| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
For decades it was a missing relic of the "Star Wars" era: an Arthurian tale about a knight returning from the crusades who is transported to a mystical realm where he must rescue a princess.
Called "Black Angel," the 25-minute movie was written,...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:59 PM
In a galaxy somewhere near Hollywood, things are happening right now -- things involving "Star Wars: Episode VII" and Lawrence Kasdan.
According to an announcement on the starwars.com website on Thursday, writing duties for the upcoming installment will...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 12:00 PM
A Nov. 14 Disney casting call in Chicago is definitely for two roles in "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is set to be released in 2015, Lucasfilm confirmed with RedEye on Friday.
So, if you match the descriptions below, you might just be headed to a...
| 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 ......
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...