| Feb 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Imagine becoming an archaeologist in, say, 2065. Your first big assignment? Dig up the now-collapsed Museum of the 1980s and catalog all its holdings: the Clash, "The Empire Strikes Back," He-Man, Donkey Kong and a recording by Kim Carnes.
This is the...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 12:48 PM
Adam Driver's character on the HBO series "Girls" has been accused of being a cruel, heartless weirdo. Now, Driver could be indulging his dark side further as the villain in "Star Wars: Episode VII."
According to a report in Variety, the 30-year-old...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:51 PM
"Gravity" made history this weekend as it defied industry expectations and shot to No. 1 at the box office, posting the highest October opening ever ($55.6 million).
Much has been made of the film, both critically and by audiences, for its revolutionary...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 12:52 PM
Fans were relieved this week to learn that Lawrence Kasdan would be writing another “Star Wars” movie. After all, it ......
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Right down to the brute functionality of its title, "The Smurfs 2" may be the platonic ideal of a major studio sequel — no markedly better or worse than the first and with just enough difference to lay claim to being something new. Just as with...
| Jan 4, 2012
Ten days before Bob Anderson headed to the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki as part of the British fencing team, he responded to a call from a British film studio in need of three fencers to coach the lead actors for sword-fighting scenes in a new pirate...
| Mar 6, 2012
When director George Lucas hired illustrator Ralph McQuarrie in 1974 to do a series of paintings visualizing scenes from his script for an intergalactic war movie he was trying to sell, McQuarrie liked the concept for the space fantasy. He just didn't...
| Apr 7, 2011
Bill Varney, an Academy Award-winning sound mixer whose final film credit was a "director's edition" of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" that was released on the film's 40th anniversary, has died. He was 77.
Varney died Saturday of congestive heart...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Charles Newell's office is spotless. Unnervingly tidy. Standing in it makes you feel as though you have intruded on a magazine photo shoot about anal-retentive work environments. His desk, which looks out onto 55th Street in Hyde Park, gleams: There's not...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 7:39 PM
My daughter talks like Yoda.
Not all of the time. Just lately.
She's taken to wearing her robe around the house.
She raises her voice and turns her phrases.
"Miss you, I will," she says before I leave for work.
"Grateful, I am," she says after...
| Apr 24, 2012
| 8:10 PM
If there ever was a Hollywood kingpin — Lawrence Kasdan fills the bill.
He's participated in writing and directing so many great movies, including "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," "The Bodyguard," "Body...