Clean sweep for 'GoodFellas'
Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," the giddily amoral tale of a petty gangster's rise and fall in the garish American 1970s, was named yesterday the best picture of 1990 by the National Society of Film Critics. The 40-member association, composed of film critics from major general-interest publications across the country, followed the sentiments of the other two major critics groups, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, in selecting the Scorsese film. The clean sweep of the critics' groups by "GoodFellas" will make it hard for the Motion Picture Academy to ignore the film when the time for Oscar nominations comes around, though with the harsh language and extreme violence the film contains it seems an unlikely
Tips from Jodie
Jodie Foster, who has just finished directing her first movie, has a tip for young actors: just pretend. Foster makes her directorial debut in "Little Man Tate," the story of a gifted boy, his mother (portrayed by Foster) and a psychologist who wants to take the boy away to enroll him in college. In it, Foster coached 7-year-old Adam Hann-Byrd through his first movie. "Just pretend really well," Foster said, recalling how she instructed young Adam. "And then think about what that pretending looks like." Foster, who also stars in Jonathan Demme's thriller "The Silence of Lambs," which is due out next month, plays down the added responsibilities of the auteur. "As a director, it's not any different than what I do as an actress," Foster says, "except that I'm allowed to." "Little Man Tate," to be released later this year, also stars Dianne Wiest and jazz pianist Harry Connick Jr. Foster, 28, won the Academy Award for best actress in 1988 for her role as a rape victim in "The Accused."