| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:14 PM
Layoffs have begun at Focus Features.
Employees in the specialty label's New York and Los Angeles locations were told Monday whether they would lose their positions, though it is not known how many jobs will be cut. Focus, an imprint of Universal...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 5:39 PM
A busy week for Wes Anderson watchers has been capped off by the arrival of the trailer for his upcoming "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which opens March 7, 2014.
The film has a typically large and outstanding cast that mixes together Anderson regulars...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:51 PM
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" opens for business March 7, 2014, with the release of Wes Anderson's much-anticipated new film.
Anderson's 2012 effort, "Moonrise Kingdom," made more than $45 million in the U.S. and earned an Oscar nomination for original...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:09 PM
As part of its ongoing makeover, Focus Features announced a slew of executive changes Tuesday afternoon, including the departure of co-Chief Executive Andrew Karpen.
Earlier this month, parent Universal Pictures set into motion an overhaul of the...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 12:57 PM
In an overhaul of its Focus Features imprint, Universal Pictures is installing FilmDistrict founder Peter Schlessel as the new head of the specialty movie label. James Schamus, Focus' current chief executive, will leave the company.
| Jun 28, 2013
| 11:55 AM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 276 new members into the organization on Friday -- 100 more than were included in the 2012 invitees -- including a large number of minorities and women, such as Rosario Dawson, Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh,...
| May 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
CANNES, France -- The movie world feted an old friend Wednesday night, or at least an old sport.
Two weeks after celebrating Baz Luhrmann's big-budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel with a throwback party at the Plaza Hotel in New York,...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 11:44 AM
Some vampires are coming to Cannes.
Organizers of the world's most prestigious film festival have announced that “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Jim Jarmusch’s vampire movie starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, has been added to the...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 11:55 AM
Ben Affleck's film "Argo" took the best picture Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. Other marquee winners were Daniel Day-Lewis for lead actor for “Lincoln,” Jennifer Lawrence for lead actress for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Ang...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 2:29 PM
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are the penultimate stop before the Oscars -- but with just one day to go before the Academy Awards, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis had reached her red carpet threshold.
As her publicist told her she had a few more...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:00 AM
With the Oscars finally upon us Sunday, it's do-or-die for the movies ranked in the L.A. Times Data Desk's HeatMeter, which tallies points at events throughout the season to gauge the overall traction of people and films. With Ben Affleck's "Argo"...