| Nov 1, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Deep in post-production on his weird but wonderful sci-fi romance "Her" this past March, Spike Jonze made the difficult decision to — as the old editing edict goes — kill one of his darlings.
The nuanced vocal performance turned in by...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 10:11 AM
The highly anticipated, hotly promoted "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" fell significantly short of its box-office expectations, failing to wrest the No. 1 spot from Warner Bros.' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which pulled in $31.5 million....
| Nov 16, 2013
| 9:00 AM
It’s not easy, in the noisy burble of modern cinema, for actors to capture our attention — let alone the attention of award voters — when they’re keeping silent on screen. When it does happen, it’s usually because the...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Do you meet the "Fockers" guy? Or do you like Spike? How about a biopic and a chance to shake hands with the daughter of the film's subject? Or perhaps you'd like to listen to some toe-tapping musical performances from the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Music biopics often seem ubiquitous, but it's not always easy to drum up movies about famous tune-smiths.
Take Don Cheadle's in-the-making movie about the jazz trumpet player and composer Miles Davis, which he's been trying to get started for years....
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:30 AM
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced its nominations last month, the biggest surprise was that there were no surprises. There were no obvious, ratings-driven nods to celebrities, no left-field recognition to performances no one else found...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:09 PM
A funeral Mass for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was held Friday at St. Ignatius of Loyola church on Park Avenue in New York City, with dozens of acting luminaries turning out to bid farewell to the Oscar winner who died Sunday of an apparent heroin...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Spike Jonze's idiosyncratic risk-taking has been rewarded with broad acclaim throughout his career, including two Directors Guild of America nods and four Oscar nominations (three this year alone for "Her"). Still, he's not immune to doubt.
| Dec 30, 2013
| 1:23 PM
As smoothly as it plays on the screen, making “Her” was hardly an easy feat. As our interviews with the Spike Jonze film’s costume designer, production designer, cinematographer and assistant director over the past week suggest, there...
| 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...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:12 PM
"Inside Llewyn Davis" takes place in 1961 in the Greenwich Village acoustic folk scene as it approaches a musical nervous breakdown. The movie opens commercially Dec. 20. But Chicago area fans of the Coen brothers don't have to wait that long. They can...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Move over, HAL 9000. Take a hike, Skynet. After decades of being typecast as an agent of destruction or (at best) the harbinger of dystopian things to come, artificial intelligence gets a romantic lead in "Her," Spike Jonze's singular, wryly funny, subtly...