| May 2, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Joaquin Phoenix will star in Woody Allen's next movie, marking the first time the Oscar-nominated actor has worked with the writer-director.
The untitled film is set to begin shooting in July. Phoenix is the first cast member announced.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Directorial acclaim never comes easy. When it hits, though, the results can be significant not only for the helmer but for cinema itself. We take a look back at the films that propelled some of today’s most celebrated directors to prominence....
| Apr 25, 2014
| 7:30 AM
How to throw a great party is a question that has kept Martha Stewart in business for decades. How to throw a great party scene, well, that takes expertise too. Director Nick Stoller, who throws the many ragers in the new comedy "Neighbors," gave his...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
With great risk often comes great reward. That's what the filmmakers behind such classics as "Citizen Kane," "The French Connection" and "The Godfather" -- three movies that challenged established modes of lighting, framing and perspective -- learned...
| May 19, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Gordon Willis, the groundbreaking cinematographer who shot the "Godfather" movies for Francis Ford Coppola and "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" for Woody Allen, has died, American Society of Cinematographers President Richard Crudo confirmed Monday. He was...
| May 19, 2014
| 12:33 PM
The acclaimed cinematographer Gordon Willis, who died Sunday night at age 82, helped define the look of American cinema in the 1970s and '80s. Known as the Prince of Darkness for his bold use of shadows, Willis was a frequent collaborator of Francis...
| May 19, 2014
| 8:28 PM
Whether he was working in color or black and white, cinematographer Gordon Willis conceived the look of a film in gradations. In "The Godfather" trilogy, the Don was shrouded in the shadows of his underworld. In "All the President's Men," reporters...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 3:56 PM
A new Woody Allen film hits the screen just about once a year. But if like the super-intelligent aliens in 1980's "Stardust Memories" you prefer the early, funny ones, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica features a double bill...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 7:57 AM
The peculiar sweetness of "21 Jump Street" has taken a hiatus in "22 Jump Street," a brazen sequel that's both slightly disappointing and a reliable, often riotous "laffer" in the old Variety trade-magazine parlance. No question about it, I laffed, more...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"I LOVE how I look!"
That's Willem Dafoe answering Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire query: "What do you dislike most about your appearance?"
THERE IS nothing like a dame, and there is nothing like Angelina Jolie, who has now been named an Honorary...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 11:00 AM
At the height of their fame, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons churned out a string of hit singles about a rag doll, a girl named Sherry and a particularly memorable night in late December, back in '63.
The team behind the stage musical "Jersey Boys"...