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  • Exclusive: With ‘Super 8,’ J.J. Abrams & Co. give ‘Spielberg Kids’ their comeback

     
    In the early 1980s, Steven Spielberg — as a director and producer — served up gangs of daring, resourceful, fun-loving moppets who came to define their generation. He became a Norman Rockwell of the big screen, presenting American suburbia...
  • Djimon Hounsou is the Angel of Death in the new ‘Paradise Lost’

     
    John Milton's epic poem is getting the Alex “The Crow” Proyas treatment early next year. He's landed Bradley Cooper to play Lucifer and Benjamin Walker as his Michael. And now there's an Angel of Death for the film. The great Djimon Hounsou...
  • Cajon Pass fire expected to be contained Monday

     
    A 1,200-acre brush fire that has burned for two days in the Cajon Pass, destroying several structures and forcing 1,500 residents to evacuate, was expected to be fully contained Monday, officials said. The fire broke out Friday about 12:45 p.m.......
  • Hollywood on black culture: Should it be looking forward not back?

     
    Hollywood's black history lessons: Is it time to look forward instead of backward? Patrick Goldstein studies the repercussions if the George Lucas-backed "Red Tails" doesn't catch hold....
  • 'Precious' is truly precious at the box office; $2.5 million is 'remarkable'

     
    "It was a fantastic expansion for 'Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire,' which Lionsgate widened from 18 to 174 theaters this weekend," Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com reports to Gold Derby. "Going into the weekend, I thought it had a...
  • Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'

     Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'
    The 1977 TV blockbuster "Roots" features a scene in which the slave Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar Burton, is whipped unmercifully until he acknowledges that his name in captivity will be Toby. The sequence is not only distinguished by its brutality, but...
  • Matthew McConaughey maps his route to stardom

     Matthew McConaughey maps his route to stardom
    We could, on our own, diagram the ups and downs of Matthew McConaughey's acting career. But, to borrow a line from "Dazed and Confused," it'd be a lot cooler if he did. He obliges. 'Dazed and Confused' " 'All right, all right, all right!' First...
  • Will Spielberg take a walk on the wild side?

    Will Spielberg take a walk on the wild side?
    Steven Spielberg, who at 22 was hired by Universal to a long-term contract, started out his career as the teacher's pet of the Movie Brat generation. With the unveiling of his first Indiana Jones escapade in 19 years today at Cannes, he's proffering yet...
  • Watch Robin Williams' Oscars speech; Affleck, Damon pay tribute

    Watch Robin Williams' Oscars speech; Affleck, Damon pay tribute
    Robin Williams' emotional Oscars speech recalls an actor at the top of his game. The comedian, who was found dead Monday after an apparent suicide by hanging, won the 1998 Academy Award for supporting actor for his role as mourning psychology teacher...
  • Oscars 2014: For many, '12 Years a Slave' is too hard to watch

    Come Sunday night, director Steve McQueen's critically praised rendering of the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, may win the Academy Award for best picture. So why isn't everyone...
  • The Oscars and the Holocaust-film myth

    Among the 25 or so awards to be handed out at Sunday's Oscars will be the prize for documentary short. One of the less recognized categories at the annual ceremony, the doc short field this year contains a certain newsworthiness because of the inclusion...