| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:00 AM
TORONTO--To most movie fans, the Toronto International Film Festival that kicks off Thursday is simply a showcase for many of the fall's most anticipated titles.
But to the studios and filmmakers exhibiting these films, it represents something more...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 10:45 AM
The worst thing about “Afternoon Delight,” Jill Soloway's feature directorial debut, is its title: Does anyone want, or need, to be reminded of the Starland Vocal Band's one-shot 1976 hit?
Once you get past that easily surmountable bump,...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of British production company Working Title Films will receive Zurich Film Festival Career Achievement Award.
Bevan will accept the Golden Eye on behalf of the duo on Oct. 2.
Since its inception in 1992, Working Title's 100...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
In 2007, producer Charles Steel saw 12-year-old Saoirse Ronan in "Atonement" and thought that in a few more years, she's be right to play the lead part of an adaptation of Meg Rosoff's near-future novel "How I Live Now."
"We'd already been developing...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival has tapped Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, co-chairs of U.K. production company Working Title Films, to receive the fest's annual Golden Starfish Award for lifetime achievement.
The duo receive the kudo for a track record...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 12:57 PM
In an overhaul of its Focus Features imprint, Universal Pictures is installing FilmDistrict founder Peter Schlessel as the new head of the specialty movie label. James Schamus, Focus' current chief executive, will leave the company.
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:30 PM
After co-founding Focus Features 11 years ago, CEO James Schamus was told by parent company Universal Pictures that he no longer had a job. Universal chairman Donna Langley delivered the bad news to Schamus Wednesday morning in a face- to-face meeting...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 12:30 PM
It's a brave new indie world.
Last week's startling news that Focus Features was losing its leader, moving out of its New York headquarters and absorbing another indie distributor with a mandate to release movies that have a more global appeal,...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:14 PM
Layoffs have begun at Focus Features.
Employees in the specialty label's New York and Los Angeles locations were told Monday whether they would lose their positions, though it is not known how many jobs will be cut. Focus, an imprint of Universal...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Imagine a Judy Blume rewrite of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," and you'll end up somewhere in the ashen yet uplifting vicinity of "How I Live Now."
Taken from the 2004 young-adult novel by Meg Rosoff, this is a dystopian vision of a near future in the...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:00 PM
The cold war is over, and yet there are way more apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic movies being made now than during the fearful '50s. In the last decade, we've had “The Road,” “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” “...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 12:00 PM
AUSTIN, Texas — In Neil Gaiman's passport case, on a scrap of paper beside his green card, are two verses of an unfinished work called "Pirate Stew."
"I assume it's for kids," Gaiman said. "But it's only two verses... and it just sits there, and...