| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
In a cluttered Sherman Oaks workshop, a craftsman uses a heat stripper to cut a rose petal shape out of a roll of blood-red fabric. The petals are pressed with glue, treated with fabric softener until the edges curl and left to dry on a giant wooden rack....
| Jan 11, 2014
| 2:34 PM
It might be a little early in the year to hear the phrase “…and the winners are…” But those words rung throughout BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on Saturday -- a happy day for a handful of fimmakers.
Film Independent, which...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Film Independent has awarded "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (pictured above) producers Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston its Piaget Producers Award.
The award, which comes with a $25,000 grant, was unveiled at the org's Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:43 PM
Though Sundance may be more typically thought of as the place for young and emerging filmmakers, it also has a space for its own veterans. Writer-director Ira Sachs won the festival's grand jury prize in 2005 with "Forty Shades of Blue" and 2012's "Keep...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:30 AM
This year's Oscar race has had bloggers buzzing about the most cutthroat best actor category in years-with at least seven "locks" for five slots-but there's an even bigger logjam in the supporting actor contest. When the nominees are announced in January,...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" regains ground in the awards race with its four nominations for SAG Awards, while "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" boosted their Oscar stock with three noms apiece, including...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Gamblers and Academy Award handicappers have long known that Oscar has a "tell": There's a strong connection between editing and the best picture winner.
Since editing became an Oscar category in 1934, only nine films have won best picture without at...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on.
So naturally, when...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:41 AM
The Steve McQueen period drama "12 Years A Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes, including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. Cate Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey won...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 2:48 PM
It’s not only actors and filmmakers who get excited about something like the Spirit Awards nominations announcement. One could argue that such things are actually more meaningful (and closely watched) by executives and producers.
| 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...