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  • '12 Years a Slave' Nabs Top Prize at London Critics' Circle Awards

    LONDON -- Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took top prize Sunday at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, which started with a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death was announced earlier in the day. "12 Years a Slave" also won kudos for...
  • Oscar-Nominated Scripts Scrutinize Couples In Bliss -- And Gone Amiss

    Marriage and the movies have a healthy long-term relationship. But they're usually divorced. 2013's nominated screenplays support film historian Jeanine Basinger's thesis, in her breakthrough study "I Do and I Don't," that there's no "marriage movie"...
  • Oscar-Nominated Dramas Confound Hollywood's Liberation-Story Formulas

    Oscar voters have traditionally loved liberation stories, uplifting tales of the oppressed throwing off their shackles. In this season's contending scripts, though, the power relationships are more tangled and the stories lack such cathartic retribution....
  • The best Oscar-worthy songs thwarted by 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

    The best Oscar-worthy songs thwarted by 'Alone Yet Not Alone'
    The poor little Oscar song category just can't seem to get a break. The Academy this week struck the title song from little-known faith-based film "Alone Yet Not Alone" from contention, placing the spotlight once again on a field that's struggled to get...
  • Ending Of Landmark Book, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' Is Still Debated

    Ending Of Landmark Book, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' Is Still Debated
    When Litchfield native Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly," she could not have imagined she was writing a book that for generations would rack up sales second only to the Holy Bible. Is it rude, then, to point out...
  • New releases: 'Nymphomaniac' to be continued

    New releases:  'Nymphomaniac' to be continued
    Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 Available on VOD beginning March 6 It's hard to know how to evaluate this because Lars von Trier's two-hour character sketch is, on its own, an unfinished film, ending on a cliffhanger that suggests a change of gears for the...
  • The Great Fire of 1814 left once-flourishing Yorktown in blackened ruins

    The Great Fire of 1814 left once-flourishing Yorktown in blackened ruins
    Sometime around 3 p.m. on the afternoon of March 3, 1814, a great fire erupted and roared through Yorktown, adding a desolate landscape of charred and toppled ruins to a series of disasters from which the once-flourishing port town never recovered....
  • A vengeful Confederate attack in Charles City ends in triumph for black Union troops

    A vengeful Confederate attack in Charles City ends in triumph for black Union troops
    Union Brig. Gen. Edward A. Wild was already a marked man when he landed on the banks of the James River near Sherwood Forest plantation in Charles City on May 5, 1864. So was his “African Brigade,” whose relentless pursuit of Confederate...
  • Forging Lincoln's black legion in Civil War Hampton Roads

    Forging Lincoln's black legion in Civil War Hampton Roads
    Most Union troops moving from Fort Monroe to Yorktown during the Civil War made the trip by steamboat. But not long after the first African-American regiment on the Peninsula disembarked at Old Point Comfort in October 1863, it took to the road....
  • Film Review: 'Pompeii'

    The Romans give you every reason to wish for their destruction in Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii," a campy, concept-driven disaster pic that mistakes the eruption of Vesuvius for the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah, where an entire city is deemed...
  • 2014 Oscars Predictions: Weekly Temperature Gauge (Updated)

    Variety's awards editor Tim Gray has been regularly offering a rundown of the warming trends and cold fronts in our weekly "Temperature Gauge," in addition to projections in eight major awards categories. The fortunes have risen and fallen, but with Oscar...