| Jan 7, 2015
| 11:59 AM
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) always offers some quirks when it comes to forecasting the Oscars as the guild disqualifies many movies that will eventually wind up on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' list. Two reasons for...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 10:55 AM
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres at its 30th annual gathering, including the American debut of the Disney sports drama "McFarland, USA," organizers announced Thursday.
| Jan 8, 2015
| 3:19 PM
The Oscar race is so different from book prizes. After a book wins one major prize -- say, the Pulitzer -- it's less likely to wind up as a contender for the National Book Award. Literary judges like to spread the love around.
Movies are different. Each...
| Jan 6, 2015
Fans of “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “ParaNorman” have the chance to own a little piece of the acclaimed animated films. […]...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 1:36 PM
The Oscar nominations will be revealed in two parts Thursday morning. This will allow all the nominees to be announced for the first time.
At 8:30 a.m. ET, directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams present the nominees in 11 categories: animated...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 1:10 PM
In screenwriter Charles Brackett's diary entry for Aug. 18, 1936, he recalls working for the first time with Billy Wilder, with whom Paramount had paired him to write the comedy "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife."
"Worked with Billy Wilder, who paces constantly,...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 6:11 AM
Fear is the enemy of satire, a point all too well illustrated this weekend by “Saturday Night Live.”
The NBC series started promisingly by having Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) slam North Korea and Sony for giving evil organizations a bad name over...
| Dec 12, 2014
On Feb. 27 and 28, 1938, a storm soaked Southern California with 4.4 inches of rain. Late on March 1, 1938, a new storm arrived dropping 10 inches in Los Angeles and more in mountain areas. Rivers overflowed and dozens were killed....
| Dec 17, 2014
Peter Jackson's big-screen adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's “The Hobbit” is coming to a close with “The Hobbit: The […]...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Five years ago, Alan Hicks set out to make a documentary about Clark Terry, the jazz musician whose 70-year career influenced generations of musicians dating back to Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.
It wasn't until about a year into the project that...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 8:58 AM
"SNL" veteranMike Myers returned to the show on Saturday as Dr. Evil to mock North Korea's cyber war with Sony Pictures.
The Austin Powers nemesis, appearing in the show's opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers ("There's already a GOP and they'...