| Jan 22, 2008
| 2:37 PM
When I took a bleary-eyed glance at the nomination results early yesterday morning, I have to admit that my first reaction was -- is this the Oscars or the Independent Spirit Awards?
Four of the five nominees for best picture are films released by studio...
| Jun 6, 2008
Today's question: Over the last few years, there's been a mini-trend of popular culture that deals with pregnancy, relationships and other traditional "women's issues," but with a greater emphasis on frankness and empowerment. Is that just pop froth or is...
| May 27, 2008
Sydney Pollack, the Academy Award-winning director of "Out of Africa" who achieved acclaim making popular, mainstream movies with A-list stars, including "The Way We Were" and "Tootsie," died Monday. He was 73.
Pollack, who also was a producer and actor,...
| Feb 22, 2009
Carl St.Clair can clearly recall being in the third grade in his hometown of Yoakum, Texas, and being "marched down to the Grand Theater where we all got to see 'Ben-Hur.' I was totally captivated," he says. "The score was overwhelming to me."
| Feb 4, 2008
| 3:11 PM
There was muted glamour and subtle cheer at Monday's Oscar nominee luncheon. The otherwise official tone of the affair -- underscored with weapons detectors and a very involved credentialing process -- was lightened by the small things: Julie Christie's...
| Feb 5, 2008
THE Oscar nominees' luncheon -- a long-held tradition at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that usually kicks off the giddy weeks before the televised ceremony -- couldn't quite shake the long shadow cast by the 13-week writers strike, despite news that a...
| Sep 7, 2007
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a lineup of prestigious films on Wednesday bound to attract awards and critical attention.
The festival's 32nd annual slate includes 349 films from 55 countries.
Among the highlights is the world premiere...
| Mar 12, 2009
Soon after its 1987 founding, South by Southwest emerged as one of the nation's top showcases for off-the-beaten-track music. Now the festival has turned into a very different kind of launchpad -- for the often raunchy youth-appeal comedies that have...
| Apr 17, 2009
Like Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," "State of Play" compresses a British television miniseries into a stand-alone American thriller and does a pretty good job of it. It's best to see the remake first and catch up with the 2003 BBC miniseries afterward....
| Dec 13, 2007
Though some awards seasons leave voters wondering whether there's enough talent to warrant nominations, let alone awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. apparently had so many favorites it gave nods to them all.
Vying for the 65th annual Golden...
| Dec 12, 2007
There's nothing conventional about Tilda Swinton, who plays the stuffy, uptight corporate exec Karen Crowder in "Michael Clayton."
Not her looks, her personal life, nor her career, which took another leap forward this week when she was nominated for a...