| Mar 15, 2014
| 8:30 AM
In a climactic car-chase scene in the new movie "Need for Speed," a race car barrels into the back of a police SUV, sending the truck flying through the air.
To put viewers in the drivers' seats, director Scott Waugh placed cameras inside the SUV so...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Sony Pictures has been slower than most of its rivals to develop new film franchises -- the golden ticket that studios have come to rely on in today's margin-stressed movie business.
Media analyst Harold Vogel says the Culver City-based studio has paid a...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Here is Variety's annual look at the standouts in fields that don't offer kudos-the animal trainer on "Inside Llewyn Davis," the stunt coordinator on "Lone Survivor" and the video game designer on "Her."
Animal Trainer Herded Scene-Stealing Cats
| Feb 21, 2014
After eight years of serving as writer and co-executive producer of NBC's "The Office," B.J. Novak — who also played Ryan Howard on the show alongside Steve Carell and John Krasinski — is flexing his creative muscles. In addition to acting...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The brief announcement that Disney plans to add a Marvel-themed land to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2017 raises a host of questions:
Will Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men be getting their own rides?
When will the Marvel characters be...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Andrew Garfield knows what he's doing for the next few years, and now you do too.
Sony Pictures announced Monday the release dates for the third and fourth iterations of its "Spider-Man" movies starring the British actor.
In addition to "The Amazing...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:08 PM
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is upping its game again this year, bringing Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto, Norman Reedus, John Barrowman, WWE Superstar CM Punk and comic legend Stan Lee to the Aug. 8-11 convention in Rosemont.
Several of those names...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Think you can escape the world's troubles by heading to the multiplex this summer?
Terrorist schemes have a starring role in the season's action movies, triggering an assortment of mayhem — collapsing skyscrapers, spaceships...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 4:08 PM
Since being fired in 2011 from the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," director Julie Taymor has kept a relatively low public profile, her time presumably occupied by the ongoing lawsuit between her and the show's producers.
| Jan 29, 2013
It was an out-of-town Broadway show that closed in one night, but those in the audience are likely to remember it for a long time because the show was produced just for them.
Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell sang "The Impossible Dream."...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 8:16 AM
In show business, like all business, very often you spend money to make money. Director Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" is Disney's latest attempt to spend $200 million to make a billion worldwide, on the order of Tim Burton's "Alice in...