| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:30 PM
When President Obama spoke on the campus of DreamWorks Animation last month, his only note of admonishment to Hollywood came when he mentioned gun violence, in which he said that "we have got to make sure we are not glorifying it."
He mentioned that in...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
A new study has found that the level of gun violence in mainstream U.S. pics has more than doubled since 1950, with the level of gunplay in PG-13 movies now outpacing that of R-rated pics.
The study conducted by researchers at Ohio State U. and Annenberg...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 11:23 AM
The same day this week that French filmmaker Agnes Varda was being feted by the AFI Fest in her November visit to L.A., there was other movie news in the news.
Varda is a cinema ground-breaker, a feminist and artist who was one wave ahead of the New...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 7:00 AM
"Pompeii" is half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure. Director Paul W.S. Anderson, taking a break from cranking out "Resident Evil" movies, has a strong command of CGI technology and 3-D effects, and the movie is so grand...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 10:11 AM
Intriguingly ambiguous in its rooting interests, the "RoboCop" remake doesn't really believe its own poster. The tagline "Crime has a new enemy" suggests little more than point and shoot — the same old cyborg song and dance. While nobody'd be dumb...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 2:40 PM
On the job for 55 years, Judi Dench elevates everything she does, from M in the James Bond epics to the less intimidating but equally determined "little old Irish lady" who's the title character in "Philomena." Dench is not the only reason to see this...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 1:34 PM
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop, trumpeting and...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 3:50 PM
For all of those teenage boys dying to see Judi Dench playing an elderly Irish woman: Now you don't have to bring your parents to get into "Philomena."
In a victory against the Motion Picture Assn. of America that could be as much publicity win as...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 4:05 PM
This time, Harvey Weinstein seems to have gotten what he wanted.
It was less than a week ago that his Weinstein Co. declared war -- yet again -- on the Motion Picture Assn. of America, slamming the organization for assigning the studio's upcoming...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Violence and risky behavior are permeating Hollywood's most successful movies and bringing a message to young people that violence is acceptable, this according to a new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
| Nov 25, 2013
About six months ago, “Philomena” star Steve Coogan—the hilarious English actor perhaps best known in America for his roles in “Tropic Thunder” and “The Other Guys”—shot a pilot called “Doubt” in...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:32 AM
On Demand DVD New Releases Sept. 9-15 It's a light week for premieres, unless you count yourself among the legions of Star Trek fans/J.J. Abrams fans/Benedict Cumberbatch fans (Hands raised? Good!) who have been waiting for the Star Trek Into Darkness...