August 29, 2013 |
Writer-director Jason Reitman continues his tradition of debuting his films at the Telluride Film Festival with the screening Thursday of his latest, the drama "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, "Labor Day" tracks the tale of single mom Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry, who unwittingly take in an escaped convict (Brolin) as the police scour the town for him. The film nabbed the coveted first feature slot, screening this afternoon in the Colorado mountain town.
February 25, 2013
Hello. I'm Times Political Writer Seema Mehta and here's your L.A. City Election update. The nation's eyes were fixed this weekend on the Oscar race unfolding in Hollywood. But with just days to go before the citywide March 5 election, local political contests were getting just as hot and heavy. The Times took a wide-angle look at the challenges facing the city as voters pick a successor to termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. City leaders have already cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of everyday services and ongoing maintenance to stay afloat, but the next chief executive will have to make hard decisions , especially in light of costly, ill-timed spending commitments made at City Hall and a failure to adjust to the region's weakening economic foundation.
February 21, 2013 |
With the Screen Actors Guild moving their 2014 awards show up 10 days (to Jan. 18), the Producers Guild of America is following suit, shifting their show up a week to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Both events will fall on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. While Hollywood has yet to finish up this year's awards run, the jockeying for position for next year's circuit of award shows is already heating up as the various guilds and critics groups contend with the 2014 Olympic Winter Games scheduled to run from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23 in Sochi, Russia.
February 20, 2013 |
She doesn't speak English. She has never been to Los Angeles. And on Sunday, the day of the Academy Awards, French actress Emmanuelle Riva will celebrate her 86th birthday. Riva has quietly been one of this Oscars season's most compelling stories. Once considered to be, at best, a long shot in the lead actress race that most awards pundits had predicted would come down to Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook" or Jessica Chastain, who played a CIA operative in "Zero Dark Thirty," it now seems that interest and appreciation for Riva's career - and specifically her work in the Oscar-nominated "Amour" - may well result in a trophy Sunday night.
February 11, 2013 |
Roger Deakins won the 27th American Society of Cinematographers Award for outstanding achievement in feature film for "Skyfall" on Sunday evening. Deakins previously won the ASC Award 18 years ago for "The Shawshank Redemption" and six years ago for "No Country for Old Men. " The cinematographer, who earned his 10th Academy Award nomination for "Skyfall," has never won an Oscar. Perhaps the ASC win will boost his chances to finally win the elusive Academy Award. OSCARS 2013: Full coverage Earlier Sunday, "Skyfall" won the BAFTA for best British film.
February 8, 2013 |
Rep. Joe Courtney (D.-Conn.) understands it looks a little strange that he issued a letter chastising Steven Spielberg when it was Ben Affleck who helped him get elected. But he finds the idea that Affleck put him up to it - or that he took it upon himself in a bid to influence the Oscar race - more than a little absurd. “It's hilarious, that conspiracy theory,” Courtney said, offering a laugh when asked by The Times. “I'm not smart enough to know when Oscar voting begins.” If you haven't been following this little drama, here's what went down.