Film Depicts How Paris Mosque Sheltered Jews During WWII

A newly released film in France depicts for the first time how the Paris Mosque saved Jews and Muslim resistance fighters during World War II. Troves of books, movies and articles have been released over the years in France describing almost every facet of World War II and the Nazi occupation here. But one historical

Film Star Hugh Jackman Heads Back to Broadway

Not only does Hugh Jackman have a new Hollywood action film, but the Australian actor is also tuning up his singing voice for a return to the Broadway stage. In “Real Steel,” Hugh Jackman plays a washed up boxer and failed father who gets a second chance when he reconnects with his 10-year-old son. Together

Sentiment Mixes with Science Fiction in ‘Real Steel’

Battling robots in the boxing ring help a wayward father reconnect with his young son in the new sci-fi action film “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman. In the not too distant future, prizefighters no longer face off in the arena. Instead, they operate the controls of boxing robots or ‘bots.’ Charlie Kenton is an ex-fighter

Hawaii Enjoys Financial Boost from TV Show

For years, Hawaii has been a popular destination for tourists, but now it’s making a name for itself as a TV and film production hub. A reboot of the 1960s police drama “Hawaii Five-O,” which helped develop the state’s movie industry decades ago, is once again boosting its economy. When the original “Hawaii Five-O” premiered

George Clooney, Ryan Gosling Star in ‘The Ides of March’

George Clooneys’ political thriller, The Ides of March, is the latest film to zoom in on American society and politics. The film takes its name from a reference in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar to the Ides, or middle, of March and the sense of doom that accompanies it. The film is a sleek political drama

Critics Say Ryan Gosling Could Be 2011 Oscar Contender

At 30, Ryan Gosling has built an enviable Hollywood career, starring in a range of films from weepy romance to action thrillers. The Canadian-born actor could be an Oscar contender this year. In the new political drama The Ides of March, Gosling is campaign manager to a presidential candidate played by the film’s director, George

Baseball Manager Builds Winning Team Unconventionally in ‘Moneyball’

Brad Pitt is getting rave reviews and there’s ‘buzz’ about a possible Oscar nomination for his performance in a new film set inside American professional baseball. Moneyball is based on a true story. “There are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s 50 feet of crap …and then there’s us.” A decade ago,

Toronto Festival Offers Glimpse of Season’s Best Films

The Toronto film festival traditionally showcases some of the year’s best films, including potential Oscar nominees.   George Clooney and Ryan Gosling were among those walking Toronto’s red carpet this year to promote several films. Like many other A-listers, they see the festival as a barometer for the Oscars. Clooney directed the sleek political thriller

No Shortage of Star Power at Toronto Film Festival

There was no shortage of star power at the Toronto International Film Festival or “TIFF” as it’s known locally. Celebrities from Brad Pitt to George Clooney to Madonna walked the red carpet at the premieres of their latest titles. But with more than 250 features from 65 countries screened during its 10 days, the 2011

Religious Woman Navigates Crisis of Faith in ‘Higher Ground’

Actress Vera Farmiga, nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for her role in “Up In The Air,” tries her hand at directing in a new drama about a religious woman questioning her faith. Alan Silverman has this look at Higher Ground. “All right, now with everyone’s eyes closed …no one looking around …raise your hand