Golden Globes: It’s Time to Pay Respect to Hollywood’s Foreign Press

It’s become an annual awards-season tradition to mock the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the Golden Globes. But when xenophobia is on the rise and journalists are considered the “enemy of the people,” this is a good time to give a pat on the back to…

It’s become an annual awards-season tradition to mock the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the Golden Globes. But when xenophobia is on the rise and journalists are considered the “enemy of the people,” this is a good time to give a pat on the back to the HFPA. For one, philanthropy: the organization has given […]

Lenny Kravitz: ‘I Never Wanted to Be a Star; I Wanted to Be a Musician’

“I would take my music around to the labels and would get the whole ‘It’s not black enough’ [response]. … The people at the R&B A&Rs couldn’t deal with the pop side, and the people on the pop side were confused as well.” Lenny Kravitz, the four…

“I would take my music around to the labels and would get the whole ‘It’s not black enough’ [response]. … The people at the R&B A&Rs couldn’t deal with the pop side, and the people on the pop side were confused as well.” Lenny Kravitz, the four-time Grammy winner whose 1989 debut album, “Let Love Rule,” […]

Rita Hayworth Left a Long Legacy: An Appreciation on Her 100th Birthday

Long before Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria, there was Rita Hayworth. The dancer-actress, born Margarita Carmen Cansino, would have been 100 on Wednesday, and even fans of classic Hollywood may not realize how extraordinary her career was. She was the …

Long before Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria, there was Rita Hayworth. The dancer-actress, born Margarita Carmen Cansino, would have been 100 on Wednesday, and even fans of classic Hollywood may not realize how extraordinary her career was. She was the No. 1 box office star of Columbia Pictures in the 1940s, she was Fred Astaire’s […]

Motion Picture Academy Launches Program to Boost Women Filmmakers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the launch of Action: The Academy Women’s Initiative, designed to create opportunities for female filmmakers to connect, share their stories and celebrate inclusion. The program consists of …

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the launch of Action: The Academy Women’s Initiative, designed to create opportunities for female filmmakers to connect, share their stories and celebrate inclusion. The program consists of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, the Academy Directory and annual events, which this year will take place […]

Hugh Jackman to Receive Santa Barbara Festival’s Annual Kirk Douglas Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Hugh Jackman with the 13th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara on Monday, Nov. 19. P…

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Hugh Jackman with the 13th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara on Monday, Nov. 19. Proceeds will go to support SBIFF’s free year-round educational programs. Jackman next stars in […]

Alex Wolff, Dominique Fishback to Receive San Diego Festival Honors

Alex Wolff and Dominique Fishback will be honored at the San Diego Intl. Film Festival, while gala presentations will include Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” and Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased.” The fest, produced by …

Alex Wolff and Dominique Fishback will be honored at the San Diego Intl. Film Festival, while gala presentations will include Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” and Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased.” The fest, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, runs Oct. 10-14, and will include 115 films in various sections. The festival is in its 17th year. […]

‘Searching’ Takes Top Audience Award at L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival

“Searching,” from director Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho and Debra Messing, won the audience award for North American narrative film at the 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The thriller will open nationally in August in…

“Searching,” from director Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho and Debra Messing, won the audience award for North American narrative film at the 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The thriller will open nationally in August in theaters through Screen Gems. The documentary “Minding the Gap,” directed by Bing Liu, won the audience award […]

Carl Hansen Short Takes Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Awards

Carl Hansen’s “Check Mate” won the award for best film at the fifth annual Easterseals Disability Film Challenge awards Thursday night. Actor-comic Nic Novicki, founder-director of the Film Challenge, said the goal is to “show stories that haven’t been…

Carl Hansen’s “Check Mate” won the award for best film at the fifth annual Easterseals Disability Film Challenge awards Thursday night. Actor-comic Nic Novicki, founder-director of the Film Challenge, said the goal is to “show stories that haven’t been seen” and to remind the disabled community that they may feel invisible to Hollywood but things […]

