If, as expected, “La La Land” wins the Oscar on Sunday, it would be the first best-picture winner since Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” to feature a woman nominated for lead actress.
Let that rattle around your brain a minute.
That’s 12 years of kings and compromised cops, angst-ridden actors and Afflecks without a best-picture Oscar winner that focused on telling a woman’s story.Read more
The news is good but not great. Women and minorities have made modest gains in front of and behind the camera but remain significantly underrepresented as leading actors in films, as TV show creators, as writers who sweat out the dialogue — just about every part of the entertainment industry, according to a report to be issued Tuesday by UCLA.Read more
On the grounds of an ornate estate in the hills of Topanga Canyon, a crowd of 100 or so film lovers is discussing a batch of selectively screened international shorts.Read more
At its annual awards show – one of the final indicators of which way the winds of Oscar buzz may be blowing before the Academy Awards – the Writers Guild of America honored “Moonlight,” the poetic story of a gay black youth’s coming of age in Miami, and the cerebral sci-fi film “Arrival.”Read more
Garry Shandling can be seen in "Dying Laughing," a new documentary on comedians, talking with exasperation about a young person who insisted that there must be a secret to success in stand-up. No secret, Shandling had tried to tell him, just sustained hard work.
So it was with the prolific Richard Schickel, for decades one of the giants of American film criticism, who died Saturday at age 84.Read more