| Feb 13, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Pledge-break messages tend to be something that public television and radio audiences tolerate rather than welcome, but Steve Martin is riding to the rescue with a witty clip he shot for PBS stations to air during fundraising campaigns starting next...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Winning an Oscar — or just being nominated — can transform a Hollywood future. Yet just because some actors and filmmakers weren't shortlisted for an Academy Award doesn't mean their great work is going unrewarded.
Critics have rightly...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:01 AM
George Clooney's World War II art heist film advanced into theaters Thursday night with a studio-estimated $550,000 in ticket sales from showings starting at 7 p.m.
"Monuments Men," a Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox co-production that cost $70...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Hollywood loves a Cinderella story, and few have ever fit that shoe better than Barkhad Abdi. The actor, who played Somali pirate leader Muse in the Paul Greengrass film "Captain Phillips" to great acclaim, was born in Mogadishu. He recalls an idyllic...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:00 PM
These days, it seems as if the collective voice of moviegoers echoes the Taylor Swift lament "Why you gotta be so mean?"
And for once they're not talking about me or my fellow critics.
The discontent and, in some cases, the disdain is directed at some...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 11:36 PM
Alfonso Cuaron won the Directors Guild of America’s award for directorial achievement in feature film for “Gravity,” the outer space survival story starring Sandra Bullock.
"This is truly an honor and I'm humbled by it," Cuaron said as...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 4:26 PM
One nice thing about the contemporary world of comedy is its abundance of small gifts. You can thank the Internet for this; it may have destroyed bookstores and record stores and much else I hold/held dear, but it created the video version of the...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:08 AM
With the Grammys over and the awards season now heading toward a climax with the Academy Awards on March 2, one thing has become obvious: Not all Hollywood parties are created equal.
Both before and after each big awards ceremony, there are multiple...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 3:30 PM
On Oscar nominations morning, awards pundits were buzzing over the Academy’s high-profile snubs: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Robert Redford. But in the animal rights world, the upset was over the omission of the popular documentary “...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:04 PM
Every award season brings the movie that everyone loves, the film that's so likable it's impossible not to like.
Which always makes some people not like it.
Quickly filling that role this year is John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," the P.L. Travers...
| Dec 5, 2013
Long before Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" arrived in theaters in 1964, the studio chief was wooing the story's author, P.L. Travers, trying to nab the rights to the famed books that eventually became his blockbuster film. It was a bumpy ride, as we see...