| Feb 3, 2009
A year ago, Mickey Rourke would have had a hard time getting a good table at the Ivy, but on Monday he had the best reservation in town as one of the Oscar hopefuls invited to the annual nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton.
Looking quirky and...
| Jan 7, 2009
This year's lead actor and supporting actor categories offer no end of irony.
Although certifiable leading men like Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Leonardo DiCaprio in "Revolutionary Road," Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino" and...
| Dec 17, 2008
Rumor has it that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may actually honor some movies at this year's Oscar ceremony. Movies, as opposed to, you know, filmsfilms.
Movies are those big, loud, colorful things that play on many cineplex big...
| Jan 22, 2009
| 6:09 AM
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a fable about a man who ages in reverse, dominated the 81st annual Academy Award nominations this morning, earning 13 nods, including best film, best actor for Brad Pitt and best director for David Fincher.
| Dec 10, 2008
"Slumdog Millionaire," a modern-day fable about an orphan from Mumbai who ends up on a television game show, is shaping up to be this movie season's Cinderella story.
At one point, it seemed poised to go straight to DVD after its original studio,...
| Jan 23, 2009
Like some Zen master clandestinely operating in the heart of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has perfected the art of offering surprises without being surprising. Though specific Oscar nominations can be unexpected, the...
| Jan 23, 2009
They are now the leading contenders for the top Academy Award -- and although "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" could hardly be more different in plot, style, spirit and budget, they epitomize the increasingly perilous path...
| Nov 18, 2008
"Tropic Thunder," a war-movie satire that skewers everything Hollywood, is a welcome addition on DVD: While its release was overshadowed by criticism, the humor is sly and sharp and worthy of standing alongside classics like "Airplane!" While the...
| Nov 19, 2008
Do the Golden Globes have anything to teach the Academy Awards? Maybe one thing: How to lighten up.
The Globes, with its two best picture categories, knows that dramas and comedies are almost completely different art forms that can't be judged against...
| Dec 9, 2008
"Milk" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" dominated the nominations this morning for the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 14th annual Critics' Choice Awards, receiving eight nods each.
"Milk," Gus Van Sant's drama about Harvey Milk, the openly gay...