For the motion picture academy, the Kevin Hart imbroglio represents the latest in a string of crises

On Tuesday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brought together members of the press and a handful of film industry power players for a luncheon to celebrate a happy occasion: the unveiling of the exhibitions that its long-aw…

On Tuesday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brought together members of the press and a handful of film industry power players for a luncheon to celebrate a happy occasion: the unveiling of the exhibitions that its long-awaited museum will feature when it opens late next...

The Kevin Hart Oscars imbroglio represents the latest in a string of crises for the motion picture academy

On Tuesday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brought together members of the press and a handful of film industry power players for a luncheon to celebrate a happy occasion: the unveiling of the exhibitions that its long-aw…

On Tuesday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brought together members of the press and a handful of film industry power players for a luncheon to celebrate a happy occasion: the unveiling of the exhibitions that its long-awaited museum will feature when it opens late next...

Alfonso Cuarón on the three Golden Globe nominations for his deeply personal ‘Roma’

An early frontrunner for best picture at next year’s Academy Awards, Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” picked up three Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning, for foreign-language film and for Cuarón’s direction and screenplay. Cuarón’s poetic, black-and-…

An early frontrunner for best picture at next year’s Academy Awards, Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” picked up three Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning, for foreign-language film and for Cuarón’s direction and screenplay.

Cuarón’s poetic, black-and-white story of a middle-class Mexican family and...

Golden Globes nominations deliver a big boost to ‘Vice,’ plus early Oscar front-runners ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Green Book’

Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning, offering the first major indication of where this year’s awards-season winds may be blowing. Some movies expected to do well, including “Roma,” “The Favourite” and…

Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning, offering the first major indication of where this year’s awards-season winds may be blowing.

Some movies expected to do well, including “Roma,” “The Favourite” and “A Star is Born,” made strong showings, while...

Bernardo Bertolucci, director of ‘Last Tango in Paris’ and ‘The Last Emperor,’ dies at 77

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who infused poetry, politics, sexuality and psychological depth into such era-defining and sometimes controversial films as “The Conformist,” “Last Tango in Paris” and “The Last Emperor,” died Monday at his ho…

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who infused poetry, politics, sexuality and psychological depth into such era-defining and sometimes controversial films as “The Conformist,” “Last Tango in Paris” and “The Last Emperor,” died Monday at his home in Rome at age 77.

According to his publicist,...

Bernardo Bertolucci, director of ‘Last Tango in Paris’ and ‘The Last Emperor,’ dies at 77

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who infused poetry, politics, sexuality and psychological depth into such era-defining and sometimes controversial films as “The Conformist,” “Last Tango in Paris” and “The Last Emperor,” died Monday at his ho…

Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who infused poetry, politics, sexuality and psychological depth into such era-defining and sometimes controversial films as “The Conformist,” “Last Tango in Paris” and “The Last Emperor,” died Monday at his home in Rome at age 77.

According to his publicist,...

With ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ Walt Disney Animation Studios enters a new chapter in its history

When Rich Moore and Phil Johnston first began developing the 2012 Disney animated feature “Wreck-It Ralph,” they had one overriding goal: to make a genuinely funny movie. Not cute. Not chuckling quietly to yourself pleasant. Just flat-out funny. Ha…

When Rich Moore and Phil Johnston first began developing the 2012 Disney animated feature “Wreck-It Ralph,” they had one overriding goal: to make a genuinely funny movie.

Not cute. Not chuckling quietly to yourself pleasant. Just flat-out funny.

Having come from outside the Disney fold — Moore...

Governors Awards honorees Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy look back on their careers

On Sunday evening, many of Hollywood’s biggest power players will gather at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles for the motion picture academy’s 10th Governors Awards ceremony, a chance to honor filmmaking luminaries for their lifetime contributi…

On Sunday evening, many of Hollywood’s biggest power players will gather at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles for the motion picture academy’s 10th Governors Awards ceremony, a chance to honor filmmaking luminaries for their lifetime contributions to the art form and, for Oscar hopefuls, a...

The Coen brothers on their Western anthology film ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ Netflix and the future of moviegoing

Throughout their careers, in much-loved films like “Raising Arizona,” “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and “No Country for Old Men,” the directing duo of Joel and Ethan Coen have plumbed deep philosophical terrain — mortality, ethics, justice, existenti…

Throughout their careers, in much-loved films like “Raising Arizona,” “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and “No Country for Old Men,” the directing duo of Joel and Ethan Coen have plumbed deep philosophical terrain — mortality, ethics, justice, existential despair — often with a twisted humor that’s...

David Mackenzie on avoiding ‘Game of Thrones’-style fantasy —  and ‘Braveheart’ comparisons — with his medieval epic ‘Outlaw King’

Throughout his film career, director David Mackenzie has bounced unpredictably among genres and styles, from the somber 2003 drama “Young Adam” to the 2009 sex comedy “Spread” to the 2011 sci-fi film “Perfect Sense.” “The idea of repeating old grou…

Throughout his film career, director David Mackenzie has bounced unpredictably among genres and styles, from the somber 2003 drama “Young Adam” to the 2009 sex comedy “Spread” to the 2011 sci-fi film “Perfect Sense.”

