| Dec 9, 2013
| 3:03 PM
It's been said that a movie is made three times: in the writing, in the shooting and in the editing.
At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series, filmmaker David O. Russell and editor Jay Cassidy talked about the third and final stage of...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Enjoy whirlwind tours of Los Angeles neighborhoods, eavesdrop on celebrities, drive interest in your in-progress screenplay. Just when you thought this town's attention span couldn't get any shorter — or its residents any more publicity-hungry...
| 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...
| Feb 14, 2014
The title of actor and writer B.J. Novak's debut collection, "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories," is a bit misleading. Only a handful of the 63 pieces in the book (64 if you count the discussion questions in the back) are short stories per se. The...
| 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 25, 2014
| 3:40 PM
BEIJING -- Smog seems to have helped Smaug at the Chinese box office this last weekend.
"The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," raked in about $33.7 million from Friday to Sunday, consulting firm Artisan Gateway said Tuesday, putting it in first place....
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:29 AM
Awards season enters a new phase Sunday with the Golden Globes, then accelerates Jan. 16 when Oscar nominations are announced.
The Globes, at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC, will offer clues to the Oscar race and, more importantly for viewers, the zany...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 6:30 PM
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:02 PM
Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow on Saturday repeated — and elaborated on — her assertion that the filmmaker sexually assaulted her when she was a child.
Farrow's open letter, published on the New York Times website, is part of...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Hollywood rarely goes off script during the forced march of awards season. But the Golden Globe Awards, where giddy and often booze-fueled stars roam the halls of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, is a rare evening of spontaneity in the season. Here are a few...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 7:30 AM
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
1) "Building Seagram." Phyllis Lambert's book on the great Mies tower is a rare attempt to blend memoir with rigorous...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:01 PM
We can all agree that it's been a pretty great year for movies. But when it comes to this year's best picture Oscar race, that's probably where our accord ends.
At the moment, the critically lauded historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the equally...