Talking Pictures: Tom Hooper discusses love, gender, and ‘the Danish Girl’

“What I want audiences to take away from The Danish Girl is the fact that this, above all else, was a great love story.” The remarkably soft-spoken Tom Hooper, British director of numerous award-winning movies including Les Miserables and The King’s Speech, is addressing a roomful of reporters and photographers on the opening night of the Mill Valley Film Festival, where…

Film Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

“I bet Jane Austen is spinning in her grave right now,” I overheard a matronly woman gleefully stating to a bored box office attendant, just seconds after purchasing a ticket for ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.’ The kid behind the counter, slightly startled to have been addressed in such a conversational tone (and by someone so OLD), merely shrugged,…

Jennifer King’s ‘Bad Dates’ comes to Cinnabar

“Whenever I start telling someone I know about the play ‘Bad Dates,’ they almost always end up saying, ‘Wow! Did you write this yourself?’” director-actor Jennifer King said. “Because anyone who knows me, and my life, immediately thinks this story sound like something I would write.” “Bad Dates” — opening Feb. 5 at Cinnabar Theater…