| Jun 26, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Invitations were sent to 271 individuals to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday. They gain entry to the academy by earning an Oscar nomination, by getting two members to pen recommendations or by receiving an endorsement...
| May 9, 2014
| 4:30 AM
LONDON -- Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are set to star in "Prima," produced by Daniel Dubiecki ("Juno," "Up in the Air") and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater. Embankment is selling international territories.
| May 14, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The Tony Awards are set to take place on June 8; those without tickets can watch at home on CBS. We've compiled some fascinating facts about this year's nominees to prepare you for the big show.
ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID
Sure, Audra McDonald gets all the...
| May 21, 2014
| 2:12 PM
Woody Allen is back in the realm of fizzy, Europe-set romantic comedies with "Magic in the Moonlight," and the newly released trailer offers a first look at stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth in action.
After Allen's bleak dramatic detour in last year's...
| May 21, 2014
| 1:56 PM
The Late 90s
Up-and-coming improv teams are given stage time before the headliner most nights at iO and, on Thursdays at least, the comparison in skill is something worth seeing firsthand.
The openers I caught last week (the teams Denver and Dog)...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:04 PM
There were few surprises during Sunday's Academy Awards show, at least according to the thousands of L.A. Times readers who submitted their Oscar picks via our play-at-home ballot.
The average reader got about half of his or her picks correct, with...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:01 AM
Say you were watching a post-Super Bowl news conference featuring the coach of the team that lost on the final drive. You'd expect someone to ask for his reaction, no?
Or say two players from the same team had snubbed each other on national TV....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Five women from disparate walks of life find common ground as single parents in "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club," one of the best products to roll off the prolific multihyphenate's Atlanta-based assembly line, largely absent the pandering humor and...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 8:36 AM
It's not where you start, it's where you finish, a beloved song tells us.
And that certainly applies to Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine." She is the heavy favorite to win the best-actress Oscar next month.
But the early going on the Woody Allen...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 6:05 AM
Cary Grant is generally considered the best screen actor of all time. But he was nominated just twice in his long career, and he never won.
Oscar nominators saluted him for the dramas "Penny Serenade" and "None But the Lonely Heart." Those are hardly...
| Feb 28, 2014
Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:30 AM
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry." Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his...