| Dec 4, 2013
| 1:00 PM
The Sundance Institute has announced the selected films for the U.S. and World Cinema dramatic and documentary competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. This year's festival will be held Jan. 16-26 in...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:31 PM
After a gigantic Thanksgiving, the post-holiday box-office weekend will again belong to Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Walt Disney Pictures' "Frozen."
"Catching Fire," the post-apocalyptic sci-fi action movie starring Jennifer...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:45 PM
There is an unnerving moment deep inside the working-class drama "Out of the Furnace" when a primal scream cuts short an old argument between two brothers. Ripped from the emotional core of the younger, a burned-out Army soldier, Rodney Baze, played by...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The lone film opening in wide release on Friday, "Out of the Furnace," failed to generate much heat going into its debut weekend.
Starring Christian Bale as a blue-collar worker in a film directed by Scott Cooper of "Crazy Heart," the film earned $1.8...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 1:05 PM
SAN DIEGO — Characters in drama don't have to be likable, as Shakespeare, Ibsen and Eugene O'Neill keep reminding us. But we ought to care about their fates. They should arouse our concern even if we might politely turn down a dinner invitation from...
| May 12, 2012
| 4:34 PM
This weekend is the second annual LeaLA, a celebration of Spanish-language literature connected to the famed Guadalajara Book Festival....
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:41 PM
One of the highest honors in the field of letters, the PEN Literary Awards, were announced Wednesday, and among the honorees are three playwrights. Christopher Durang is receiving the Master American Dramatist award, while Will Eno and Adam Rapp are being...
| Sep 2, 2012
| 5:15 PM
As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires...
| May 5, 2010
Economist studied wealth differences between nations
Angus Maddison, 83, an economist whose research revealed the causes of wealth differences between nations, died April 24 in Thourotte, France, according to an announcement from the...
| Jan 14, 2011
Actor best known for 'Touched by an Angel'
John Dye, 47, an actor best known for his role as Andrew in the long-running CBS-TV series "Touched by an Angel," was found dead Monday at his home in San Francisco, the San Francisco medical examiner'...
| Jul 18, 2010
James Gammon, a character actor whose gravelly voice and craggy face made indelible memories in Sam Shepard plays, a spate of western TV shows and films, plus a comic turn in the baseball movie "Major League," has died. He was 70.
Gammon died Friday...