| Dec 20, 2013
| 12:30 PM
MEMO TO: MICHAEL LYNTON AND AMY PASCAL
FROM: PETER BART
Running a major studio has always been a balancing act, but I confess that I'm getting dizzy tracking your words and actions at Sony Pictures.
You inform investors that you will reduce the film...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Every December, 50-odd members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. meet and vote on a collective "best" of the movie year. Arguments are made, voices occasionally raised, but mostly there's a prevailing tedium to the day as members systematically move...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Netflix is now offering a DVD-style extra for original drama "House of Cards" on its Internet streaming service: scene-by-scene commentary by the directors of each episode.
With the addition of "HoC" director's commentary, Netflix is hoping to...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Here's what we know from "Jobs," the first and, with luck, the lamer of the two biopics (Aaron Sorkin is working on his own screenplay) about the late Apple computer guru Steve Jobs, played here by Ashton Kutcher. Genius, according to Kutcher's bland...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 5:40 PM
"Jobs" opens with a scene of technology entrepreneur Steve Jobs introducing the iPod in 2001. As the Apple Inc. co-founder makes his way to a small stage, he passes ads for his own company that feature images of Einstein, Gandhi and Bob Dylan. For the...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:52 PM
There are roles worth shaving your head for … I'm thinking Anne Hathaway's severely shorn locks in "Les MisÚrables," Ben Kingsley's meditative pate in "Gandhi," and Oscars for both. Buzzed is an easy way to say tough with real conviction —...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Oprah. Oscar. Oscar. Oprah.
Yes, it might be a bit early to riff on David Letterman's ill-fated, Uma-Oprah 1995 Academy Awards monologue bit. Then again, with Winfrey's movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler" sitting atop the box office for a second week with a...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 10:14 AM
"Fifty Shades of Grey" novelist E.L. James announced Monday morning on Twitter that Dakota Johnson had won the coveted role as college graduate Anastasia Steele in the adaptation of her bestselling erotic novel.
The role of Anastasia is the biggest to...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When casting news for the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" broke over the long weekend, reactions were muddled with expressions running from "Finally!" to "Seriously?!"
The announcements came Monday via James'...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 12:30 AM
Ripped from headlines that still feel wet (even if its subjects might feel that phrasing gives print media too much credit), "The Fifth Estate" dramatizes the fast, controversial rise of anonymous-whistleblower website WikiLeaks and its figurehead, Julian...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 10:00 AM
When "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO in June 2012, its opening credits, in which black and white images of Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and David Brinkley floated across the screen to soaring theme music, signaled the high-minded ambitions of its...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 9:31 AM
“The Fifth Estate” is Bill Condon’s new movie about celebrity and journalism in the Internet age, and it isn’t about Miley Cyrus' blog posts.
Instead, the subjects of the director’s cameras are Julian Assange and WikiLeaks,...