| Feb 25, 2013
| 4:25 PM
I've live-blogged the Oscars a couple of times and had fun with it., but I was too lazy this year, so I'll offer a few observations in retrospect. This will be a good forum for you to sound off about......
| Feb 15, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Oscar nominee Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained") hosts "Saturday Night Live" at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Alabama Shakes is the musical guest. Could a good showing as host help Waltz at the Oscars? He is a competitor in the tightest category,...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 10:37 AM
Sandra Bullock is going to be very busy come the end of summer.
The actress' film "Gravity" has just been chosen as the opening-night flick of the 70th Venice Film Festival, set for Aug. 28. This follows the news that the Alfonso Cuaron-directed film,...
| May 23, 2013
| 4:00 AM
CANNES, France — Visitors exiting the Carlton hotel's front door on this city's beachfront main street this week can't help but see a giant map of France with Cannes listed as being a "Safe Zone." "This Is the Safest Place to Be," one poster...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Los Angeles looks lush.
But as often noted, it is actually an arid wasteland where nothing but artifice and self-interest sprouts naturally. That's the cynical, archetypal reading. For instance, two thirds of the way into Nathanael West's cynical,...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 1:00 PM
For Larry Zanoff, the armorer who lent Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" its firepower, fake blood can be a serious occupational hazard.
"The gun gets splattered with fake blood," he said. "Now it's all gummed up; it doesn't want to work anymore....
| Feb 24, 2013
The Academy Awards bring out the critic in everyone. It starts when the nominations are announced — "Whaddya mean, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated?" — and lasts long after Oscar night. That annual ritual takes place Sunday night and will be...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A flurry of ceremonies over the last 2 1/2 weeks -- the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild prizes and the Screen Actors Guild awards -- has separated pretender from contender in Hollywood's 2012-13 awards season.
According to the L.A. Times HeatMeter,...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can.
Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" earned 10 nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards early -- including best film, actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones and supporting actress for Sally Field -- while Tom Hooper's musical ...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 12:59 PM
With a conspicuous diss of Kathryn Bigelow, the un-nominated director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning.
“Zero Dark Thirty” was one of nine films given the best picture...
| Jan 10, 2013
As always, this morning’s Oscar nominations created a roller coaster of emotion. Shock! Relief! Fury! I should not get so worked up about this.
Really, though, the nods for the 2013 Academy Awards had a few more big surprises than usual—or...