| Nov 25, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Hollywood has arguably never had such a remarkable year as 1939. The studios released some of its most popular and accomplished films, including the best picture Oscar winner "Gone With the Wind," the beloved musical fantasy "The Wizard of Oz" and John...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 10:53 AM
Jerry Lewis is one of the reigning legends of American entertainment, and he is still going at age 88.
Now, almost 70 years after he teamed up with Dean Martin in the partnership that would launch them both into stardom, Lewis is coming to the...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Raucous, rowdy and regrettably scatter-brained, Cem Kaya's side-splitting essay film "Remake, Remix, Rip-off" marks a noble, albeit disorganized effort to convey the appeal of vintage Turkish pop cinema to the world at large. As with sensory-overload...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 1:00 PM
To understand what's wrong with Hollywood today, you have to go back to the British philosopher and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin and his concept of the hedgehog and the fox.
Riffing off a fragment attributed to the ancient Greek poet Archilochus,...
| Dec 31, 2013
Matthew Brady graduated from Daniel Hand High School in Madison in 1995 and went to James Madison University in Virginia for one year. Then he transferred to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and majored in Spanish. The motivation for the transfer wasn't...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Academy voters try to adhere to the organization's myriad rules during Oscar season -- except for the one barring them from talking about their vote. A convivial lot, Academy members (I've been one for 30 years) habitually chat about their likes and...
| Mar 28, 2014
"Play normal music!"
The woman yelling this at Neil Young stood three rows away from him at the Rosemont Theater in 2004. Between each song, as he spoke to the crowd about the next chapter in "Greendale," the theatrical rock play he was presenting...
| Feb 21, 2014
When one or more of the seven writers nominated for best original screenplay rises next Sunday to accept the Academy Award, he or she will thank a bunch of people, but not Ben Hecht. Hecht is mostly forgotten now, in Hollywood and Chicago, two very...
| May 8, 2014
| 12:30 AM
LONDON -- British filmmaker Andrea Arnold is to shoot her first U.S.-based film, "American Honey," this summer. Protagonist Pictures will introduce the pic to buyers at Cannes.
The road movie centers on a runaway teenager selling magazine...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Northern Irish playwright Lisa McGee fashioned her piece "Jump" as a comedic thriller — likely with 1990s Quentin Tarantino in mind, with wisecracking thugs and reckless lovebirds teleported between different timelines in a maze-like narrative. When...
| Oct 13, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...