December 12, 2013 |
Loneliness, hubris, depression and other fixtures of human frailty get amplified by technology in several of this year's most forward-thinking films. In "Her," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "Gravity," direct person-to-person contact comes across as old-fashioned 20th century behavior. Instead, characters connect with each other through ear buds, smartphones, message boards, passwords, radio transmissions, encrypted files, uploads, downloads and computer screens. For motion pictures that cast modern technology as the Great Enabler, it's all about the interface.
August 28, 2013 |
Summer's not yet over and Hollywood's annual awards race has already started - though you may have to hop a plane and travel several thousand miles to notice. The Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, to be quickly followed by two other high-profile gatherings: Colorado's intimate Telluride fest convenes Thursday, and Toronto's massive confab starts a week later. If history repeats itself, the Italian festival could be a launching pad for some of the top Academy Award contenders of 2014.
March 2, 2014 |
“12 Years A Slave” won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, a poignant victory for the harrowing look at slavery in the United States. Brad Pitt, one of the producers and stars, accepted the honor and then handed off accepting duties to director and fellow producer Steve McQueen. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 | Red carpet “Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live,” said the British filmmaker. “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery” and to those who still suffer in slavery today.
January 17, 2014 |
Movie ticket prices rose in the last three months of 2013, boosted by pricier 3D and Imax films. The average ticket price in the fourth quarter was $8.35, representing a 3.7% increase from the same period during the previous year, according to the National Assn. of Theatre Owners. The box-office success of several 3D movies helped skew the averages upward. Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-nominated stranded-in-space drama "Gravity" was a significant driver, generating the vast majority of its revenue from 3D. The fourth-quarter 3D slate also included top-grossing pictures such as Disney's Hans Christian Andersen-inspired musical "Frozen" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
January 13, 2007 |
The screenwriters of "Children of Men" and the author of the source novel about a grim, childless near-future in which global infertility has doomed humans to extinction, have won USC Libraries Scripter Award. Screenwriters Alfonso Cuaron (who also directed the movie), Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby adapted the screenplay based on British writer P.D. James' novel.
April 14, 2004 |
ABC hopes to make ratings magic with a night of television built around the network debut of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" -- and a sneak peek at the third Warner Bros. film in the franchise. The 2001 movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, will air on May 9 in an extended, high-definition version that includes previously unseen footage, the network said.
January 10, 2014 |
NBC has been saving its midseason shows until after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but Olympics viewers will get sneak peeks of two of the new shows during the Olympics. "About a Boy," based on the Nick Hornby novel, will air its first episode on Feb. 21 following the wrap-up of Olympics coverage for the day. But its regular time slot premiere will be Feb. 25, following "The Voice" at 9 p.m. The other new comedy, "Growing Up Fisher," about a family going through a divorce, starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, will make its first appearance during the Olympics on Feb. 23 before its regular time slot debut on Feb. 25 following "About a Boy" at 9:30 p.m. "Believe," the new suspense drama from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, will premiere a few weeks after the Olympics, with the first episode getting a preview following "The Voice" on March 10 before settling into its regular time slot on March 16 at 9 p.m. WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows NBC's other new drama, "Crisis," starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney as a Secret Service agent who stumbles into an international crisis during his first day on the job, will also premiere on March 16, following "Believe.
February 5, 2014 |
Since completing her duties on the blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise, Emma Watson has striven to distance herself from her magical alter ego of Hermione Granger, playing a free-spirited high-school student in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," a fame-obsessed teen who burglarizes celebrity homes in "The Bling Ring" and a foul-mouthed version of herself in "This Is the End. " Now the actress has joined the cast of writer-director Alejandro Amenabar's...
July 28, 2006 |
For the first time at the Venice Film Festival, all films vying for the top Golden Lion award will make their world premiere at the late summer event, organizers said Thursday. Among those in competition at the Aug. 30-Sept. 9 festival: Allen Coulter's "Hollywoodland," starring Adrien Brody and Ben Affleck. The movie dramatizes an investigation into the death of George Reeves, star of the 1950s TV show "Adventures of Superman."