| Sep 19, 2008
Books: I just finished re-reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It's such an amazing book. Toshi, morning show producer, is also reading it. And Val on the assignment desk just ordered it from Amazon.com.
The story is about a young girl in...
| Jan 6, 2009
Superhero films are proving to be more than just popcorn escapism this movie awards season.
"The Dark Knight" earned a nomination Monday for the Producers Guild of America's top prize. And on Tuesday, "Iron Man," 2008's other superhero box office champ,...
| Feb 7, 2008
There will be catchphrases. Even from the least likely of sources.
Case in point: the misanthropic oilman played by Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" -- his devastating taunt to a bewildered foe, "I . . . drink . . . your ....
| Feb 10, 2008
AS "No Country for Old Men" star Josh Brolin said in accepting the Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble cast, "The Coen brothers are freaky little people, you know, and we did a freaky little movie."
Indeed, sitting down with the notoriously press-shy,...
| Feb 10, 2008
Nothing preempts Hollywood's awards season -- not even a crippling writers strike.
On the same day the West Coast and East Coast branches of the Writers Guild of America gathered to discuss an end to the three-month work stoppage, the union took a...
| Feb 19, 2008
SCOTT RUDIN met one of the key role models for his life when he was a teenager. In the early 1970s, when other kids were playing guitar, shooting hoops or just seeing how long their hair could grow, the 15-year-old Rudin spent his days working for theater...
| Feb 20, 2008
Character is destiny. Score one for Heraclitus, whose succinct aphorism seems especially apt in describing screenwriters' path to the Oscars this year.
While taut plotting and visual ingenuity were certainly in abundance in this year's crop of...
| Feb 21, 2008
With the possible exception of certain underwater adventures and outer-space stories, pretty much every movie relies on architectural symbolism, finding in the house where the hero lives, the saloon he drinks in or the city streets he caroms through in...
| Feb 24, 2008
For all the fishtail evening gowns, famous faces and European-accented acceptance speeches, it was an intimate evening at the Kodak. "The fight is over," host Jon Stewart said, referring to the recently settled writers strike that threatened to derail the...
| Feb 28, 2008
A famous dead white male, Horace Walpole, once observed, "Life is a comedy for those who think . . . and a tragedy for those who feel."
Since they first hit the big screen big-time two decades ago with the neo-noir thriller "Blood Simple," Ethan and Joel...
| Mar 11, 2008
An unusual thing happened at the Oscars this year. The Academy, an organization of only occasional wisdom, actually gave its best picture prize to the year's best movie, the Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men."
Although it's still probably playing at...