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'Titanic 3D' will convert you too: Betsy Sharkey's film pick

April 19, 2012 |  8:00 am

"Titanic 3D"
It may drive his crews crazy, but the fact that James Cameron is an infamous perfectionist pays off nicely in the conversion of his Oscar-winning 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” into 3-D.

The filmmaker did more than test the technology-roiled waters with “Avatar” in 2009, when he rewrote the navigation chart with a rich dimensionality that was groundbreaking. But what happens when the director re-imagines the past with the aid of the new tools?

All good things.

“Titanic” was gorgeous when it landed 15 years ago, but watching it set sail in 3-D is breathtaking. Just as satisfying as the brilliant new colors and a ship that seems at times suspended in the air is watching Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet falling in love again -- passion and heartbreak are better in 3-D too.

The technology, and the choices Cameron and his team make on when and where to employ it, allows certain moments to completely overtake the senses. The iconic shot of the windblown young lovers on the prow of the ship feels close enough to touch.


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-- Betsy Sharkey

Photo caption: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as ill-fated young lovers in "Titanic 3D." Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Golden Globes: Kate Winslet says she wants to play a man

January 15, 2012 |  6:15 pm

Kate Winslet at the Golden Globes

Reporters backstage at award shows oftentimes ask off-topic questions. Kate Winslet was caught off-guard by one on Sunday night at the Golden Globes after accepting a statuette for her performance in the TV miniseries "Mildred Pierce."  

"Kate -- would you consider playing Elizabeth Taylor? And what do you think about the fact that Lindsay Lohan wants to play her?" (Last week, it was reported that Lohan was in talks to play Taylor in a Lifetime movie about the screen icon's romance with Richard Burton.)

"Oh my gosh, I'll decline to comment, actually, because that's the first I've heard of that," Winslet said, brushing off the question. "I'm not gonna go there, dude. It's a bit of a hot zone, I think."

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Winslet did comment, however, on another difficult role she'd like to tackle: a man.

"I don't know what kind of man, and I don't know if that would happen or not, but I would be very interested in that because I think that would be the ultimate challenge," she revealed. (Perhaps she can chat after the Globes with Glenn Close, who tackles the challenge in "Albert Nobbs.")

"Mildred Pierce," which Winslet took home a prize for Sunday night, was its own sort of challenge. But the actress did take some positive things away from the experience, she said -- including the ability to cook a chicken.

"My take home from 'Mildred' was that I was taught to section up a chicken by ["Top Chef's"] Tom Collichio at his apartment in New York," she said. "He used a technique which is old-fashioned deliberately. It wasn't too restaurant-style, it wasn't too polished."


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Photo: Actress Kate Winslet poses in the press room at the Golden Globes. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images


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