| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
If you're among the small number of directors or actors who isn't white, there is finally some cause to be excited about what's happening in Hollywood.
For the first time in Academy Awards history, a black man — British filmmaker Steve McQueen...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Pushing herself across the floor in a slow crawl, her face in searching mode, back slightly arched, she resembles an Andrew Wyeth "Helga" painting. But this is no artist's model, nor a trained modern dancer. This is Melissa Barak, a Los Angeles native who...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:45 AM
It's mid-December, and everybody's a winner, what with critics' prizes and best-ofs and award nominations being announced seemingly around the clock. Has any of this changed the best picture race? And how are the documentary and foreign-language...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A spiteful, drug-addicted matriarch with mouth cancer can't find her husband. A folk singer has nowhere to sleep and few paying gigs. A depressive alcoholic thinks he's won some money, but he hasn't.
If these plots don't sound comical, well, you must...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" became the best picture front-runners after flooring audiences at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and little has changed in the ensuing weeks. Naturally, then, given their estimable craft, both movies are also...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 3:35 PM
It's a pretty safe bet that when the Screen Actors Guild announces its film ensemble award nominees Wednesday morning, we won't be seeing the casts from "All Is Lost" or "Gravity" on the list.
When it comes to this award, SAG voters are all about...
| 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....
| Dec 3, 2013
| 8:58 AM
NEW YORK -- At the start of Monday night's IFP Gotham Independent Awards, host Nick Kroll made an inside "Inside Llewyn Davis" joke. "A common theme in this year's movies," the comedian said, "are the horrors we inflict upon one another -- slavery, war,...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When Malcolm Lee's reunion comedy "The Best Man Holiday," which features a primarily African American cast, grossed an impressive $30.6 million at the box office this weekend, some in Hollywood were quick to say the movie "overperformed" — prompting...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 2:56 PM
It had already been a strong year for films with predominantly black casts—the kind of year that makes bloggers pull out their laptops and write posts about a “new moment.” "Fruitvale Station" was the sensation of the Sundance Film...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space thriller "Gravity" received the most nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, earning 11 nominations including for film, actress for Sandra Bullock, director for Cuaron and screenplay for Cuaron and his son,...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 8:24 PM
NEW YORK -- The Gotham Awards handed their best feature award to a surprise contender Monday: the Coen brothers' folk-music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis."
"Fruitvale Station," the movie about an unarmed young man who was fatally shot at an Oakland train...