Vanity Fair Evolves

Holy cow, I almost choked on my coffee as I looked at these covers.  You never see non-whites on the cover of Vanity Fair, never ever.  In the second term with our first African American president, a film that looks like it might become — MIGHT BECOME — the first ever...
Posted On 03 Feb 2014

Life of Pi, opening shots to open the mind

    Music moves me – duh – and that is like having a window opening on a heightened reality, but the effect is fleeting: When the music ends, the magic, the uplifting, vanishes and the window slams shut. Words, on the other hand, by the nature of how they...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Amour sweeps Césars winning 5 top awards

Best Picture Amour Director Michael Haneke, Amour Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour Original Screenplay Michael Haneke, Amour
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

PGA sets 2014 awards date

Like many of us, the Producers Guild seems anxious to put the current dance marathon behind us and look ahead to the sharp elbows and foot stomps of next year’s tango fiasco. LOS ANGELES (February 21, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that the...
Posted On 21 Feb 2013

CBS Films acquires the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis

(Press release): LOS ANGELES – February 19, 2013 – CBS Films announced today it has acquired US rights to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. Written and directed by Academy Award©-winners Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey...
Posted On 19 Feb 2013

Jesse Williams rips Django Unchained to smithereens

I can’t recall the last time I ever read a more devastating shredding of a film than this dismantling written by Jesse Williams (mild-mannered actor, model, producer, star of Grey’s Anatomy by day; heroic blogger, teacher, Temple University grad, though-provoker, and...
Posted On 19 Feb 2013

Interview: Jeff White’s Visual Effects for The Avengers

Jeff White joined the legendary LucasFilm visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic roughly ten years ago, and has since worked on some of the biggest blockbusters of the past decade. His work spans all three Transformers movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s...

Sally Field channeled grief over mother’s death into Lincoln

Sally Field was featured on ABC Evening News tonight in a story that originally aired on Valentine’s Day. Sally Field has been a beloved part of American pop culture for nearly a half-century. At 66, she has as many Best Actress Academy Awards as Meryl Streep. Pretty good...
Posted On 16 Feb 2013

Kathleen Kennedy: Desert Island Producer

Since the Oscar race that started with Argo in Telluride is now finishing with Argo in Hollywood I have really no choice but to quote Bob Dylan — “You just kinda wasted my precious time but don’t think twice, it’s all right.” All of the in-between that happened...
Posted On 14 Feb 2013

Ben Affleck and the Charm Offensive

All the films up for Best Picture are formidable challengers in their own right. But only one of these has a secret weapon: a charming, handsome actor-director most people have known for years. The public knows his suave celebrity disposition, the industry knows his reputation as...
Posted On 13 Feb 2013