Filmmakers From Ethiopia, Palestine at Cannes With Emerging Talent Program

The International Emerging Film Talent Association returns to Cannes with workshops and a new documentary as part of its mandate to help filmmakers from emerging regions, which this year includes Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Egypt and Palestine. IEFTA, in par…

The International Emerging Film Talent Association returns to Cannes with workshops and a new documentary as part of its mandate to help filmmakers from emerging regions, which this year includes Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Egypt and Palestine. IEFTA, in partnership with the Marché du Film and its Producers Network and Industry Workshops programs, has set up a […]

Cannes 1968: Like Today, Student Protests Lead the Way to Major Changes

The teenagers from Parkland, Fla., who led the recent March for Our Lives should know that student protests can have long-range effects. Case in point: The May 1968 protests at the Sorbonne, which led to the premature shutdown of the Cannes Film Festiv…

The teenagers from Parkland, Fla., who led the recent March for Our Lives should know that student protests can have long-range effects. Case in point: The May 1968 protests at the Sorbonne, which led to the premature shutdown of the Cannes Film Festival and major changes in the festival, the French film industry and even […]

Oscar and Politics Over the Decades, From Marlon Brando to Jimmy Kimmel

Political speeches have become a part of the Academy Awards in recent years, but they’re nothing new. One of the most heated back-and-forth exchanges was on April 8, 1975, when Bert Schneider and Peter Davis won for the Vietnam doc “Hearts and Minds.” Schneider read a telegram from Viet Cong Ambassador Dinh Da Thi, offering […]

Political speeches have become a part of the Academy Awards in recent years, but they’re nothing new. One of the most heated back-and-forth exchanges was on April 8, 1975, when Bert Schneider and Peter Davis won for the Vietnam doc “Hearts and Minds.” Schneider read a telegram from Viet Cong Ambassador Dinh Da Thi, offering […]

Oscars: A Season of #MeToo, Guns, Oprah Winfrey and, Oh Yeah, Awards

Decades from now, film lovers will remember 2017 as the year of “Stronger,” Jake Gyllenhaal, Hong Chau in “Downsizing,” Chadwick Boseman in “Marshall,” and great work by Luca Guadagnino, James Mangold, Alexander Payne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Giacchino. These are just a few of the names who serve as a […]

Decades from now, film lovers will remember 2017 as the year of “Stronger,” Jake Gyllenhaal, Hong Chau in “Downsizing,” Chadwick Boseman in “Marshall,” and great work by Luca Guadagnino, James Mangold, Alexander Payne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Giacchino. These are just a few of the names who serve as a […]

How ‘Game of Thrones’ Has an Emotional Connection to ‘Shape of Water’

Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water” defies all logic. Not many filmmakers could make audiences swoon and weep at the love story between a mute janitor and a fish-man. Also defying logic: The fact that those characters are related to Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and the Mother of Dragons. Vanessa Taylor, who wrote the “Shape” […]

Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water” defies all logic. Not many filmmakers could make audiences swoon and weep at the love story between a mute janitor and a fish-man. Also defying logic: The fact that those characters are related to Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and the Mother of Dragons. Vanessa Taylor, who wrote the “Shape” […]

How ‘Disaster Artist’ Writers Created Story of Friendship for Director-Star James Franco

A24’s “The Disaster Artist” is all about defying expectations. The 2003 Tommy Wiseau film “The Room” was a fiasco, but became an enduring hit. And in his 2017 movie about the making of the film, director-star James Franco approached this camp material with a straight face, finding heart and warmth where most people would find […]

A24’s “The Disaster Artist” is all about defying expectations. The 2003 Tommy Wiseau film “The Room” was a fiasco, but became an enduring hit. And in his 2017 movie about the making of the film, director-star James Franco approached this camp material with a straight face, finding heart and warmth where most people would find […]

Oscar and Academy Grapple With a Series of 21st Century Curve-Balls

Be careful what you wish for. For a long time, some members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences worried that Oscars were becoming irrelevant, due to the glut of awards shows and declining ratings. However, in the past few years, the Academy has often been at the center of worldwide debates about […]

