| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:24 AM
One of the most memorable scenes in the film "12 Years a Slave" is a long close-up of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor's eyes, wide with amazement as his character regains his freedom after enduring the brutal bonds of slavery on Louisiana plantations.
It is a...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Humans have been communicating using pictures for at least 40,000 years — far longer than they have with alphabets and language. Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has been in existence for only 50 of those years, but the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:30 AM
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...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Aunque las nominaciones al Oscar no se conocerán hasta el 16 de enero, desde ya 12 Years a Slave se perfila como la película con mayores posibilidades de seducir a La Academia.
Este favoritismo viene alimentado por la presencia de Chiwetel Ejiofor y...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Steven Spielberg was in Washington on Tuesday evening as the National Archives as the org's foundation honored him with its Records of Achievement Award, in part for "Lincoln" and other historical films.
David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States,...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Chiwetel Ejiofor has finally arrived. And the proof comes when he doesn't -- at least not immediately.
He is now 15 minutes late for his breakfast interview. The owner of the Beverly Hills cafe is anxiously awaiting the appearance of the actor, whose...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 10:30 AM
In any film, words are just the starting point. As the project moves along, cinematographers, production and costume designers, visual-effects artists and other below-the-line artisans contribute immeasurably to the storytelling, and to the lasting impact...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for "12...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 8:41 AM
Kate DiCamillo's novel for young adults, "Flora and Ulysses," is the winner of the 2014 John Newbery Medal, the top honor in children's literature from the American Library Assn. The Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book went to "Locomotive"...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 12:04 PM
My granddaughter Hannah and I sailed the Amistad about 10 years ago. Well, “sailed” might not be the word. We got on the ship at the dock in New Haven Harbor and the vessel chugged out to the breakwater and back under diesel power. But the man...