| 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 19, 2013
| 9:12 AM
The University of California is launching an unusual new online fundraising effort — with an assist from celebrities — that's designed to attract donations from young alumni and others who may respond to social media.
The six-week Promise...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Sometimes you have to travel 30,000 miles just to appreciate the guy who lives down the hall -- or so goes "Baggage Claim," a movie about a Flight Attendant Barbie type who runs herself ragged chasing prospects while her perfect suitor may as well be...
| 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...
| 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'...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 9:02 AM
NEW YORK -- Lee Daniels is never one to hold back on hot-button topics like race and the movie business.
So when the director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is asked why he thinks it was hard to get his new movie financed, he comes back...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 5:20 PM
If it takes a village to raise a child, it took a principality to bring "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' " to the screen.
A five-year odyssey of false starts, studio abandonment and piecemeal financing, "The Butler" arrives in theaters Friday with 37...
| May 8, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The new trailer for Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” shows an up-from-his-bootstraps man moving, Zelig-like, through U.S. presidential history, demonstrating how “one man overcame his past.”
But for at least one of the actors...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:11 PM
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is neither as good as it might have been nor as bad as survivors of "The Paperboy" may have feared. An ambitious and overdue attempt to create a Hollywood-style epic around the experience of black Americans in general and the...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The year's first serving of Oscar bait has arrived on a silver platter in the form of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," a star-studded historical drama starring Forest Whitaker as an African American butler working at the White House through multiple...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 1:50 PM
When I saw the original "Kick-Ass" in 2010, I called it a disturbing new movie category.
It starts as a sarcastic look at the whole superhero genre. But it clearly targeted younger teens with a strange mix of cute, profane and truly violent parts....