beacon News Online en-us (Editor) Beacon News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Les Mis,’ ‘Playbook’ lead SAG award nominations ]]> Lead story image

Steven Spielberg’s Civil War saga “Lincoln,” the Victor Hugo musical adaptation “Les Miserables” and the lost-soul romance “Silver Linings Playbook” led the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations each Wednesday. ]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:18:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Man of Steel’ off to a high-flying start ]]> Lead story image

Look, up in the sky: It’s a franchise reborn. After a failed attempt to revive the Superman series in 2006, the son of Krypton finally took off in theaters as “Man of Steel” snared $113 million this weekend, according to studio estimates. That’s the highest opening on record for a movie opening in June, beating 2010’s “Toy Story 3,” which opened to $110.3 million. The debut was $25 million more than analysts forecast and gave the series momentum for a sequel, which Warner Bros. announced last week, though no release date has been set. The movie, which opened Thursday, did … ]]> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:07:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Argo,’ Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis win SAG Awards ]]> Lead story image

The Screen Actors Guild’s supporting actor awards go to Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”) and Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”). On the TV side, the winning casts are on “Downton Abbey” and “Modern Family.” ]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:24:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mark Wahlberg on Rahm Emanuel: ‘I absolutely love the guy’ ]]> Lead story image

The “Broken City” star doesn’t hold back on his admiration for the mayor, urging Chicago to “let him do whatever he wants.” ]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:35:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oscar nominations result in lots of stunning surprises this year ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: That was some wake-up call for Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow. It was a hardly surprise that “Lincoln” led the way with 12 Academy Award nominations, but it was stunning that four leading contenders were shut out of the best director category. ]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:30:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Third ‘Wimpy Kid’ not so wimpy after all ]]> Lead story image

Maybe it has to do with the lowered expectations surrounding something with “Dog Days” in its title being released during a traditionally less stellar time in the moviegoing season. But the third installment in the “Wimpy Kid” franchise turns out to be not so wimpy after all. Although it paints everything with the same broad sitcom strokes as its predecessor, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” culled from the third and fourth books in Jeff Kinney’s wildly successful “novel in cartoons” series, proves nimbler and truer to its origins than 2011’s “Rodrick Rules.” Despite the fact that this “school’s … ]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 06:06:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ The last ‘Twilight’ and other big fall movies ]]> Lead story image

It’s twilight for one of moviedom’s biggest couples. They’re over. They’re out. They’re kaput. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart? Maybe, but we’re talking about their characters, Edward Cullen and his red-eyed, bloodthirsty missus, Bella Swan-Cullen. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” debuting in November, shuts the lights on one of the biggest film franchises of all time. There is a movie. Remember that? “In many ways, it makes me sad,” Pattinson tells Sun-Times Media about the on-screen love fading to black. “It really is the end of an era, but we go out strong and I know the … ]]> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:12:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ernest Borgnine, movie star with face of a workingman, dies at 95 ]]> Lead story image

The character actor’s career of more than 50 years included a villainous part in “From Here to Eternity,” an Oscar for “Marty,” the classic sitcom “McHale’s Navy” and even a voice role on “SpongeBob SquarePants.” ]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 06:35:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis: That’s the ticket ]]> Lead story image

In “The Campaign” which opens Friday, Will Ferrell and Zack Galifinakis portray two North Carolina politicians competing in an increasingly nasty congressional race. The comedians first crossed paths at “SNL” but this is their first film project together. ]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:27:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Search on for mutt to become Benji ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Have you seen this dog? It’s a mutt — mischievous, medium-sized, scruffy and street-smart with soulful eyes. Comfortable as hero or underdog, yet likely to be a stray. Must be a fast learner, able to charm millions and willing to work for food. Brandon Camp, whose father created “Benji” nearly 40 years ago, and veteran movie trainer Mark Forbes have set out to find a new Benji in a nationwide search that includes online tools and sites that weren’t around when the first four Benjis were discovered. A Facebook page ( has been set up so … ]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ernest Borgnine, Oscar winner for ‘Marty,’ dies at 95 ]]>

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ernest Borgnine, the beefy screen star known for blustery, often villainous roles, but who won the best-actor Oscar for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in “Marty” in 1955, died Sunday. He was 95. His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, told The Associated Press that Borgnine died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife and children at his side. Borgnine, who endeared himself to a generation of Baby Boomers with the 1960s TV comedy “McHale’s Navy,” first attracted notice in the early 1950s in villain roles, notably as the vicious Fatso Judson, who … ]]> Sun, 08 Jul 2012 20:20:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Madagascar’ animals beat 2 big-name turkeys ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — Zoo animals remain hot at the box office. Singing stars and Adam Sandler are not. Ben Stiller and his voice co-stars of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” held on to the No. 1 spot again, with $35.5 million for the animated sequel’s second weekend in domestic theaters. Studio estimates Sunday put Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure “Prometheus” at No. 2 again with $20.2 million. “Madagascar 3” and “Prometheus” held off two under-achieving newcomers. The star-studded musical “Rock of Ages,” whose cast includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin, flopped at No. 3 with $15.1 million. Sandler’s “That’s … ]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:22:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Daffy ‘Madagascar 3’ tops original film ]]> Lead story image

It’s something that hardly ever happens with big Hollywood studio films — a sequel that’s actually better than the original movie. Even more rare: a second sequel pulling off that feat. Happily, that’s the case with “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” the absolutely charming and very funny third outing for those displaced New York zoo animals, including the egocentric (though loving) Alex the lion (again voiced by Ben Stiller), the edgy zebra Marty (Chris Rock at his always zinger-ready best), the nervous-nelly giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer) and his incongruous love interest, the happy hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith). In this … ]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:04:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Hunger Games, ‘Harry Potter’ lead at MTV Movie Awards ]]> Lead story image

The fan votes — not just the odds — are in “The Hunger Games” favor at the MTV Movie Awards. The dystopian survival saga is escaping from Sunday’s 21st annual extravaganza with the most golden popcorn-shaped trophies, including best fight and best on-screen transformation. “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were also honored for the best female and male performances. ]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:18:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will Smith betting on ‘Black’ after four-year hiatus ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — Will Smith has been quietly absent from the big screen since 2008. Why? He’s been building a family empire. Wife Jada’s TV show “HawthoRNe.” Daughter Willow’s hit single “Whip My Hair.” Son Jaden’s “Karate Kid” remake. “Oh man, I go back to this particular time in my life as a child when I watched ‘Dallas.’ As long as I can remember that was my vision for my life,” Smith says. “I loved that their property had a name. They called it Southfork. I thought, ‘How does a house have a name?’ Our house doesn’t have a name. … ]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:49:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rat Pack in MacLaine’s past, ‘Abbey’ in her future ]]> Lead story image

In her new film “Bernie,” Shirley MacLaine plays a widow so mean that when she’s murdered, no one wants to lock up her killer. The Oscar winner took the role for one simple reason. “I love to play evil bitches,” she says with a delicious laugh. “I don’t know what it is about bitchery, but I just love it. I think evil is funny in some cases. This reminded me of my character in ‘Steel Magnolias,’ and I also loved her.” Why does she love bitchery? “I’m rehearsing for my old age,” MacLaine quips. At 78, the Oscar winner still … ]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:12:09 -0500