George Hadley-Garcia

For George Hadley-Garcia's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Angelina Jolie takes evil to new places in 'Maleficent'

Jul 10, 2014

Angelina Jolie takes evil to new places in 'Maleficent'

Websites such as Buzzfeed have made an art of the “listicle,” a news article that comprises a top 10 on a designated topic. Thanks to childhood nostalgia, Walt Disney characters often make their way onto such listicles, and a quick look at the Top ...

Blanchett channels Blanche for Oscar-winning role in 'Blue Jasmine'

May 15, 2014

Blanchett channels Blanche for Oscar-winning role in 'Blue Jasmine'

When actress Cate Blanchett took to the stage at this year’s Academy Awards, winning the best actress Oscar for her performance in “Blue Jasmine,” she delivered a memorable and eloquent speech. It included these fighting words: To “those of us in the industry who ...

Smaug the dragon to get fans fired up for 'Hobbit' sequel

Feb 27, 2014

Smaug the dragon to get fans fired up for 'Hobbit' sequel

The middle film in a trilogy can be a risky venture. The first film? Audiences are introduced to new characters and exciting possibilities. The final film? Hollywood pulls out all the stops to send those characters off with a bang. The middle? Well, directors ...

McConaughey, Leto transform for roles in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Feb 20, 2014

McConaughey, Leto transform for roles in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Acadamy Award nominee Jared Leto, who plays a transgender person with AIDS in the film “Dallas Buyers Club,” says he was recently called a shape-shifter. “But that refers to the outside of the character you play, makeup people can do a lot for you,” ...

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

Jan 23, 2014

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” is cleaning up in the early part of an awards season that was meant to belong to Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.” And that ain’t no con. The movie snagged a Golden Globe for best comedy as well ...

'Hunger Games' star continues to burn bright

Dec 26, 2013

'Hunger Games' star continues to burn bright

Jennifer Lawrence says that first and foremost, she watches her latest film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” as a fan. She was “stunned” when she saw the end result. “To me it’s like a big historical epic mixed with action, special effects, sci-fi, fantasy ...

Patience pays off for Bullock with 'Gravity'

Dec 12, 2013

Patience pays off for Bullock with 'Gravity'

Sandra Bullock is the first to admit she’s no psychic. “I’m not the best at foreseeing things,” the actress tells The Japan Times. “But even in this business, few are.” The 49-year-old actress won a best actress Oscar in 2009 for her portrayal of ...

Bill Murray relishes FDR's 'human' side

Sep 12, 2013

Bill Murray relishes FDR's 'human' side

Biographical movies can be a daunting task. Their subjects often have larger-than-life stories that are focal points for controversy. Actor Bill Murray says that what attracted him to the role of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in “Hyde Park on Hudson,” was less ...

'Great Gatsby' reunites Luhrmann, DiCaprio

Jun 14, 2013

'Great Gatsby' reunites Luhrmann, DiCaprio

“The Great Gatsby” is a classic novel from 1925 that is often a required part of the school curriculum in North America. However, it has yet to become a classic film. Several attempts have been made, though. These include a 1949 Alan Ladd vehicle, ...