| Jul 14, 2014
| 11:50 AM
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is proving to be one highly evolved sequel, outperforming its well-regarded 2011 predecessor, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," with a better-than-expected $73-million opening weekend and excellent reviews to boot....
| Jul 8, 2014
| 12:05 PM
"The Godfather": The Francis Ford Coppola-directed classic is stuffed with more eminently quotable lines than a Sicilian cannoli. "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes," "I gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" and "May your first child be a masculine...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It's becoming an annual ritual: Each summer at this time, the studios review their box office numbers and assure us, "Don't worry, next year will be better."
Hence, while summer 2014 has been blah (down almost 20%), we're reminded that in 2015, the...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 2:43 PM
The popular Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and the South African playwright Athol Fugard are among the recipients of the 2014 Praemium Imperiale awards, Japan's highest honors in the arts. This year's roster of winners also includes architect Steven Holl,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 6:09 PM
When Eli Wallach strolled down the mean streets of Manhattan, the tune followed him everywhere.
People saw him coming and they started whistling the ominous opening bars of Ennio Morricone’s theme to “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Enjoy an evening of fine wine, food and art at the Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut wine-pairing dinner planned for Aug. 8 at the Leesburg Center for the Arts, 429 W. Magnolia St.
The event, which is hosted by Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe in downtown...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Love him or hate him (or love to hate him), Michael Bay is a this-knob-goes-to-11 kind of director. He has never subscribed to the philosophy of “always leave them wanting more” — and, judging by his box office record, at least, it's...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Before Francis Ford Coppola shot “The Godfather,” he gathered his cast for a meal during which the actors all reflexively […]...
| May 1, 2014
| 1:49 PM
"Five-foot-six-cubic" is how Bob Hoskins described his dense, brick-like physique, and in his career as one of Britain's most familiar and reliable screen actors Hoskins was compared to all sorts of non-human entities. A bulldog. A fireplug. A face like...
| May 7, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Perhaps it's appropriate that the director of "The Immigrant" has achieved more fame overseas than on his own shores.
In France, James Gray is practically a household name. Though he hails from New York -- Queens to be exact -- four of his five films...
| May 19, 2014
| 8:28 PM
Whether he was working in color or black and white, cinematographer Gordon Willis conceived the look of a film in gradations. In "The Godfather" trilogy, the Don was shrouded in the shadows of his underworld. In "All the President's Men," reporters...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
With great risk often comes great reward. That's what the filmmakers behind such classics as "Citizen Kane," "The French Connection" and "The Godfather" -- three movies that challenged established modes of lighting, framing and perspective -- learned...