| Oct 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The frontrunners in this year's Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits' lists for supporting actress for "Boyhood" and J.K. Simmons is most people's pick for...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 11:45 AM
Tom Hanks -- yes, Oscar-winning movie star Tom Hanks -- will publish a short story collection with Knopf, the publisher announced Monday. The book of short fiction is still untitled, and its release date has not yet been set.
One thing is known about...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 1:58 PM
The big movie titles start rolling out in October, and one of the biggest comes early: "Gone Girl," the widely anticipated version of Gillian Flynn's best seller.
Release date: Oct. 3
Premise: David Fincher ("The Social Network") directs...
| Nov 8, 2014
HAMPTON — A once-dormant building in Langley Research and Development Park is now home to a prototyping lab and a company that makes fake guns for movies and military training.
"Simulation is a huge cost-savings for the Department of Defense,"...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 6:44 AM
Condensed version of this week's column: Tom Hanks, get off my lawn!
The full story:
In the Oct. 27 issue, The New Yorker featured a debut short story called "Alan Bean Plus Four" by a previously unpublished, apparently up-and-coming fiction writer...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 10:14 AM
War movies have been around nearly as long as film itself, but every now and then the genre seems to spark a new resonance in the public imagination.
The late 1980s saw a spate of Vietnam War movies ("Platoon," "Full Metal Jacket," "Casualties of War")...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Moviemakers love war. Make a war picture, you get explosions, high drama, death, sacrifice, heroism, villainy. Studios love war too because war is great for box office: More than half of the 10 best-grossing films of all time are filled with humans,...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 4:05 PM
If memorable war movies mean something to you, open that book to a new page and add "Fury" to the list. It belongs there.
Even if you're not keeping a list, it's hard not to be impressed by what writer-director David Ayer, powerfully aided by star...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 3:00 PM
The World War II film "Fury" probably won't tank at the box office this weekend.
Brad Pitt's latest action flick is on track to gross up to $30 million, putting it ahead of two-time box-office winner "Gone Girl," according to people who have seen pre-...
| Dec 7, 2014
| 9:10 PM
WASHINGTON — Tom Hanks was lauded as America's "favorite son" — and one of the greatest of cinema's stars — at a star-spangled Kennedy Center Honors gala on Sunday.
Hanks was honored with four other legends: singer-songwriter Sting,...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 8:05 AM
Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Sting are among the latest Kennedy Center Honorees.
They will be saluted along with singer Al Green and ballerina Patrica McBride on Dec. 7. CBS will air the event on Dec. 30.
It's the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors,...