| Sep 16, 2014
| 12:32 PM
The best thrillers — and, believe me, playwright Caitlin Parrish's grippingly intimate new play "The Downpour" is as tense and disturbing an experience as any thriller you might find at the multiplex — are rooted in quotidian, real-life fears....
| Sep 7, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Reading in the show notes that the inspiration for the Joseph Altuzarra spring collection was not only the 1968 horror film "Rosemary's Baby," but also the 1975 period piece "Barry Lyndon" was a lot to chew on.
But it turned out, what the designer...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 3:15 PM
Producer-director William Castle was something of a P.T. Barnum.
The master showman took out an insurance policy from Lloyd's of London for his 1958 thriller "Macabre," supposedly just in case anyone died of fright during the film. He created an even...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Italian director Saverio Costanzo broke out internationally in 2004 with "Private," which was set in a Palestinian home in an occupied zone. "Hungry Hearts," his fourth feature, in competition at Venice and also screening in Toronto, is instead set in New...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 1:03 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Despite the near-dozen cast members listed, but then, soon after the half-hour mark, the once-charming protags and their increasingly irrational behavior turn exasperating. Saverio Costanzo's first Gotham-set, all-English-lingo...
| Aug 8, 2014
The Hollywood novel is a difficult undertaking, especially in the era of Google and TMZ. F. Scott Fitzgerald basing “The Love of the Last Tycoon” on Irving Thalberg of MGM was a simple alteration; Charles Bukowski's namesake barely changed...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 5:05 AM
A marvel hero and two TV shows top this week's DVD releases.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2," Grade: B-minus: Spidey battles three foes while trying to work out his love life. Andrew Garfield stars.
Overall, the film is an entertaining, high-flying action...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 7:48 AM
"Venus in Fur," a whip-smart dissection of gender politics via some teasing S&M, is arch. So arch in fact that it is surprising it's a Roman Polanski film.
The director has spent a great deal of creative energy over the course of his career exploring...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Facebook will acquire LiveRail, a video-advertising technology company, as the social giant looks to dramatically expand its video advertising business.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Customers of LiveRail, founded in 2007, include Major League...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 4:09 PM
In its 32nd year, Outfest — Los Angeles' LGBT film festival — finds itself in a celebratory mood.
In a historic ruling last summer, the Supreme Court declared a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and now 19 states have...
| May 8, 2014
| 3:07 PM
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.": In terms of genre-bending, few shows have been so fascinating to watch this season. Never before has a series been conceived as the connective tissue of a film franchise, and not just any film franchise -- a star-...