| Dec 3, 2013
| 8:30 PM
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley's screenplay for "12 Years a Slave."
The guild's restrictions -- far more rigorous...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:06 AM
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" isn't true. It's only "inspired" by a true story. Screenwriter Danny Strong realized his limitations in constructing a script based on an article about former White House butler Eugene Allen, but rather than ditch the story...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 9:48 AM
Helen Mirren keeps winning awards for playing Queen Elizabeth II.
The actress won multiple trophies, including an Oscar in 2007, for her role in "The Queen." Earlier this year, she collected an Olivier Award -- London's equivalent of the Tony Award --...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 2:30 PM
London's thriving not-for-profit houses again nudged out commercial competish to dominate the 59th Evening Standard Theater Awards at a glamorous ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel Nov. 17 and hosted by U.K. thesp Damian Lewis ("Homeland")
In the nine...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:30 AM
At this stage in his gracefully ascending career, Daniel Brühl has emerged as that rare yet sometimes undervalued cinematic bird, the problem solver. He's clearly made a name among directors as a can-do performer; it's hardly coincidence that he can...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:30 PM
PARIS -- Our standards for heroism really have tanked, and a new Hollywood movie has driven that point home -- at 180 mph.
Ron Howard's breathtaking new movie, "Rush," is the story of the famous 1976 season of Formula One legends Niki Lauda and James...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Rufus Norris, who began his career as an actor before turning to directing, has been tapped to succeed Nicholas Hytner as the new director of Britain's presitigious National Theatre.
Norris is expected to assume his new role when Hytner steps down at...
| Sep 26, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
Boy, the only thing more thrilling than seeing who can drive laps the fastest is seeing nothing of a race other than results on screen. “British Grand Prix. Hunt wins, Lauda second.” How exhilarating!
The fact is,...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Ah, the difficulties of being a Formula One film in a NASCAR world. It perhaps explains the slow start here for the full-throttle sports drama "Rush." Polished to a high sheen by director Ron Howard, it stars "Thor's" Chris Hemsworth as British racer...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 3:17 PM
If Hollywood remains the symbolic dream factory, more than ever the Toronto International Film Festival qualifies as the dream factory's biggest buzz saw.
The movies generating the loudest, most persistent awards-season buzz at this most public of major...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 3:25 PM
If the elegant cars of Formula One racing are thoroughbreds, "Rush," the new film set in that world, is more of a mixed breed. When screenwriter Peter Morgan candidly calls this "a British independent film directed by a Hollywood director," he is...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 3:11 PM
Peter Morgan wouldn’t be the first screenwriter you’d think of to tell the story of the 1976 Formula One rivalry between the uptight clinician Niki Lauda and the seat-of-his pants swashbuckler James Hunt.
Known for upscale real-life stories...