| May 30, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend's new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Hollywood loves a good fairy tale, and it's easy to see why: The stories are time-tested and widely known, they're in the public domain, and the fantastical elements provide fodder for the eye-popping visuals that drive tent-pole movies these days.
| Apr 30, 2014
| 1:17 PM
I’ve been missing the wonderfully warm mischief that British character actor Bob Hoskins brought to the big screen since a Parkinson's diagnosis sidelined him in 2012.
His passing at 71 on Tuesday reminded me yet again of the light we’ve...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 6:04 PM
Director Sofia Coppola has frequently explored the ennui and existential crises of the beautiful and well-to-do, including Scarlett Johansson's drifting college graduate in "Lost in Translation," Kirsten Dunst's stifled princess in "Marie Antoinette"...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
For the first time since YA adaptations ("Twilight," "The Hunger Games") became the new blockbusters, we have a movie in which the most important stars do exactly what they're supposed to.
In "Divergent," Shailene Woodley ("The...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Having hit the international jackpot with "The Woman in Black," the revived Hammer Films label follows up with a title that lacks that haunted-house pic's familiarity of source material, highly accessible premise and equivalently marketable star. Instead,...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:30 PM
"How are your kids, hon?" a woman asked Julia Roberts after stopping the actress on a Pacific Palisades sidewalk.
She was a familiar neighborhood face to Roberts, and so the two caught up for a few minutes, hugged and parted ways. Here, in the tony...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 12:41 PM
"Thor: The Dark World" will easily soar to No. 1 at the box office this weekend — but will it thunder past the $100-million milestone?
According to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys, the 3-D superhero sequel is poised to debut...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 10:26 AM
With a documentary about Lance Armstrong's fall from grace already set for release next month, two feature films about the cyclist are now in a race to hit theaters.
On Tuesday, the production company Working Title announced Ben Foster had been cast as...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:50 PM
Matthew Bourne’s delirious remake of "The Sleeping Beauty," which opened Thursday at the Ahmanson Theatre, managed to leapfrog through time as magically as other major productions while remaining uniquely contemporary in look and sensibility.
| Jan 31, 2014
| 2:30 PM
HSN has shopped for and found its partners to expand its footprint in Hollywood.
The shopping giant has named United Entertainment Group as its marketing partnership agency of record.
HSN already has opened a Los Angeles office with UEG to develop and...