| Aug 6, 2009
Budd Schulberg, who exposed the dark side of American ambition in his acclaimed Hollywood novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" and won an Academy Award for his screenplay depicting the mob-controlled longshoremen's union in the film classic "On the Waterfront,"...
| Nov 21, 2009
A celebration of the life of award-winning comedy writer Larry Gelbart, who died Sept. 11 at age 81, will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
| Mar 20, 2009
Eight decades ago, audiences around the world flocked to see the remarkable stunts, supreme athleticism, swarthy good looks and boundless charm of Douglas Fairbanks in a series of lavish swashbuckling adventures including "The Mark of Zorro," " Robin...
| Feb 22, 2009
Tonight's Oscar ceremony will be the 81st in the award's venerable history, and like people who've reached an advanced age, the institution has had a hard time getting respect in a contemporary culture that cares mightily about being up to the minute...
| May 22, 2008
TO MILLIONS, James Stewart was Everyman. To Kelly Stewart, he was just Dad.
"Dad was a very private person," she says, adding that her father never brought his work home with him. But she got her first inkling of his tremendous popularity at age 6,...
| Aug 20, 2008
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"Elegy" is a curious example of misplaced good taste. Spanish-born director Isabel Coixet's film, adapted by Nicholas Meyer, recasts into softer, more palatable material the 2001 novella "The Dying Animal," the third in Philip Roth's stories driven by the...
| May 14, 2010
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TWe're exposed to so many movie trailers — on TV, in theaters, online — that it's a miracle that any of them stand out as really “selling” the movie. With so many films pre-sold, in terms of interest, which trailers make the...
| May 17, 2010
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True to the spirit of his latest conundrum, which ends with a title card declaring, in English, NO COMMENT, Jean-Luc Godard let "Film Socialisme" speak for itself in Cannes Monday. The reclusive Godard cancelled his trip, thereby axing the press......
| Oct 8, 2008
Eight short nonfiction films have been selected from a pool of 31 eligible contenders by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 81st Academy Awards.
Three to five of the shorts are eligible to earn Oscar nominations....
| Oct 15, 2008
Battle in Seattle is a docudrama that chokes to death on its good intentions. An all-star cast of socially committed actors chew through cheesy melodramatics, all in an effort to send a message. And all I could think about was that famous quote by...
| Nov 6, 2008
Decades before Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power and Johnny Depp became swashbuckling cinematic heroes, Douglas Fairbanks dashed across the screen with the greatest of athletic ease in such extravaganzas as "The Mark of Zorro," "The Iron Mask" and "The Black...
| Dec 29, 2008
Variety Entertainment News Service
Warner Bros. has decided to take a pass on releasing "The Dark Knight" in China.
The studio, which has seen foreign grosses top $465 million for "Knight," made the disclosure in a statement Tuesday.
"Based on a...