| Feb 21, 2014
When one or more of the seven writers nominated for best original screenplay rises next Sunday to accept the Academy Award, he or she will thank a bunch of people, but not Ben Hecht. Hecht is mostly forgotten now, in Hollywood and Chicago, two very...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 6:30 PM
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JUSTIN CHANG: Bonjour, Peter. I know you're still settling into your new Parisian digs as we speak (I'm picturing you at your laptop in an "I Louvre Paris" T-shirt with a cafe au lait at the ready), so I appreciate your taking the...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:00 AM
When Oscar nominations were announced last week, "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the field, each winning 10. "12 Years a Slave" was right behind them with nine nominations. Then "Hustle" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble last Saturday,...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:30 AM
The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced five minutes ago and the awards won't be announced for another month. But let's take a wild stab at predicting the winners anyway. Not that this group is that hard to read. SAG voters have...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Pinning down the "best" scene of any Oscar-nominated performance is something of a Stygian nightmare for producers because — as they correctly protest — if an actor or actress has been nominated, they have far more than one great scene. But...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:32 AM
They might be screwy. You never know with predictions. Meteorologists, a lot of them pretty smart, predicted a “tough” winter a few months back. Instead we got a season better described as “Roland Emmerich disaster movie material.”...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:16 AM
"Flowers, but with garbage."
Has there ever been a better metaphor for the Academy Awards? Granted, that line comes from Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle" (nominated for 10 Oscars, Lawrence included), and she wasn't talking about the Academy Awards...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Here's a modest proposal for the Golden Globe Awards telecast Sunday night: Make the presenters wear tragic masks when reading the nominations in the drama categories and comic masks when reading the nominations in the musical/comedy categories. That...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 11:00 AM
We won't have to wait long to see what kind of final decisions Oscar voters will be making out of Thursday's Oscar nominations. This weekend brings the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild awards, with the Directors Guild following on Jan. 25. Those...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 7:11 PM
The Golden Globes offered a tribute to Woody Allen on Sunday night, presenting the filmmaker with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, though he was not there to pick it up himself. Allen's longtime collaborator Diane Keaton, accepting the...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 1:38 PM
David O. Russell unveiled the first six minutes of his latest movie, "American Hustle," during a career tribute at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre on Friday night. And though technical issues with the sound forced the footage to be stopped and restarted,...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Woody Allen has revealed the title of his next movie: "Magic in the Moonlight."
The prolific director isn't saying yet what the film is about. But it is set in the South of France and, judging by images released from the production, appears to be set...