| Feb 22, 2013
| 9:30 PM
In 1945 Raymond Chandler wrote a screed against Hollywood, and Hollywood screenwriting, for the Atlantic Monthly. "An industry with such vast resources and such magic techniques should not become dull so soon," said the man who later characterized his...
| Feb 23, 2013
While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:50 PM
Writing a presidential biography is a work of selection. When the president in question is as iconic as Abraham Lincoln, the task is arduous. Consider that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield alone houses 1,600 original...
| Nov 18, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. — Below the spaghetti-works of Interstate 95, beside a canal where excursion boats are the only watercraft, I try to imagine a group of African American workers on the day after Union soldiers brought freedom to Richmond.
| Feb 10, 2013
The year 2012 was full of films that captured the essence of memorable time periods through costume. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" was brought to life by designer Joanna Johnston's stovepipe hats and wool shawls, for instance. And what would the film "Anna...
| Feb 3, 2013
On New Year's Day 1863, Quinn Chapel, a black church in Chicago, hosted a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. According to the Tribune's account, after Scripture was read and the choir sang, J. Stanley recited a poem he'd written for the...
| May 15, 2013
| 10:05 AM
“We’re always sitting in personal private judgment of the films we see,” Steven Spielberg said Wednesday, in Wednesday’s Cannes Film Festival press conference introducing this year’s nine-person jury headed by Spielberg....
| Feb 15, 2013
| 8:00 AM
I abhor violence. As a rookie police reporter years ago I saw the damage guns, knives, broken bottles, metal pipes, hands — humans — can inflict. From the terrifyingly premeditated to the unfortunately accidental, those images still have the...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life. A brilliant actor surpasses even himself and makes...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 7:57 PM
Ben Affleck's “Argo” seems to be unstoppable. The film about a CIA plot to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980 won the 19th Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday night for ensemble in a motion picture.
The win came hours after the film,...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 11:23 AM
"Lincoln" is a grave and surprisingly subtle magic trick, conjuring the past and an almost ridiculously impressive figure in ways that transcend art direction and the right stovepipe hat. Director Steven Spielberg's latest combines the most commonly...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 11:19 AM
The 85th Academy Award nominations certainly managed a few surprises Thursday morning --no nominations for directors Ben Affleck ("Argo") or Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), lots of Oscar warmth for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Michael...