| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:50 AM
Robin Thicke had company when he came to Chicago over the weekend to perform at V103's 25th anniversary concert at the Allstate Arena.
The "Blurred Lines" singer -- who seems to perform or make a promotional appearance here every other month -- was...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Awards season is a boisterous clamor for attention, full of prestige picture releases and endless marketing dollars strewn to support them — all with the goal of taking home a few statues early next year. But amid the ado there are exceptions: The...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 3:52 PM
Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington, who has three projects in the 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival running through this weekend, says the fatherly thread in his latest projects is no coincidence.
The actor portrays a small-town father...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The star of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" will receive the Chairman's Award this year. "Forest Whitaker embodies the moniker of artist-activist," said Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. "His work in front of and behind the...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 1:18 PM
Inspired by a true story, "Precious" director Daniels' fine drama - and compact history lesson - features many notable performances, led by Forest Whitaker's as a White House servant who tended to several presidents.
Playing the chief executives are...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Robert Redford's recent awards-season campaign has doubled as a walking advertisement for the Sundance Film Festival.
"All Is Lost," in which the veteran thesp is the lone actor onscreen, was directed by J.C. Chandor, who made his debut at Sundance in...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:47 PM
The Pan African Film Festival returns for its 22nd year next month (Feb. 6-17), showcasing 172 films — documentaries, features, shorts and webseries — during its nearly two-week stint at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills theater in Los Angeles. ...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Variety has chosen its 10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2013.
They are: Ned Benson, Lucinda Coxon, Andrew Dodge, Kieran Fitzgerald, Morgan Davis Foehl, Jennifer Lee, Barbara Marshall, Elan Mastai, Michael Mitnick and Jonathan Tropper.
The group will be...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Oscar has a way of falling in love with first-time scripters, including Chris Terrio ("Argo"), Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Diablo Cody ("Juno"), Dustin Lance Black ("Milk"), Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker") and Geoffrey Fletcher ("Precious")....
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:00 PM
TORONTO — Watching Steve McQueen's achingly brilliant "12 Years a Slave" at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by many things. The film's artistry — script, performances, imagery — is significant. The movie is...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:26 AM
There are all kinds of film festivals and almost every one hands out some sort of award.
But even with virtually every major city on the planet now hosting a trophy-dispensing movie gathering, there's still just one honor that truly matters: the People'...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 3:19 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — In an unusual effort to bolster financial aid for undergraduates, UC on Wednesday launched an online crowdfunding campaign that has movie stars, politicians, students and faculty members pledging to lead hikes, sing rap songs and...