| Nov 26, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed, unflinching look at the brutality of slavery in America, earned the most nominations Tuesday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film received seven nominations including, best picture,...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 6:57 PM
When the nominations for the Spirit Awards came out Tuesday morning, nominees were mostly busy with other things. Shane Carruth, nominated for director and editing for “Upstream Color,” was in line at LAX. Michael B. Jordan, nominated for male...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 4:10 PM
This year's Oscar best picture race continues to be defined as a clash between fall festival favorites "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity."
"Gravity" has made headlines in recent weeks for its eye-popping box-office numbers with receipts now exceeding $575...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:55 PM
"12 Years a Slave," which led the way Tuesday in Spirit Award nominations, has been screening for film academy members since its strong debut earlier this fall at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Despite a wealth of opportunities, many Oscar...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 8:58 AM
NEW YORK -- At the start of Monday night's IFP Gotham Independent Awards, host Nick Kroll made an inside "Inside Llewyn Davis" joke. "A common theme in this year's movies," the comedian said, "are the horrors we inflict upon one another -- slavery, war,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Time was when Christmas movies were as reliably white as a North Pole winter. Such holiday classics as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" came to define the American cultural psyche during the holidays for decades. Later films set around...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on.
So naturally, when...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It almost seemed like a typo when the Sundance Film Festival announced not one but two films made by Sebastián Silva in Chile with American actor Michael Cera. Yet it was no mistake, as the pair have indeed collaborated twice, with "Crystal Fairy" an...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:20 PM
You may have missed it for the racket produced by the majority of movies currently going boom-boom — or, in the case of "The Lone Ranger," bust-bust — at the multiplex. But with the arrival of Sundance Film Festival sensation "Fruitvale...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:45 PM
It's L.A.: We're spoiled and we know it.
Just about any night of the week, and certainly any weekend, there is a de facto film festival happening in Los Angeles. With the city's revitalized, astonishing rep house scene, commercial first-run cinemas...
| Apr 10, 2013
At 85, Besedka Johnson was discovered by Hollywood in the locker room of a Los Angeles gym.
An executive producer of the movie "Starlet" was also working out at the YWCA when "she recognized some sort of star quality in Johnson" and asked her to...