| Mar 14, 2014
| 2:30 PM
"The reason this is happening is because I'm pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach," said George Lucas, who endowed three new chairs in a dedication at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Thursday. The audience laughed, but...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Animal wrangler Jim Brockett stands a few yards away from Arrow, like a director studying his actor.
The African augur hawk latches his yellow talons onto what looks like a severed finger — actually a piece of foam — and swoops into the...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:30 AM
As the annual Oscar campaign comes to resemble a presidential race more by the year, the fall festival calendar starts to resemble a long political primary, with its own Carvilles, Plouffes, and perhaps even its Atwaters. But as even the smaller...
| 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...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 8:00 AM
In the upcoming movie "Ender's Game," boy warrior Ender Wiggin faces a series of challenges as he embarks on a journey to battle insect-like creatures that threaten to destroy the planet.
The movie also is a test for the film's co-producer, Digital...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 9:57 AM
“Captain Phillips,” Paul Greengrass’ fact-based story of the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates, will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival.
Organizers announced the news Monday, saying the Tom Hanks film...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 1:53 PM
When Tom Hanks released "Cast Away" in 2000, he was all alone in more ways than one.
Playing a man stuck for years on a remote island, the Oscar winner was helping to bring back a genre, the so-called stranded film, that hadn't had a major entry in...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 12:54 PM
David O. Russell's Abscam-inspired con story, "American Hustle," was named best film of 2013 on Tuesday by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film, which opens Dec. 13, also won awards for supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence and screenplay writers...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:50 PM
"All Is Lost" begins in darkness. There is a voice, though. Weary, almost apologetic, our man speaks of struggle, of trying and failing against an unforgiving sea. But soon the words stop and other languages — sight, sound, silence — pick up...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Oren Aviv, chief marketing officer for 20th Century Fox, has been let go from the studio.
[Updated, 10:20 a.m. PDT Oct. 17: Confirming Aviv's departure, the studio announced that he would be replaced by Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, who have been...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:30 PM
At a reception Monday for "The Book Thief," Geoffrey Rush smiled that he's trying to figure out Fox 2000: "They did 'Devil Wears Prada' and 'Life of Pi' and now our movie, so I can't quite figure out the 'house style' -- except that they're all bold...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Updated 3:30 p.m. Variety has obtained the Academy's short list for the visual effects Oscar. These 10 films will compete at the vfx "bakeoff" in January. In alphabetical order:
"Elysium," "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Iron Man 3,"...