Be careful what you wish for. For a long time, some members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences worried that Oscars were becoming irrelevant, due to the glut of awards shows and declining ratings. However, in the past few years, the Academy has often been at the center of worldwide debates about […]

Oscar-Nominated Music Scores Find Life Beyond Big Screen, Thanks to Radio and Concerts

Classical radio station KUSC has programmed Film-Music Week starting Feb. 12, with a movie theme playing every hour during the workday, as part of the station’s pre-Oscar buildup. It’s a reminder that a film score has life beyond the big screen. Robert Kraft, who heads production-management company Kraftbox Entertainment, says, “A great composer knows what […]

Classical radio station KUSC has programmed Film-Music Week starting Feb. 12, with a movie theme playing every hour during the workday, as part of the station’s pre-Oscar buildup. It’s a reminder that a film score has life beyond the big screen. Robert Kraft, who heads production-management company Kraftbox Entertainment, says, “A great composer knows what […]

Rachel Morrison, Alexandre Desplat Among Honorees at Variety Artisan Awards

Rachel Morrison, the first woman ever to receive an Oscar nomination for cinematography, was one of nine behind-the-camera creatives saluted at the Variety Artisan Awards Feb. 5 at the Lobero Theatre, with the crowd lapping up the film clips and the group’s insights into the individual yet collaborative nature of their work. The event was […]

Rachel Morrison, the first woman ever to receive an Oscar nomination for cinematography, was one of nine behind-the-camera creatives saluted at the Variety Artisan Awards Feb. 5 at the Lobero Theatre, with the crowd lapping up the film clips and the group’s insights into the individual yet collaborative nature of their work. The event was […]

Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya in Spotlight at Santa Barbara Virtuosos Awards

Six breakthrough actors talked about their films, careers and awards Saturday at the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival’s Virtuosos Awards, but the show’s real highlights were Daniel Kaluuya offering his imitation of Will Smith, and Timothee Chalamet re-creating a voicemail message he got from Matthew McConaughey. The festival saluted the two actors for their work […]

Six breakthrough actors talked about their films, careers and awards Saturday at the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival’s Virtuosos Awards, but the show’s real highlights were Daniel Kaluuya offering his imitation of Will Smith, and Timothee Chalamet re-creating a voicemail message he got from Matthew McConaughey. The festival saluted the two actors for their work […]

The Secret Ingredient in the Oscar Best Picture Race

The goal of an Oscar campaign is to get Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members to see the film, or to remind them why they liked it. An important element is the backstory. “Best” is hard to define, and there are a lot of great films each year, so the backstory is like […]

The goal of an Oscar campaign is to get Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members to see the film, or to remind them why they liked it. An important element is the backstory. “Best” is hard to define, and there are a lot of great films each year, so the backstory is like […]

How Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’ Creature Was Inspired by Robert Redford

When Guillermo del Toro started developing “The Shape of Water,” he knew there were two keys to the film’s success: a strong script and the right creature. He hired sculptor Mike Hill, creator of many monster models that del Toro owned, and effects and creature veteran Shane Mahan, to help build the character’s suit and […]

When Guillermo del Toro started developing “The Shape of Water,” he knew there were two keys to the film’s success: a strong script and the right creature. He hired sculptor Mike Hill, creator of many monster models that del Toro owned, and effects and creature veteran Shane Mahan, to help build the character’s suit and […]

AFI Awards Salute ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

Guillermo del Toro hugged Christopher Nolan and Reese Witherspoon huddled with Patty Jenkins, all while Steven Spielberg greeted a line of well-wishers at the AFI Awards Friday at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, which AFI topper Bob Gazzale described as an opportunity “to be together as a community.” Jason Blum, producer of “Get Out,” told […]

Guillermo del Toro hugged Christopher Nolan and Reese Witherspoon huddled with Patty Jenkins, all while Steven Spielberg greeted a line of well-wishers at the AFI Awards Friday at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, which AFI topper Bob Gazzale described as an opportunity “to be together as a community.” Jason Blum, producer of “Get Out,” told […]