| Nov 19, 2013
| 10:30 AM
David O. Russell's latest film, "American Hustle," is very loosely based on the Abscam sting operation of the late '70s/early '80s that resulted in the conviction of several congressmen and a New Jersey state senator, among others, on bribery charges. But...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:45 AM
With her elaborate makeup and creepy mien, Melissa Leo plays one of several memorable characters in "Prisoners," Denis Villeneuve's child-snatching thriller that became a hit when it was released in September.
But Leo wasn't so sure we should see her in...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 4:21 PM
There's a good chance you will cross paths with one of the many projects filming in Chicago this summer — especially if you work or live downtown. After all, there are three major-studio movies and five (possibly six) TV series scheduled to shoot in...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Women who spend most of their time in dark rooms will come into the light on Saturday for a Los Angeles Film Festival panel titled "Women in the Cut: A Celebration of Women Editors."
The gathering will follow in the footsteps of last year's panel...
| May 31, 2013
| 9:28 AM
It's every parent's worst nightmare: the disappearance of a child. It's also the subject of the new movie "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal. If there's any comfort to be gleaned from the trailer, it's that Jackman is on...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Say hello to ya mutha for me, OK?
Mark Wahlberg gets that a lot.
Five years after Andy Samberg's "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals" skit on "Saturday Night Live" (if you've never seen it, the title says it all), five years after Wahlberg went on Jimmy...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Let's say there's a row of beautiful movie theaters, and the marquee of each one reads, "New film by (name of filmmaker here)." And let's say there's no other information about the film itself. Which one would you choose? We offered this dilemma to some...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 7:56 AM
Hollywood movies, and even off-Hollywood independent films, have long encouraged us to empathize with unstable or psychologically troubled characters only if they're "kooky" for a little while, as a prelude to more palatable, normalized levels of...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 6:10 PM
When Michael Bay goes small, "Pain & Gain" happens.
Humans handle the bone-crunching. The gore becomes gorier. The dialogue increases substantially too.
Metal things may not transform, but they still make a world of hurt delivered by "Pain & Gain's"...
| Jan 16, 2011
"The Social Network" has a lot of friends in Hollywood.
The drama about the creation of Facebook continued its winning ways Sunday, taking home four trophies at the 68th Golden Globes, including dramatic feature, director for David Fincher, screenplay...
| Jan 31, 2011
In the span of about two weeks, "The King's Speech" has gone from Oscar underdog to front-runner.
The World War II-era British drama took the Screen Actors Guild's top honor Sunday evening, winning the movie ensemble acting award and essentially...
| Dec 9, 2010
David O. Russell's trademark longish hair is gone now, replaced by a clean, short-cropped look. But sitting back in New York City's Lobby Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel overlooking Central Park, he wears the same retro sneakers and dress-shirt-...