“The idea of repeating old ground feels unattractive to me,” he says. “Each film...

Following his hit Mister Rogers documentary, director Morgan Neville examines Orson Welles’ long-lost final film

It would be hard to think of two cultural figures more different from one another than Mister Rogers and Orson Welles. But if you drew a Venn diagram of the kindhearted children’s television host and the pioneering but ultimately tragic director of…

It would be hard to think of two cultural figures more different from one another than Mister Rogers and Orson Welles. But if you drew a Venn diagram of the kindhearted children’s television host and the pioneering but ultimately tragic director of “Citizen Kane,” in the middle you’d find documentary...

In break from precedent, Netflix announces exclusive theatrical windows for ‘Roma,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ and ‘Bird Box’

In the latest seismic shift in the ever-evolving landscape of film distribution, Netflix announced Wednesday that it will offer exclusive theatrical engagements for three of its upcoming releases: Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical drama “Roma,” the…

In the latest seismic shift in the ever-evolving landscape of film distribution, Netflix announced Wednesday that it will offer exclusive theatrical engagements for three of its upcoming releases: Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical drama “Roma,” the Coen brothers’ Western anthology film “The Ballad...

With movies like ‘The Front Runner’ and ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ filmmakers look to the past to comment on today’s politics

Last October, director Mimi Leder had just begun shooting “On the Basis of Sex,” a biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when the news hit of sexual misconduct accusations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. In that instant, Lede…

Last October, director Mimi Leder had just begun shooting “On the Basis of Sex,” a biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when the news hit of sexual misconduct accusations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In that instant, Leder realized that her period film — which centers...

How ‘First Man’ director Damien Chazelle and his visual effects team took moviegoers to the moon

With each movie he’s made — from his low-budget 2009 directorial debut, “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” to his 2014 breakthrough “Whiplash” to his 2016 smash musical “La La Land,” director Damien Chazelle has taken a step forward in terms of sc…

With each movie he’s made — from his low-budget 2009 directorial debut, “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” to his 2014 breakthrough “Whiplash” to his 2016 smash musical “La La Land,” director Damien Chazelle has taken a step forward in terms of scale and technical difficulty.

But in tackling the...

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ writer-director Drew Goddard on an endangered species: an original movie from a Hollywood studio

As a screenwriter and director, Drew Goddard has racked up a virtually unbroken string of success, whether scripting box-office hits like “Cloverfield,” “The Martian” and “World War Z” or directing the critically acclaimed 2012 horror-satire “The C…

As a screenwriter and director, Drew Goddard has racked up a virtually unbroken string of success, whether scripting box-office hits like “Cloverfield,” “The Martian” and “World War Z” or directing the critically acclaimed 2012 horror-satire “The Cabin in the Woods.”

But in his own telling, he...

With ’22 July,’ Paul Greengrass tackles Norway’s deadly 2011 terror attack and the perils of far-right extremism

It’s safe to say virtually every Norwegian can remember where they were on July 22, 2011. That was the day a lone-wolf far-right terrorist named Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in the government district of Oslo and then later opened fire…

It’s safe to say virtually every Norwegian can remember where they were on July 22, 2011. That was the day a lone-wolf far-right terrorist named Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in the government district of Oslo and then later opened fire on a summer camp on the nearby island of Utøya,...

Horror maven Eli Roth’s unlikely pivot to family fare with ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’

Eli Roth sat in an editing room on the Universal Pictures lot on a recent afternoon, eagerly preparing to show off a scene from his latest movie, “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.” Given Roth’s filmography — which features such gory and gruesom…

Eli Roth sat in an editing room on the Universal Pictures lot on a recent afternoon, eagerly preparing to show off a scene from his latest movie, “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

Given Roth’s filmography — which features such gory and gruesome low-budget horror movies as “Cabin Fever” and...

With the gay conversion therapy drama ‘Boy Erased,’ Joel Edgerton hopes to stir hearts and change minds

After making a splash with his 2015 directorial debut, the dark, unnerving thriller “The Gift,” Joel Edgerton got sent his fair share of suspense scripts. But true to his unpredictable form, the Australian actor turned filmmaker wanted to go in a c…

After making a splash with his 2015 directorial debut, the dark, unnerving thriller “The Gift,” Joel Edgerton got sent his fair share of suspense scripts. But true to his unpredictable form, the Australian actor turned filmmaker wanted to go in a completely different direction with his next project.

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Facing criticism, film academy cancels the new ‘best popular film’ category for 2019

It wasn’t a snafu quite on the level of last year’s announcement of the wrong best picture winner on the Oscars telecast but it was arguably in the same ballpark. Facing a backlash over its creation of a new category for “outstanding achievement in…

It wasn’t a snafu quite on the level of last year’s announcement of the wrong best picture winner on the Oscars telecast but it was arguably in the same ballpark.

Facing a backlash over its creation of a new category for “outstanding achievement in popular film,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts...