February 26, 2012
SUNDAY Will the nearly silent "The Artist" become the first "silent" film to win the Oscar for best picture since the 1927 silent film "Wings" won the very first Oscar for best picture? Find out when Billy Crystal hosts "The 84th Annual Academy Awards. " (ABC, 5:30 p.m.) 1944's "To Have and Have Not" is the tale of an old rummy (Walter Brennan) who seeks an answer to the eternal question, "Was you ever bit by a dead bee?" There's also some romantic nonsense involving Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
January 16, 2010 |
"Avatar" won a record-breaking six Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday night, but it was the independent Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" took home the best picture honors from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Kathryn Bigelow also won as director of the harrowing ensemble war film. "The Hurt Locker," which is nominated for best picture and director at Sunday's Golden Globes, has received the lion's share of critics' awards, including honors from the L.A. Film Critics Assn.
December 17, 2009
The Early Show Hugh Grant. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Sarah Jessica Parker; Kristi Yamaguchi; Alicia Keys. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Robert Downey Jr.; Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali; Steve Harvey. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Regis and Kelly Mark Consuelos; Sarah Jessica Parker. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Stanley Tucci; Saoirse Ronan; Emily Blunt; the cast of Broadway's "Memphis" performs.
July 25, 2008 |
Making the annual drive from Los Angeles down to San Diego for Comic-Con is never pleasant. But this year, a handful of journalists were invited aboard a train to travel to the 'Con in classic style. The trip Wednesday was organized by Fox-Walden in honor of "City of Ember," a film directed by "Monster House's" Gil Kenan and written by "Edward Scissorhands" screenwriter Caroline Thompson. The movie, which opens Oct. 10, is based on the book by Jeanne DuPrau. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are dwindling, the story centers on two young teens who live in an underground city lighted only by lamps and floodlights.
February 10, 2008 |
'Dedication' Weinstein/Genius, $19.95 Actor Justin Theroux makes his directing debut with this quirky film about a disagreeable children's book author (Billy Crudup) dealing with a multitude of dysfunctions. An oddly endearing friendship between Crudup and Tom Wilkinson gives way to a far more conventional romantic comedy with Mandy Moore. Extras: non-existent. -- 'Gone Baby Gone' Disney, $29.99, Blu-Ray, $34.
November 11, 2009 |
With 10 nominees for best picture instead of the usual five, this may be the most exciting Oscar derby in many years. And the most suspenseful. No current academy members can remember what it was like the last time there was so much competition -- 66 years ago. But that doesn't mean some of them weren't around! BEST PICTURE Front-runners "Avatar" "An Education" "The Hurt Locker" "Inglourious Basterds" "Invictus" "Julie & Julia" "The Lovely Bones" "Nine" "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" "The Road" "A Serious Man" "Star Trek" "Up" "Up in the Air" Spotlight: "Precious" looks like this year's "Slumdog Millionaire."
November 1, 2009 |
After young Susie Salmon is murdered by the local pedophile in "The Lovely Bones," she ends up in a place easily mistaken for heaven, but what she discovers is that this magical terrain is actually an in-between state, "a place she's caught in until she can resolve the issues of her death," says co-writer Phillipa Boyens. "This in-between world is a 14-year-old's idea of what an ideal world can be." Boyens, along with Fran Walsh and director Peter Jackson, is part of the Oscar-winning troika that wrote Jackson's epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and now the three return, with Jackson directing, to bring to the big screen Alice Sebold's bestselling novel about Salmon, played by Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement")
February 6, 2014 |
One of the chief pleasures of watching a Wes Anderson movie is being immersed in the idiosyncratic, slightly off-kilter worlds he creates. The director's latest effort, "The Grand Budapest Hotel, whisks the audience to a fictional country in pre-World War II Europe to follow the escapades of a famed concierge seeking to recover a famous Renaissance painting with the help of his trusted lobby boy. After the film opened the Berlin International Film...
October 10, 2008 |
The exasperated rumble of dying machinery -- to our pampered ears, the sound of civilization ending -- is the aural backdrop of "City of Ember," a grim fantasy about a cloistered subterranean metropolis that wants to be both a kids' adventure and a dystopian finger-wag. That director Gil Kenan's second feature -- following the snappy motion-capture animated film "Monster House" -- never quite succeeds as either is a shame for all the dazzling craftsmanship brought forth from its production team.
February 5, 2008 |
THE Oscar nominees' luncheon -- a long-held tradition at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that usually kicks off the giddy weeks before the televised ceremony -- couldn't quite shake the long shadow cast by the 13-week writers strike, despite news that a settlement could come as early as Friday.