| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:01 PM
We can all agree that it's been a pretty great year for movies. But when it comes to this year's best picture Oscar race, that's probably where our accord ends.
At the moment, the critically lauded historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the equally...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 1:32 PM
TORONTO (Reuters) - The world premiere of "The Fifth Estate," a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, which typically yields a number of Oscar...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Writers who are not members of the guild, films made with production companies that are not WGA signatories and productions otherwise made outside of the guild's guidelines are deemed ineligible year after year, leading to such high-profile recent...
| Jan 9, 2014
I'm talking to my daughter.
Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. It's one of those vacation afternoons I wish would last forever -- sunny skies, no place to be, no arguing and best of all, my youngest daughter...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 12:38 PM
CANNES, France - For her work in "The Past," as a divorcing Paris mother caught in a web of deceptions, Berenice Bejo won the best actress award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The movie opens in Chicago Friday; Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi'...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:05 AM
This year’s Academy Award nominations? A little “Gravity,” a little levity and some actual gravity courtesy of “12 Years a Slave.”
Director and co-writer Alfonso Cuaron’s space survival thriller received 10 Academy...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:15 PM
For much of last year, Amy Pascal was under fire.
The co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment presided over two of last year's big-budget bombs, "After Earth" and "White House Down." Her studio reported losses of $181 million for the summer months....
| Jan 19, 2014
| 10:00 AM
It looks like Kevin Hart will easily lock up a first-place finish at the box office during the busy Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, coming in ahead of last week's victor "Lone Survivor" and the new "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit."
| Jan 20, 2014
| 3:00 PM
The cop comedy “Ride Along” drove past expectations to win at the box office and set records over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, proving again that studios shouldn’t underestimate the diverse film audience.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:43 PM
As long as this Chicago winter might feel, it's a mere blip compared with the ongoing movie awards season.
The Movie City News website runs a column called "20 Weeks to Oscar," which translates to about 38 percent of the year — yet if you count...
| 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...