| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:10 AM
While Blockbuster’s announcement that it will close its remaining retail stores may cause little weeping among those who long ago moved on to streaming and other types of those, you know, technology things, there’s something a little sad about...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 2:04 PM
PEN Center USA's 23rd annual literary awards festival went off without a hitch at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday night -- except for the small fact that its lifetime achievement award winner, Joan Didion, was not in attendance.
| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The line between fiction and reality keeps getting blurrier.
So it's little surprise that there are twice as many reality-based films currently vying for awards attention as last year, when one of those, "Argo," took home the best picture Oscar.
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:00 PM
TORONTO — Watching Steve McQueen's achingly brilliant "12 Years a Slave" at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by many things. The film's artistry — script, performances, imagery — is significant. The movie is...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 1:42 PM
In a heartfelt letter, director Lee Daniels pleaded with Warner Bros. Entertainment chief executive Kevin Tsujihara not to force a change in the title of the upcoming Weinstein Co. film "The Butler."
News broke this week that the Motion Picture Assn. of...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 1:44 PM
Sony Pictures is skipping over ”The Lost Symbol” and heading into an “Inferno,” announcing Tuesday that the 2013 Dan Brown novel will be its next Robert Langdon movie.
The studio has hired writer David Koepp, who penned the 2009...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 6:00 AM
NEW YORK — Forest Whitaker tends to talk about his work with a mystical flourish. Movie roles, he says, have helped him achieve transcendence, learn the value of quiet and appreciate fear.
Yet the star of Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is...
| Aug 13, 2013
Talking about his drama “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” in which Forest Whitaker plays a fictionalized version of a real butler who worked in the White House for more than three decades, the titular director says, “I did this movie because...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 5:20 PM
If it takes a village to raise a child, it took a principality to bring "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' " to the screen.
A five-year odyssey of false starts, studio abandonment and piecemeal financing, "The Butler" arrives in theaters Friday with 37...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 3:45 PM
One of the intriguing aspects of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is that it straddles the line between father-son tale and race-relations epic.
On the one hand, of course, it’s about a man (Forest Whitaker’s Cecil Gaines) who...
| Aug 15, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
No matter what you think of “Forrest Gump,” no one would call it in an informative history lesson. It’s slick entertainment—and, in the interest of full disclosure, one of the few films that ever made me cry&...