| Sep 19, 2013
| 10:33 AM
It's been five years since Zac Efron graduated from the "High School Musical" franchise, the guileless film series that established the young star as a mom-approved heartthrob.
Yet even with his Disney Channel days in the rear-view mirror, the actor has...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 1:42 PM
In a heartfelt letter, director Lee Daniels pleaded with Warner Bros. Entertainment chief executive Kevin Tsujihara not to force a change in the title of the upcoming Weinstein Co. film "The Butler."
News broke this week that the Motion Picture Assn. of...
| May 2, 2013
| 9:56 AM
"Pain & Gain" is loosely based on a true story of bodybuilders gone wild on steroids and cocaine. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie play the buffed anti-heroes who embark on a bizarre plot of kidnapping for ransom. Operating in the dark...
| May 24, 2012
| 4:32 PM
In "The Paperboy," which just screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Nicole Kidman comes to the aid of a jellyfish-stung Zac Efron the only way she knows how: with her bladder....
| Oct 4, 2012
Talk about your beasts of the Southern wild! In director Lee Daniels' jacked-up bayou melodrama "The Paperboy," taken from the comparatively sane 1995 potboiler by Pete Dexter, a screen full of charismatic actors do their damnedest not to turn into a...
| Oct 6, 2012
Intelligence centers: An article in the Oct. 3 Section A about a Senate report that was critical of federally funded intelligence centers said that the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Norwalk had shared information about literature found in the back...
| May 25, 2012
| 11:29 AM
CANNES, France — Here’s why the world’s greatest film festival, the one on the Cote d’Azur, means something, and to some filmmakers means everything — even if a lot of the surrounding movies are lame.
The other evening at...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 9:46 AM
An impressive cast gives life to a sinister story, as director Lee Daniels ("Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire") brings novelist Pete Dexter's backwoods Florida 1960s crime tale to film.
Matthew McConaughey and David Oyewolo play reporters...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Ben Affleck's "Argo," a drama about the Iranian hostage crisis, won the highest acting honor Sunday night at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The CIA thriller, which won best ensemble cast, also won the directing honor at the Golden Globe Awards two...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 8:20 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Steven Spielberg's historical biography "Lincoln," the musical epic "Les Miserables" and the quirky romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" dominated the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations Wednesday morning, receiving four...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 6:35 AM
The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday by Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms.
Steven Spielberg's epic on the 16th president, "Lincoln," stood out in the film categories with seven Golden Globe nominations, followed...
| Oct 4, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
What an odd title “The Paperboy” is for a movie with so little story.
Technically there's a plot, in which Jack (Zac Efron) helps his older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for the Miami Times, investigate...