| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:29 AM
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the motion picture field by earning four Screen Actor Awards nominations including a nod for cast in a motion picture. "American Hustle," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "August: Osage County"...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 6:30 PM
While festgoers are enjoying unusually warm weather in Park City, the temperature on the acquisition front at this year's Sundance Film Festival has been cool so far, with fewer deals taking longer to materialize and with smaller pricetags.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:43 PM
As long as this Chicago winter might feel, it's a mere blip compared with the ongoing movie awards season.
The Movie City News website runs a column called "20 Weeks to Oscar," which translates to about 38 percent of the year — yet if you count...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:24 PM
A trio of new releases have ended the reign of "Despicable Me 2" over the home video market, according to rankings from Rentrak.
The Vin Diesel sci-fi sequel "Riddick" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, coming in...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:30 PM
The Somali pirate hijacking drama "Captain Phillips" has commandeered the home video market.
The Tom Hanks film, directed by Paul Greengrass, was the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, according to Rentrak.
| Dec 31, 2013
| 8:55 AM
Gravity's rainbow. A movie that so convincingly re-created outer space that it looked like it was shot there. Alfonso Cuaron had to wait years so the technology would catch up to his vision. When it did, he was able to make a movie, "Gravity," that...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Show biz's impact on politics usually ends at the surface: The red carpet is rolled out each year for the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, a celebrity draws publicity to a vague cause by testifying before a congressional panel, or a documentary...
| Dec 24, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
Is the subtitle in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" really necessary? No one (I hope) is going to see the name "Mandela" in a movie title and expect to see, "Mandela: Five-Time Bowling Champion."
Unfortunately, those who do endure...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 5:18 PM
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" opened in mid-August, and, in the ensuing months, its namesake director has participated in countless Q&As and receptions both to promote the movie and to keep it alive in the Oscar conversation.
But Daniels had never been...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 19th Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations on Monday morning.
Both films, which also tied for the most Golden Globe nods last...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:35 PM
"Lee Daniels’ The Butler” tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a White House butler who serves eight presidents and is caught up in the tumultuous civil rights movement. But, for Daniels, the heart of the story lies with the...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The domestic box office haul of 2013, which observers estimate will eclipse last year's record $10.8 billion tally, is part of a schizophrenic 12-month period punctuated by supersized hits like "Iron Man 3," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "The...