| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Los Angeles looks lush.
But as often noted, it is actually an arid wasteland where nothing but artifice and self-interest sprouts naturally. That's the cynical, archetypal reading. For instance, two thirds of the way into Nathanael West's cynical,...
| Apr 10, 2013
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym.
An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:50 AM
The appeal of independent film has always been about more than the quality of the movies themselves. The term "independent" carries a mystique of its own — a suggestion of home-grown, organic creativity unleashed to the world against the odds. Think...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It almost seemed like a typo when the Sundance Film Festival announced not one but two films made by Sebastián Silva in Chile with American actor Michael Cera. Yet it was no mistake, as the pair have indeed collaborated twice, with "Crystal Fairy" an...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:20 PM
You may have missed it for the racket produced by the majority of movies currently going boom-boom — or, in the case of "The Lone Ranger," bust-bust — at the multiplex. But with the arrival of Sundance Film Festival sensation "Fruitvale...
| Feb 24, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence has gone from being “the girl on fire” in “The Hunger Games” to Hollywood's golden girl for her ......
| Jan 16, 2011
Hollywood's annual awards season kicks into high gear with the unfurling of the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday. From afar, it will probably all seem the same as usual — cheering fans in the bleachers, photographers and TV crews by the yard,...
| Jan 5, 2012
Michelle Williams. Elizabeth Olsen. Adepero Oduye?
Yep, the star of “Pariah,” who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, has joined those big names as a nominee for best female lead actress at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. Oduye,...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:25 AM
Looking for backstage access to this year's Academy Awards? You've come to the right place.
All weekend, I'll be blogging about what is being said backstage, as Hollywood takes the time to pat itself on the back for whatever good work it did in 2011....
| Feb 26, 2012
| 9:27 PM
"The Artist," the black-and-white silent film about Hollywood’s rocky transition to the “talkies,” took the biggest honors at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture, director and lead actor.
It was a night...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 4:57 AM
For the first time since 1929, when the clubby, self-promotional and studio-driven Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized “Wings” and “Sunrise” in the first Academy Awards ceremony, a black-and-white silent...