| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:12 AM
After the coffee. Before seeing if "The Following" killed in the ratings.
The skinny: My power steering broke on Friday so I've been driving old school all weekend. Hope to get it fixed on Tuesday. On the plus side, my arms have gotten a good workout....
| May 3, 2014
| 10:00 AM
In the history of cinema, there haven't been many collaborations like the one between director Martin Scorsese and his longtime film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Schoonmaker has been Scorsese's editor since 1980's "Raging Bull," for which she won the...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
August: Osage County
Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99
Available on VOD beginning April 8
Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 2:35 PM
The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will open April 10 with the world premiere of the new restoration of "Oklahoma!" Fred Zinnemann's 1955 classic based on the groundbreaking Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II musical.
The film, which features such...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Six years ago, Philip Seymour Hoffman was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for "Charlie Wilson's War." He attended the nominees luncheon, a swank gathering at the Beverly Hilton, whose dress code is just one notch below that of the attire...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 6:59 PM
Late Monday afternoon, the lobby of the Gene Siskel Film Center was thick with expectations. The money guys hovered. They were about to see the result of their investments — they were about to see "Life Itself," the new Steve James documentary about...
| May 19, 2014
| 8:14 AM
The Supreme Court revived a copyright suit against MGM over recent profits from the 1980 film classic "Raging Bull," ruling Monday that the daughter of the original screenwriter did not wait too long to file her claim.
The 6-3 decision is a setback...
| May 19, 2014
| 7:51 PM
The Supreme Court revived a copyright lawsuit against MGM over recent profits from the 1980 film "Raging Bull," ruling that the heirs of writers and composers may wait decades before seeking royalties from the re-release of a famous work.
The court's 6-...
| May 20, 2014
| 7:09 AM
After the coffee. Before opening a week's worth of mail.
The Skinny: I worked at home last Friday and yesterday so today marks my first time back at the office since before upfront week. I hope I remember where the building is and where to park. Today's...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Was there ever an actor who aged more gracefully, more beautifully than Peter O'Toole, who died Saturday at age 81?
I know the conventional wisdom is otherwise, insisting that, physically at least, O'Toole bore the ravages of a hard-lived life. I said...
| Sep 12, 2011
Title actor in cable's 'Spartacus' series
Andy Whitfield, 39, star of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, according to his manager, Sam Maydew.
Whitfield, who was born...