| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Chalk one up for self-determination: The lovely Julianne Nicholson spent much of her childhood in a cabin in rural Massachusetts that lacked water and electricity — her mother relocated there after her parents divorced — before finding the...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Since winning the Emmy for playing shot-calling criminal matriarch Mags Bennett on "Justified," Margo Martindale has been doing impressive work across the spectrum. TV critics have singled out her performance opposite Will Arnett and Beau Bridges on the...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:45 AM
It's mid-December, and everybody's a winner, what with critics' prizes and best-ofs and award nominations being announced seemingly around the clock. Has any of this changed the best picture race? And how are the documentary and foreign-language...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" became the best picture front-runners after flooring audiences at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and little has changed in the ensuing weeks. Naturally, then, given their estimable craft, both movies are also...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 9:30 AM
"I broke her down and had her do it again and again, saying 'Go deeper, go deeper,' until she was worn out emotionally. Then I asked how she felt, and she said she understood that [an abusive slave owner] could take her body but not her soul, and she...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Pinning down the "best" scene of any Oscar-nominated performance is something of a Stygian nightmare for producers because — as they correctly protest — if an actor or actress has been nominated, they have far more than one great scene. But...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Tom Sherak, the longtime film marketing and distribution exec who led the Academy of Motion Pictures Art & Sciences through a period of innovation and change, died Tuesday in Calabasas, Calif. after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.
| Feb 19, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Oscar ballots are out, and the print edition of The Los Angeles Times' The Envelope that ran Tuesday includes my predictions for all 24 categories in this year's Academy Awards -- a forecast that, because of deadlines, had been made several days earlier....
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Great films rarely wrap up neatly. The audience is left to ponder what happens next. We at The Envelope couldn't help but wonder if the actors do such pondering as well. They spend so much time figuring out their characters' back stories, how much thought...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Not long after Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last August, a friend cautioned the British director that his movie was "more important than you."
It turned out to be far truer than anyone, including McQueen,...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 5:12 AM
At the recently concluded Sochi Olympics, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir achieved a new measure of celebrity.
Now they're going Hollywood.
Just days after returning to the States following their Games gig for NBC, the two have been hired by "Access...