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VarietyParticipant Media, a key backer of touchstone documentaries such as "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Food," Inc., isn't afraid to take on divisive issues like government secrecy and the state of Palestine. The 9-year-old company has just released Dan Setton'...
Tags: Palestine, Salam Fayyad, United Nations, WikiLeaks, Politics
In "Snitch," a thriller set in the dangerous drug world, Dwayne Johnson plays a father who goes to work as a drug informant to free his jailed son. The PG-13 film from Participant Media features a street fight, a car chase and a gun battle — high-...
DreamWorks Studios has begun filming the “The Fifth Estate,” a movie about the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. The film, which will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 15 through Disney's Touchstone label, began principal photography last week...
"Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home" is an absorbing, at times heartbreaking look at several former and current denizens of downtown L.A.'s Skid Row, a 50-block area that one observer here respectfully calls "an open asylum for the mentally ill." As the...
Once a week for the last several years, I've driven to skid row to visit a friend. I get depressed about the area at times because it's such a depository of the unfortunate and the forgotten. But then I'll catch a warm greeting, or see a sign of hope in...
This post has been updated, as indicated below. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday, including Octavia Spencer, Terrence Malick, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington,...
Company TownDowntown Los Angeles has been a favored filming location since the days of the silent movies. But rarely do filmmakers get a chance to shine a spotlight on people who actually live on its streets, especially in a 50-block area known as skid row....
Few can own a room like Robert Downey Jr., but the never-dull "Iron Man" star opted to concede the spotlight to Jamie Foxx at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago hotel. Well, more like share it. Foxx, who received the Renaissance Award Saturday at the Gene Siskel...
Frankly My Dear - Orlando SentinelIn a remote snowy forest in the far north, a figure in camouflage stalks a reindeer with bow and arrow. An arrow flies, the deer tumbles off across a lake to die an agonizing death. But the hunter, a teenage girl , gives chase. “I just missed your...
About Last NightJamie Foxx arrives at the BET HONORS 2011 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2011. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press) Oscar-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr. will interview Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago on...
Frankly My Dear - Orlando SentinelThe first good movie of the new year happens to be a “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme.” “Beastly” is a high school non-musical updating of “Beauty and the Beast. Witty, warm, well-cast and often wickedly funny, it...
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